Lin-Manuel Miranda and Shakespeare at a Times Summer Event

In New York, coronavirus cases are falling down. Vaccination rates are going rising. And theater performers are moving out of grid view and onto the stage.

For the next episode of “Offstage,” our multimedia series about theater creating during the epidemic, we visit Lin-Manuel Miranda at the Drama Book Shop — which he now co-owns — to chat about “In the Heights,” “Hamilton,” race and recovery.

We also consider the return of Shakespeare in the Park with the playwright Jocelyn Bioh and the director Saheem Ali, who will talk about their new adaptation of “The Merry Wives of Windsor” — set in Harlem, imagining many characters as immigrants from West Africa, and called, simply, “Merry Wives” — which will be staged from July 6 to September 18.

Can’t wait? We’ll have a preview of the musical, performed by the performers Susan Kelechi Watson (“This Is Us”) and Pascale Armand (“Eclipsed”) on the outdoor stage of the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.