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The Merry Wives of Windsor Kicks Off Shakespeare Season

The Drilling Company returns for first of three productions in 2017.

Adele Loconte

Bryant Park Presents Shakespeare returns on Friday as The Drilling Company presents The Merry Wives of Windsor, the Bard’s comedy featuring the immortal Falstaff’s bumbling efforts to woo two wealthy – and decidedly married – women. This is the fourth season for The Drilling Company in presenting Shakespeare at Bryant Park, and the innovative and engaging company’s lively productions have become essential summer staples.

The Merry Wives of Windsor will be performed at 7pm – 9pm on Friday, May 19, and Saturday, May 20, and follows the same schedule for the following two weekends, with the final performance on Saturday, June 3.

The Drilling Company returns to the park for two more productions this summer. On July 28, the company begins a three-performance run of the comedy of mistaken identity, Twelfth Night, then wraps up the season with a three-week production of The Tempest beginning August 25.

Bryant Park Shakespeare is presented free of charge and no tickets are required. Just borrow a blanket from the Park Shop & Info kiosk near the Lawn, enjoy a beer or wine, and indulge in delicious grub curated by Hester Street Fair.  

Now in its second season, Bryant Park Presents brings the best in the performing arts to Manhattan’s Town Square all summer, including Dance Party, Contemporary Dance, IN/TERSECT (jazz and classical music), Accordions Around the World, and Emerging Music Festival. We urge everyone to take the opportunity to enjoy these engaging performances. 

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