Theater for the New City preparing outdoor and virtual theater

June 30, 2020, 6:13.08 pm ET  

Photo: Theater for the New City                                                                                    

Summer Street Theater is one of the delights of the season and has been central to Theater for the New City's mission since the organization's first such production in 1976. Unwavering in its commitment to provide New Yorkers in all five boroughs with an original, free street theater musical each year, Theater for the New City (TNC) now faces daunting uncertainties. Will its usual outdoor venues be closed due to Covid-19?  And will gatherings of this sort will be allowed? 
It's Phase Two of NYC's reopening as of this writing and Phase 3 is expected July 6. Parks have been open since June 22, with social distancing requested, team sports prohibited and residents advised to avoid congregating in groups.  Prior to the pandemic--last fall--TNC had gone through its usual permitting process and planned productions in 14 locations between August 1 and September 13.  Committed venues include parks, playgrounds and closed-off streets throughout the five boroughs, most of them having hosted the event for years.

Here's the schedule:

Saturday August 1 -- 2:00 PM --10th Street and 1st Ave. (MANHATTAN)
Sunday August 2 -- 2:00 PM -- Sliding Rock (St. Mary’s Park) (BRONX)
Saturday August 8 -- 2:00 PM --Abe Lebewohl Park, 2nd Ave. @ E. 10th St. (MANHATTAN)
Sunday August 9 -- 2:00 PM -- Central Park Bandshell (MANHATTAN)
Friday August 14 -- 6:00 PM -- Coney Island (BROOKLYN)
Saturday August 15 -- 2:00 PM --Fort Greene Park (BROOKLYN)
Sunday August 16  -- 2:00 PM -- Jackie Robinson Park (BROOKLYN)
Saturday August 22 -- 2:00 PM --Sunset Park (QUEENS)
Sunday August 23 -- 2:00 PM -- Travers Park (QUEENS)
Saturday August 29 -- 2:00 PM -- Washington Square Park (MANHATTAN)
Sunday August 30 -- 2:00 PM -- Wise Towers, 117 W. 90 St. (MANHATTAN)
Saturday September 5 -- 2:00 PM -- 10th Street and 1st Ave. (MANHATTAN)
Saturday September 12 -- Tappen Park (STATEN ISLAND)
Sunday September 13 -- Tompkins Square Park  (MANHATTAN)

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