Performances begin July 16 in the Delacorte Theater for The Public Theater's second, free Shakespeare in the Park production of the summer: a modern-day version of William Shakespeare's Coriolanus. In the title role is Jonathan Cake, who was previously seen as Antony in The Public's 2014 production of Antony and Cleopatra.
Coriolanus is the story of a general who is voted into power by a populace hungry for change, and the unraveling that follows.
Directed by Tony winner Daniel Sullivan, the war-torn tragedy also features Kate Burton as Volumnia, Teagle F. Bougere as Menenius Agrippa, Tom Nelis as Cominius, and Louis Cancelmi as Tullus Aufidius.
The cast also features Justin P. Armstrong (Ensemble), Katharine Chin (Ensemble), Gregory Connors (Ensemble), Darryl Gene Daughtry Jr.(Ensemble), Biko Eisen-Martin (Ensemble), Bree Elrod (Ensemble), Nayib Felix (Ensemble), Josiah Gaffney (Young Martius Standby), Chris Ghaffari (Titus Lartius), Enid Graham (Junius Brutus), Christopher Ryan Grant (Ensemble), Emeka Guindo(Young Martius), Jonathan Hadary (Sicinius Velutus), Suzannah Herschkowitz (Ensemble), Gemma Josephine (Ensemble), Thomas Kopache (First Senator), Tyler La Marr (Ensemble), L’Oreál Lampley (Ensemble), Jack LeGoff (Ensemble), Alejandra Mangini (Ensemble), Louis Reyes McWilliams (Ensemble), Max Gordon Moore (First Citizen), Nneka Okafor (Virgilia), Donovan Price (Ensemble), Sebastian Roy (Ensemble), Ali Skamangas (Ensemble), Jason Paul Tate (Ensemble), and Amelia Workman (Valeria).
Coriolanus features scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Kaye Voyce, lighting design by Japhy Weideman, sound design by Jessica Paz, music composition by Dan Moses Schreier, and fight direction by Steve Rankin.
The Shakespeare in the Park season will conclude with a Public Works presentation of a new stage adaptation of Disney’s Hercules.