Daniel Sullivan, who staged Twelfth Night in 2009 and last year's Merchant of Venice, will helm All's Well That Ends Well. David Esbjornson, currently represented with the Broadway revival of Driving Miss Daisy, will stage Measure for Measure. Both productions were last seen during the 1993 Shakespeare in the Park season.
Last season the Public produced The Winter's Tale and The Merchant of Venice in rep to great success. The latter production, which starred Al Pacino, transferred to a lucrative Broadway run (which continues through Feb. 20). While both productions employed a mostly-unified acting company, veteran theatre names were brought in to headline each of the respective works.
The 2011 Shakespeare in the Park season will run June 6-July 31 at the Delacorte Theater.
"Last year's Shakespeare rep was a thrilling success; the current run of The Merchant of Venice on Broadway is a wonderful reminder of what made last summer so magical," Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis said in a statement. "This year, two of Shakespeare's richest and most rewarding plays make up our season. We are delighted that once again an American Shakespeare company will light up New York's summer."
Here's how the Public bills the works: "All's Well That Ends Well is a fairytale for grown-ups. This beguiling fable follows the low-born Helena, one of Shakespeare’s most resourceful heroines, as she inventively surmounts obstacle after impossible obstacle in order to win the love of the aristocratic and haughty Count Bertram."
"Measure for Measure sweeps from the corridors of national power to the intimate confines of the bedroom, and from the convent's chapel to the executioner’s block. It is Shakespeare at his grittiest: a bracing and bawdy glimpse of what happens when those in power allow their basest human impulses to range unchecked."