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The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park

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We share a significant core mission with The Public Theatre, and that is to reach as many people in New York as possible with opportunities to enrich their lives through the arts. No program in New York City more fully expresses this shared value than Free Shakespeare in the Park. Since 1962, Summer in New York has come to mean outstanding productions of the world’s most famous playwright, performed by some of the field’s most exciting artists, all under the stars in the middle of Central Park, free and open to all. Nearly six million people have enjoyed more than 150 free productions, delighting generations of New Yorkers and countless visitors to the city. This year we are particularly pleased to support the much anticipated return to live performance with the very special, post-pandemic The Merry Wives of Windsor.

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, has returned 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 continues through the third week of September. Learn more. 

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