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Free Shakespeare in the Park Returns This Summer With Merry Wives

The Public Theater has announced that the 59-year tradition of free theater in Central Park that was interrupted for the first time ever in 2020 due to the coronavirus epidemic, will return this summer with the delightful comedy Merry Wives. The Foundation is proud to be the season sponsor. The adaptation was written by Jocelyn Bloh and directed by Saheem Ali, taking place in South Harlem in a vibrant and eclectic community of West African immigrants, featuring an all-Black cast. Merry Wives is a New York story about the tricks of the heart, a raucous spinoff featuring the Bard’s most beloved comic characters. The hilarious farce tells the story of the trickster Falstaff and the wily wives who outwit him in this new celebration of Black joy, laughter, and vitality.

 

The extended run opens July 6 and runs through the third week of September. Learn more. 

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