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

“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 9 through May 14, the program will visit six community partners. The public is invited and encouraged to attend one of these upcoming performances:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream 

April 9, 2022 at 12pm | Anythink Library

April 16, 2022 at 2pm | Denver Public Library – Green Valley Ranch Branch

April 23, 2022 at 2pm | FlatIrons Crossing Mall

April 30, 2022 at 12pm | Thornton Arts & Culture Center

May 7, 2022 at 2pm | Cook Park Recreation Center

May 14, 2022 at 2pm | Denver Public Library – RiNo ArtPark

Romeo and Juliet
May 7, 2022 at 12pm | Cook Park Recreation Center

This program is made possible through the generous support of the Morgridge Family Foundation, Oxy Occidental, and the Riverfront Park Community Foundation.