Shakespeare in the Parking Lot Debuts July 7 with ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

Posted on: June 7th, 2016 at 5:18 am by
Shakespeare in the Parking Lot rehearsal, July 2015

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot rehearsal, July 2015

The summer tradition doth resume, methinks.

Popular (and accessible) streetside theater program, “Shakespeare in the Parking Lot,” recently set a date for its return to the Lower East Side. Take note – the new season kicks off July 7 at the Clemente Soto Velez Center with a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It’s the second summer in this location for the troupe, which was forced to relocate because of Essex Crossing.

The play runs through July 24. The Merchant of Venice takes over four days later and concludes August 14.

The long-running troupe behind Shakespeare in the Parking Lot – the Drilling Company – spent twenty seasons entertaining locals in the former municipal car park at Ludlow and Broome Streets. That run ended with a performance of Othello in August 2014, one that was overshadowed by imminent development.

This is Essex Crossing Site 1, after all.

At fourteen stories, the forthcoming SHoP-designed tower will boast 55 condos with an 80-20 mix of market rate and affordable respectively. Splitsville Lanes, a luxury bowling alley, is confirmed for the basement space. The Andy Warhol Museum backed out of the project last year, and a cultural museum tenant of some kind is still sought.

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