The cast is now set for the Public Works presentation of As You Like It, adapted by composer Shaina Taub. Among the performers leading the cast are Rebecca Naomi Jones, Darius de Haas, and Joel Perez.
The musical adaptation of the Shakespearean comedy will also feature 200 New Yorkers from all five boroughs. The free performances will run September 1–5 at the Delacorte Theater.
Jones (Significant Other) will take on the role of Rosalind, while de Haas (Shuffle Along) and Perez (Sweet Charity) will play Duke Senior and Touchstone, respectively. The cast will also feature Taub as Jaques and Ato Blankson-Wood as Orlando.
The performances will also feature cameo appearances by Bronx Wrestling Federation, Freedom Dabka Group, Harambee Dance Company, and The Sing Harlem Choir.
Currently in its fifth season, the Public Theater’s Public Works program invites communities from across New York to be a part of the creative and performance process.
As You Like It is directed by Laurie Woolery and features choreography by Sonya Tayeh. The production will feature scenic design by David Rockwell, costumes by Andrea Hood, lighting design by David Weiner, sound design by Jessica Paz, and music direction by Andrea Grody.