A free production of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy “Macbeth” is coming to your borough this spring, thanks to The Public Theater and its expanded Mobile Shakespeare Unit.
Directed by Edward Torres, “Macbeth” will tour the five boroughs from April 24 to May 14, visit unlikely places to see a show, like correctional facilities, homeless shelters, social service organizations, and community centers.
Tour dates are as follows:
April 24: Pelham Fritz Recreation Center, Manhattan
April 25: Highbridge Recreation Center, Manhattan
April 27: DreamYard Arts Project, Bronx
April 28: Brownsville Recreation Center, Brooklyn
April 29: Fortune Society, Queens.
April 30: Eric M. Taylor Center, Rikers Island
May 1: Queensboro Correctional Facility, Queens
May 4: Lenox Hill Women’s Mental Health Shelter at the Park Avenue Armory, Manhattan
May 5: Metropolitan Detention Center (Male Population), Brooklyn
May 6: Metropolitan Correctional Center, Manhattan
May 7: Rose M. Singer Center, Rikers Island
May 8: Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn
May 9: Faber Park Field House, Staten Island
May 11: ICL Personalized Recovery-Oriented Services, Brooklyn
May 12: Taconic Correctional Facility, Westchester
May 13: Metropolitan Detention Center (Female Population), Brooklyn
“The Mobile Unit is the purest expression of Joe Papp’s vision, that society is better when Shakespeare belongs to everyone,” Artistic Director Oskar Eustis, said in a statement. “It’s an honor to welcome Edward Torres, in his Public Theater debut, directing a show that is a nightmare about what happens when we follow the darkest angels of our nature.”
After its tour, “Macbeth” will have a limited sit-down run at The Public Theater. Performances begin May 17 and run through June 7, with an opening night scheduled for May 20. Tickets are $15 for members, and $20 for non-members, with 20 tickets for each performance going to community organizations that cannot host a visit from the tour.
This is the fifth year The Public has presented the Mobile Shakespeare Unit. Last fall, the Mobile Shakespeare Unit toured “Pericles.”