Initial casting has been announced for the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park stagings of Julius Caesar and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Directed by Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis, Julius Caesar (May 23–June 18) will feature Tina Benko (Calpurnia); Teagle F. Bougere (Casca); Eisa Davis (Decius Brutus); Robert Gilbert (Octavius); Stephen Adly Guirgis (Cinna the Poet); Gregg Henry (Caesar); Edward James Hyland (Lepidus, Popilius); Nikki M. James (Portia); Christopher Livingston (Titinis, Cinna); Elizabeth Marvel (Antony); Chris Myers (Flavius, Messala, Ligarius); Corey Stoll (Marcus Brutus); John Douglas Thompson (Caius Cassius); and Natalie Woolams-Torres (Marullus).
Lear deBessonet will direct Midsummer (July 11–August 13), which will feature Annaleigh Ashford (Helena); De’Adre Aziza (Hippolyta); Kyle Beltran (Lysander); Danny Burstein (Nick Bottom); Shalita Grant (Hermia); Alex Hernandez (Demetrius); Jeff Hiller (Francis Flute); Robert Joy (Peter Quince); David Manis (Egeus, Fairy); Patrena Murray (Tom Snout); Kristine Nielsen (Puck); and Joe Tapper (Robin Starveling).
Julius Caesar will have scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Kenneth Posner, sound design by Jessica Paz, and original music and soundscapes by Bray Poor.
Midsummer will have scenic design by Rockwell, costume design by Clint Ramos, lighting design by Tyler Micoleau, sound design by Paz, original music by Justin Levine, and choreography by Danny Mefford.
In addition, the Public will host a June 5 gala at the Delacorte, Hair to Hamilton, a star-studded one-night-only event celebrating 50 years of revolutionary musicals from The Public Theater.
The Delacorte Theater in Central Park is accessible by entering at 81st Street and Central Park West or at 79th Street and Fifth Avenue. To learn more, or to make a contribution, call (212) 967-7555 or visit publictheater.org.