Let’s face it, getting tickets to Shakespeare in the Park is a bitch. Instead of the 5 a.m. wake-up call and seven-hour wait in Central Park (don’t even bother with the Public Theater’s new online-lottery system), the new season of Shakespeare in the Parking Lot (the Municipal Parking Lot on the LES) is an appealing alternative. It’s here on the asphalt that the Drilling Company gives Shakespeare’s words, in this case Twelfth Night, an urban edge, as they’ve previously done with As You Like It and Romeo and Juliet. And don’t worry if you see cars loitering about—artistic director Hamilton Clancy assures us the lot “is not a busy one.” What about a stage? “There’s not a stage per se,” Clancy says. “But the parking lot is on a natural incline.” The only question remaining is how they will turn concrete into the shores of Illyria.

Thursdays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Starts: July 3. Continues through July 19, 2008