SHAKESPEARE IM PARK BERLIN was a Berlin-based performance ensemble founded in 2010 by Katrin Beushausen, Alberto Di Gennaro, Maxwell Flaum, Christina Kettering, and Brandon Woolf. The group understood itself to be working in the  or at least a  tradition of Joe Papp’s “public” theater, situating performance in urban space, and playing free of charge to a diverse public. The international ensemble brought Papp’s concept to Berlin, with a different aesthetic and political orientation, a different approach to live performance and to textual (re)production. The original pieces were collaboratively written/devised for particular “public” spaces, which themselves served as both a site of and character in performance. There was no stage, no overnight camping for tickets – no tickets at all. Rather, the performances blurred boundaries between park space and play space, and worked to rethink these dynamic spaces as simultaneous sites of multi-lingual performance, postdramatic (ir)reverence, and participatory art.

After their inaugural 2011 production of Henry IV / Heinrich der Vierte in Berlin’s (in)famous Görlitzer Park, SHAKESPEARE IM PARK BERLIN developed innovative performance projects in a variety of public spaces. More than 5000 brave spectator-participants joined the group for their 2012 summer production, Utopia™ – Where All Is True. In fall 2012, SHAKESPEARE IM PARK BERLIN was invited to develop Upper Echelon, a two-day, site-specific expedition at the former NSA espionage station atop Berlin’s Teufelsberg. In the spring of 2013, the group collaborated with English Theatre Berlin to curate and direct Strength & Health: March, a new performance/installation à la professional “speed”-eating competition. In summer 2013, the group summoned the ghost of Görlitzer Park’s unwitting founding-father, Henry Bethel Strausberg, as the unwitting inspiration for King Bethel, a trilogy of new performances played in repertory and based on the rise and fall of the rail and pickle King. Finally, the group re-adapted their own adaptation of Henry IV as a classic Mercury Theater-style radio play — starring bawdy Falstaff aficionados Orson Welles and Harold Bloom.