Get Hip With Shakespeare

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If it’s summer time in Queens, then the borough’s magnificent parks are once again filled with free Shakespeare, courtesy of Hip-to-Hip Theatre Co.

Now in its eighth season, the Woodside-based theater group — founded by husband-and-wife acting team Jason and Joy Marr — kicks things off July 23 at Flushing Meadows Corona Park with “Cymbeline.” One of the bard’s later works, “Cymbeline” may not have the name recognition of a “King Lear” or “Macbeth,” but it fits nicely into Hip to Hip’s mission of balancing a silly comedy with something more dramatic.

This year’s silliness comes by way of “Two Gentlemen of Verona,” which tells the story of the foolish way people in love usually act. Hip to Hip plans on staging the comedy in the classic Commedia dell’arte style, including the use of stock characters in masques.

The ever popular pre-curtain children’s program returns. Offered 30 minutes prior to each performance, the workshops include games and word play to help the younger audience members get a better grasp of the language and storyline. Lots of parents attend as well, using the workshops as an opportunity to brush up on their Shakespeare.

Coming to a park near you . . .

“Cymbeline”

July 23 – 7 :00p.m.  Flushing Meadows Corona Park

July 26 – 7:00 p.m.  St. Albans Park

July 30 – 7:00 p.m.  Voelker Orth Museum

August 1- 7:00 p.m.  Sunnyside Gardens Park

August 3 – 4:30 p.m.  Socrates Sculpture Park

August 7 – 7 :00p.m.  Crocheron Park

August 9 – 7:00 p.m.  Gantry Plaza State Park

August 14 – 7:30 p.m  Cunningham Park

“Two Gentlemen of Verona”

July 24 – 7 :00 p.m. Crocheron Park

July 25 – 7:00 p.m.  Lost Battalion Rec Center

July 31- 7:30 p.m.  Cunningham Park

August 2 – 7:00 p.m.  Gantry Plaza State Park

August 6 –  7 :00 p.m.  Flushing Meadows Corona Park

August 8 – 7 :00 p.m.  Sunnyside Gardens Park

August 10 – 4:30 p.m.  Socrates Sculpture Park

August 13 -7:00 p.m.  Voelker Orth Museum

Many of these parks are approximately a 15-20 minute distance from The Alexander at Rego Center. The Lost Battalion Recreation Center, scene of Two Gentlemen of Verona on July 25th, is located in Rego Park at 93-29 Queens Boulevard.

http://www.hiptohip.org/