Okay, so it’s not Shakespeare, but you’re sure to have a laugh when Horizon Theatre brings the Tony Award-winning Avenue Q to Piedmont Park on June 3-7.

Thousands of free tickets will be available to the public beginning May 1 for the special “PG-13” edition of the musical featuring some decidedly adult puppets.

Thanks to a major grant from The Charles Loridans Foundation, a supporting grant from the Mark and Evelyn Trammell Foundation and a partnership with the Piedmont Park Conservancy, Horizon continues the tradition begun by Georgia Shakespeare of bringing free professional theatre to Piedmont Park this summer, giving new audiences a chance to experience Horizon.

Park performances will be Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 7:30 PM, and audiences will provide their own blanket or low beach chair. Grounds open for picnicking at 6 p.m. Free and $15 reserved seating section tickets are available online at horizontheatre.com.

Following the Piedmont Park run, Avenue Q goes straight to the Conant Performing Arts Center at Oglethorpe University. At the Conant, Horizon will present both the original adult version of Avenue Q and a few performances of the PG-13 edition in rotating repertory. The production will run June 12 through July 12.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.