If Hipster Ariel has truly become too mainstream, or you didn’t find the time to haul to Coney Island for the Mermaid Parade this year, you can still get your finned fix. The Glass Bandits Theater company has revamped the familiar story of the beautiful outsider from Triton’s realm, and is presnting “The Little Mermaid” for FREE in McCarren Park on August 25-28 and September 8-10 (all at 9pm), complete with puppets, and song, dance and the promise of a “dark twist.” The Bandits are a Brooklyn-based company interested “in making thrilling, accessible, unmannered theatrical events.” They ask: “can’t seeing a play be as exciting as watching a band play at the neighborhood dive?” In response, theater lovers of Brokelyn, say yes!
This version has its own veritable parade of puppets and your favorite characters from under the sea (Sebastian, anyone?). To sweeten the deal, it’s right in McCarren Park, and it’s free. Take one of the last summer chances to enjoy free outdoor theater by grabbing a blanket and a (concealed) beverage, and getting your unmannered self down to McCarren to support a company that gets it.
Performances take place at the corner of Bedford Avenue & Lorimer Street.