Casting Complete for Shakespeare in the Park's Twelfth Night

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Casting is now complete for the Shakespeare in the Park production of Twelfth Night, starring Julie White, Audra McDonald, Raúl Esparza and Anne Hathaway.
Raul Esparza
Raul Esparza

Newly announced for the production, which runs June 10-July 12, are Charles Borland, Andrew Crowe, Steve Curtis, Christopher Layer, Robin LeMon and Julie Sharbutt. Opening night is June 25 at the Delacorte Theater.

As previously reported, Daniel Sullivan will stage the free engagement that stars Oscar nominee Anne Hathaway ("Rachel Getting Married") as Viola, four-time Tony winner Audra McDonald as (110 in the Shade, Ragtime) as Olivia, Tony-winning actress Julie White (The Little Dog Laughed) as Maria, three-time Tony nominee Raúl Esparza (Company, Speed-the-Plow) as Orsino and two-time Tony nominee David Pittu (What's That Smell?) as Feste.

Twelfth Night also features Stark Sands (Journey's End) as Sebastian, Michael Cumpsty (Sunday in the Park with George) as Malvolio, Hamish Linklater (The Busy World Is Hushed) as Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Jay O. Sanders (Midsummer Night's Dream) as Sir Toby Belch, Herb Foster (A Midsummer Night's Dream) as Valentine, Kevin Kelly (Much Ado About Nothing) as Sea Captain, Baylen Thomas (Cyrano de Bergerac) as Curio and Jon Patrick Walker (Young Frankenstein) as Fabian.

Completing the ensemble are Clifton Duncan, David Kenner, Leslie Harrison, Slate Holmgren, Dorien Makhloghi, Ray Rizzo and Zach Villa.

Designing Twelfth Night are John Lee Beatty (scenic design), Jane Greenwood (costume design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design), Acme Sound Partners (sound design), Rick Sordelet (fight director) and Mimi Lieber (choreography). The Shakespeare in the Park staging will feature an original score by Brooklyn-based folk-rock band Hem, comprising vocalist Sally Ellyson, pianist Dan Messe, and guitarists Gary Maurer and Steve Curtis.

Twelfth Night centers on Viola, who along with her twin Sebastian, finds herself washed ashore in the mysterious land of Illyria following a shipwreck.

Performances of Shakespeare in the Park are Tuesday-Sunday at 8 PM. Tickets are free and are available on the day of the performance (two per person) at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park beginning at 1 PM, or by entering the Public's online ticketing lottery at PublicTheater.

The closest entrances to the Delacorte are located at 81st Street and Central Park West or 70th Street and Fifth Avenue.

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