In the summer of 2020, two Philadelphia parks will set the stage for The Park Plays: two original plays, co-created and co-starring the people of their surrounding neighborhoods.

The Park Plays will be inspired by Shakespeare In Clark Park’s July production—but will be completely original, new works, co-created by community members and the professional theater artists of SCP. Thanks to the William Penn Foundation, each new Park Play will be produced at no cost to their communities, and presented to the public free of charge.

Shakespeare in Clark Park is proud of our commitment to Radical Community Engagement: making theater by, for, and with the people of Philadelphia. We’re thrilled to expand that mission to two more parks, and two more neighborhoods in the summer of 2020.

You can help us partner with artistically under-served communities surrounding two Philadelphia parks. To learn how, read on.

Your Park. Your Play.

Every summer since 2005, Shakespeare in Clark Park has brought free, community-based theater to West Philly. In summer 2020, two more Philadelphia parks will get in on the action with SCP’s new initiative The Park Plays.

Each park will set the stage for an original play, co-created and co-starring the people of the surrounding neighborhoods.

One of these parks could be your park. One of these plays could be your play.

Working in close collaboration with Philly’s finest theater professionals, community members will produce The Park Plays at no cost to them and present them in their park free to the public.

In fact, professional and community artists alike will be compensated for their time and talents.

But before we can work together, we have to get together. If your neighborhood has an acre of park and the heart to turn it into the stage for your stories, we want to hear from you!

Please view our full application and guidelines.