Communicable Arts, a theatre company composed primarily of graduates of the Sarah Lawrence College Theatre Program, will perform Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing at two venues in Yonkers this summer. The free performances, which will be preceded by workshops open to children ages 6-16, will be held on Saturday, August 23rd at 7 p.m. at Untermyer Park and Sunday, August 24th at 6 p.m. at Schultz Field in Crestwood. The Yonkers performances are part of a summer tour that also includes parks in Brooklyn and Queens.
Barrie Gelles, company director commented on why Communicable Arts performs in public parks: “Within the Sarah Lawrence Theatre Program and while I studied at the British American Drama Academy in London, the responsibility that artist has to give back to the community was always emphasized. In the theatre outreach program, it was one of the first discussions, how can you bring your art back to the community. We bring our summer Shakespeare productions to parks throughout the New York City metro area because we feel that art should be accessible. By bringing theatre to a public park, it brings theatre directly into the community’s space. Our work is meant to involve the audience directly, we bring theatre to them, in their space, on their level, in their context, and on their terms. It’s about being inclusive and, well, communicable.”
Following is Communicable Arts complete summer schedule:
Saturday, August 9th @ 3 p.m. - Von King Cultural Center in Brooklyn, NY
Sunday, August 10th @ 4 p.m. – George Seuffert Bandshell at Forest Park in Queens, NY
Saturday, August 16th @ 1 p.m. – Sunset Park in Brooklyn, NY
Sunday, August 17th @ 3 p.m. – Empire Fulton Ferry State Park in Brooklyn, NY
Saturday, August 23rd @ 7 p.m. – Untermyer Park in Yonkers, NY
Sunday, August 24th @ 6 p.m. – Schultz Field in Crestwood, NY
All performances are free. Some venues require audiences to bring chairs. For directions and more information, please go to http://www.communicablearts.org/.