Shakespear in the Park: Part 1- Getting the tickets

Shakespeare in the Park is one of those amazing things that happens in New York that blows your expectations away and delivers a night of entertainment you won't soon forget- at least that's what it did for me the last several summers. There is a cost, though, and a heavy one at that. You have to get up early in the morning to be able to get the free tickets for the show. Did I say free? Yep, free. But because it is such a popular show, and free, the line to get the aforementioned free tickets starts forming very early in the morning outside the Delacorte Theater.

This year, for the first half of the season, Shakespeare in the Park will be performing Much Ado About Nothing. For a description, check out Shakespeare in the Park: Part 2- Watching the Show.

So here it is, the plan as of now (possibly to be changed- I'll explain in a second). We need people to go with us to get tickets. We'll be lining up at 7am, but tickets won't be given out until 12pm. The limit is two tickets per person. That means lots of waiting, but with good company. If you help us get tickets, you are guaranteeing your own admittance. Or if you just happen to be an early bird, and want to hang out with us to get tickets, but don't want to see the show, you get two lucky people in to the show (God bless your heart if you do that). Because you will be doing the hard part, it is your choice whether you share your ticket with a group member who is unable to make it out that early for the wait or use it for someone else you choose. I do hope that many of you will choose to share tickets with the group, though.

Now, to explain about the plan maybe changing. In the past, quite a few members who were much more familiar with the waiting process for this show let me know that, because the particular performance we planned to attend was the last show for the season, I should change the meeting time to 3am. It turned out to be good advice. Since this is still roughly only the middle of the season, I'm not expecting to run into the same issue this time around. But if enough of those members who know better than I do contact me, I probably will change the meeting time to an earlier one again. But this is just a heads up for an unlikely scenario, just in case.

Keep in mind, they are very strict about cutting in line, so if you get there late, you can still wait in line, but not with us (I promise to walk back and visit, though).

I plan to do what I can to make sure it isn't a dull wait. I can bring games to play, a blanket to nap on, and my own surpassingly entertaining self to engage you as much as possible. I recommend you bring snacks, something to sit or lay on, and something to entertain yourself in case you get tired of me.

Well, nothing left to say, but looking forward to waiting with you!

 

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  • Shawn

    Not very many people came out to wait in line, so there aren't very many tickets. I've already updated the attendee list for the part 2 meetup.

    June 21, 2014

  • Dale

    The wait, is always always so much fun! We laugh for hours:)

    June 21, 2014

  • Melissa D.

    How did it go?

    June 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Guys, how did it go.

    June 21, 2014

  • Sol K.

    How did it go?

    June 21, 2014

  • Shawn

    We're a decent ways back in the line. I talked to the people monitoring the line and they still haven't reached the point where they estimate they would run out of tickets.

    June 21, 2014

  • Elizabeth

    Not sure I'll make it there until 730-8 but I'll try.

    June 21, 2014

    • Shawn

      If you get there a little late, you'll almost definitely still have a spot close enough in line to get tickets. You just may not be very close to is in line.

      June 21, 2014

    • Elizabeth

      Ok, I'll text you when I arrive

      June 21, 2014

  • Shawn

    We're going in to get a spot in line, now.

    June 21, 2014

  • Shawn

    Ok folks, I'm standing on the corner of 81sr street and Central Park West. I've got a brownish plaid button-up with the sleeves rolled up and glasses on. I also have a yellow blanket tucked under my arm. Come find me.

    June 21, 2014

  • Dale

    Good morning everyone,

    See you in a few minutes.

    June 21, 2014

  • Aileen

    I'm going to try my luck with the virtual lottery first before getting in line this early. If I get it, I'll post the result and someone can be my plus one.

    June 20, 2014

    • Shawn

      That sounds fair- and also like I will be jealous if it works for you. Jealous in inly the nicest way possible, of course

      June 20, 2014

  • derrick b.

    too early for me zzzz

    June 20, 2014

  • Melissa D.

    I unfortunately have to work on Saturday during morning...if not I would be happy to join in. But if there are any extra tickets by any chance...would love to see the show! :(

    June 19, 2014

    • Shawn

      Hey Melissa, your best bet is to RSVP for the Shakespeare in the Park part 2 meetup, if you haven't already.

      June 19, 2014

    • Melissa D.

      Thanks Shawn! I just RSVP'd for the second part!

      June 19, 2014

  • Sheila

    Has the meetup time changed..from 7:00AM on a Sat. morning.... !! Just checking...

    June 19, 2014

    • Shawn

      Hey Sheila, the meetup time is the same. From what I understand, there won't be any need to make it earlier- which I am very grateful for.

      June 19, 2014

    • Sheila

      So am I.. thx Shawn.

      June 19, 2014

  • Dale

    We laughed for 4 hours straight, on last year's line.
    Looking forward to seeing everyone Sat. morning.

    June 19, 2014

  • Sheila

    Hello All, I'm a newbie & love Shakespeare in the Park. See you there.

    June 16, 2014

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