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Free Shakespeare at Sunnyside Gardens Park beginning next week

July 19, 2017 By Nathaly Pesantez

Sunnysiders can enjoy free Shakespeare on select evenings this summer as the Hip to Hip Theatre Company comes back for its 11th season.

A performance of Henry IV will take place at Sunnyside Gardens Park (48-21 39th Avenue) on Tuesday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m.

The next performance scheduled for Sunnyside Gardens is Measure for Measure on Tuesday, August 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Performance days will feature free interactive workshops for children 30 minutes prior to the 95-minute plays.

Hip to Hip is a Queens-based theater company founded a decade ago by actors Jason and Joy Marr to stimulate and develop interest in theater in underserved communities. Over 20 performances are scheduled to take place across the five boroughs including neighboring areas like Flushing Meadows Park and Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City.

For information on performances outside Sunnyside, visit Hip to Hip’s Facebook page.

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El loco

If I am banned I will sue. My lawyer and cousin Mel Loco has already agreed to defend me.

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Bob

I’m going and I’m going to read the play before I go and then I’m going to watch the Yankees in an old tshirt.

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El loco

Why can’t we have a production in Spanish so that many of the recent Mexican immigrants can come and see it.

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Jim

Yes, I’m sure that you are a Shakespearean scholar and can tell a good Shakespeare okay from a bad one.

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The real original El loco

The actors were fine. They are volunteering their time you unappreciative knucklehead. Where has Rick Duro been. Dog story please!

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Anonymous

People told me the kids running around ruined it for them. They couldn’t hear a word.

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Fan of Dough boy park(original)

This is a great thing, how can you complain. Yeah, there are rude people and people stuck to their phones, but the actors are trying their best and are always friendly. A free show in a nice park and you can bring your own chairs/beer/ food and you want to complain. Stay home grumpy cat and let us enjoy people people bringing free classics to the people.

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Jimmy Van Pooch

Will non SGP members be allowed inside the park to view the performance or will they be required to look on from outside the gate?

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JVD

Outside, no ladders or other means of looking over the fence if you please. Rebroadcasts, transmissions, pictures or descriptions of this event without the expressed written consent of SSGP and Major League Baseball is strictly prohibited.

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Jim

This shouldn’t be presented in Sunnyside. People here are morons. When I went last summer no one was paying attention. Just talking. Going to the play was just a cool thing to do. Nobody in Sunnyside knows anything about Shakespeare.

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Barbara

Anonymous- I think you’re obsessed with JVB in a number of ways. Get some counseling.

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The Real Oil, Beef, Hooked

So go buy a ticket to London and see the Royal Shakespeare Company. That’s probably more to your elevated tastes.

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to be, or not to be from Sunnyside

JIM- How bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man’s eyes

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to be, or not to be from Sunnyside

very good Jim- now can you say the word “marmalade”?

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Olga

Jim with all of respect Sunnyside is full of immigrants from Europe therefore I doubt that you are telling the truth because behavior that you have described is more American than European. We all know who is WILLIAM Shakespeare and I am very happy that this event will take a place in Sunnyside because I would be very happy to attend it together with my son. And I think you owe an apology to my neighborhood.

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Jim

Olga: I don’t owe anyone an apology. I saw what I saw. No one was paying attention. People left in the middle. Parents let their kids run around. It was ridiculous. It is fine if you would rather watch a Yankee game than a Shakespeare play. It is no ones business to tell you what to do but don’t come to see the play just because it is a cool thing to do and you really have no interest. And I hope that you and your son stay home and read the play. Go Yankees.

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Bill

I agree with Jim. Either make an attempt to learn about the play and show an interest or stay home and watch Netflix. Nobody says that you have to be interested in Shakespeare but don’t ruin it for people who are interested.

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Marie J

Exactly. The adults do not care that their children are disrupting anyone. People busy on their phones. Welcome to Millennial Parenting!

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Jim

Gee, what a predictable response. I guess the truth is too tough for you to take. Enjoy the play while you’re on your cell phone and your kid is running around.

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