Free Shakespeare in Queens Parks

Chances are you’ve heard of the Shakespeare in the Park series that is run annually in Central Park’s Delacorte Theater. But did you know Queens has its own Shakespeare in the Park series? In its fifth season, the Hip to Hip Theatre Company is once again wowing audiences with their Shakespeare productions. It’s a great way to spend some time with your teens this summer, and they may even learn something.

This year, the plays that are making the rounds throughout parks all over Queens are Much Ado About Nothing, which is a romantic comedy,  and Othello, which is a tragedy about love and betrayal.

The schedule is:

August 2nd, 7:00pm

Othello

Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City


August 3rd, 7:30pm

Much Ado About Nothing

Sunnyside Gardens Park, 48-21 39th Avenue, Sunnyside


August 4th, 7:00pm

Othello

Fort Totten Park, at the Gazebo, Cross Island Parkway, Bayside


August 5th, 7:30pm

Much Ado About Nothing

Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Avenue, Flushing


August 6th, 7:30pm

Othello

Gantry Plaza State Park, 4-09 47th Street, Long Island City


August 7th, 7:00pm

Much Ado About Nothing

Forest Park, at the Band Shell,  Myrtle Avenue and Union Tpke., Forest Hills


August 9th, 7:00pm

Much Ado About Nothing

Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City


August 10th, 7:30pm

Othello

Sunnyside Gardens Park, 48-21 39th Avenue, Sunnyside


August 11th, 7:00pm

Much Ado About Nothing

Fort Totten Park, at the Gazebo, Cross Island Parkway, Bayside


August 12th, 7:30pm

Othello

Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Avenue, Flushing


August 13th, 7:30pm

Much Ado About Nothing

Gantry Plaza State Park, 4-09 47th Street, Long Island City


August 14th, 7:00pm

Othello

Forest Park, at the Band Shell,  Myrtle Avenue and Union Tpke., Forest Hills


August 17th, 7:30pm

Much Ado About Nothing

Our Savior, 92-14 63rd Drive (at Wetherole Street), Rego Park


August 18th, 7:30pm

Much Ado About Nothing

Flushing Meadows, 55 Avenue and 111 Street, Corona

 

If you’ll be heading out to enjoy one of these performances, bring some chairs or a blanket. It’s a great series for teens who may already be interested in acting or performing, and it’s also a great way to introduce your kids to the theater. For more information on the Hip to Hip Theatre Company, check out their website.

 

Jesseca Stenson