An actor raises his arm while performing in Macbeth for Shakespeare in the Parking Lot

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot Returns with Free Community Performances

An actor places a crown on her head during a performance of Macbeth

Chloe McLeod in Shakespeare in the Parking Lot. Photo by McLeod9 Creative

“Something [fantastic] this way comes!”

Let’s face it. Shakespeare can be confusing. “Thee” and “thou” can often sound like a foreign language. But enter Shakespeare in the Parking Lot…stage right. DCPA’s Education and Community Engagement Department returns with its popular program for a seventh season. And these aren’t your typical performances.

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot is exactly what it sounds like — stripped-down, abridged versions of Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Macbeth centered around a pickup truck “set” in the middle of a parking lot. The cast members are local actors and DCPA teaching artists, including Shannon Altner, Grant Bowman, Iliana Lucero Barron, Chloe McLeod, Camryn Nailah Torres, Christian Ray Robinson, Ryan Omar Stack and Justin Walvoord.

This acting troupe not only takes these productions to area schools, it also performs the plays free to the public at community centers every fall and spring. From April 6 through May 18, the program will visit six community partners. The public is invited and encouraged to attend one of these upcoming performances.

April 6, 2024Wulf Recreation Center
5300 S Olive Rd, Evergreen, CO 80439
2:00pmA Midsummer Night’s Dream
April 13, 2024Olde Town Square | City of Arvada
5726 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO 80002
12:00pmA Midsummer Night’s Dream
April 20, 2024Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library
2401 Welton St, Denver, CO 80205
12:00pmRomeo and Juliet
May 4, 2024DPL: Schlessman Family Branch Library
100 Poplar St, Denver, CO 80220
2:00pmRomeo and Juliet
May 11, 2024RiNo Art District
1900 35th St, Denver, CO 80224
2:00pmA Midsummer Night’s Dream
May 18, 2024Sister Carmen Community Center
655 Aspen Ridge Drive Lafayette, CO 80026
2:00pmA Midsummer Night’s Dream