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.

 

Arts Watch: The Living Theatre Debuts New Work by Judith Malina at The Clemente

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After leaving their home of seven years at 21 Clinton St., the Living Theatre has settled in to the nearby Clemente Soto Velez Center and kicked off their 67th season last night (yes, you read that right) with a brand new piece titled NO PLACE TO HIDE.  Written and directed by 87 year-old living legend (and co-founder of the company) Judith Malina, the show, presented in workshop format as a work-in-progress, takes on the idea of surveillance as a household topic, asking “about the how, why, and what of hiding, taking the (participatory) audience on a journey through the untold history of New York. Challenging political, philosophical, and moral spheres of concealment, the play questions the boundaries between the private and the public while blurring our sense of intimacy.”

The production is presented by executive producer Brad Burgess, with associate artistic directors Leah Bachar, Brad Burgess and Tom Walker. Go here for tickets.

Through March 29th // $15-$20 // 8:00 p.m. // The Flamboyan Theatre at The Clemente // 107 Suffolk Street.