Shakespeare in the Parking Lot Returns from COVID-19 Sidelines

Posted on: April 20th, 2021 at 5:02 am by

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot rehearsals, July 2015

All the world’s a stage…

To honor what would be the Bard’s 457th birthday, the ever-so-popular Shakespeare in the Parking Lot is back for a two night affair. Being the first performance from the troupe since the pandemic sidelined it in 2020, the event promises evenings filled with scenes, songs, sonnets, and soliloquies from the prolific Shakespearian canon.

“It’s essential to get our theater professionals back to work and to bring live theater safely back to the City. Who better to lead the way than William Shakespeare?” declared Artistic Director Hamilton Clancy in a press release.

The performance takes place April 23 and 24, from 7-8pm, in the parking lot behind the Clemente (107 Suffolk Street). As usual, the event is free, but is now limited to 50 participants – reservations are strongly recommended.

The uniquely Lower East Side event spent twenty seasons entertaining locals in the former municipal car park at Ludlow and Broome Streets, before ending with a performance of Othello in August 2014. Development of Essex Crossing forced a reckoning, and the troupe rebounded at the Clemente one year later.

The Drilling Company has produced the beloved street theatre tradition since 2005.

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