Free Shakespeare in the Park 2017

Shakespeare in the Park produced by the Public Theater at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park is a New York Summer tradition. It’s Free

Two free tickets per person (Age 5+) are available the day of the show at the Delacorte Theater box office at noon. People line up very early. Central Park doesn’t open officially until 6am.

There is also a limited online lottery. Enter the lottery through the TodayTix app (iPhone, iPad or Android). Scroll to “Free Shakespeare in the Park” and go on from there. You can also email to get an entry form.

Hate to wait in line? The Public Theater will give you a free ticket with each $500+ donation.

Delacorte Theater

Enter Central Park from Central Park West at 81st St.

Shakespeare in the Park 2017

Trump-like Julius Caesar Generates Sponsor-Killing Controversy but New Yorkers Support Free Speech

June 12, 2017 ~ International media and the New York Times reported that Delta Air Lines and Bank of America have dropped their sponsorships.

The Public Theater staged the play with a blond-haired Julius Caeser in a blue suit and a red tie. Mrs. Caeser has a Slavic accent. The story is about the murder of Caeser and its affect on the Roman state.

The trouble was brought to a head by a Fox News report about the murder scene. A tweet by Donald Trump Jr. ratcheted up the pressure.

They seem to not understand how a simpleton’s reading of the play could focus on the murder, whereas the play actually gives a fairly balanced view of how attacking the leader is bad for the country. It’s Shakespeare and it is based on history.

Delta Air Lines is no longer the official airline of the Public Theater.

Bank of America has stepped back from supporting the production of Julius Caeser.

The New York Times is maintaining its support because it believes in free speech for both the media and the arts.

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Julius Caesar

Directed by Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis. Plays May 23 – June 18, 2017 at 8pm. Daily (except Sunday, May 28 and Wednesday, June 14).

Shakespeare’s story is a tragedy filled with conspiracy, murder, social manipulation, betrayal, civil war, defeats, and suicide.

Obviously, this is political commentary. “Beware the Ides of March.”

Beware the Ides of March

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation in March, 2017.

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears

“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears” comes from a speech that Marc Antony used to stoke the people to violence.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Directed by Lear deBessonet. Plays July 11 – August 13, 2017. A Midsummer Night’s Dream isn’t Latin, but the Queen of the Amazons is one of the characters. Shakespeare didn’t know about Brazil yet, but he did foresee the intense nature of Latin women.

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