Hip to Hip Theatre Company has been bringing the Bard’s classics to parks throughout Queens for years now—and this summer, they’re expanding to the Bronx, to New Jersey, and even to the NY Fringe’s Al Fresco series.
They’re running The Merchant of Venice, which this podcast was able to catch in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, under the Unisphere, in rep with The Merry Wives of Windsor, driving their props, costumes, and modular set around in a box truck and setting up for communities to come and enjoy theatre in their local park. GSAS! tries not to editorialize too much, but I’ve got to say, free, accessible theatre for the public is undoubtedly a really, really great thing.
Listen in as Hip to Hip Artistic Director Jason Marr (who also plays Antonio in Merchant) and Associate Artistic Director (and director of Merchant) David Mold discuss creating your own opportunities, tackling kids (for their safety, of course), taking inspiration from your democratic principles, directing for the outdoors, and the beauty of the liveness of theatre out in the community.
“…even though we might have a significant number of people in our audiences who aren’t avid theatre-goers, I think as long as we’re presenting the story in a way that’s really clear, and really intentional, that they’re going to go along on that journey…”
Hip to Hip Theatre Company presents
Free Shakespeare in the Park 2015
The Merchant of Venice
directed by David Mold
in rep with
The Merry Wives of Windsor
directed by Murray McGibbon
July 22–August 16, 2015
performed at parks throughout the New York City area
visit Hip to Hip’s website for date and venue information