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Free Shakespeare in the Park: Merry Wives

Shakespeare in the Park

August 7 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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An event every week that begins at 8:00 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until September 18, 2021

Central Park, Delacorte Theater
81 Central Park West Upper West Side
New York, New York

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The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park returns with Merry Wives, a fresh and joyous adaptation by Jocelyn Bioh of Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor. Set in South Harlem, amidst a vibrant and eclectic community of West African immigrants, MERRY WIVES is a New York story about tricks of the heart, performed in the heart of the City—Central Park’s magical Delacorte Theater. A raucous spinoff featuring the Bard’s most beloved comic characters, this hilarious farce tells the story of the trickster Falstaff and the wily wives who outwit him in a new celebration of Black joy, laughter, and vitality.

No ticket lines this year, all tickets free tickets will be distributed entirely via an advanced digital lottery. Enter the lottery via the Goldstar app on Apple or Android, or on the website each Tuesday and Friday, one week prior to the next week’s scheduled performances. Reserved seats available for Supporters ($300+, tax-deductible).

Catch-and-Release Fishing

Borrow fishing poles for catch-and-release fishing at the Harlem Meer. Try to hook largemouth bass, pumpkinseed sunfish, bluegill sunfish, carp, and chain pickerel.

Poles plus instructions and bait (corn kernels) available at the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, on the north shore of the Meer.



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Central Park Zoo

Visit sea lions, snow monkeys, red pandas, turtles, bears and other animals at the cozy Central Park Zoo.

* Indoor areas are now open including the delightful penguins & sea birds exhibit and colorful tropic zone.

* See an Ice Age themed short film the 4D Theater, an immersive experience featuring the visual drama…

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Mozart for Munchkins: UWS

Dance and clap classical, jazz, and sing-along favorites while meeting the clarinet, bassoon, and french horn at an outdoor, socially distanced, interactive concert curated for little ones and their grown-ups. Children of all ages are welcome to observe, explore, discover, crawl, sing and dance to their hearts’ content, while parents, grandparents, and caregivers sit back,…

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MusicTalks Open Air Concerts

Join MusicTalks for 75 minutes, intimate, salon-style concerts with introductions to composers like Mozart, Schubert & Vivaldi and their works, musical demonstrations, and a space for dialogue between artists and audience.

Bring a folding chair/blanket, snacks and drinks if you’d like.

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