2013-07-12 / Community

All Queens Is A Stage: Free Shakespeare

Free Shakespeare is coming to Queens with two plays presented in 10 parks, including a stop in Rockaway! Hip to Hip Theatre Company is celebrating its seventh season of Free Shakespeare in the Park in Queens. Shakespeare’s final masterpiece THE TEMPEST and his screwball comedy LOVE’S LABOR’S LOST will tour every geographical area of the borough, from July 25-August 18.

THE TEMPEST will be presented on Saturday, July 27th, at O’Donohue Park, just off Seagirt Boulevard near Beach 17th Street in Far Rockaway.

Said Hip to Hip’s Artistic Director Jason Marr, “Unfortunately, due to Hurricane Sandy, we won’t be able to play Jacob Riis Park this summer, but we are returning to O’Donohue Park’s bandshell, which drew a very big audience last year.

“The play we are bringing is THE TEMPEST. I felt it fitting that this play be performed in the Rockaways, which was devastated by Sandy. As you may know, THE TEMPEST is about a sea storm that ultimately leads to reconciliation, healing and forgiveness.”

These family-friendly productions are for lovers of Shakespeare and for those experiencing Shakespeare for the first time.

All performances are free and open to the public. Bring blankets, low chairs and picnic fare. No lines. No tickets. Seating is first come, first served.

Hip to Hip’s new free children’s program “Kids & the Classics” will be offered 30 minutes before each performance. This total theatre experience will enrich, empower and entertain kids of all ages through a series of fun theatre games teaching the tenets of ensemble playing, introducing them to the elements of theatre and the words and imaginative stories of William Shakespeare’s plays.

The Acting Company is led by Joel Leffert (Broadway: Not About Nightingales) and Jason Marr* (Television: Law & Order: SVU, As the World Turns), and includes Andrew Benowich, Holly Chou, David Gautschy, Lindsley Howard, Marcus Denard Johnson, Sarah Joyce, Joey Lozada, Joy Marr, Christina Pagan, James Parenti, Elisabeth Preston and Guy Ventoliere.

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