Another on the theme of reclaiming urban space — Manhattan theatre group, The Drilling Company, has been doing just that for more than two decades. They have elevated the lowly parking lot to new heights with their annual summer productions of Shakespeare in the Parking Lot.
Staged in the Municipal Lot at the corner of Ludlow and Broome Streets in Manhattan, the troupe has performed over 50 productions to more than 40,000 patrons over the past 20 years. Entry is free with seats offered on a first come-first served basis; however, there is a fee to park your car in the lot.
A regular institution in this Lower East Side community, the summer season has just concluded with a production of Richard III. This seemed a fitting tribute to Richard himself, whose remains were discovered buried beneath a car park in Leicester in 2012.
The production was also dedicated to another Richard; the late director of The Drilling Company, Richard Harden, whose vision it was to perform Richard III in this unique car park location, even before the 2012 discovery. Hamilton Clancy, the Artistic Director commented that with the discovery of Richard’s remains “It made it obvious that all the signs were pointing to doing it this year”.