Summer’s Under the Radar Theatre in NYC (And Most Of It's Free!)
We aren't talking about Hamilton or Shakespeare in the Park or even the New York Spectacular; this is all about the cool theatrical happenings you may not know of yet but will want to make time for this summer.
Clubbed Thumb's Annual Summerworks Festival
There's still time to see The Tomb of King Tot, about an ambitious regionally-syndicated cartoonist, through June 21. Then Celia Keenan-Bolger, John Ellison Conlee, Jennifer Lim, and Jeremy Shamos star in Tumacho at The Wild Project from June 27-July 9. Directed by Leigh Silverman, with sets by recent Tony winner David Zinn, the Western comedy with music follows the citizens of a frontier outpost who are looking for someone to rescue them from the terrors of the local villain.
Get yourself over to Governor's Island any Saturday or Sunday in June to participate in this free interactive art project where the public is invited to write, draw, and express themselves on the interior surfaces of 19th century out-of-use house.
Accomplice's The Quest for the Missing Slipper
Enjoy drinks, food, and mystery as you traipse around Manhattan's Meatpacking District in this adults-only, interactive Cinderella themed show. There's also a tooth fairy-inspired family show in Central Park called Quest for the Seven Teeth.
The Drilling Company's As You Like It
The free, critically-acclaimed Steampunk adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy returns to Bryant Park July 21 to 23.
This dance, music, and theatre piece introduces audiences to Anne-Marie Mudge, the grown up version of Annie, who just so happens to become the first female, African-American president of the United States of America. One night only at Brooklyn's King Theatre on June 26.
There are two notable highlights from New York City’s largest free performing arts festival. First, The Classical Theatre of Harlem's Macbeth at Marcus Garvey Park from July 8-July 31. In this production the events move from Shakespeare's Scotland to Ethiopia during the reign of Emperor Haile Selassi. Then on August 31 in Central Park, the current B'way company takes the stage for Chicago The Musical: 20th Anniversary Concert.
Anthony A. Labriola entertains the kids on the island with puppet productions of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and The Little Mermaid.
The piece reenacts an ancient Tarantati Trance Ritual, traditionally celebrated in Italy on June 29 (Fast of St. Paul) for the benefit of people, mainly women, who suffered from a form of depression or psychiatric disorder that was attributed to the bite of the tarantula. Experience it for yourself at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.