Each summer, as many as 52,000 people queue up under the sun for tickets to New York's cathedral of plein air classical theater, the Delacorte. That's a larger audience than that of all of the city's other outdoor theater companies combined. Unlike the Delacorte, these small troupes can't offer you Liev or Meryl. And they perform in such unlikely venues as an L.E.S. parking lot and the Central Park bridle path. But in terms of theatrical energy, they are major in every way. This season, an expanded roster of outdoor plays means New Yorkers have a larger than normal range of Bard et al. at their fingertips. From Inwood to Bedford-Stuyvesant, free theater is growing and seeking new audiences where most companies don't... More >>>