April 29, 2008

Friends, Romans and Countrymen....



Every summer the Public Theatre produces Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theatre. This year's productions are Hamlet (May 27 - June 29) and Hair: The American Tribal Rock Musical (July 22 - August 17).

Tickets for these performances are usually free. The catch is you have to queue up at the Delacorte or the Public Theatre downtown the day of the show to get tickets. The box office starts handing out tickets at 1 pm but people start lining up as early as midnight for shows that have impressive casts.....one such show was Mother Courage with Meryl Streep and Kevin Klein in 2006. I was lucky enough to see this production even though the play stopped several times during the performance due to freezing rain. I also got to see Jennifer Ehle and Liev Shreiber in Macbeth that same summer (we did have better weather conditions that time).

The Public Theatre has just announced that they are no longer distributing tickets at their downtown location but is introducing a "Virtual Line" online.

From Playbill.com:
With the new virtual line, the Public allows individuals who are registered at the Public Theater website to log on and submit a day-of request for tickets beginning at 12 AM ET. Each individual entry is able to request up to two tickets for that day's performance. At 1 PM registered users can log on to the Public website to see if their names have been randomly selected. The day-of tickets will be held at the Delacorte box office.

Majority of tickets will still be available for those who queue up in person at the Delacorte. So if you are in the city around those dates join the queue and make new friends! It's one of the quintessential NY theatre experience if you're a theatre geek.

(photo fr PublicTheatre.org)

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