These family-friendly productions are for lovers of Shakespeare and for those experiencing Shakespeare for the first time. All performances are free and open to the public. Bring blankets, low chairs and picnic fare. No lines. No tickets. Seating is first come, first served.
The Duke of Vienna's puritanical deputy Angelo, tasked with cleaning up a city out of control, revives ancient laws regarding sex and marriage. When he unjustly sentences the young gentleman Claudio to death, Claudio's sister Isabella pleads his case...and discovers that Angelo is not as virtuous as he seems. Shakespeare's dark comedy examines the danger of placing power in the wrong hands.
Plus, Hip to Hip’s free children’s program “Kids & the Classics” will be offered 30 minutes before each performance. This theatrical experience will enrich, empower and entertain kids of all ages through a series of fun theatre games, teaching the tenets of ensemble playing, and introducing kids to the style and language of William Shakespeare's plays.
Shakespeare's darkest comedy explores bigotry, justice, and the limitations of the law. The young Venetian gentleman Bassanio has squandered all his money, but he needs 3,000 ducats so that he can travel to Belmont and woo the beautiful heiress Portia. His devoted friend Antonio helps him by borrowing the cash from the moneylender Shylock. But when Antonio is forced to default on the loan, Shylock seeks a gruesome revenge, and Portia and Bassanio find themselves in a desperate struggle to save Antonio's life.
Inspired by the legacy of Joseph Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival, the Queens-based Hip to Hip Theatre Company was founded in 2007 with the aim of producing free, family-friendly, professional productions of popular classics in public spaces. Hip to Hip’s flagship program of “Free Shakespeare in the Park” places an emphasis on outreach to underserved and underprivileged communities. Hip to Hip provides its beneficiaries with a total theatre experience, including great plays, professional actors, sets, lights and sumptuous costumes. The Daily News called Hip to Hip, “The preeminent theatre troupe in Queens.” The Queens Tribune said, “Shakespeare as performed by Hip to Hip is a joy, pure and simple.”
This programming is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council and by Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional funding allocated by City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer.
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