Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!

The Public Theater began previews on Monday, June 6 for the 2011 Shakespeare in the Park summer season featuring MEASURE FOR MEASURE, directed by David Esbjornson, and ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL, directed by Daniel Sullivan. The two shows will run in repertory with the same company of actors through Saturday, July 30 at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Last night marked the official launch gala for the 2011 Shakespeare in the Park season and BroadwayWorld was on hand for the photo op!

The 2011 repertory company for MEASURE FOR MEASURE and ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL consecutively, includes Kristen Connolly (Juliet/Diana), John Cullum (Escalus/King of France), Carson Elrod (Pompey/Interpreter), Joe Forbrich (Friar Peter/Duke of Florence), Danai Gurira (Isabella in Measure for Measure), Michael Hayden (Angelo/Second Brother Dumaine), André Holland (Claudio/Bertram), Jordan Lund (Abhorson/Rinaldo), David Manis (Elbow/Lavatch), Dakin Matthews (Provost/Lafew), Caitlin O'Connell (Nun/Widow,Isbel), Annie Parisse (Mariana/Helena), Tonya Pinkins (Mistress Overdone/Countess), Lorenzo Pisoni (Duke/First Brother Dumaine), Reg Rogers (Lucio/Parolles), and Lucas Caleb Rooney (Barnardine/Gentleman).

The summer's non-Equity ensemble features Bill Army, Lauren Ferguson, Edena Hines, Zoey Martinson, Adam McNulty, Katie Meister, Charlie Francis Murphy, Carra Patterson, James Rees, Aleque Reid, Benjamin Thys, Brendan Titley, Katie Tuminelly, Zachary Unger, Benjamin Perry Wenzelberg, Katie Wieland, and Roger Yeh.

MEASURE FOR MEASURE sweeps from the corridors of national power to the intimate confines of the bedroom, and from the convent's chapel to the executioner's block. It is Shakespeare at his grittiest: a bracing and bawdy glimpse of what happens when those in power allow their basest human impulses to range unchecked.

ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL is a fairytale for grown-ups. This beguiling fable follows the low-born Helena, one of Shakespeare's most resourceful heroines, as she inventively surmounts obstacle after impossible obstacle in order to win the love of the aristocratic and haughty Count Bertram.

MEASURE FOR MEASURE and ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL features scenic design by Scott Pask; costume design by Elizabeth Hope Clancy (Measure for Measure) and Jane Greenwood (All's Well That Ends Well); lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski; original music and sound score by John Gromada (Measure for Measure) and original music by Tom Kitt (All's Well That Ends Well); sound design by ACME Sound Partners; and hair and wig design by Charles LaPointe (Measure for Measure) and Tom Watson (All's Well That Ends Well).

MEASURE FOR MEASURE began performances on Monday, June 6 and officially opens on Thursday, June 30. ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL began performances on Saturday, June 11 and officially opens on Saturday, June 25. Tickets to both shows are free and distributed the day of the performance. All performances are at 8:00 p.m. For ticket information and performance schedule, visit www.shakespeareinthepark.org or call 212-539-8750. The Delacorte Theater in Central Park is accessible by entering at 81 Street and Central Park West or at 79th Street and

Photo Credit: Monica Simoes

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
Steve Martin

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
Steve Martin & Martin Short

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
Dianne Wiest

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
Jay O. Sanders

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
Justin Bartha

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
Kristen Connolly and Lucas Caleb Rooney

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
Alexandra Shiva and Jonathan Marc Sherman

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
Alan Alda

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
Lauren Ambrose & Sam Handel

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
Stephen Adly Guirgis

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
Yaya DaCosta

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
Christopher Meloni

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
Hamish Linklater

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
Lily Rabe & Josh Hamilton

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
Lily Rabe

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
Ben Shenkman

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
Rob Morrow & Maura Tierney

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
Matt McGrath

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
Daniel Sullivan and Mimi Lieber

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
Naomi Watts

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
Liev Schreiber

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
Naomi Watts & Liev Schreiber

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
Steven Pasquale

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
Josh Charles

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
Michael Imperioli & Victoria Imperioli

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
Will Swenson & Audra McDonald

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
Mandy Patinkin, Gail Merrifield Papp & Kathryn Grody

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
Swoosie Kurtz

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
David Margulies & Lois Smith

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
Olaf J. Olafsson and Gail Merrifield Papp

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
Rachel Nichols

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
Oskar Eustis, Gail Merrifield, Olaf J. Olafsson and Luis Castro

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
Michael Greif & Jonathan Fried

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
Elizabeth Clancy & David Esbjornson

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
Tonya Pinkins

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
Danai Gurira

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
Annie Parisse

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
Andre Holland

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
Carra Patterson

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
John Cullum

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
John Cullum

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
David Manis and Dakin Matthews

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
Carson Elrod

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
Reg Rogers

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
Lorenzo Pisoni

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
Joe Forbrich

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
The cast of ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
John Cullum, Annie Parisse & Andre Holland

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
The cast of ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
John Cullum

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
John Cullum & Tonya Pinkins

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
John Cullum & Tonya Pinkins

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
Dakin Matthews & Reg Rogers

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
Annie Parisse & Andre Holland

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
The cast of ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!
The cast of ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL

Photo Coverage: Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Celebratory Gala!

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At a young age Monica Simoes became a fan of the stage forever. She always dreamt of being a part of theatrical magic. However, those dreams seemed thwarted by her inability to carry a note and her two left feet. Yet, that minor speed bump didn't stop her. She has melded her passion for theatre and her photographic skill to capture the essence of Broadway. Monica is currently a student at Parsons the New School for Design. She hopes to continue enjoying all that Broadway has to offer through the viewfinder of her camera.


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