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Public Works' As You Like It


July 14 - August 8, 2020

Adapted by Shaina Taub & Laurie Woolery
Music & Lyrics by Shaina Taub
Original Choreography by Sonya Tayeh
Directed by Laurie Woolery

This summer, Public Works’ acclaimed musical production of AS YOU LIKE IT returns to The Delacorte for a full four-week production. Adapted by Shaina Taub and Director of Public Works Laurie Woolery, featuring music and lyrics by Taub, this ambitious work of participatory theater features an ensemble of both professional actors and community members from across New York, brought together through The Public Theater’s groundbreaking initiative Public Works. Named on The New York Times’ Best Theater of 2017, Public Works’ AS YOU LIKE IT is an immersive tale of faithful friends, feuding families, and lovers in disguise. Forced from their homes, Orlando, Duke Senior, his daughter Rosalind, and niece Celia escape to the Forest of Arden, a fantastical place of transformation, where all are welcomed and embraced. Banished into the forest, they find community and acceptance under the stars. Laurie Woolery directs this magical adaptation of a beloved classic.

Featuring Darius de Haas (Duke Senior), Joél Pérez (Touchstone), and Shaina Taub (Jaques), who are reprising their roles from the original Public Works production.

They will be joined by two rotating ensembles of community members from all five boroughs to perform together on The Delacorte stage in this enchanting comedy. 

PUBLIC WORKS, a major program of The Public Theater, aims to restore and build community by connecting people through theater—both performing it and experiencing it—reminding us that we’re all in this together. Working with partner organizations in all five boroughs, Public Works invites community members to take classes, attend performances, and join in the creation of ambitious works of participatory theater. It deliberately blurs the line between professional artists and community members, creating theater that is not only for the people, but by and of the people as well. Public Works is animated by the idea that theater is a place of possibility, where the boundaries that separate us from each other in the rest of life can fall away.

July 14 - August 8, 2020


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Darius de Haas

Darius de Haas

Joél Pérez

Joél Pérez

Shaina Taub

Shaina Taub