Public's Romeo and Juliet Opening-Night Gala to Honor LAByrinth, Pittman

News   Public's Romeo and Juliet Opening-Night Gala to Honor LAByrinth, Pittman The Public Theater will honor LAByrinth Theater Company and Public board member Robert W. Pittman at a June 19 opening-night gala for the Shakespeare in the Park production of Romeo and Juliet at the Delacorte Theater.

The LAByrinth Theater Company, led by its artistic directors Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Ortiz, is in residence at the Public, where its production of Jack Goes Boating, starring Hoffman and Ortiz, is currently running. The multicultural, actor-driven company was founded in 1992 and has grown into one of the most respected Off-Broadway companies in New York.

Pittman was a founder of MTV and served as CEO of MTV Networks. He has also served as chief operating officer of America Online.

Cocktails and dinner outside the Delacorte begin at 6PM, and the performance of Romeo and Juliet begins at 8 PM, with a post-show party at Belvedere Castle to follow. Rain date is June 20. For more information call (212) 725-2948.

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Romeo and Juliet, which runs June 5-July 8, will star Lauren Ambrose ("Six Feet Under," Awake and Sing!) and Oscar Isaac (Two Gentlemen of Verona) in the title roles and Camryn Manheim as the nurse. The Public Theater has not produced Romeo and Juliet since 1988, when it presented the classic tragedy in the Anspacher Theater, in the company's Lafayette Street space. Peter MacNicol and Cynthia Nixon starred in the title roles. The play hasn't been at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park since 1968, when Joseph Papp directed a production that starred Martin Sheen and Susan McArthur.

Daniel Sullivan will helm Shakespeare in the Park's second summer offering, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which will run Aug. 7-Sept. 9.

For more information visit www.publictheater.org.

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