Shakespeare in the Parking Lot Celebrates 25th Season with ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Posted on: July 17th, 2019 at 5:04 am by

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot rehearsals, July 2015

On fair Norfolk Street, where we lay our scene…

Last weekend, the 25th season of the ever-so-popular “Shakespeare in the Parking Lot” commenced at La Plaza @ the Clemente. This season, the bard’s tale of woe is none other than Romeo and Juliet.

Director Lukas Raphael will set the play in New York in the early 1990’s, with the Montagues and Capulets imagined as families of a Lower East Side neighborhood. In this concept, the Capulets (Juliet’s people) are long standing stewards of the neighborhood. Romeo’s Montagues, on the other hand, are upwardly mobile, eager to rise above it.

The Drilling Company, led by Artistic Director Hamilton Clancy, has produced the beloved tradition since 2005. The troupe 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.

The free performances run July 11-27, Thusday through Sunday, at La Plaza @ The Clemente Parking Lot, 114 Norfolk Street. Showtime is 7pm.

If you can’t make it, there’s always this 90s gem…

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