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Matt Damon among stars at Shakespeare forum in Central Park

Actor Matt Damon in Pasadena, Calif. (Jan. 4,

Actor Matt Damon in Pasadena, Calif. (Jan. 4, 2013) (Credit: AP)

Summer in New York means a lot of things, but we're focused on just one of them: free events.

A perennial favorite is Shakespeare in the Park, and this year its Public Forum offers marquee names including Matt Damon, Vanessa Redgrave and Alan Alda.

The 8 p.m. June 17 event, "What Are We Worth? Shakespeare, Money and Morals," will be at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Also on the bill, reading works that touch on these themes, are Christine Baranski, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Raúl Esparza, Hamish Linklater, Jesse L. Martin, Lily Rabe and Gloria Reuben. Author Michael Sandel, a political philosopher at Harvard, will lead a discussion exploring the night's topic.

Although tickets are free, you do have to work a bit to get them. Tickets (two per person) will be given out at noon the day of the forum at the Delacorte Theater. Or, try your luck by entering a drawing via the Virtual Ticketing option (shakespeareinthepark.org).

Playing through June 30 is "The Comedy of Errors," co-starring Linklater ("The New Adventures of Old Christine") and Jesse Tyler Ferguson ("Modern Family").

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