"SNL" Star Member Rachel Dratch Joins Shakespeare in the Park Musical Adaptation of Love's Labour's Lost
By Adam Hetrick
Former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Rachel Dratch will portray Holofernes in the Public Theater's world-premiere musical Love's Labour's Lost, which will debut July 23 as part of Shakespeare in the Park.
Featuring a score by Michael Friedman and a book by two-time Tony nominee Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher, Rocky, Here Lies Love), the production marks the first new Shakespeare-based musical to be produced at the Delacorte Theater since the Tony-winning Galt MacDermot musical Two Gentlemen of Verona premiered there in 1971 prior to a Broadway run.
Timbers will direct the production that opens Aug. 12 for a run through Aug. 18.
In addition to Dratch (Minsky's), the previously announced cast includes Daniel Breaker (King of Navarre), Kevin Del Aguila (Dull), Colin Donnell (Berowne), Andrew Durand (Boyet), Kimiko Glenn (Maria), Jeff Hiller (Nathaniel), Rebecca Naomi Jones (Jaquenetta), Justin Levine (Moth), Patti Murin (Princess), Lucas Near-Verbrugghe (Dumaine), Bryce Pinkham (Longaville), Charlie Pollock (Costard), Caesar Samayoa (Don Armado), Maria Thayer (Rosaline) and Audrey Lynn Weston (Katherine).
Additional casting will be announced shortly.
Love's Labour's Lost will have scenic design by John Lee Beatty, with costume design by Jennifer Moeller, lighting design by Jeff Croiter and sound design by Acme Sound Partners.
The Public has also announced a change in the 2013 Shakespeare in the Park performance schedule. All performances for Love's Labour's Lost begin at 8:30 PM. It has a 90-minute running time.
Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park are free and are distributed, two per person, at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park the day of the show. The Public Theater is again offering free tickets through its Virtual Ticketing lottery at shakespeareinthepark.org on the day of the show.
The Delacorte Theater in Central Park is accessible by entering at 81st Street and Central Park West or at 79th Street and Fifth Avenue.
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