Each year, Shakespeare in the Park puts on amazing performances, for free in Central Park. This Year, for the first half of the season, it is Much Ado About Nothing.
Hamish Linklater and Tony® nominee Lily Rabe return to the Park this summer as the wise-cracking, would-be lovers Beatrice and Benedick in the beloved romantic comedy MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. Central Park becomes sun-drenched Sicily at the turn of the last century, where the heat of summer ignites the fevered passions of lovesick ladies in corsets and pining gentlemen spying from the verandah. Three-time Tony winner Jack O’Brien directs this delightful skirmish of wit between two self-declared bachelors tricked by their mischief-making friends into falling in love against their will and in spite of their own hearts.
Sound interesting? I'll bet it does. There's a catch though. The tickets are free, but that doesn't mean easy to get. Basically, a few of us (or possibly more with your generous help) will be getting in line at 7am that morning to get the tickets. Coincidentally, there is a meetup posted for those of you who wish to help with this task. People who help get tickets are guaranteed a spot, people who don't are depending on chance. This cannot be stressed enough, the only way to guarantee yourself a ticket is to wait in line.
So this is how it's going to work. Because I can't guarantee how many tickets will be available for this event, I will give whatever tickets become available on a first come, first serve basis. Basically rsvp yes for the event, and I will adjust the limit to reflect the number of tickets. If you rsvp'ed within that number, you get to go.
The limit of tickets given out is two per person. If someone waits in line the entire time and gets tickets, they earn an extra ticket for someone who was not able to wait. If two people share the wait in line, they each earn a ticket, but no extra one for those who did not wait. The safe bet to be able to see the show is to wait in line, either the whole time or find someone to share it with. If you're interested in splitting the waiting time up, post a comment and anyone else interested can reply. Also, because we're all adults and I have no real ability to force anyone to do anything (even if I were so inclined to try) some people who wait in line with us may choose to use their extra ticket for someone not on the waiting list. Which brings me back to earlier statement that cannot be stressed enough- the only way to guarantee yourself a spot is by waiting in line, either the whole time or arranging to split the wait with someone.
The Public Theater does not condone the scalping of tickets. Scalping is not illegal in New York State; however, selling free tickets for personal profit goes against the mission to make Shakespeare in the Park free for all. Tickets obtained through third parties other than The Public Theater may not be valid. Any audience member found in possession of such tickets may not be admitted to the theater.
In the event of rain the start of the performance may be delayed. However, the production will be performed if and when it is possible to do so. If a performance is canceled due to rain or any other reason, tickets are not valid for re-issue or exchange.
The concession stand offers an assortment of snacks and beverages including sandwiches, soda, wine and beer. Theatergoers are allowed to bring food/beverages into the theater as long as everything fits under their seat. However, no glass containers are allowed inside the theater.