Presented Sept. 5-7, The Winter's Tale will feature Almond as Antigonus, alongside Christopher Fitzgerald (Wicked) as Autolycus, Isaiah Johnson (The Merchant of Venice) as Leontes and David Turner (On A Clear Day...) as Clown. Groups making cameo performances include "Sesame Street," Rosie's Theater Kids, New York Theatre Ballet, DanceBrazil, Shinbone Alley Stilt Band, Staten Island Lions and AATMA Performing Arts.
Participating community groups include Children's Aid Society (Manhattan); DreamYard Project (Bronx); Fortune Society (Queens); Brownsville Recreation Center (Brooklyn); and Domestic Workers United (all boroughs, including Staten Island).
The Winter's Tale will feature choreography by Chase Brock, with scenic design by Justin Townsend, lighting design by Tyler Micoleau, costume design by Paul Carey and sound design by Acme Sound Partners.
According to the Public, "The Winter's Tale brings Shakespeare's tale of mystery and magic to life as never before. Featuring Public Works' signature blend of professional actors, community members, and special guests, this musical adaptation will explode with authentic performances that come together to tell Shakespeare’s beloved fable of hard-won joy and the promise of renewal."
DeBessonet and Almond previously collaborated on the 2013 premiere Public Works production of The Tempest. Their work together also includes The Odyssey at San Diego's Old Globe, as well as Don Quixote in Philadelphia.
Tickets to The Winter's Tale are free and are distributed, two per person, at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park the day of the show beginning at noon. The Public Theater is offering free tickets through its Virtual Ticketing lottery at shakespeareinthepark.org on the day of the show.