Brooklyn Shakespeare Presents THE WINTER'S TALE

Now celebrating its 6th year presenting free Shakespeare in the streets of Park Slope, South Brooklyn Shakespeare (SBS) has announced its 2018 production: Five FREE performances of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale in Park Slope, with opening night serving as the main event of Park Slope Fifth Avenue's Summer Stroll #2 performed on 5th Avenue at 18th Street (July 28), plus four performances staged outside The Old Stone House (August 1-4). Shakespeare's late romance, The Winter's Tale, opens on the Kingdom of Sicilia, where unfounded jealousy leads the king to destroy his family and a long friendship.

With the passage of 16 years, the play fast forwards into a Bohemian pastoral comedy in which the young generation triumphs over the darkness of the past and what was lost finally may be found. It's a tale of kings, clowns, thieves, music, magic, sea voyages, and murderous bears. All of which somehow manage to tame a ruthless patriarchy with feminine strength, rebirth, and the power of Time to heal almost all things.

Opening night July 28 at 6:30pm is the main event of the Park Slope 5th Avenue BID's Summer Stroll #2, with bars and restaurants on the street serving drinks and food outdoors from 5-9pm. Playgoers can bring their own chairs and blankets; a limited number of folding chairs will be available. Four additional performances will take place August 1-4 in front the the Old Stone House in Washington Park. This production is set in early twentieth-century America. Original music and design will create a dreamy, antique world, drawing on a rich heritage of jazz, blues, and folk.

Founded in 2013 by Paul Molnar and Dee Byrd-Molnar, South Brooklyn Shakespeare is committed to bringing free, professional Shakespeare theater to Brooklyn. This season they welcome many new artists to the company, including director Elizabeth Sutton-Stone.

The Winter's Tale is the sixth free production by South Brooklyn Shakespeare which first brought free outdoor Shakespeare to the South Slope neighborhood in 2013 when they staged A Midsummer Night's Dream in a parking lot across from South Pub, the bar they own on Fifth Avenue and 18th Street. That production drew an audience of 300. Since then they've drawn crowds in the thousands with free outdoor productions of Romeo & Juliet (2014), Much Ado About Nothing (2015), Twelfth Night (2016) and Macbeth (2017).

SOUTH BROOKLYN SHAKESPEARE presents THE WINTER'S TALE by William Shakespeare

Opening night - July 28 - 6:30 p.m. Park Slope 5th Avenue Summer Strolls629 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215 (Between 17th and 18th Streets)Nearby Subways: R/F/G Buses: B69/B63 August 1-4 - 8 p.m.

Old Stone House at Washington Park336 3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215 (Between 4th and 5th Avenues)Nearby Subways: R/F/G Buses: B69/B63. FREE Admission Review Tickets/PR Contact:Carol Klenfner, carol@klenfner.com, 917-860-0211

Credits: Director/Co-producer: Elizabeth Sutton-Stone Producers: Paul Molnar and Dee Byrd-Molnar Assistant Director/Stage Manager: Caroline Ragland Music: Gypsy George Mihalopoulos Costume & Production Design: Pete Ascolese Costume Design & Bear: Phoebe Minardi Set Design: Derek Loehr

Cast: Reed Arnold, John Bergdahl, Matthew Clifford, Heather Kelley*, Alix McEachern*, Dee Byrd-Molnar, Paul Molnar*, Levi Morger, Katie Osborn, Anuj Parikh, Elisabeth Preston*, Gabby Sherba, Madeline Sosnowski
*Appearing courtesy of the Actors' Equity Association.

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