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Free performance of Shakespeare’s King Lear Paired With Nahum Tate’s “happy ending”

Free performance of Shakespeare’s King Lear Paired With Nahum Tate’s “happy ending”

NY Classical Theatre’s production of William Shakespeare’s King Lear, which will be staged at four public parks in Manhattan and Brooklyn from June 24-August 8. 

NY Classical’s staging, adapted and directed by Artistic Director Stephen Burdman, will feature the “happy ending” of Nahum Tate’s 1681 adaptation, which was popular in England for over 150 years until Shakespeare’s original tragic text was restored in 1838. In addition to the ending, several additional scenes from Tate’s version have been incorporated for NY Classical’s production. The Tate version of King Lear has not been performed in New York City in over 30 years. 

The production will be staged at the following parks, with performances Tuesday-Sunday at 7:00 pm. 

Central Park

(West 103rd Street & Central Park West)

June 24 – July 11, 2021

MetroTech Commons, Brooklyn

(Myrtle Avenue & Bridge Street)

July 13-18, 2021

Carl Schurz Park

(East 87th Street & East End Avenue) 

July 20-25, 2021

The Battery 

(Battery Place & Broadway)

July 27 – August 8, 2021

All NY Classical performances are 2 hours or less (120 minutes) with no intermission.

King Lear will feature a cast of 14, including Michael Stewart Allen as Cornwall, Amar Atkins as Edmund, Connie Castanzo as Cordelia/Fool, Grant Chapman as Oswald, Jasminn Johnson as Goneril, Cedric Lamar as Kent, John Michalski as Lear, Nick Salamone as Gloucester, Aryana Sedarati as Regan, Clay Storseth as Albany, Linden Tailor as Edgar, and also featuring Ollie Corchado, Evan Moore-Coll, and Saleemah Sharpe.

Production designer is Jelena Antanasijević. Casting director is Stephanie Klapper. Casting Liaison is marcus d. harvey. Voice and Speech Coach is Nora Leonhardt. Fight Director is Sean Michael Chin. Production Stage Manager is Yetti Steinman. Assistant Stage Manager is Madison Lane. Wardrobe Supervisor is Ashley Trutanich. Production Assistants are Rosemarie Manzo and Nina Schatell. 

Safety Information:

For audience safety, NY Classical is offering its 2021 in-person performances with limited attendance based on health professionals’ guidance. We’re asking everyone to RSVP, so the theatre can…

  • Share our Digital Playbill program book
  • Let you know if we have a Rain Cancelation
  • Ensure proper Contact Tracing

While audience capacity is limited, walk-up participants are welcome on a first-come, first-serve basis on the day of the performance with necessary Contact Information and Social Distancing.


Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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