Photo Call: Cherry Jones, Brooke Shields and More Celebrate Public Theater Opening Nights

News   Photo Call: Cherry Jones, Brooke Shields and More Celebrate Public Theater Opening Nights
 
The Public Theater celebrated two opening nights this week: The Mobile Shakespeare Unit’s Macbeth opened on May 20, and Elevator Repair Service’s The Sound and the Fury opened on May 21.

The Mobile Shakespeare Unit’s Macbeth arrives at The Public Theater following a three-week tour to audiences who have limited or no access to the arts by visiting prisons, homeless shelters and other community venues in the five boroughs of New York City.

The initiative is now in its fifth year. Recent productions include Pericles, Measure for Measure and Richard III. The Mobile Shakespeare Unit will also present educational workshops.

Macbeth runs through June 7.

Elevator Repair Service's production The Sound and the Fury returns Off-Broadway following an acclaimed premiere at New York Theatre Workshop in 2008. Directed by John Collins, The Sound and the Fury is a staging of the first section of the "Benjy Chapter" of William Faulkner's seminal novel of the same name. The show is billed as a theatrical representation of Faulkner's complex language. "In usual ERS style, humor, pathos, and high-energy choreography illuminate this Southern Gothic tale. ERS takes on Faulkner’s daring experimentation with consciousness, perception, memory and language – and honors the author’s words to the letter," state press notes. The production features split-screen staging, video-projected text and an original sound score. It features scenic design by David Zinn, costume design by Colleen Werthmann and additional costumes by Jacob A. Climer, lighting design by Mark Barton and sound design by Matt Tierney.

The ensemble cast includes Daphne Gaines, Rosie Goldensohn, Mike Iveson, Vin Knight, Aaron Landsman, Randolph Curtis Rand, Greig Sargeant, Kaneza Schaal, Pete Simpson, Susie Sokol, Lucy Taylor, Tory Vazquez and Ben Williams.

The Sound and the Fury runs through June 27.

For tickets to Macbeth or The Sound and the Fury, phone (212) 967-7555 or visit PublicTheater. The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street in Manhattan.

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