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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

Mobile Unit presents
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

This fall, a classic New York City block party becomes the enchanted setting where fairies work their mischief in Shakespeare’s beloved play A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM.

Acclaimed director Jenny Koons takes you to the royal wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta, where a celebratory play is being rehearsed. But the real drama is unfolding in the concrete jungle of fairy King Oberon. There, four young New Yorkers discover the course of true love runs anything but smooth, as supernatural sprites and the lovable Puck conspire to reveal what fools we mortals be, and draw us all into the collective dream of romance and merriment.

Featuring Marinda Anderson, Jasai Chase-Owens, Leland Fowler, Christopher Ryan Grant, Merritt Janson, Carolyn Kettig, David Ryan Smith, Natalie Woolams-Torres, and Rosanny Zayas

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After its tour of the five boroughs, Mobile Unit will return to The Public's downtown home at 425 Lafayette Street for a free sit-down run. See below for the performance schedule.

Midsummer Nights Dream Performance Dates

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Mobile Unit will tour community centers and other venues throughout the five boroughs of New York giving free performances of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM.

Fall 2018 Mobile Unit Stops:

Thursday, October 4 at 7:00pm
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
208 W 13 Street, New York, NY
RSVP at https://tinyurl.com/LGBTshakes

Friday, October 5 at 6:30pm
Pelham Fritz Recreation Center
18 Mount Morris Park West (at 122 Street), Harlem, NY
RSVP to artsculturefun@parks.nyc.gov or call 212 860-1380

Saturday, October 6 at 4:00pm                           
North Brooklyn YMCA 
570 Jamaica Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
RSVP to shanj@ldceny.org

Wednesday, October 10 at 11:30am
Brownsville Recreation Center
1555 Linden Blvd, Brooklyn, NY
RSVP to Vivian.jett@parks.nyc.gov or call 718 345-2706

Thursdsay, October 11 at 6:30pm
Queens Public Library - Central Branch
89-11 Merrick Blvd, Jamaica, NY
RSVP via this link           

Friday, October 12 at 7:00pm
Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center
3225 Reservoir Oval East, Bronx, NY
RSVP to bronxacf@parks.nyc.gov or call 718-543-8672

Saturday, October 13 at 2:00pm
Island Voice/Canvas Institute
P.S. 57 Hubert H. Humphrey
140 Palma Dr, Staten Island, NY
RSVP to info@canvasinstitute.org

Monday, October 15 at 1:00pm
Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center
93-29 Queens Blvd, Rego Park, Queens
RSVP to cultureartsfun@parks.nyc.gov

Wednesday, October 17 at 7:00pm                          
NYPL Performing Arts Library
40 Lincoln Center Plaza New York, NY
RSVP via this link

Saturday, October 20 at 1:00pm
Faber Park Recreation Center
2175 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY
RSVP to benny.adorno@parks.nyc.gov or call 718 816-5558

Thursday, October 25 at 7:30pm
St. Paul's Chapel
209 Broadway (at Fulton Street), New York, NY
RSVP at https://tinyurl.com/stpaulshakes

 

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The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit is a reinvention of Joseph Papp’s “Mobile Theater,” which began in 1957. Papp’s original touring company evolved into the New York Shakespeare Festival, and ultimately became The Public Theater.

All of it was built on a simple idea: Culture belongs to everyone.

This idea remains at the heart of The Public Theater’s work to this day. And our Mobile Unit still takes this mission out to the communities across New York City, providing free performances to all.

This reimagining of The Public Theater’s original Mobile Theater is inspired by Ten Thousand Things Theater in Minneapolis, MN. The Mobile Unit presents free Shakespeare to prisons, homeless shelters, and community centers throughout New York’s boroughs. Over the years, the Mobile Unit has served thousands of audiences with critically acclaimed productions. In addition to the community tour, each Mobile Unit show “sits down” at The Public Theater’s Astor Place home to perform for Public audiences and community organizations from all over the city.

Past Mobile Unit tour venues have included Rikers Island, The Fortune Society, Park Avenue Armory Women’s Shelter, Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, Community Centers throughout the City, Charlotte’s Place, Borden Avenue Veteran’s Shelter, and Crossroads Juvenile Detention Center.

Recent Mobile Unit productions include Henry V, Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, The Comedy of Errors, Measure for Measure, Richard III, Much Ado About Nothing, Pericles, Prince of Tyre, and Macbeth.

Mobile Unit is made possible with the support of The Andrew W. Mellon FoundationThe Rockefeller FoundationStavros Niarchos FoundationThe Tow FoundationThe McLaughlin Children's Trust, and Bloomberg Philanthropies. Additional support provided by JetBlue Airways, Open Society Foundations, Susan & David EdelsteinThe MAE Private Foundation, and The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Season support provided by the Blavatnik Family FoundationThe LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public Theater’s year-round activities.

Mobile Unit National is made possible by the Ford Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional support provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.