From Nov. 4-22, a company of actors will offer free performances of Shakespeare's play to prisons, homeless shelters, centers for the elderly, as well as the Brownsville Recreation Center in Brooklyn, the Fortune Society in Queens and the DreamYard Project in the Bronx.
Kwame Kwei-Armah directs the production with choreography by Chase Brock. Following the tour, Much Ado About Nothing will be presented at the Public Theater Nov. 25-Dec. 15. It officially opens Dec. 3. Tickets for the Public engagement are $20.
"The Mobile Shakespeare Unit is at the heart of The Public Theater's mission to democratize our culture," Public artistic director Oskar Eustis said in a statement. "Shakespeare is for everyone, the theatre is for everyone, just as America belongs to us all. It is an honor to welcome Kwame Kwei-Armah back to The Public and to offer his delightful Much Ado About Nothing to our audiences."
The cast features Michael Braun (Benedick); Rosal Colón (Margaret, Borachia, Friar Francis); Ramsey Faragallah (Leonato, Watch); Marc Damon Johnson (Don Pedro, Verges); A.Z. Kelsey (Claudio, Conrade); Lucas Caleb Rooney (Dogberry, Don John); Samantha Soule (Beatrice); and Kerry Warren (Hero, Sexton).
The production has scenic design by Timothy R. Mackabee; costume design by Clint Ramos; and music by Shane Rettig. Tickets for the engagement at the Public go on sale Oct. 31. For tickets phone (212) 967-7555 or visit Public Theater. The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street in Manhattan.