Win Two $250 Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park in WSR’s Short Essay Contest


The Shakespeare in the Park production of Much Ado About Nothing.

If William Shakespeare had set his romantic comedy, Much Ado About Nothing, on the Upper West Side, he would probably have called it Much Ado About Everything.

Upper West Siders have opinions.

But put those aside for a moment, townsfolk, and tell us true tales of love instead (the play, after all, is a love story.) Yours should be set on the Upper West Side, where strange and wonderful things happen, and funny, too. Make them no longer than 150 words.

We’ll pick our favorite and the writer will win two tickets to the Shakespeare in the Park production of Much Ado About Nothing.

If your essay wins, it will be published in the Rag. We may also publish entries from runners-up.

Send your entry to westsiderag at gmail by 5 p.m. on Monday, June 10th.

Remember, 150 words or less.

Now here’s a little more about Much Ado About Nothing.

New York City’s favorite summer tradition has returned to Central Park! FREE SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK kicks off its 2019 season with MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING – now on stage until June 23.

Tony Award winner Kenny Leon (American SonA Raisin in the Sun) directs a bold new take on Shakespeare’s cherished comedy of romantic retribution and miscommunication, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. In this modern production, we find the community of Messina celebrating a break from an ongoing war. But not all is peaceful amid the revelry, as old rivals engage in a battle of wits, unexpected foes plot revenge, and young lovers are caught in a tumultuous courtship – until love proves the ultimate trickster, and undoes them all.

See the Public Theater’s website for the other ways to get tickets (if you don’t win our contest).

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    1. NYWoman says:

      150 word ‘essay’? Is that supposed to be 1500, or is this a ‘Flash’ Essay? Thx! I’m in either way!

    2. UWSMom says:

      Yes, 150 words is quick! Is that a typo or it’s correct?

      • West Sider says:

        It’s correct! You’d be surprised what you can convey in 150 words. Send in your entry by five today. All kinds of love welcome.

    3. Who pays $250 for free tickets? The tickets are available for free everyday in the park and at dispensing locations throughout the city.