Shakespeare, for Free, on the Sound

If you’re looking for a cheap alternative to the movies, you might want to pack a picnic and check out Shakespeare on the Sound.

See  “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” free in two parks on Long Island Sound this summer. Until it actually feels like June, you might want to bring an extra blanket.   

Shakespeare’s tale of four young lovers lost in the forest is one of his most popular works for the stage.

As you’re enjoying the breezes from the Sound, you’ll be thrust into the action, in a sense-- a unique stage set up brings the audience closer to the action. 

The new “thrust stage” looks more like a catwalk than a stage. The curved runways are more than 120 feet long.

This is artistic director Joanna Settle’s inaugural production and it features music by 2008 Tony Award winning singer/songwriter Stew.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” runs through June 28 at Pinkney Park in Rowayton and from July 4 to July 12 at Baldwin Park in Greenwich every Tuesday through Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

Although there is no admission charge, a donation of $20 is encouraged.

Visit the Shakespeare on the Sound Web site for directions, video interviews, cast bios, and pictures of the stage.

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