A Midsummer Night’s Dream Opens in Central Park | Playbill

Off-Broadway News A Midsummer Night’s Dream Opens in Central Park The free, outdoor Public Theater staging stars Phylicia Rashad, Annaleigh Ashford, and Danny Burstein, among others.
Phylicia Rashad and Danny Burstein Joan Marcus

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the second, free Shakespeare in the Park production from the Public Theater, officially opens July 31 in Central Park. Among the cast are Annaleigh Ashford as Helena, Phylicia Rashad as Titania, Kristine Nielsen as Puck, Danny Burstein as Nick Bottom, Kyle Beltran as Lysander, and Bhavesh Patel as Theseus.

Richard Poe, Annaleigh Ashford, and Alex Hernandez Joan Marcus

Central Park’s Delacorte Theater is transformed into an enchanted forest for the romantic comedy, which sees young lovers lost in the woods and mistakenly lusting after the wrong people. The limited engagement is scheduled through August 13, with direction by Lear deBessonet and choreography by Chase Brock.

Completing the cast are Shalita Grant (Hermia), De’Adre Aziza (Hippolyta), Min Borack (Fifth Fairy), Vinie Burrows (First Fairy, Peaseblossom), Justin Cunningham (Philostrate), Marcelle Davies-Lashley (Fairy Singer), Austin Durant (Snug), Keith Hart (Third Fairy), Alex Hernandez (Demetrius), Jeff Hiller (Francis Flute), Robert Joy (Peter Quince), Patricia Lewis (Fourth Fairy), David Manis (Egeus, Cobweb), Pamela McPherson-Cornelius (Second Fairy), Patrena Murray (Snout), Richard Poe (Oberon), Joe Tapper (Robin Starveling), Judith Wagner (Mote), Warren Wyss (Mustardseed), Benjamin Ye (Changeling Boy), and Rosanny Zayas (Understudy).

A Midsummer Night’s Dream features scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by Clint Ramos, lighting design by Tyler Micoleau, sound design by Jessica Paz, hair, wig, and make-up design by Cookie Jordan, original music, music supervision, and orchestrations by Justin Levine, additional orchestrations by Charlie Rosen, additional music supervision by Dean Sharenow, and music direction by Jon Spurney.

Performances began July 11.

Flip through photos from the show below:

First Look at A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park

Free tickets are distributed—two per person—at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park beginning at noon on the day of each public performance. A select number of tickets will also be made available for each performance via mobile lottery through the TodayTix app. For more ticket information, visit PublicTheater.org.


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