Free Shakespeare in the Park is a New York summer tradition. Tickets are distributed in the afternoon, on a first come first served basis to those who waited in line between 2 and 8 hours. That’s a long time. Friends and I would pack a picnic lunch. We brought something to drink, cheese, bread, coleslaw, fruit and cookies. The coleslaw represented the quintessential picnic food. It was always worth the wait to see the plays.