The Public Theater celebrated the official opening of its musicalized Twelfth Night at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park July 31. Watch highlights from the production, which continues the theatre's long-running summer tradition of free Shakespeare in the Park, in the new video above.
Twelfth Night is conceived by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub, directed by Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Kwei-Armah, with choreography by Lorin Latarro.
The cast is made up of Ato Blankson-Wood as Orsino, Nikki M. James as Viola, Andrew Kober as Malvolio, co-creator Taub as Feste, Shuler Hensley as Sir Toby Belch, Nanya-Akuki Goodrich as Olivia, Lori Brown-Niang as Maria, Troy Anthony as Sebastian, JW Guido as Illyrian, Daniel Hall as Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Jonathan Jordan as Antonio, and Patrick J. O’Hare as Fabian.
Kim Blanck is the female understudy and Javier Ignacio is the male understudy, along with two rotating ensembles of community members who are also a part of the production.
Twelfth Night was originally performed in 2016 through Public Works, which brings together professional artists and community members from all five New York City boroughs.
The Public Works community partner organizations are Brownsville Recreation Center (Brooklyn), Center for Family Life in Sunset Park (Brooklyn), DreamYard (Bronx), The Fortune Society (Queens), and Military Resilience Foundation (all boroughs), along with alumni partners Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education (Bronx), Children's Aid (all boroughs) and Domestic Workers United (all boroughs).
Performances began July 17 and are scheduled through August 19. Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park are distributed, two per person, at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park beginning at noon on the day of each performance. Tickets are also distributed by random mobile lottery on the TodayTix app or can be purchased via a tax-deductible donation. For information and to donate, call (212) 967-7555.