Another title for this post that I wanted to use was Fireworks are great, but have you tried Shakespeare? cuz I’m not as enthusiastic about fireworks as I am about outdoor plays.
Now, I know I’m trying to highlight more things happening in Rhode Island but my go-to in-state Shakespeare joint is on a hiatus this year. Not all hope is lost! I still have good ole Flock Theatre to cover the bases down in New London no matter what.
For Flock’s Summer productions they always perform at the Connecticut College Arboretum. The Arboretum is run and maintained by the college but is open from dawn to dusk everyday to anyone for free. It makes for a good little nature walk. There’s a spot right by the pond where they put on the shows and the audience gets to sit on the hill facing the pond. It’s naturally-occurring amphitheater seating, how fetch is that?! I used to take myself on solo dates, bring a salad and iced coffee, and just enjoy my evening. I think my favorite performance was their production of Lysistrata, a comedy about a woman’s mission to end the Peloponnesian War by denying all the men of the land any sex.
Speaking of bringing a salad, Flock allows patrons to bring picnics(!!!) so I would highly suggest this for a date night! It’s the kind of activity – like going to the movies – where you can’t do much talking during, so you’d need to supplement with a setting where you can do all the talking you want. Say, dinner or drinks/coffee. The cool thing about outdoor plays like this is that you can bring food to the venue and eat and converse in your “seats” before the show and between acts. Two birds, one stone! So you know, here’s an opportunity to make this a super special night if you’re hoping to make a good impression.
Currently they’re putting on Henry IV, Part I for one more weekend and then The Merry Wives of Windsor is up next. I have a friend who is acting in both productions and I love seeing my friends do cool stuff! So if this is anywhere within the realm of your interests, you should go.
HERE’S THE DEETS!
WHAT AND WHEN? Henry IV, Part 1 runs JULY 19 – AUGUST 5 // The Merry Wives of Windsor runs AUGUST 16 – 26
WHERE? New London, CT // The Arboretum entrances are where Williams Street meets Chapel Way. Parking is on the street.
TIMES Thursday-Sundays at 7pm (follow their Facebook or check the website for possible cancellations)
HOW MUCH? $20 Adults // $15 Students, Seniors, and Active Military
FYI Picnics Welcome. Bug spray and sweaters encouraged. Seating is not provided, lawn chairs and blankets are recommended. Handicap access available by notifying box office on or before night of the show
CONTACT firstname.lastname@example.org // 860-443-3119
P.S. The next Flock thing is the Burning of the Benedict Arnold festival in September which is a HISTORICALLY GOOD TIME and I highly suggest you partake in the festivities!!