Lynn Collins in Talks for Rosalind in Central Park As You Like It

News   Lynn Collins in Talks for Rosalind in Central Park As You Like It Lynn Collins, recently seen in the Al Pacino film version of The Merchant of Venice, is in negotiations for the lead role of Rosalind in this summer's Central Park production of As You Like It, the Public Theater confirmed.
Lynn Collins
Lynn Collins

The Texas-born Collins played Portia in the film "Merchant." Trained at Juilliard, she portrayed Ophelia to Liev Schreiber's Hamlet in a production at the Public, and was Juliet in Peter Hall's Romeo and Juliet at the Ahmanson theatre in Los Angeles. She will play Charlotte Bronte in the upcoming film "Bronte." The Rivals' Mark Lamos, a Tony nominee for his direction of Our Country's Good, will helm Shakespeare's As You Like It, which will run June 25-July 17.

Two productions will be offered this summer at Shakespeare in Central Park: both As You Like It and A Midsummer Night's Dream. The stagings will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Public Theater. Outgoing Public Theater producer George C. Wolfe will direct A Midsummer Night's Dream. Dream is scheduled to play the Delacorte Aug. 9 Sept. 4.

Summer 2005 will mark the first time in four years that the Public has presented two separate Shakespeare productions. Public Theater executive director Mara Manus told the Times that increased donations for the Public's 50th anniversary will allow two productions this coming summer. "Financially, we're in a much better place," explained Manus.

In summer 2004, Shakespeare in Central Park presented Much Ado About Nothing. Jimmy Smits starred as the cocky Benedick with Kristen Johnston as the stubborn Beatrice.