Central Park. What does that make you think of? Big city? Huge crowds? A really big park? Shakespeare? Wait…Shakespeare? Yup! Shakespeare in the Park. And it’s free.
I spent the weekend with my daughter who lives in NYC. She said we should go to Shakespeare in the Park. I was more than a bit skeptical, but it was free, and it was outside, in a park. Might as well check it out.
The plays have been put on by The Public theater in Central Park for over 50 years. There are two ways to get tickets. You can line up in Central Park for distribution starting at noon the day of the play. Apparently, people start lining up at 6AM. This was not an attractive option on a 95 degree day. There is also a lottery downtown from 11:30 until noon. Find out how to get your own tickets here. This was a much better option. We scored 2 vouchers in the third pull from the lottery bucket.
You can redeem your vouchers for tickets between 5 and 7:30 for the 8PM show. Fortunately there is soft ice cream, and a huge park to entertain you while you wait.
By city standards, Central Park is pretty big. Compared to my usual woods, not so much. The parts I’ve seen aren’t particularly wild, and there are a lot of people around. But when you’re in the city, you have to take your green and dirt where you can find them. And there were certainly some pretty views.
The theater was pretty big for outside, and almost completely full. It was HOT, about 94 degrees, with heat lightening in the distance.
Oh yeah, the play. Saturday’s production was “Troilus and Cressida” which seems to be one of Shakespeare’s more obscure works. And it took a while to figure out what was going on. Honestly, I’ve always considered plays and poetry to be punishment rather than something partaken of voluntarily. But this was very well presented by a professional cast, and of course it was outside. I enjoyed it enough that I would go back again.
Moral of the story? Try something new, and take your outside where you can get it. Go play (yes that was on purpose).