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Public Works:

September 6-8, 2013

The Delacorte Theater in Central Park

In its inaugural year, PUBLIC WORKS created an extraordinary example of participatory theater with this free, original musical adaptation of THE TEMPEST, directed by Lear deBessonet. The piece was inspired by a 1916 community theatrical event of Caliban by the Yellow Sands at the stadium at City College in New York. Director

The partner organizations for this production of THE TEMPEST were: Children’s Aid Society (Manhattan); DreamYard (Bronx); Fortune Society (Queens); Brownsville Recreation Center (Brooklyn); and Domestic Workers United (all boroughs, including Staten Island). Participants from these community groups performed in the ensemble, as well as played featured roles.

The cameo groups included Ballet TechNYC Public School for Dance, with choreography by Eliot FeldCalpulli Mexican Dance CompanyKaoru Watanabe Taiko EnsembleMiddle Church Jerriese Johnson Gospel Choir; the New York City Taxi Workers Alliance; Raya Brass Band; and Stephen Duncan.

This program was made possible with the generous support of the Ford Foundation.

Public Works at The Delacorte Theater
Book, Music & Lyrics by Todd Almond
Conceived and Directed by Public Works Director Lear deBessonet
Choreographer Chase Brock


With Todd Almond, Laura Benanti, Carson Elrod, Jeff Hiller, Norm Lewis, and Jacob Ming-Trent

Scenic Design Matt Saunders

Lighting Design Tyler Micoleau

Costume Design Paul Carey

Sound Design Acme Sound Partners