Line by Line in Line: Shakespeare in the Park

Line by Line in Line: Shakespeare in the Park

Since 1962, the Delacorte Theater in Central Park has housed the Public Theater’s free Shakespeare in the Park performances, rain or shine, every summer.

Arguably just as famous as the series is the line that forms outside the box office — which opens at noon — at around 6 a.m. each performance day. Veterans of this hallowed ritual treat the wait as a chance to relax, catch up on reading, have a breakfast picnic with friends or even catch a nap.

Naturally, ALL ARTS saw this as an opportunity to test these dedicated Shakespeare fans and on Tuesday morning, we asked line-waiters to give us their best and most dramatic takes on the opening lines from “Twelfth Night,” which was on the program that evening.

We were not disappointed.