Shakespeare in the Parking Lot
We’ve all heard of Shakespeare. Many of us have even attended Shakespeare in the Park events. But Shakespeare in the Parking Lot? That’s new!
In 2017 and 2018, the Riverfront Park Community Foundation partnered with Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) to bring a one-of-a-kind performance to the neighborhood. Using a pickup truck as their stage, a handful of talented performers delivered their abridged renditions of Shakespeare’s beloved A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo & Juliet, with the Millennium Bridge as a backdrop. Residents, visitors, theater enthusiasts, and passers-by filled the plaza at Riverfront Park with laughter, creating a burst of energy that brought the area to life.
Shakespeare in the Parking Lot is part of a number of educational and outreach programs DCPA runs that help connect the community with live theater. They host acting classes, they take their shows on the road to local schools, they sponsor student field trips, and so much more! By engaging with the community is rich, in-depth theater experiences, they are able to forward a conversation about its importance in our everyday lives and the role it plays in the growth of Denver.
Performers from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in the midst of a scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.