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Jul 23, 2015 at 03:48 pm by mikewood


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Free Summer Outdoor Theater in Manhattan 2022

NYC Free Things To Do In Summer in Manhattan - Free Summer Theater On the Upper East Side UES, Upper West Side UWS, Midtown, West & East Village, SoHo & Tribeca & Shakespeare in Central Park in NYC

July 27, 2022 / Manhattan Neighborhoods / Dance & Theater / Theatre Manhattan / Manhattan Things To Do / Manhattan Buzz NYC.

manhattan free summer theater uws ues upper east side upper west side manhattan nyc free summer theater manhattan nycSummer is in full swing. A number of community groups in collaboration with the NYC Parks Department and frequently some measure of government funding, have put together a summer full of free summer theater in the parks. The free theatre events listed below are designed for young and old alike and they're FREE.

 

Editor's Note - Note that only ASTERISKED LOCATIONS have been updated. Pay attention to the performance dates / years. We will be updating / adding this summer theater report between now and the end of September. So check back periodically for updates which you can note by the date changing above.

 

Two Manhattan Theater Festivals Closed 2017 - 2019

Please note that it appears that the Fringe Festival - a festival of avante garde original theater for about 20 years - will not return this year 2021. The festival seemed to be losing steam in 2019, and then went on hiatus with the rest of the world in 2020 and 2021. Based on their web presences - the NYC International Fringe Festival appears to have ended. We could not reach Ms. Holy, the executive of the show for confirmation, but it is probably accurate.

Also, for 18 years the Midtown International Theater Festival offerred a series of short, generally modern original works once or twice a year in the Manhattan Theatre District, but in 2017 the Founder, John Chatterton, decided to retire the program. Neither of these were free, but they didn't cost much, and both will be missed this summer.

Foreign Films / Free Movies in the Park Manhattan. Click here to view our report on free movies in the park - summer movies in Manhattan, Upper East Side UES, Upper West Side UWS, Midtown, West & East Village, SoHo & Tribeca.

SummerStage Concerts in Manhattan. Click here to view our report showing the paid & free SummerStage concerts in Manhattan.

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Music / Concerts in the Park Manhattan. Click here to view our report on free concerts in the parks - summer concerts in Manhattan, Upper East Side UES, Upper West Side UWS, Midtown, West & East Village, SoHo & Tribeca this summer.

Current Manhattan Things To Do. Click here to view a listing of current Manhattan things to do or click here to view our member submitted Manhattan events calendar.


Directory of Free Summer Outdoor Theater in Manhattan NYC

Click for Each Neighborhood - Performances Organized by Month

July 27, 2022 / Manhattan Buzz NYC.

1. Upper West Side Free Summer Theater - Manhattan NYC - free summer theater & things to do

2. Upper East Side Free Summer Theater Manhattan - free summer theater & things to do

3. Central Park Free Summer Theater NYC - free summer theater & things to do

4. Midtown Manhattan Free Summer Theater Manhattan NYC - free summer theater & things to do

5. East & West Village Free Summer Theater - Manhattan NYC - free summer theater & things to do

6. SoHo Bowery & Lower East Side Free Summer Theater - Manhattan - free summer theater & things to do

7. Downtown NYC & Tribeca Free Summer Theater - Manhattan - free summer theater & things to do

8. Harlem, Inwood & Washington Heights Free Summer Theater - NYC - free summer theater & things to do

 

Also Check Our Monthly NYC Events / Manhattan Things To Do Calendar



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1. Upper West Side UWS - Free Summer Outdoor Theater 2022

 


* Soldiers & Sailors Monument - Free Shakespeare in the Park UWS NYC

Riverside Park - Free Shakespeare Plays / Free Things To Do in Manhattan NYC

free summer theater uws ues upper east side upper west side manhattan nyc free summer theater uws upper west side ues upper east side riverside park carl schurz parkLocation. On the north patio of the Soldiers & Sailors Monument which can be accessed at West 89th Street and Riverside Drive on the Upper West Side [see photo at right]. Take the steps behind the monument down to the large patio.

CoVid Guidelines. Proof of vaccination and the wearing of a mask are still required. Also attendees must be seated before the 6.30 pm opening. Free.

Dates / Descriptions.

  • Thursdays thru Sundays, June 2 - 26, 2022 - Richard II, which they describe as follows: Richard II is a naive, ambitious, and reckless young king who believes he is anointed by God. By stealing his dead uncle's estate from his banished cousin, Bolingbroke, Richard II sets in motion his own downfall. Free summer outdoor theater / plays on the Upper West Side UWS of Manhattan NYC.
  • Thursdays thru Sundays, June 30 - July 24, 2022 from 6.30 - 8.30 pm / Emma - We'll post a description of the play when they do. Free summer outdoor theater / plays on the Upper West Side UWS of Manhattan NYC.
  • Thursdays thru Sundays, July 28 - August 21, 2022 from 6.30 - 8.30 pm / Macbeth - A Shakespearean classic. We'll post a description of the play when they do. Free summer outdoor theater / plays on the Upper West Side UWS.

The FREE [pay what you can] theatrical productions of this Shakespeare in the Park are organized by the Hudson Warehouse a theater company.

Also see free summer movies on the UWS Upper West Side Manhattan and the Manhattan things to do calendar and the things to do section of the UWS Upper West Side Neighborhood.


* Lincoln Center - Mostly Music at the Summer for the City Festival

Free Things To Do / Free Summer Outdoor Summer Concerts on the Upper West Side UWS of Manhattan NYC

free summer concerts uws upper west side free summer concerts lincoln center nyc photo free summer concerts movies manhattan nycLocation. Lincoln Center is located along Columbus Avenue between 64th and 66th Street on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

 

  • Wednesdays, July 20 & 27, and August 3 & 10, 2022 from 8 - 10 pm - LAUGHTER IN THE PARK. The program moved from Central Park to Lincoln Center to participate in their Summer for the City program. Stand up and rehearsed comedic performances.
  • Contact. www.nylaughs.org & www.lincolncenter.org

Also see Lincoln Center concerts by clicking - free concerts in the parks - summer concerts in Manhattan, Upper East Side UES, Upper West Side UWS, Midtown, West & East Village, SoHo & Tribeca.


* Wise Towers, 117 West 90th Street

  • Saturday. Aug 13, 2022 @ 2 pm - Teacher! Teacher! or P.S. I love you. - They describe the play as follows, " ... a rip-roaring original musical which tells the story of a struggling teacher in an underserved neighborhood who puts her life on the line for her kids ...". Free summer theater on the UWS of Manhattan NYC.
  • Contact / Tickets. Free. Organized by the Parks Dept & Theater for the New City aka TNC at www.theaterforthenewcity.net.

 


2. Upper East Side UES - Free Summer Outdoor Theater 2022

 


* Carl Schurz Park - Free Shakespeare in the Park UES NYC

Free Shakespeare In Carl Schurz Park - Free Things To Do In Upper East Side NYC

Location. The theatrical and Shakespearean productions are performed at Carl Schurz Park at East End Avenue and 86th Street.

  • Tuesday - Sunday, June 28 - July 3, 2022 from 7 - 9 pm - Cymbeline - They describe their rendition of this play as: "... intrigue and drama in William Shakespeare’s 1611 romantic adventure Cymbeline, performed by seven energetic actors." Free summer outdoor theater / plays in Carl Schurz Park on the Upper East Side UES of Manhattan NYC.
  • Contact. Performed by NY Classical Theatre Company. Free but rsvp via www.nyclassical.org. You're advised to make a reservation as they have sold out in the past.

Also see free summer movies on the UES Upper East Side Manhattan and the free summer concerts on the Upper East Side and the things to do section of the UES Upper East Side Neighborhood.


 

3. Central Park - Free Summer Outdoor Theater in Manhattan

 

 


* Delacorte Theater - Free Summer Outdoor Theater in Central Park NYC

Free Things To Do on the Upper East Side NYC - Free Shakespeare In Central Park

free shakespeare in the park free shakespeare delacorte theater central park nyc shakespeare in the park manhattanLocation. The Delacorte Theatre is located in the middle of Central Park and can be accessed via the West 82nd Street entrance on the UWS and the 86th Street entrance on the UES

The photo to your right was taken at the Delacorte Public Theater located in Central Park between the Upper East Side and the Upper West Side. The Shakespearean productions are performed by the Public Theater Company.

Tickets / CoVid. Check for CoVid vaccination & mask wearing guidelines / protocols. Limited seating available. All tickets are being distributed online and none will be given on the day of the performance. FREE but first come, first serve - or you can pay for a certain ticket at www.publictheater.org.

 

Shakespeare at Delacorte Theater Central Park June 21, 2022 - July 17, 2022

  • Tuesdays - Sundays, June 21 - July 17, 2022 beginning at 8 pm - Richard III - By William Shakespeare / Adapted by Robert O'Hara. This adaptation of the Shakespearean classic about a power hungry King who will stop at nothing to obtain and keep power seems reminiscent of former President Donald Trump and his Chief Propagandist, Rupert Murdoch of Fox News, the WSJ and the NY Post.
  • Location. Free Shakespeare in the park at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park in Manhattan NYC. See location instructions above.
  • Contact. Free theater but you need to rsvp a ticket online at least one day prior to performance. For details see www.publictheater.org.

Summer Break for Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater

  • Note that Shakespeare in Central Park goes on hiatus from July 17th - August 10th, at which time it resumes at Delacorte Theater. That said, the Public Theater Company continues to perform at Joe's Pub in the East Village / Bowery. For details see www.publictheater.org.

Shakespeare at Delacorte Theater Central Park August 10, 2022 - September 11, 2022

  • Tuesday - Sundays, August 10 - September 11, 2022 beginning at 8 pm [no show on Saturday, September 10] - As You Like It - By William Shakespeare / Adapted by Shaina Taub and Laurie Woolery. This adaptation of the Shakespearean classic romantic comedy addresses love and gender.
  • Location. Free Shakespeare in the park at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park in Manhattan NYC. See location instructions above.
  • Contact. Free theater but you need to rsvp a ticket online at least one day prior to performance. For details see www.publictheater.org.

 

Shakespeare in Central Park Tuesdays - Sundays, June 14 - 26, 2022 - NY Classical Theatre

  • Tuesdays - Sundays, June 14 - 26, 2022 from 7 - 9 pm - Cymbeline - They describe their rendition of this play as: "... intrigue and drama in William Shakespeare’s 1611 romantic adventure Cymbeline, performed by seven energetic actors." Free summer outdoor theater / plays in Central Park near the Upper East Side UES, Upper West Side UWS and Harlem in Manhattan NYC.
  • Location. In Central Park on the lawn at 100th Street and Central Park West. Free Shakespeare in the park in Central Park in Manhattan NYC.
  • Contact. Performed by NY Classical Theatre Company. Free but rsvp via www.nyclassical.org. You're advised to make a reservation as they have sold out in the past.

 

NOT RETURNING 2022 _ Central Park - Naumberg Bandshell in Central Park & Nearby August 7 & 8, 2021

  • Sunday, Aug 14, 2022 @ 2 pm - Teacher! Teacher! or P.S. I love you. Central Park Bandshell, 72nd Street Crosswalk. They describe the play as follows, " ... a rip-roaring original musical which tells the story of a struggling teacher in an underserved neighborhood who puts her life on the line for her kids ...".
  • Location. The Naumberg Bandshell is just south of the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park accessible via 72nd Street on both the East and West Side.
  • Contact / Tickets. Free. Theater for the New City aka TNC at ww.theaterforthenewcity.net

 

Summit Rock at 81st Street in Central Park - August 7, 2021

  • OLD _ NOTE DATE / YEAR _ August 7, 2021 beginning at 6.30 pm - Under Woodside - Described as, " ... Juliann Lavallee’s newest play, puts a contemporary twist on Dylan Thomas’ poetic prose and musical style to breathe life into the story of [a] neighborhood of Queens ... the action of the play is confined to a single day ... celebrates the diversity of being: saints and solicitors are presented as equally holy and worthy... ".
  • Location. At Summit Rock in Central Park - enter at Central Park West at 81st Street, walk north along the wall and look for steps on your right. On the UWS of Manhattan NYC. Free summer outdoor theater in Central Park in Manhattan NYC.

 

Laughter in the Park - Moved to Lincoln Center as part of the Summer in the City

  • June, July, August & September 2022 - LAUGHTER IN THE PARK. Moved to Lincoln Center as one of their Summer in the City programs on 7/20, 7/27, 8/3 and 8/10 from 8 - 10 pm. They are also performing at: 1) Wolfes Pond on Staten Island on 6/19 from 4 - 6 pm, 2) Garibaldi Plaza in Washington Square Park in Manhattan on 6/26 from 4 - 5.30 pm, and 3) at Little Island in the West Village on 6/20 & 7/18 from 9.30 - 11 pm. Free Laughter in the Park performances in NYC summer 2022.
  • Contact. www.nylaughs.org & www.nycparks.org

 

Harlem Meer Performance Festival in Central Park

  • Sundays, July 17 - August 21, 2022 from 2 - 4 pm - Harlem Meer Performance Festival. Every week they host music and dance performances at the Harlem Meer at 110th Street between 5th Avenue & Lenox Avenue on the Upper East Side near Harlem.

Also see free summer movies on the UES Upper East Side Manhattan and free concerts in the parks - summer concerts in Manhattan, Upper East Side UES, Upper West Side UWS, Midtown, West & East Village, SoHo & Tribeca and the Manhattan things to do calendar and the things to do section of the UES Upper East Side Neighborhood.


 

4. Midtown Manhattan NYC - Free Summer Outdoor Theater

 


* Bryant Park - Free Summer Theater in Midtown Manhattan NYC

Free Things To Do in Midtown Manhattan NYC

free summer theater uws ues upper east side upper west side manhattan nyc free summer theater uws upper west side ues upper east side riverside park carl schurz parkLocation. Bryant park is located between 5th and 6th Avenues and between 40th and 42nd Streets. The free summer theater events are organized by Bryant Park Org.

 

Contemporary & Folk Dance in Bryant Park

  • Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, May 3, 4 & 5, 2022 from 6 - 8.30 pm - Dance Party - Learn how to dance to live bands with free dance instruction at Fountain Terrace in Bryant Park. The following is their schedule - May 3 - Salsa, May 4 - Swing & May 5 Cinco de Mayo.
  • Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, May 10, 11 & 12, 2022 from 6 - 8.30 pm - Dance Party - Learn how to dance to live bands with free dance instruction at Fountain Terrace in Bryant Park. The following is their schedule - May 10 - Flamenco Rumba, May 11 - African Fusion and May 12 - Music of the Americas, Colombia, Peru & Venezuela.

 

  • Thursday, July 28, 2022 from 6.30 - 8 pm - Ailey II & Ailey Extension. They describe the two part program as follows, Part I " ... Ailey Extension currently offers a variety of in-person, virtual, and hybrid class options in techniques like hip-hop, ballet, Horton, West African, Zumba®, samba, contemporary, Pilates, Broadway Jazz, and more ..." . And Part II as follows, " ... the second company of emerging young dancers, universally renowned for merging the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers. Under the vision of Artistic Director Francesca Harper, Ailey II will continue to expand the bridge from the classroom to the stage that Alvin Ailey created to constantly propel each new generation of artists forward ... "
  • Contact / Tickets. Free rsvp not necessary as first come / first serve. www.alvinailey.org and www.bryantpark.org.

 

New York City Opera in Bryant Park

  • Fridays, August 12, 2022 beginning at 7 pm - La Traviats by NYC Opera - They describe this program as follows, " ... An abridged adaptation of Verdi’s classic that inspired Moulin Rouge, with instantly recognizable tunes famously featured in Pretty Woman. Soprano Ekaterina Siurina and tenor Charles Castronovo appear with Michael Chioldi, world-renowned baritone and star of last summer’s Rigoletto (a role he recently stepped into at the Metropolitan Opera for a series of critically acclaimed performances), with City Opera Music Director Maestro Constantine Orbelian at the helm ...". Free opera in NYC Parks. First come / first serve.
  • Friday, September 2, 2022 beginning at 7 pm - Lucia di Lammermoor - They describe this program as follows, " ... Think Romeo and Juliet, but set in Scotland. Donizetti’s brilliant score is the height of drama and the pinnacle of the Bel Canto style in this abridged version starring world-renowned soprano Sarah Coburn and conducted by Constantine Orbelian ... ". Free opera in NYC Parks. First come / first serve.

 

 

Shakespeare in Bryant Park - Not Returning This Year 2022

  • OLD _ NOTE DATE / YEAR _ Monday - Wednesday, July 19 - 21, 2021 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm - Two Noble Kinsmen. The Drilling Company tells us it's a, "... funny kind of love story about a beautiful beginning ... " Produced by The Drilling Company and directed by Hamilton Clancy and Assistant Director Karla Hendrick. FREE and on the lawn - see photo below. Free summer outdoor theater organized by Bryant Park Corp in Midtown Manhattan NYC.

Broadway World in Bryant Park - Not Returning This Year 2022

  • OLD _ NOTE DATE / YEAR _ Thursday, August 1, 8 & 15, 2019 from 12.30 - 1.30 pm - Broadway World. BryantPark.org tells us it's a modernized adaptation, "The most popular shows on and off Broadway perform their biggest hits each summer in the park. Join hundreds of fans on the Lawn and enjoy favorite Broadway tunes. Arrive early and catch rehearsals! The most popular shows on and off Broadway perform their biggest hits. Hosted by 106.7 Lite FM DJs." FREE and on the lawn - see photo below. Free summer outdoor theater in Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan NYC.

 


* Hudson River Park at Pier 63 - Free Summer Theater in Chelsea Manhattan NYC

Free Things To Do In Chelsea NYC - Free Summer Movies on Pier 63

Location. Pier 63 in Hudson River Park is located along the Hudson River between 22nd and 24th Streets and 11th Avenue is the parks eastern border. The performances are held on Pier 63 with restrooms on Pier 61.

Contact. The free summer movies are organized by the friends of Hudson River Park and the Hudson River Park Trust and their flyer says "Your attendance at any event constitutes permission to use your image in our publications".

free summer movies at carl schurz park ues upper east side photo The photo to your right was taken at Hudson River Park in Chelsea along the Hudson River.

  • Thursday, June 9, 2022 beginning at 7 pm - Hudson River Dance Festival. Done in collaboration with the Joyce Theater in Chelsea. Free summer dance at Chelsea Piers in Midtown Manhattan NYC. PIER 63.
  • Saturday, August 13, 2022 from 1 - 9 pm - Blues BBQ Festival. Free summer concerts at Chelsea Piers in Midtown Manhattan NYC. PIER 76. The BBQ isn't free.

 

Also see free summer concerts in Manhattan in Midtown Chelsea NYC, free theater in Midtown and the Manhattan things to do calendar and the section for things to do Midtown NYC - Chelsea Neighborhood.


* DISCONTINUED IN 2018 _ Midtown International Theater Festival

Location. Various locations.

  • summer theater bryant park midtown manhattan nyc free summer theater hells kitchen chelsea free summer theaterThe photo to your right was taken at the Midtown International Theater Festival in an earlier year.
  • DISCONTINUED - Midtown International Theater Festival - After 18 years the Midtown International Theater Festival which offerred a series of short, generally modern original works once or twice a year in the Manhattan Theatre District - ceased productions. In November 2017, the Founder, John Chatterton, decided to retire the program. Attendance at these weren't free, but they didn't cost a lot either, and will be missed this summer as they were also missed in 2018.
  • Contact. Details at www.midtownfestival.org. Paid and free summer outdoor theater in Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan NYC.

Also see free summer movies in Midtown Manhattan and the Manhattan things to do calendar and the things to do section of the Midtown Neighborhood.


 

5. East Village & West Village NYC - (mostly) Free Summer Theater

 


* Washington Square Park - Free Salsa Dancing in the Village in Manhattan NYC

Free Things To Do In The East Village & West Village NYC - Free Summer Outdoor Theater In Washington Square Park

summer theater east village west village free summer theater manhattan nycLocation. Washington Square Park is located between 4th Street and Waverly and between MacDougal and University Place in the Village.

The photo to your right was taken at the Fringe Theater Festival in the East Village in a prior year.

  • Sunday, June 26, 2022 from 4 - 5.30 pm - Laughter in the Park - at Garibaldi Plaza in Washington Square Park in the Village. Organized by the Parks Dept & Laughter in the Park. Free summer outdoor theater in the Village in Manhattan NYC.
  • Contact / Tickets. Organized by www.nylaughs.org.
  • Tuesdays, May 10 - September 27, 2022 from 5 - 8 pm / Free - Salsa Nights at Washington Square Park in Garibaldi Plaza. The Washington Square Park Conservancy tells us. "Come alone & make some friends, bring a date or bring the family. Come as you are, everyone is welcome and dancers of all levels are encouraged to participate! We can’t wait to see you on the dance floor."
  • Saturday, Aug 27 @ at 2 pm - - Teacher! Teacher! or P.S. I love you. — Washington Square Park. They describe the play as follows, " ... a rip-roaring original musical which tells the story of a struggling teacher in an underserved neighborhood who puts her life on the line for her kids ...".
  • Contact / Tickets. Organized by the Parks Dept & Theater for the New City aka TNC at www.theaterforthenewcity.net. Free summer outdoor theater in the Village in Manhattan NYC.

 


* SHENYC Festival - Connelly Theater - Paid Theater in Manhattan NYC

Location. At 220 East 4th Street in the East Village of Manhattan NYC.

  • Monday thru Sunday, July 25 - August 7, 2022 at various times - SHENYC Festival - at Connelly Theater in the East Village. This festival showcases women / gender marginalized writers, composers and directors. Paid summer theater in the East Village in Manhattan NYC.
  • Contact / Tickets. www.shenycarts.org / Tickets $35 / show or you can obtain a discount of $10 or $30 by buying 2 or 3 shows for $60 or $75.

 


* Under St Mark's - Little Shakespeare Festival - Summer Theater in the Village Manhattan NYC

Location. Under St. Mark's Theater is located in the basement at 94 St Marks Place at 1st Avenue in the East Village. St. Mark's Place is the equivalent of 8th Street.

  • Thursday, August 4 - Sunday, August 14, 2022 - The Little Shakespeare Festival. It's called 'little' because each production contains only four or five actors. 1) August 4 & 6 - As You Will - at 9 pm and 7 pm respectively, 2) August 5, 7, 11, 12 & 14 - Romeo & Juliet - at 7 pm weekdays and 5.30 pm and 4 pm respectively on Sundays, 3) August 6, 10 & 13 - Unspoken Garden - at 2 pm Saturdays & 7 pm weekday, 4) August 9 - Fights of Shakesepeare & As You Will [double feature] - at 7 pm and 5) Brawls & Burlesque, August 13 at 7 pm & 14 at 2 pm.
  • Contact / Tickets. Frigid Theater NYC - www.frigid.nyc / Tickets are $25 / $20.

 


* TBD _ Kraine Theater - Frigid Theater Company Organizes Performances Here

Location. Kraine Theater is at 85 East 4th Street at 2nd Avenue in the East Village.

  • They Organize about 5 Theater Festivals per Year. See the Little Shakespeare Festival above.
  • Contact / Tickets. Frigid Theater NYC - www.frigid.nyc.

 


* Theater for a New City - Free Summer Outdoor Theater - East Village NYC

Free Things To Do in the East Village of Manhattan in NYC

Location. Theater for a New City aka TNC is located at 155 First Avenue between 9th and East 10th Streets in the East Village in Manhattan.

  • Saturdays & Sundays at 2 pm & [Fridays in Coney Island at 6.30 pm] August 6 - September 18, 2022 - Teacher! Teacher! or P.S. I love you. They describe the play as follows, " ... a rip-roaring original musical which tells the story of a struggling teacher in an underserved neighborhood who puts her life on the line for her kids ...". Free summer theater in the East Village in Manhattan NYC.
  • NOTE THAT THE LOCATION CHANGES.
  • Saturday, Aug 6, 2022 @ 2:00 PM: MANHATTAN — Outside Theater for the New City at E. 10th Street & 1st Ave.
  • Sunday, Aug 7, 2022 @ 2:00 PM: BRONX — Pontiac Playground at St. Mary’s Park, 350 St. Ann’s Ave.
  • Saturday. Aug 13, 2022 @ 2:00 PM: MANHATTAN — Wise Towers, 117 West 90th Street
  • Sunday, Aug 14, 2022 @ 2:00 PM: MANHATTAN — Central Park Bandshell, 72nd Street Crosswalk
  • Friday, Aug 19, 2022 @ 6:30 PM: BROOKLYN — Coney Island Boardwalk @ W. 10th Street
  • Sat, Aug 20, 2022 @ 2:00 PM: MANHATTAN — Abe Lebwohl Park @St. Marks Church, E. 10th St. & 2nd Ave.
  • Sunday, Aug 21, 2022 @2:00 PM: MANHATTAN — Jackie Robinson Park, W. 147th St. & Bradhurst Ave.
  • Saturday, Aug 27, 2022 @ 2:00 PM: MANHATTAN — Washington Square Park
  • Sunday, August 28, 2022 @ 2:00 PM: QUEENS — Travers Park, 34th Avenue Between 77th and 78th Street
  • Saturday, Sept 10, 2022 @ 2:00 PM: BROOKLYN — Sunset Park, 6th Ave. & 44th Street
  • Sun, Sept 11, 2022 @ 2:00 PM: BROOKLYN — Ft. Greene Park, Myrtle Ave. bet. N. Portland Ave. & St. Edwards St.
  • Saturday, September 17, 2022 @ 2:00 PM: STATEN ISLAND — Tappen Park at Canal, Bay and Water Streets
  • Sunday, September 18, 2022 @ 2:00 PM: MANHATTAN — Tompkins Square Park at E. 7th St. & Ave A

Contact / Tickets. www.theaterforthenewcity.net

 


* Tompkins Square Park - Summer Theater in the East Village Manhattan NYC

Location. Tompkins Square Park is located between East 7th and East 10th Street between Avenues A & B in the East Village of Manhattan NYC.

  • Saturday, Aug 6, 2022 @ 2 pm - Teacher! Teacher! or P.S. I love you.— Outside Theater for the New City at E. 10th Street & 1st Ave. At TNC headquarters located on East 10th Street and 1st Avenue in the East Village. Free summer theater in the East Village in Manhattan NYC. Free.
  • Sat, Aug 20 @ 2 pm - Teacher! Teacher! or P.S. I love you. — Abe Lebwohl Park @St. Marks Church, E. 10th St. & 2nd Ave. Abe Lebewohl Park is located at St. Marks Church on East 10th Street and 2nd Avenue in the East Village. Free summer theater in the East Village in Manhattan NYC. Free.
  • Sunday, September 18, 2022 @ 2 pm - Teacher! Teacher! or P.S. I love you. — Tompkins Square Park at E. 7th St. & Ave A 2022 - They describe the play as follows, " ... a rip-roaring original musical which tells the story of a struggling teacher in an underserved neighborhood who puts her life on the line for her kids ...". Free summer theater in the East Village in Manhattan NYC.Free summer outdoor theater in Tompkins Square Park the East Village in Manhattan NYC.
  • Contact. Organized by the Parks Dept & Theater for the New City aka TNC at www.theaterforthenewcity.net.

 

 

  • NOT RETURNING TO TOMPKIN SQUARE IN 2019, 2020, 2021 nor 2022 - See Contact Info Below - The following is the 2018 listing - Sunday, July 22, 2018 from 2 - 4 pm - Laughter in the Park - at Tompkins Square Park - Billed as, "Laughter in the Park is a free, outdoor weekly comedy series, presented by NYLaughs.org, that takes place over the course of five weeks throughout the summer." By Laughter in the Park Org. Free summer outdoor theater in Tompkins Square Park the East Village in Manhattan NYC.
  • Contact. See Lincoln Center above and Little Island Park below. www.nylaughs.org.

* Little Island Park in the West Village hosts Free Laughter in the Park Performances

Location. Along the Hudson at West 14th Street in the West Village in Manhattan NYC.

  • Thursdays, June 16 & July 14, 2022 - Laughter in the Park. Free, but it's advisable to rsvp because there are park capacity limits.
  • Contact. www.nylaughs.org & www.nycparks.org

 


 

6. Lower East Side, Bowery, SoHo Manhattan NYC

 

 


* The Drilling Theater Company - Free Shakespeare in the Park ... ing Lot

Location. In the parking lot at 114 Norfolk, between Rivington and Delancey Streets on the Lower East Side.

  • Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, July 13, 14, & 15 and Thursday, Friday & Saturday, July 21, 22 & 23, 2022 beginning at 7 pm - The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare. One of the old bard's tales that includes a mix of psychology, romance and comedy. If I'm not mistaken, The Drilling Theater Company had participated in the International Fringe Theater Festival of 2018 [below], and performed at this site.
  • Contact / Tickets. The Drilling Theater Company - www.drillingcompany.org

 

* Discontinued in 2020 & 2021 _ FringeNYC

  • The International Fringe Theater Festival moved to a BYOV [Bring Your Own Venue] in 2019, Went on Hiatus in 2020 & Doesn't Appear to be returning in 2021. Based on their websites, it looks like they were a CoVid casualty but this is UNCONFIRMED. Check our site or theirs www.fringenyc.org for details. Paid and free summer theater in Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan NYC.

Also see free summer movies in the East Village West Village Manhattan and the Manhattan things to do calendar and the things to do section of the W & E Village Neighborhood.


* East River Park Amphitheatre - CLOSED for Renovations Summer 2022

manhattan free summer theater manhattan tribeca bowery soho nyc free summer theater manhattanLocation. East River Park is located along the East River in the Bowery / Lower East Side, just south of the Williamsburg Bridge and East Village. The Amphitheater in East River Park is located between the FDR and East River and between [south] of Grand Street and east of Jackson Street. It's where the coastline along the East River turns north when going north.

As of July 2022 - THIS PARK IS BEING RECONSTRUCTED DUE TO IT'S PROXIMITY TO THE EAST RIVER AND LOW ELEVATION. It's become a part of the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project. The last event was held earlier in the summer of 2021 and thereafter programming ceased as reconstruction began. The Amphitheater itself was reportedly torn down in December of 2021. Stay tuned for updates, but nothing is expected to return in 2022.

The photo to your right was taken by Allison Brzezinski, Founder & Artistic Director of CheckItDance, at one of their performances along the East River near Solar One - which is not the location, but north of it - and gives you a sense of East River theater.

THE FOLLOWING is an example of a performance in a prior year. Hard to say what will return when the renovations are completed, likely long after this summer has passed, but stay tuned.

  • OLD _ NOTE DATE / YEAR _ Monday, July 29, 2019 from 6 to 7.30 pm - New York NY Euripides Summer Festival - IPHIGENIA AMONG THE TAURIANS - "Iphigenia was actually not sacrificed in Aulis by Agamemnon but was saved by Artemis whom she now serves as a priestess in the goddess’ temple at Tauris where her brother Orestes and his friend Pylades go to rob the temple." At the East River Park Amphitheater in John V. Lindsay East River Park at Grand Street exit between Cherry & Jackson. Free summer theater on the Lower East Side [aka LES] near SoHo and Tribeca in Manhattan NYC. Produced by American Thymele Theatre. Rsvp not required, but to be sure of a seat you can contact Ticket Central at 212.279.4200.

Also see free summer movies in Midtown Manhattan and the Manhattan things to do calendar and the things to do section of the Midtown Neighborhood.



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7. Downtown NYC & Tribeca - Free Summer Outdoor Theater

 


* Battery Park Dance Festival - Free Summer Dance / Theater NYC

Free Things To Do in Downtown NYC - Free Summer Dance Performances in FiDi / Downtown NYC

Location. In Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park at 20 Battery Place just south of 1st Place near Battery Park City.

  • August 13 - 19, 2022 from 7 - 9 pm - Battery Dance Festival - The 41st Annual Dance Festival featuring dozens of choreographers and dancers from around the city, the nation and parts of the world. Free summer outdoor dance performances in Battery Place in Downtown Manhattan NYC.
  • Contact / Registration. Register at www.batterydance.org. This year it continues to be free but you are advised to register. Free summer outdoor dance performances in Battery Place in Downtown Manhattan NYC.
  • Saturday, August 20, 2022 from 6 to 8 pm - Battery Dance Festival Closing Event. The week-long Battery Park Dance Festival ends tonight with performances at the Schimmel Theater at Pace University at 3 Spruce Street between Park Row and Gold Street, only blocks away from City Hall downtown.
  • Contact / Registration. In past years you had to rsvp general admission $10 tickets at www.batterydance.org or schimmelcenter.org - but this year it appears it's free, but you just have to register. Free summer outdoor dance performances in Battery Place in Downtown Manhattan NYC.

 


TBD _ Castle Clinton National Monument in Battery Park & Rockefeller Park - Free Summer Outdoor Theater NYC

Free Shakespeare at Castle Clinton National Monument in Battery Park & Rockefeller Park

Location. These events are being staged near the Castle Clinton National Monument in Battery Park and at 75 in Battery Place and Broadway on the ground floor.

Battery Park Conservancy at Battery Park

  • OLD _ NOTE DATE / YEAR _ Tuesday - Sunday except Thursday 7/29, July 27 - August 8, 2021 beginning at 7 pm / Free - King Lear - a romantic tragedy about two feuding families, two true lovers and a costly lesson for all. This adaptation of the play is said not to end badly. Performed by by NY Classical Theatre Company.
  • FREE but RSVP - at www.nyclassical.org. CoVid protocols in place. Free summer outdoor theater in Tribeca / Downtown Manhattan NYC.

 


 

8. Harlem, Inwood & Washington Heights

Free Summer Outdoor Theater / Shakespeare in the Park

 


* Richard Rodgers Amphitheater - Free Summer Outdoor Theater / Plays in Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem NYC

Free Things To Do in Harlem - Free Summer Plays / Theater in the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater at Marcus Garvey Park in the Harlem Neighborhood of Manhattan

Location. At the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater at Marcus Garvey Park - enter at 124th St & Fifth Ave and walk south to the venue.

  • June 17, 2022 from 7 - 10 pm - Summer of Soul. This is a film which is described by the Parks Department as follows, " ... Celebrate Juneteenth in Harlem with a free, outdoor screening of Oscar®-winning documentary Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised). In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson presents a powerful and transporting documentary – part music film, part historical record – created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion. Over the course of six weeks in summer 1969, just 100 miles south of Woodstock, The Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park). The footage was largely forgotten – until now ...". Free summer outdoor theater in Marcus Garvey Park in the Harlem section of Manhattan NYC.
  • July 6 - 29, 2022 from 8.30 - 10 pm - Shakespeare's Twelfth Night - This is a comedy that addresses gender issues in another time. It's about the separation of male and female twins on an island. Free summer outdoor theater in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan NYC. Free.
  • Contact. Organized by The Classical Theater of Harlem - www.cthnyc.org and the NYC Parks Department - - www.nycgovparks.org

Also be sure to check out the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in this park on our free summer concerts page Manhattan NYC.


* Jackie Robinson Bandshell - Free Summer Opera in Jackie Robinson Park NYC

Free Things To Do in the Sugar Hill / West Harlem Neighborhood of Manhattan NYC

Location. The Jackie Robinson Bandshell is located at West 147th Street and Bradhurst Avenue in Washington Heights.

  • Thursday, June 23, 2022 from 7 - 8.30 pm - Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital. Organized by the Parks Dept & the Metropolitan Opera. Free summer outdoor theater in the Harlem section of Manhattan NYC. CoVid guidelines in effect.
  • Contact / Organizers. Organized by the NYC Parks Department - www.nycgovparks.org and City Parks Foundation - www.cityparksfoundation.org
  • Sunday, Aug 21 @ 2 pm - - Teacher! Teacher! or P.S. I love you. - Jackie Robinson Park, W. 147th St. & Bradhurst Ave. - They describe the play as follows, " ... a rip-roaring original musical which tells the story of a struggling teacher in an underserved neighborhood who puts her life on the line for her kids ...". Free summer theater in the East Village in Manhattan NYC.Free summer outdoor theater in Tompkins Square Park the East Village in Manhattan NYC.
  • Contact. Organized by the Parks Dept & Theater for the New City aka TNC at www.theaterforthenewcity.net.

 


* Closed Since 2016 _ Inwood Shakespeare Festival - Free Summer Theater in Inwood NYC

Free Things To Do in the Inwood Neighborhood of Manhattan NYC

  • THEY ARE HAVING TROUBLE W/ FUNDING _ This is Likely a Permanent Close _ On HIATUS in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021. The Inwood Shakespeare Festival did not return in 2017 after 16 years of performances, as the theater group that performed in it [Moose Hall Theatre Company], said they needed a greater commitment from the NYC Parks Department for them to raise funding to support the effort. In 2019 it looks like more of the same, but they're planning a production of Anton Chehkov's The Cherry Orchard in 2020 - but they are still seeking support at www.moosehallisf.org [the isf stands for Inwood Shakespeare Festival]. More about the production times / location in 2020. Free Shakespeare in the Park in Inwood near Washington Heights in Manhattan NYC.

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