Shall I compare free to a summer’s day? BK’s free outdoor plays

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Much ado about what now? The Smith Street Stage players will let you know this summer in Carroll Park. Photo by Chris Montgomery via Facebook

Thou maketh your home in Brooklyn, maketh your heart’s hunger a quenchable goal of satiable cultural lust. You live in Brooklyn; the amount of pretentiousness you have to consume on a daily basis should at least come with some actual ingestible culture attached. So treat yourself to a temperate evening of free theatre with this summer’s lineup of original stage productions or classic reproductions of Shakespearean plays. Without much further ado, eat your heart out, and check out the free outdoor plays you can catch this summer.

Piper Theatre Productions Present:
Summer Series at Washington Park & J.J. Byrne Playground (4th Avenue and 3rd Street). Take the R Train to Union Street and walk down between 4th and 5th Avenues and between 3rd and 4th Streets in Park Slope.

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson directed by Nigel Williams
Thursday through Saturday in July at 8pm (July 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19)

Mr. Splitfoot directed by John P. McEneny
Sunday, July 13 and 20 at 8:30pm. Or Wednesday, July 16 at 7:30pm.

The Buffalo Nickels Medicine Show directed by Mike Shapiro and Mark Gallagher
Wednesday, July 16 at 9pm, Sunday July 13 and Sunday 20 at 7:30pm.

Smith Street Stage Presents:

Shakespeare in Carroll Park!

Enjoy a more intimate production in Brooklyn’s Carroll Park (Smith Street and Carroll Street) rather than fighting the tourists crowds in Central Park with Shakespeare’s classic comedy Much Ado About Nothing.
No tickets necessary, bring your own seating. Take the F or G train to Carroll Street.

Previews on July 23rd and 24th at 7pm
Performances July 25-27, 30, 31 at 7pm
August 1-3 and 6-10 at 7pm

Random Access Theatre presents:

Shakespeare at Brooklyn Bridge Park!

Enjoy a beautiful night on the water and a free performance of Taming of the Shrew. Take the A or C train to High Street, walk northwest to the entrance of Brooklyn Bridge Park at Pier 1, head to the South end of the Park to the staircase known as Granite Prospect.

July 18-20 at 7pm

Or check out Henrik Ibsen’s Rosmersholm. At the Old Stone House in J.J. Byrne Playground. Take the R Train to Union Street and walk down between 4th and 5th Avenues and between 3rd and 4th Streets in Park Slope.

September 4-14 at 7pm