Time to start thinking about the 2017 Shakespeare in the Park season. This summer, Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis will helm a production of the Bard’s Julius Caesar; following that, Public Works founder Lear deBessonet will direct A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Oskar Eustis directs JULIUS CAESAR, Shakespeare’s play of politics and power, last seen in the Park 17 years ago. Rome’s leader, Julius Caesar, is a force unlike any the city has seen. Magnetic, populist, irreverent, he seems bent on absolute power. A small band of patriots, devoted to the country’s democratic traditions, must decide how to oppose him. Shakespeare’s political masterpiece has never felt more contemporary. JULIUS CAESAR, only staged at the Delacorte Theater once before in 2000, was directed by Barry Edelstein and featured David McCallum in the title role, Jeffrey Wright as Mark Antony, and Jamey Sheridan as Brutus.
In July, the Delacorte Theater will transform into the most enchanted forest in all of theater in Shakespeare’s beloved comedy, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. When the merry sprite Puck meddles with a magical love potion, young lovers lost in the woods mysteriously find themselves infatuated with the wrong person in this hilarious, fairytale fantasia that proves the course of true love never did run smooth. Lear deBessonet, Founder of The Public Theater’s groundbreaking Public Works program and Resident Director, brings her electric theatrical vision to the classic romance about the supernatural nature of love.
“There is no difficulty in the world that Shakespeare can’t address,” Eustis said in a statement. “In our troubled times, the majesty of Julius Caesar and the joy of A Midsummer Night’s Dream are as necessary as beauty.”The summer season will also include Hair to Hamilton, an all-star celebration of musicals developed at the Public. The gala event will take place on June 5 at the Delacorte.
The Public Theater has announced the lineup for its 2015 season of free Shakespeare in the Park productions playing at the Delacorte Theater. This season in Central Park will feature feature Shakespeare’s late romances The Tempest, directed by Tony Award nominee Michael Greif, from May 27-July 5, and Cymbeline, directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan, from July 27-August 23.
Sam Waterston will be performing in theis summer’s production as Prospero. The Tempest will feature the return of Oscar and Tony nominee to the Delacorte stage. The production will mark his 13th Shakespearean production at the Public.
“With these two gorgeous productions, we will have produced all of Shakespeare’s late romances in one season, The Winter’s Tale in Public Works and Pericles with the Mobile Unit,” said Artistic Director Oskar Eustis in a statement. “These wise, magical, and emotional works were Shakespeare’s climactic achievement in the theater. In these plays, hope can be found in the darkest hour, every loss can be restored, and even death is not permanent.” Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park productions are distributed at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park on the day of the show, two tickets maximum per person. The Public Theater will also again offer free tickets through its Virtual Ticketing lottery on the day of the show.
Revenge, rage, grief and delusion thunder upon the Delacorte as Tony® and Emmy® Award winner John Lithgow takes the stage as one of theater’s great tragic heroes, KING LEAR. Tony winner Daniel Sullivan directs Shakespeare’s classic drama about a King who loses everything—including his mind—when he disowns his favorite daughter, and finds himself betrayed in return.
New York’s most treasured summer tradition, Free Shakespeare in the Park, celebrates its 52nd season in Central Park’s famous Delacorte Theater. Love and madness, laughter and tragedy combine for a uniquely thrilling season of exciting theater and exceptional performances under the stars. Join over 5 million people who have enjoyed The Public Theater’s free performances and experience the heights of romance and the depths of duplicity in a setting unlike any other, in the heart of Manhattan.