The 2019 Season of Shakespeare in the Park
All the Park’s a Stage: The 2019 Season of Shakespeare in the Park
When the Bard wrote that “one touch of nature makes the whole world kin,” he might as well have been writing about New Yorkers coming together under the night sky in verdant Central Park to watch his plays as part of the venerable Shakespeare in the Park program. Since 1962, New Yorkers have flocked to Central Park on summer nights for free performances put on by the Public Theater, with roles played by legendary actors, including Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Denzel Washington. For residents of Central Park luxury apartments like those at 800 Fifth Avenue and 985 Fifth Avenue, Shakespeare in the Park is akin to having a yearly Elizabethan theater festival in their backyard. Read below for the Urbana Properties guide to this year’s Shakespeare in the Park season.
Much Ado About Nothing
The first play of the 2019 season, Much Ado About Nothing, is nearing the end of its run on June 23 at the historic open-air Delacorte Theater. Like most of Shakespeare’s comedies, the play centers on two pairs of lovers as they run, stumble, and masquerade their way to the altar and everlasting love. This year’s performance in the park features a star-studded all-black cast, including Danielle Brooks of Orange Is the New Black as Beatrice.
But Shakespeare is not all farces and fun; plays like Coriolanus offset his comedic side with an emphasis on historical and political tragedy. This season’s Shakespeare in the Park version of the play will update the setting from ancient Rome to the modern day, but the story, about a general whose desire for power corrupts all around him, is as timeless as it is tragic. British actor Jonathan Cake, best known in the US for roles on television programs, including Desperate Housewives and The Affair, will play the titular general, while Kate Burton of Grey’s Anatomy fame will play the role of his overbearing mother, Volumnia.
If you love Shakespeare and live alongside Central Park, you should look into becoming a supporter. Not only does this guarantee you primo seats to each Shakespeare in the Park show, but higher membership levels include access to exclusive Public events, including the Public Works Pageant, invitations to special behind-the-scenes nights at Shakespeare in the Park, and complimentary tickets to shows at the Astor Place theaters. Best of all, your money goes toward keeping Shakespeare in the Park open and free to the public, making you part of this 50+-year tradition.