Free Shakespeare Returns to Bryant Park this Spring and Summer | Playbill

News Free Shakespeare Returns to Bryant Park this Spring and Summer "One touch of nature makes the whole world kin," Shakespeare wrote in Troilus and Cressida. His fans will get the chance to test that out this spring and summer when The Drilling Company returns to Bryant Park with three free outdoor productions of The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Romeo and Juliet and The Taming of the Shrew.

The troupe is known for its "Shakespeare in the Parking Lot" stagings and made their Bryant Park debut last year with Hamlet

Kicking off the Bryant Park season will be the Bard's romantic comedy about mismatched lovers, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, to be directed by artistic director Hamilton Clancy. The classic story will be re-imagined in New York City's very own Little Italy neighborhood. Performances will run May 15-31, Friday through Sunday at Bryant Park, located on Avenue of the Americas at 42nd Street in Manhattan. Food kiosks, public restrooms and seating are available.

The cast will feature Brian Patrick, Andrew Gombas, Eric Paterniani, Drew Valins, Kristin Piacentile, Lauriel Friedman, Tori Ernst and Zlatomir Moldovanski. Scenic and costume design will be by Jennifer Varbalow and sound design by Anna Grossman.

Casting and details for Romeo and Juliet (July 17-Aug. 2) and The Taming of the Shrew (Sept. 4-29) will be announced at a later date.

Admission is free and no reservations are necessary. For more information call (212) 873-9050 or visit and

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