Since 2000, New York Classical Theatre has presented over 700 free performances for nearly 250,000 New Yorkers. We have produced extensively in non-traditional settings: outdoors in Central Park, The Battery, Governors Island, Rockefeller Park (Battery Park City), Carl Schurz Park, and Brooklyn Bridge Park and indoors in Brookfield Place, One Liberty Plaza, and One New York Plaza—and more.
By producing at zero cost to our audiences, we reach a broad demographic of our urban community, and serve as an important cultural and educational programing resource for our venues. For example, our 2006 presentation of Friedrich Schiller's Mary Stuart was the first play performed at Castle Clinton National Monument in 100 years, and our production of The Tempest in 2013 re-opened the Castle after the flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
To date, we have staged 42 all-free productions by classical playwrights including Shakespeare, Molière, Chekhov, Aphra Behn, George Bernard Shaw, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, George Farquhar, Friedrich Schiller, Pierre de Marivaux, and Alfred Jarry.