The Delacorte isn’t empty, it’s full of hope that we will be together again this summer.
We’re thrilled to be preparing for a safe return to The Delacorte for Free Shakespeare in the Park with a new adaptation of MERRY WIVES from Saheem Ali & @Jjbioh.
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— The Public Theater (@PublicTheaterNY) March 16, 2021
Shakespeare in the Park was one of many NYC traditions put on pause last year due to the pandemic. This pause came shortly after the theater had announced its 2020 lineup.
“We have spent the last year getting ready. We have been producing new work and preparing a safe return. We’ve grieved, Zoomed, innovated, supported our communities, and connected our city. We’ve gathered brilliant artists to imagine summer under the stars in Central Park and are planning a return of Free Shakespeare in the Park …. ”
The annual event will run from July 5 to August 29, with free performances of Merry Wives, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor.
“Set in South Harlem amidst a vibrant and eclectic community of West African immigrants, Merry Wives will be a celebration of Black joy, laughter, and vitality. A New York story about the tricks of the heart, performed in the heart of the City,” writes the Public Theater.
The theater states that information about the performance schedule, safety protocols and ticket distribution will be announced in the coming weeks.