Shakespeare in the Parking Lot Kicks Off Summer Season

Top L-R: Kathleen Simmonds as Helena, Bardford Frost as Demetrius, Warren Jackson as Oberon. Bottom L-R: Kristiana Jarquin Moreland as Faerie, Catherina Nonis as Faerie, Serena Miller as Titania, Stephanie Spector as Faerie, Jarrod Bates as Quince, Drew Valins as Puck, Shelby Wong as Faerie. Photo by Jonathan Slaff.

Top L-R: Kathleen Simmonds as Helena, Bardford Frost as Demetrius, Warren Jackson as Oberon. Bottom L-R: Kristiana Jarquin Moreland as Faerie, Catherina Nonis as Faerie, Serena Miller as Titania, Stephanie Spector as Faerie, Jarrod Bates as Quince, Drew Valins as Puck, Shelby Wong as Faerie. Photo by Jonathan Slaff.

The Drilling Company‘s annual Shakespeare in the Parking Lot kicks off tonight with its rendition of “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” the woodland-based 16th century romantic comedy of errors. The Drilling Company’s take on the Shakespeare classic has a modern, neighborhood-centric twist–turning the Woodlands into the Lower East Side at night and casting the characters as upscale urban dwellers, Google employees and roaming artists/taggers. The production is complete with rock ballads and frequent dance ensembles to identify scene transitions.

After nine summers of performances in the parking lot at Ludlow and Broome Streets, the company was forced to relocate last year. Luckily, the Clemente Cultural Center was happy to offer up their parking lot for production.  Seats are available on a first come first serve basis and audience members can bring their own chairs or blankets, as well .

114 Norfolk St., between Delancey and Rivington. “Midsummer Night’s Dream” runs from July 7th to the 24th at 8:00pm from Thursday to Saturdays. Admission is free and running time, without intermission, is two hours.

 

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot’s Last Season at Ludlow and Broome

Arts Watch: Shakespeare in the Parking Lot Presents “Richard III”

Shakespeare’s Richard III, the Drilling Company’s final production of its 2013 season, couldn’t be a more fitting play for its parking lot setting.

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot Returns to Ludlow Street

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Photo by Mark Nazimova. Click on this photo (Flickr) for rights info.

Thanks to Mark Nazimova, who sent along this photo from this past weekend’s performance of The Merry Wives of Windsor, which is being featured during this year’s “Shakespeare in the Parking Lot” series.  Performances continue through the end of the month in the Municipal Parking lot at Broome and Ludlow streets. See more info here.

 

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot Kicks off it’s 19th Season

The Drilling Company will kick off it’s 19th season of Shakespeare in the Parking Lot tomorrow night with their production of Love’s Labour’s Lost. Each summer the company takes over the Municipal Parking Lot at Broome and Ludlow, sets up lawn chairs and offers their (slightly grittier) version of Shakespeare in the Park. Love’s Labour’s Lost, directed by Kathy Curtiss, will run July 8 – 24.  Julius Ceasar, directed by Hamilton Clancy, will run July 29 – Aug 14th // FREE // Thurs. – Sat. at 8p // Parking Available (Meters in Effect!) // Arrive early to grab a chair or bring your own.

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The Drilling Company heads in to it's final weekend of Shakespeare in the Parking Lot tonight at 8pm in the Municipal Parking Lot (at Ludlow and Broome).  You can see Measure For Measure, directed by Hamilton Clancey, for FREE.  The company suggests "Bring a chair or come early to grab one of your own. Parking available. Meters ineffect!"

AC1sm1 NY Studio Gallery continues it's 4th Annual International ARTcamp: Studio Residency Program.
For two months the gallery is transformed into studio space for
six national and international artists.  The work ranges from
installation and performance to video, drawing and sculpture with a
tendency toward the figural, physical and interactive. Gallery hours (Thursday – Saturday noon – 6pm and by appointment) continue to be in effect during ARTcamp, allowing
visitors to see work in progress, and to meet and learn about the
artists’ work and process first hand.

Top-left6 NYTimes' Steven McElroy has some tips for all of us preparing to delve in to this year's New York International Fringe Festival, which runs through August 30th at numerous theaters throughout the city. He writes:

The program guide listing participating shows in the 13th annual New York International Fringe Festival,
which starts Friday, runs more than 60 pages. So to choose from about
200 productions you must look at some specifics: Are your friends
involved? Is the director a hotshot? The company noteworthy? Any actors
of special interest? The premise too odd to pass up? This last
criterion can sometimes lead to buyer’s remorse, but the tickets are
cheap and choosing Fringe shows should always involve some
impulsiveness.

Weekend Arts & Entertainment

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You can catch the latest TropiChat, an ongoing series that features conversations with renowned Latin American filmmakers, at the New Museum tomorrow at 3:00pm.  One of Mexico’s most accomplished young filmmakers, Fernando Eimbcke will be on hand to discuss his work with Gavin Smith, editor of Film CommentFernando's award-winning deadpan dramedy Lake Tahoe,
a Film Movement release which opens tonight at Anthology Film Archives.

For more free fun in the city, head over to The Municipal Parking Lot at Ludlow and Broome for the 16th annual Shakespeare in the Parking LotMidsummer Night's Dream opened last night and will be running Thurs. – Sat. through July 25th.

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Soul Power opens tonight at the Sunshine Cinema. From the same team that produced the Academy Award-winning documentary When We Were Kings, Soul Power
is a verité documentary about the legendary music festival (dubbed
Zaire '74), that took place around the same time, depicting the experiences and performances of such musical
luminaries as James Brown, BB King, Bill Withers, Celia Cruz and a host of
others.