Hip to Hip Theater Company’s Shakespeare in the Park at Newport Green

Comedy of ErrorsPart romance and part political thriller William Shakespeare’s The Tempest is thought by many to be the last play Shakespeare wrote, and now Jersey City audiences can see it for free at Newport Green (Washington Blvd & 14th St.). Hip to Hip Theatre Company, a Queens-based non-profit arts organization that stimulates interest in the theatre arts by presenting free, family-friendly, professional productions of classics throughout the New York City metro area, will be presenting The Tempest at Newport’s preeminent green space on Wednesday, August 14 at 7:30 pm.

“Thanks to popular demand (we had over 600 people last year), the LeFrak Organization is bringing us back this year to perform our production of The Tempest (which has been touring in repertory with Love’s Labor’s Lost the past three weeks),” said Hip to Hip Theatre Company’s Artistic Director Jason Marr. “We are unlike any other touring troupe our size, in that we bring a total theatre experience: including sumptuous costumes, sets, lights, audio and a company of professional actors.  In addition, we embrace many of the original practices of the theatre of Shakespeare’s time, including performing in the open air, a vibrant relationship between actor and audience and a clarity of language.”

The Tempest tells the story of a duke, who becomes a sorcerer after spending 12 years on a deserted island. It includes all the elements of a good story: conspiracy, magic, monsters, and love at first sight.

Though some Shakespeare productions have a reputation for being less than family friendly, this production of The Tempest will appeal to both children and adults. New this year is an interactive children’s program offered 30 minutes before the performance. “Kids & the Classics” is a hands-on theatre experience that introduces kids to the words and imaginative stories of William Shakespeare’s plays through a series of improv games and creative exercises.

“We have a robust activity calendar at Newport consistent with our mission of creating the Gold Coast’s most vibrant and desirable residential community. By hosting events like Wednesday’s Shakespeare at the Park performance at Newport Green, we give people a reason to take a break from the workweek, spend time outside with friends and family or meet someone new, all while experiencing a fun cultural event, in their own backyard,” said Mario Gaztambide, Vice President of Residential Properties at Newport.

Photo by Mark Wyville

Laryssa Wirstiuk

is a writer who teaches creative writing at Rutgers University. Born and raised in the suburbs of northern New Jersey, Laryssa moved to Jersey City because she was curious about the city where her mother was raised. Check her blog Craft Your Drafts.