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!