Conceived and directed by Obie Award winner Lear deBessonet with musical adaptation by Todd Almond and choreography by Chase Brock, Public Work’s THE WINTER’S TALE brings Shakespeare’s tale of mystery and magic to life as never before. Featuring Public Works’ signature blend of professional actors, community members, and special guests, this musical adaption will explode with authentic performances that come together to tell Shakespeare's beloved fable of hard-won joy and the promise of renewal.
The Public Works community partner organizations for THE WINTER'S TALE were Children’s Aid Society; DreamYard Project; Fortune Society; Brownsville Recreation Center; and Domestic Workers United. Participants from these community groups performed in the ensemble, as well as played featured roles.
THE WINTER’S TALE featured cameo group performances by Sesame Street; New York Theatre Ballet; Capoeira Luanda; Rosie’s Theater Kids; Bond Street Theatre's Shinbone Alley Stilt Band; Megha Kalia's NYC Bhangra Dance Company; the Urban Park Rangers, NYC Parks; and the Staten Island Lions.
Lead support for Public Works is provided by the New York City Theater Subdistrict Council, and the Ford Foundation. Additional support is provided by the David Rockefeller Fund, the SHS Foundation, and Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, LLP. A special thanks to Macy’s for their supporting role in wardrobe.