In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the MOBILE UNIT, all tickets to the run at The Public are FREE. For information about how to get free tickets, please see the instructions below.


April 24 - May 14

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In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the MOBILE UNIT, all tickets to the run at The Public are FREE.

From schools to homeless shelters, prisons to community centers, the Public Theater’s Mobile Unit brings Shakespeare to the people, and the people to Shakespeare.  This season, the Mobile Unit celebrates 60 years of igniting dialogue and fostering new connections with a vibrant new production of the gender-bending, heart-mending comedy, TWELFTH NIGHT.

When a young shipwrecked immigrant named Viola takes a chance on the “wet foot, dry foot” policy of the mid-nineties and washes up amidst the shore of glitzy Illyria, Florida, she finds herself a stranger in a fabulously strange new land. Thinking her twin brother has drowned, Viola throws herself into a new gig as assistant to Orsino, a wealthy Floridian with a serious case of love sickness for a wealthy lady, Olivia. Having disguised herself as a boy to become Orsino’s right hand man, Viola (now Cesario) is tasked with delivering his adoring valentines. But as Viola woos in her boss’s name, she falls head over spiky heels for the man himself, while Olivia turns her affections to the intriguing young messenger boy, Cesario (also Viola).

Set to the rhythms of house, Cuban and nineties beats, Saheem Ali directs this colorful comedy about the power of new people and new experiences that throw the world into beautiful disarray, and open hearts and minds to the possibility of love. 



Join us for free tickets, happy hour specials, pop-up performances, and more. We can't wait to celebrate the Mobile Unit's 60th anniversary with you.

Free Tickets at The Public Theater 

Free tickets will be distributed in the lobby of The Public Theater (425 Lafayette St at Astor Place) before each public performance.  
Check the performance calendar for dates/times.*
Ticket distribution will begin at 5pm for the 7pm performance and Noon for the 2pm performance and will continue up to the start time of each performance.
Patrons may begin to form a line at 4:30pm for the 7pm performance and at 11:30am for 2pm performance.

PLEASE NOTE: No lines will form prior to these times and the lobby will not be monitored.

Each person (age 5+) may receive up to two (2) tickets.  Tickets are subject to availability.
Individuals requiring accessible seats should alert a member of the Public Theater staff before distribution begins.

Free Tickets via Mobile Lottery
Free tickets will be distributed through a random mobile lottery with The Public's mobile partner, TodayTix.  
Download the app here to enter to win free tickets each day there is a public performance.

*There will not be a public distribution on Thursday, April 27

The Mobile Unit is made possible with the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The Stavros Niarchos Foundation, The Tow Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and Delta Air Lines. Additional support provided by The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation provides lead support for The Public’s access and engagement programming. The Luesther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public Theater’s year-round activities.

Mobile Unit presents
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Saheem Ali

Featuring Stephen S. Chacon (Sebastian), Michael Bradley Cohen (Orsino, Sir Andrew Aguecheek), Danaya Esperanza (Viola), Ceci Fernandez (Olivia), Christopher Ryan Grant (Sir Toby Belch)Donnetta Lavinia Grays (Feste), David Ryan Smith (Malvolio), Aneesh Sheth (Maria), and Michael Thurber (Antonio)

Michael Thurber (Composer)
Lisa Kopitsky (Fight Director)
Tanya Birl (Movement Director)