Shakespeare in Clark Park (SCP)
Celebrating Free Shakespeare in One of Philadelphia's Most Beautiful Parks
Shakespeare in Clark Park is a theatre company committed to presenting free, outdoor productions of Shakespeare’s plays, creating a cultural event accessible to the Clark Park neighborhood and the greater Philadelphia area. While engaging the community and expanding Philadelphia’s summertime cultural scene, Shakespeare in Clark Park re-imagines the world of the park through the works of Shakespeare.
Shakespeare in Clark Park was formed in the fall of 2005 by Marla Burkholder, Maria Möller, Tom Reing and Whitney Estrin. In our inaugural season, Shakespeare in Clark Park presented four performances of Twelfth Night, drawing an audience of over 2,000 people. Toby Zinman of The Philadelphia Inquirer said of the production:
"Clark Park is not just a venue, but a real place, where a perfectly shaped, immense tree provides a set of real theatricality. The actors come down the hill into their next scene, and darkness falls just as the plot turns grim. The company has cobbled together, with borrowed footlights and generosity of talent, a real treat for a summer evening."
Note: The above descriptive information came from the organization's About SCP page.
In The News
- Director Ang Bey talks ‘The Taming’ at Shakespeare in Clark Park, Metro, July 26, 2022.
- Shakespeare in Clark Park to present a Glam Rock ‘Twelfth Night’ this summer, West Philly Local, March 20, 2018.