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Delacorte Theater

July 17 - August 19, 2018

Free tickets are available for every public performance. For information on how to access free tickets, see the Central Park, Digital Lottery, Borough Distribution, and at The Public boxes below.

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In celebration of five extraordinary years of Public Works, a Public Theater initiative that invites communities across New York to create ambitious works of participatory theater, Free Shakespeare in the Park presents a re-imagining of Public Works’ 2016 Musical Adaptation of TWELFTH NIGHT for a full five-week run in Central Park. Professional artists and two rotating ensembles of community members from all five boroughs will perform together on the Delacorte stage in this enchanting comedy about Viola, a young heroine who washes up on the shores of Illyria, disguises herself as a man, is sent to court a countess, and falls in love with a Duke.

Featuring music and lyrics by critically-acclaimed songwriter Shaina Taub, this very special TWELFTH NIGHT is a unique partnership between two Public Theater programs that exemplify The Public’s commitment to radical inclusion. Oskar Eustis, The Public’s Artistic Director, and Kwame Kwei-Armah, incoming Artistic Director of London’s Young Vic, helm this unforgettable musical about love in all its many disguises.

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Visual Language in Twelfth Night
From the early 18th century to 1952, sign language was the shared language of part of Martha’s Vineyard.   This was an inclusive community with a communal language used by all, hearing and Deaf alike.  Our imagining of Illyria – the magical city of Twelfth Night - draws inspiration from here. In Illyria we welcome communication in any form: through song, dance, sign, gesture, speech. We celebrate our diversity, embrace our differences and strive for inclusion.
The Public Theater is proud to offer ASL interpreted and open caption performances for Twelfth Night at the Delacorte Theater, to view all the dates please click here.
A limited number of tickets will be made available for these performances and can be acquired through our ADA Accessible Line in Central Park and by speaking to a member of our staff at our Downtown Lottery and Borough Distributions on the dates listed on the calendar. Please see the distribution boxes below for more information.

PUBLIC WORKS Musical Adaptation of William Shakespeare's

Conceived by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub 
Music and Lyrics by Shaina Taub
Choreography by Lorin Latarro
Directed by Oskar Eustis and Kwame Kwei-Armah

Featuring Troy Anthony (Sebastian), Kim Blanck (Female Understudy), Ato Blankson-Wood (Orsino), Lori Brown-Niang (Maria), Nanya-Akuki Goodrich (Olivia), JW Guido (Featured Illyrian), Daniel Hall (Sir Andrew Aguecheek), Shuler Hensley (Sir Toby Belch)Javier Ignacio (Male Understudy), Nikki M. James (Viola), Jonathan Jordan (Antonio), Andrew Kober (Malvolio), Patrick J. O'Hare (Fabian), and Shaina Taub (Feste)

Scene Design by Rachel Hauck
Costume Design by Andrea Hood
Lighting Design by John Torres
Sound Design by Jessica Paz
Hair & Wig Design by Cookie Jordan
Director of ASL Jeremy Lee Stone
Fight Director Lisa Kopitsky
Orchestrations by Mike Brun
Music Coordinator Dean Sharenow
Music Supervisor J. Oconer Navarro
Music Director Shaina Taub
Bandleaders Mike Brun and Shaina Taub
Production Stage Manager Michael Domue

Chairs in the Delacorte Theater


Support The Public and reserve your seat! With a donation of $500 or more, you can reserve your seats for this summer’s Free Shakespeare in the Park season. It’s our way of thanking you for helping us provide thousands of free tickets to our audiences each summer.