Bryant Park


Winter Carnival Adds Short Plays by The Drilling Company

On view at the Theater Tent this weekend, a series of plays on climate change by acclaimed troupe. The jam-packed Winter Carnival celebration begins today, Friday, January 30.

Colin Miller
The Drilling Company, Spring 2014.

The first annual Winter Carnival at Winter Village gets underway today, Friday, January 30, presenting a wide array of winter-themed activities, performances, and food and drink. For two days, test your skills at Ice Golf, Curling, Hockey, Ping Pong, Juggling, and Snowball Bean Bag Toss. You can make Paper Snowflake Crafts in the Skating Pavilion, relax and create a free souvenir t-shirt in the heated Bank of America Lodge, don your best beachwear for Summer Skate, and boogie on down at Silent Disco.

We’re also pleased to welcome The Drilling Company, the New York City theater troupe famous for Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, back to Bryant Park. The company produced the first Bryant Park Shakespeare last May, performing Hamlet on the Upper Terrace steps to great acclaim. For Winter Carnival, we set up a Theater Tent on the Fountain Terrace, where The Drilling Company will perform the world premiere of COLD: Climate Change or Not?, a series of 10-15 minute newly commissioned plays, by veteran and award-winning writers, with climate change as the theme. The plays will be performed 12:30pm - 3:30pm and 5pm - 7pm on Friday, and 2pm - 4pm and 6pm - 9pm on Saturday. There is a play starting nearly every 15 minutes during those timeframes.  All are free and open to the public.

Inspired by our favorite beer gardens around the world, we’ve invited New York’s finest eateries to form the Outdoor Winter Brew House on the Deck, just north of The Rink. On both days, Milk Truck, Breads Bakery, Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque, and Sigmund’s will serve comfort food, hot chocolate, and adult beverages including beer and hot spiked drinks. Eat, drink and be merry!

All Winter Carnival activities are free and open to the public. Food and drink are available for purchase. Visit for an entire schedule and map of the festivities. You still have time to pre-register for the Frozen Fingers Doubles Ping Pong Tourney and RSVP at flavorpill for a spot on the dance floor at Silent Disco.

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