Daniel Sullivan, who staged Twelfth Night in 2009 and last year's Merchant of Venice, helms All's Well That Ends Well. David Esbjornson, recently represented with the Broadway revival of Driving Miss Daisy, stages Measure for Measure. Both productions were last seen during the 1993 Shakespeare in the Park season.
Here is a first look at the show:
A First Look at Shakespeare in the Park's All's Well That Ends Well
Here's how the Public bills the works: "All's Well That Ends Well is a fairytale for grown-ups. This beguiling fable follows the low-born Helena, one of Shakespeare’s most resourceful heroines, as she inventively surmounts obstacle after impossible obstacle in order to win the love of the aristocratic and haughty Count Bertram."
"Measure for Measure sweeps from the corridors of national power to the intimate confines of the bedroom, and from the convent's chapel to the executioner’s block. It is Shakespeare at his grittiest: a bracing and bawdy glimpse of what happens when those in power allow their basest human impulses to range unchecked."
The repertory company features John Cullum (The Scottsboro Boys, Shenandoah) as Escalus/King of France, Tonya Pinkins (The Wild Party, Caroline, or Change) as Mistress Overdone/Countess, Kristen Connolly (Juliet/Diana), Carson Elrod (Pompey/Interpreter), Danai Gurira (Isabella in Measure for Measure), Joe Forbrich (Friar/Duke of Florence), Michael Hayden (Angelo/Second Brother Dumaine), André Holland (Claudio/Bertram), Jordan Lund (Abhorson/Rinaldo), David Manis (Elbow/Lavatch), Dakin Matthews (Provost/Lafew), Caitlin O’Connell (Nun/Widow), Annie Parisse (Mariana/Helena), Lorenzo Pisoni (Duke/First Brother Dumaine), Reg Rogers (Lucio/Parolles) and Lucas Caleb Rooney (Barnadine/Gentleman). The 2011 Shakespeare in the Park season will run June 6-July 30 at the Delacorte Theater.