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October 28 - November 17

Estimated Run Time 90 minutes with no intermission

Mobile Unit

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Jenny Koons

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This fall, a classic New York City block party becomes the enchanted setting where fairies work their mischief in Shakespeare’s beloved play A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM.

Acclaimed director Jenny Koons takes you to the royal wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta, where a celebratory play is being rehearsed. But the real drama is unfolding in the concrete jungle of fairy King Oberon. There, four young New Yorkers discover the course of true love runs anything but smooth, as supernatural sprites and the lovable Puck conspire to reveal what fools we mortals be, and draw us all into the collective dream of romance and merriment.

Pictured: Marinda Anderson, Carolyn Kettig, Christopher Ryan Grant, Merritt Janson, Jasai Chase-Owens, Natalie Woolams-Torres, Leland Fowler, David Ryan Smith, Rosanny Zayas. Photo Credit: Evan Zimmerman

Mobile Unit is a reinvention of Joseph Papp’s Mobile Shakespeare program, beginning in 1957 with the simple idea that theater belongs to everyone, evolving into the New York Shakespeare Festival and ultimately becoming The Public Theater. Now in its eighth year, the Mobile Unit meets audiences where they are by presenting world-class Shakespeare and other works in recreation centers, prisons, senior centers, schools, and other community gathering places across the five boroughs. The Mobile Unit has already toured Henry V, The Winter’s Tale, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, The Comedy of Errors, Macbeth, Pericles, Measure for Measure, Richard III, and Much Ado About Nothing

Mobile Unit
 is made possible with the support of The Andrew W. Mellon FoundationThe Rockefeller FoundationStavros Niarchos FoundationThe Tow FoundationThe McLaughlin Children's Trust, and Bloomberg Philanthropies. Additional support provided by JetBlue AirwaysOpen Society FoundationsSusan & David EdelsteinThe MAE Private Foundation, and The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Season support provided by the Blavatnik Family FoundationThe LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public Theater’s year-round activities.

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Featuring Marinda Anderson (Hippolyta/Titania), Jasai Chase-Owens (Lysander/Snug),  Leland Fowler (Demetrius/Flute), Christopher Ryan Grant (Bottom), Merritt Janson (Theseus/Oberon), Carolyn Kettig (Hermia/Starveling),David Ryan Smith (Egeus/Quince/Fairy), Natalie Woolams-Torres (Puck), and Rosanny Zayas (Helena/Snout)

Scenic Designer: Kimie Nishikawa
Costume Designer: Hahnji Jang
Fight Director: Lisa Kopitsky
Production Stage Manager: Howard Tilkin
Stage Manager: Katie Kennedy 

Season 2018-2019


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Background Image Photo Credit: Joseph Augstein