By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
Directed by DANIEL SULLIVAN
JUNE 10 – JULY 12
With Charles Borland, Michael Cumpsty, Clifton Duncan, Raúl Esparza, Herb Foster, Leslie Harrison, Anne Hathaway, Slate Holmgren, Kevin Kelly, David Kenner, Hamish Linklater, Dorien Makhloghi, Audra McDonald, David Pittu, Ray Rizzo, Jay O. Sanders, Julie Sharbutt, Stark Sands, Baylen Thomas, Zach Villa, Jon Patrick Walker, Julie White
This summer kicks off with a powerhouse production of one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies. The Public welcomes Academy Award Nominee Anne Hathaway as she makes her Public Theater debut playing Viola, one of the canon’s most charming heroines. This beguiling comedy follows the romantic adventures of Viola and her identical twin Sebastian, both shipwrecked in the enchanted dukedom of Illyria. At the helm of this time-honored story of cross-dressing and mistaken identity, all in the name of love, is Tony Award winning Director Daniel Sullivan.
Directed by JOANNE AKALAITIS
Music by PHILIP GLASS
Translated by NICHOLAS RUDALL
AUGUST 11 – AUGUST 30
JoAnne Akalaitis returns to The Public Theater to present Greek tragedy as it was always meant to be seen – in the open air of the city. This visionary interpretation, featuring a lush choral score by Philip Glass, re-imagines the classic story about what happens when a government attempts to outlaw desire.
For over 50 years, The Public has been proud to bring free performances to over 100,000 people each summer at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. This long-standing tradition has joined esteemed artists with audiences from all over the world to celebrate Shakespeare and other classic works. Free tickets are available both in person and online to the general public. Outreach initiatives, student programs, and borough ticket distribution help bring these productions to a broad cross-section of the community.
Recent productions include HAIR: THE AMERICAN TRIBAL LOVE-ROCK MUSICAL; HAMLET; A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM; ROMEO AND JULIET; MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN; MACBETH; AS YOU LIKE IT; TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA; MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING; and HENRY V.
Public Theater: http://www.publictheater.org/content/view/126/219/