Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Julius Caesar, Featuring Elizabeth Marvel, Corey Stoll, and More

Off-Broadway News   Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Julius Caesar, Featuring Elizabeth Marvel, Corey Stoll, and More The Public Theater’s artistic director Oskar Eustis helms the political drama in Central Park.
John Douglas Thompson and Corey Stoll
John Douglas Thompson and Corey Stoll Joan Marcus

The Public Theater kicks off its annual, free Shakespeare in the Park summer programming with Julius Caesar May 23. Artistic Director Oskar Eustis directs the political drama at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

Julius Caesar will officially open June 12 and is scheduled to run through June 18.

The cast is comprised of Tina Benko as Calpurnia, Teagle F. Bougere as Casca, Yusef Bulos as Cinna the Poet, Eisa Davis as Decius Brutus, Robert Gilbert as Octavius, Gregg Henry as Caesar, Edward James Hyland as Lepidus, Popilius, Nikki M. James as Portia, Christopher Livingston as Titinius, Cinna, Elizabeth Marvel as Antony, Chris Myers as Flavius, Messala, and Ligarius, Marjan Neshat as Metullus Cimber, Corey Stoll as Marcus Brutus, John Douglas Thompson as Caius Cassius, Natalie Woolams-Torres as Marullus, Isabel Arraiza as Publius Clitus, and Erick Betancourt, Mayaa Boateng as Soothsayer, Motell Foster as Trebonius, and Dash King, Tyler La Marr as Lucillius, Gideon McCarty; Nick Selting as Lucius and Strato, Alexander Shaw as Octavius’ Servant, Michael Thatcher as Cobbler, and Justin Walker White as Pindarus.

Last seen on the Delacorte stage 17 years ago, Shakespeare’s political masterpiece Julius Caesar tells the tale of a power-hungry leader and the band of patriots who oppose him. The production will be followed by the bard’s popular comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream—a story of young love, fantasy, and fairies directed by Lear deBessonet.

The cast of A Midsummer Night's Dream includes Bhavesh Patel as Theseus, Phylicia Rashad as Titania, Annaleigh Ashford as Helena, and Kristine Nielsen as Puck. Performances will begin July 11 in Central Park, where it will play through August 13.

Read: PHYLICIA RASHAD AND MORE JOIN PUBLIC THEATER'S SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK SEASON

Free tickets to both productions will be distributed, two per person, at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park beginning at 12 PM on the day of each performance. TodayTix is also offering an exclusive Mobile Ticket Lottery for Julius Caesar and A Midsummer Night's Dream, with tickets available via the TodayTix app.

Flip through photos from rehearsals below:

Julius Caesar features scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Kenneth Posner, sound design by Jessica Paz, original music and soundscapes by Bray Poor, and hair, wig, and makeup design by Leah J. Loukas.

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