Hip To Hip Theatre Company

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Founded in 2007, Hip to Hip Theatre Company is a non-profit 501(c)(3) arts organization serving New York City and the surrounding areas, providing “Free Shakespeare in the Park” and children’s programs.  Hip to Hip operates on the core beliefs that theatre is a celebration of community spirit, great plays and performances have the power to change lives, theatre should be accessible to the widest possible audience, and the values of theatre contribute to the cultural, ethical and moral life of the community. Hip to Hip receives public funding from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, with discretionary funding allocated by New York City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. http://www.hiptohip.org/


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FREE SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS 2016 - JULIUS CAESAR AND AS YOU LIKE IT  | Open: 07/27/16 Close: 08/28/16
Hip to Hip Theatre Company celebrates its tenth season of Free Shakespeare in the Parks with the sparkling comedy As You Like It and venerable tragedy Julius Caesar.  The plays will tour in repertory to 11 New York City area parks, with special gala performances in Southampton and Jersey City. 35 theatre artists. 2 exciting plays, 13 diverse parks: July 27-August 28.

These family-friendly productions are for lovers of Shakespeare and for those experiencing Shakespeare for the first time. All performances are free and open to the public. Bring blankets, low chairs and picnic fare. No lines. No tickets. Seating is first come, first served.

Plus, Hip to Hip’s free children’s program “Kids & the Classics” will be offered one hour before each performance. This companion piece to Hip to Hip’s program of "Free Shakespeare in the Park” is a free 45-minute interactive workshop designed for children ages 4 to 14, giving them a chance to interact with the text by previewing the characters and situations, creating links between the text and their own lives through theatre games and close reading of text.

AS YOU LIKE IT

Shakespeare’s sparkling comedy about love, family and identity is full of wit, music and gender-bending fun.  The rightful duke and his supporters have been banished, while his impulsive daughter Rosalind remains at the mercy of the oppressive new regime.  Comic twists and turns abound when Rosalind, disguised as a boy, flees the court to seek her father in the mysterious Forest of Arden.  Her journey of self-discovery brings her face to face with Orlando, the man she loves.

JULIUS CAESAR

In this sensational political thriller, Shakespeare explores the tension between private loyalties and the public good, and unflinchingly questions the price of freedom.  Caesar is determined to crown himself as Rome’s first emperor, but a few senators, led by the idealistic, intellectual Brutus and his manipulative, rebellious friend Cassius, are prepared to sacrifice everything to liberate their country.  Instead of being greeted as liberators, they are met with civil war. 

Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It will be directed by HTH Assoc. Artistic Director David Mold (HamletLove's Labor's LostCymbeline and Merchant of Venice,) and the tragedy Julius Ceasar will be directed by Joel Leffert (Artistic Director of Salamander Repertory Theatre, London and Broadway premieres of Tennessee Williams' Not About Nightingales).

The casts include Chaunice Chapman* (Afrikan Womens Repertory Company, The Bronx Repertory Company, Theatreworks U.S.A.), Holly Chou (The Flea Theatre, “The Blacklist,” “Nurse Jackie”), Erick Gonzalez* (El Repertorio Espanol, INTAR Theater, Premiere Stages), Devin Haqq*(The Arden Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, “Surprise” directed by Sam Mendes), James Harter* (Pasadena Playhouse, Niccu Spoon Theatre), Michael Hinton (Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, Flock Theatre), Kurt Kingsley* (The Storm Theatre, Emerging Artists Theatre), Jason Marr* (Off Broadway: Loose Knit, Eula Mae’s Beauty, Bait &Tackle. Regional: Indiana Rep. “Law & Order: SVU”), Joy Marr* (American Globe, Lynx Ensemble, Alabama Shakespeare Festival), Matthew Oats (South Africa’s Playhouse Theatre) and Jackie Schram (Aquila Theatre Company, Florida Rep).  The cast also features Joe Hetterly and Katie Holden.   *denotes members of Actors’ Equity Association

From Hip to Hip Artistic Director Jason Marr:

Over the past decade, we’ve had the good fortune of bringing together 237 theatre artists to produce eighteen major shows, and we’ve toured the shows to over two dozen neighborhoods in Queens, The Bronx, Manhattan, Jersey City and Southampton, playing to 38,582 individuals, young and old, and from some of the most diverse communities in the world. Our tenth season gives us a chance to both celebrate and build upon this foundation.  I think the play selections are especially apt—Julius Caesar begs to be produced during an election year, and As You Like It is not only ideal for a celebratory season, but it also provides us with a nice touchstone, because it was the very first play Hip to Hip produced; and I am thrilled that we are adding parks in Brooklyn and East Harlem to our list of venues this year, making our reach truly citywide.

The creative team also includes Nancy Nichols (Costume Design Julius Caesar), Courtney Leigh Newman (Costume Design As You Like It), Miguel Urbino (Set Design) Caitlin Cassidy (Director of Kids & the Classics), Erin Gilbreth (Teaching Artist), Joshua Parham (Asst. Director As You Like It), Adriana Alter (Dramaturg/Asst. Director Julius Caesar), Ron Carlos (Voice Director), Eric Tucker (Sound Design), Julian Olive (PSM), Jessica Munoz (1st ASM), Craig Natoli (2nd ASM), and production assistants Ciara Collins, Alex De Bard, Robert Picarelli, Tashira Reyes, and Jacob Scherer.

Founded in 2007, Hip to Hip Theatre Company is a non-profit 501(c)(3) arts organization serving New York City and the surrounding areas, providing “Free Shakespeare in the Park” and children’s programs.  Hip to Hip operates on the core beliefs that theatre is a celebration of community spirit, great plays and performances have the power to change lives, theatre should be accessible to the widest possible audience, and the values of theatre contribute to the cultural, ethical and moral life of the community. Hip to Hip receives public funding from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, with discretionary funding allocated by New York City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. http://www.hiptohip.org/

 

2016 Performance Schedule
(“Kids & The Classics” Children’s Program begins one hour before each performance.)

July 27 - As You Like It - Flushing Meadows (at the Unisphere) - 7:30 p.m.

July 28 - Julius Caesar - Crocheron Park (35th Ave. & Corbett Road) - 7:30 p.m.

July 29 - As You Like It - Voelker Orth Museum (149 - 19 38th Ave, Flushing) - 7:30 p.m.

July 30 - Julius Caesar - St. Albans Park (169th St. & Merrick Blvd) - 7:30 p.m.

July 31 - As You Like It - Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx (Broadway & 245th St) - 5:00 p.m.

August 3  - As You Like It - Newport On The Green, Jersey City (14th St. & River Dr S.) - 7:00 p.m.

August 4 - As You Like It - Cunningham Park (Union Tpk & 196th St) - 8:00 p.m.

August 5 - Julius Caesar - Sunnyside Gardens Park (48 - 21 39th Ave, Sunnyside) - 7:30 p.m.

August 6 - As You Like It - Gantry Plaza State Park (4 - 09 47th Road) - 7:30 p.m.

August 7 - Julius Caesar - Socrates Sculpture Park (32 - 01 Vernon Blvd & Broadway) - 5:00 p.m.

August 9 - Rain Date 

August 10 - Julius Caesar - Flushing Meadows (at the Unisphere) - 7:30 p.m.

August 11 - Julius Caesar - Fort Greene Park (the Myrtle Avenue Hill) - 7:30 p.m.

August 12 - As You Like It - Sunnyside Gardens Park (48 - 21 39th Ave, Sunnyside) - 7:30 p.m.

August 13 - Julius Caesar - Gantry Plaza State Park (4 - 09 47th Road) - 7:30 p.m.

August 14 - As You Like It - Socrates Sculpture Park (32 - 01 Vernon Blvd & Broadway) - 5:00 p.m.

August 16 - Rain Date

August 17 - As You Like It - Harlem Meer in Central Park (110th St. & Malcolm X Blvd.) - 6:30 p.m.

August 18 - Julius Caesar - Cunningham Park (Union Tpk & 196th St) - 8:00 p.m.

August 19 - Julius Caesar - Agawam Park, Southampton (25 Pond Lane) - 7:30 p.m.

August 20 - As You Like It - Agawam Park, Southampton (25 Pond Lane) - 7:30 p.m.

August 23 - Rain Date 

August 24 - Julius Caesar - Harlem Meer in Central Park (110th St. & Malcolm X Blvd) - 6:30 p.m.

August 25 - As You Like It - Crocheron Park (35th Ave. & Corbett Road) - 7:30 p.m.

August 26 - Julius Caesar - Voelker Orth Museum (149 - 19 38th Ave, Flushing)  - 7:30 p.m.

August 27 - As You Like It - St. Albans Park (169th St. & Merrick Blvd) - 7:30 p.m.

August 28 - Julius Caesar - Van Cortlandt Park (Broadway & 245th St) - 5:00 p.m


About the Company: Hip To Hip Theatre Company

Founded in 2007, Hip to Hip Theatre Company is a non-profit 501(c)(3) arts organization serving New York City and the surrounding areas, providing “Free Shakespeare in the Park” and children’s programs.  Hip to Hip operates on the core beliefs that theatre is a celebration of community spirit, great plays and performances have the power to change lives, theatre should be accessible to the widest possible audience, and the values of theatre contribute to the cultural, ethical and moral life of the community. Hip to Hip receives public funding from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, with discretionary funding allocated by New York City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. http://www.hiptohip.org/

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