Free Willy

Summer means outdoor classical theater—and it's not just Shakespeare in the Park

Reaching out to youth is part of what has kept Ted Minos, director of the Moose Hall Theatre Company, returning for seven years. A longtime Inwood resident, Minos wants to give kids and teenagers a chance to see free theater that reflects the neighborhood's diversity. "You can get people who've never seen Shakespeare and just happen to be walking in the park that day," he says. Once, a group of teenage boys saw Minos and his cast cleaning swords for Macbeth. "They were really fascinated and stayed for the rehearsal and the performance. They were saying stuff like, 'Yo, that's Macduff!' and 'Yo, that's Duncan!' After that they were hooked. They came back for each performance."

Open Bard

illustration: Sam Friedman

New York Classical Theatre
The Comedy of Errors
August 3–27 at 7
West 103rd Street and Central Park West

CityParks Theater Program
As You Like It [Communicable Arts]
July 22 at 2
Von King Park Amphitheater, Lafayette and Tompkins avenues, Brooklyn

[Classical Theatre of Harlem]
July 28–29 at 8
Von King Park Amphitheater, Lafayette and Tompkins avenues, Brooklyn
August 1, 4–5 at 8
Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater, West 122nd Street and Mt. Morris Park West
Program also includes three new plays. More information at

Shakespeare in the Park(ing) Lot
The Tempest
Through July 23 at 8
Ludlow and Broome streets

All's Well That Ends Well July 27–August 12 at 8
Ludlow and Broome streets

Boomerang Theatre Company
King Lear
July 22 and 23 at 2
Central Park, near West 69th Street and Central Park West

Moose Hall Theatre Company
The Hunchback of Notre Dame July 19–29, August 2–5 at 7:30
Inwood Hill Park, 218th Street and Indian Road

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