Drink Outdoors as Shakespeare Performances Take Over Park Slope Streets

By Ben Fractenberg on July 16, 2014 8:41am 

 South Brooklyn Shakespeare perform "A Midsummers Night's Dream" in the summer 2013. They are producing three free performances of "Romeo and Juliet" in Park Slope this summer. 
South Brooklyn Shakespeare perform "A Midsummers Night's Dream" in the summer 2013. They are producing three free performances of "Romeo and Juliet" in Park Slope this summer. 
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BROOKLYN — Raise a glass to Romeo and Juliet.

Bars and restaurants will serve drinks you can take out onto the streets of Park Slope this summer as part of the South Brooklyn Shakespeare company's Summer Strolls performances.

The company will put on three free performances of the Bard’s "Romeo and Juliet" — shutting down parts of Fifth and Seventh avenues in the process — on three evenings in late July and August.

"Last summer we wanted to give back to our community and came up with the idea for South Brooklyn Shakespeare," founding member and co-director Paul Molnar said in a statement. "The community embraced us and now we're thrilled to be doing three performances of Romeo & Juliet in three different locations."

Bars and restaurants on the street where the play takes place will be open with outdoor dancing and drinking permitted under a special summer program between 5 and 9 p.m. on Friday July 25, Saturday July 26, and Friday Aug. 15.

Playgoers can bring their own chairs or blankets. A limited number of folding chairs will be provided.

The shows kick off at 7:30 p.m. on 5th Avenue between 17th and 18th streets on July 25; 2:30 p.m. on 7th Avenue between 12th and 13th streets on July 26; and 7:30 p.m. on 5th Avenue and Dean Street on Aug. 15.

The performances will include 13 professional actors, a professional set design crew, the fight choreography team behind "The Lion King" and music by Gypsy George Mihalopoulos and DJ Rabbi Darkside, according to South Brooklyn Shakespeare.

Robert Shryock and Emma Wisniewski will play the titles roles.

For more information visit South Brooklyn Shakespeare’s website.

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