Soon, we know all too well, the cooler temperatures and icky precip we’ve been having will seem practically nice, as winter gets started in earnest. But right now we’re feeling a wee bit nostalgic for the summer. Fortunately, it’s possible to sort of relive the good times, at least in a theatrical sense, with a free outdoor production in Central Park. Granted, it’s not Shakespeare, and it’s playing at the Riftstone Arch rather than the Delacorte, but the Flying Pig Collective’s production of Buchner’s Woyzeck sounds like fun. Granted, the tragic story of a German servant/medical guinea pig subsisting on peas/murderer isn’t exactly uplifting, but it is an important (if unfinished) work from the 19th century, and anything that will allow us to pretend it’s still summer, as sitting in Central Park watching a play can, has merit in our eyes. Of course, if it’s freezing it’ll be harder to pretend, but we’ll trust the Flying Pig to put on a show that will distract us sufficiently if need be.

2005_10_arts_bassax.jpg Delightfully, that’s not even your only choice if you’re looking for a free outdoor show. The Czechoslovak American Marionette Theatre (how cool that there is such a thing!) is performing The Bass Saxophone at the Grand Army Plaza Memorial Arch in Prospect Park. BasSax, written by Josef Skvorecky, takes place in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, where young people throw caution to the wind and play swing music despite it being officially forbidden. It's now the Marionette Theatre’s fifteenth year since Vit Horejs, the director, rescued the puppets from a church closet, and this show sounds quite promising – at least, if we were to try to match marionettes with a type of music, swing would be a lead candidate; and again, right now anything that might remind us of the warmer months sounds like an especially good idea.

Continuing with the sort of eastern European vibe we have going with the above (OK, Germany’s not usually considered eastern, but close enough) – Saint Oedipus is a play by Piotr Tomaszuk of the Polish Theatre Wierszalin. It “reflects on the myth of Oedipus and the nature of human sexuality," with two characters who are, not surprisingly, mother and son; the play also takes inspiration from Doctor Faustus and The Holy Sinner by Thomas Mann. Saint Oedipus got raves at the Edinburgh Fringe this summer – it’s one of the first shows from that festival to make it over here, as far as we know, so that should give it a good boost interest-wise, in case you needed more incentive to check it out.

2005_10_arts_emilia.jpg Then, at BAM, one more selection from Germany: Emilia Galotti, which is only playing this week. The play was written by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing in 1772 and is performed (in German but with supertitles in English, thankfully) by the Deutsches Theater Berlin; you can see a brief, intriguing video clip here. Michael Thalheimer, the director, also has adapted the play in his notoriously minimalist way, so if the idea of seeing something first staged during the Enlightenment, rest easy – this tragic tale of a lower-class woman whose impending marriage is literally hijacked by the prince, who loves her too, is a five-act, four-hour-long production in the original, but Thalheimer cut it down to a little over an hour, which means it’ll be fast-paced at the very least.

We don’t call ourselves Gothamist for no reason, and it would be remiss of us not to mention even one of the many projects being presented by local companies. With that in mind, consider seeing The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, which starts previews tomorrow at Walkerspace. The play is actually based on a 5 distinct short stories adapted by Bridgette Dunlap from the same-titled critically acclaimed book by Aimee Bender. All the vignettes here feature women in rather bizarre circumstances – the girl of the title, firstly, and then there’s a “closeted mermaid” and a woman going through the opposite of evolution, plus a girl who burns everything and one who, pregnant, is shuttled off to live with a hunchback. It’s being performed by the all-women Ateh Theater Group, its first production, and if they can capture the strange beauty of Bender’s stories, it should make for an auspicious beginning.

Details: Woyzeck opens on Friday and plays through 10/26. Shows are at the Riftstone Arch in Central Park (72nd Street and Central Park West), Fri.-Sun. at 6pm.

The Bass Saxophone shows Fri.-Sat. 8pm and Sat.-Sun. 3pm. It’s at the Grand Army Memorial Arch (Eastern Parkway and Prospect Park West) in Flatbush.

Saint Oedipus opens on Thurs. at La MaMa, 74A E. 4th St. Performances are Thurs.-Sun. 8pm, with a matinee on Sunday at 2:30pm. Tickets are at Theatermania.

Emilia Galotti is at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton St.; it opens tomorrow and plays through Sat. at 7:30pm. Tickets are available on the BAM website.

The Girl in the Flammable Skirt starts previews tomorrow and opens on Sat.; shows are Wed.-Sat. at 8pm, Sun. at 3pm, through Oct. 29. Walkerspace’s address is 46 Walker St.; you can get tickets at Smarttix.