The Public Theater's free outdoor summer presentations at Central Park's Delacorte Theatre will be The Winter's Tale, directed by Brian Kulick, June 21-July 16, and Julius Caesar, directed by Barry Edelstein, Aug. 8-Sept. 7.
No casting has yet been announced for the Shakespeare plays.
The late-career romance, Winter's Tale, is the Bard's story of jealously, punishment, exile, loss and, ultimately, forgiveness, set in Sicilia and Bohemia. Designers will be Riccardo Hernàndez (scenic), Anita Yavich (costume), Ken Posner (lighting). Original music is by Mark Bennett.
The historic tragedy, Julius Caesar, tells of the rise and murder of the Roman leader at the hands of his compatriots.Designers will be Narelle Sissons (scenic) and Don Holder (lighting).
Kulick, a Public regular, staged A Dybbuk and Timon of Athens, among other works, for the nonprofit. Edelstein is artistic director of Classic Stage Company in New York City. *
Tickets for both plays are free (only two tickets per person), and can be picked up on performance days for that evening at The Delacorte Theater in Central Park starting at 1 PM. The closest entrances to The Delacorte are at 81st Street and Central Park West or 79th Street and Fifth Avenue. Tickets are also distributed from 1-3 PM at The Joseph Papp Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street (near Astor Place).
For additional information about Shakespeare in Central Park, call (212) 539-8750 or visit The Public Theater website, www.publictheater.org.
-- By Kenneth Jones