Raul Esparza, Patrick Page, Kate Burton & More Join Cast of Shakespeare in the Park's CYMBELINE; Full Company Set!
The Public Theater announced complete casting today for CYMBELINE, the second show of The Public's Free Shakespeare in the Park season at the Delacorte. Directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan and featuring the previously announced Hamish Linklater as Posthumus Leonatus/Cloten and Lily Rabe as Imogen, CYMBELINE begins performances on Thursday, July 23 and runs through Sunday, August 23, with an official press opening on Monday, August 10. The Public begins the Free Shakespeare in the Park season tonight, Wednesday, May 27 for THE TEMPEST, featuring Sam Waterston as Prospero.
In addition to Linklater and Rabe, complete casting for CYMBELINE features Teagle F. Bougere (Caius Lucius, Cornelius); Kate Burton (Queen, Belarius); Raúl Esparza (Iachimo); David Furr (Guidarius, First Lord); Jacob Ming-Trent (Aviragus, First Gentleman); Patrick Page (Cymbeline); and Steven Skybell (Pisanio, Gaoler, Frenchman).
A Shakespearean fairytale, CYMBELINE is the story of Princess Imogen's fidelity that is put to the royal test when her disapproving father banishes her soul mate. Cross-dressing girls and cross-dressing boys, poisons and swordfights and dastardly villains all take the stage in this enchanting romp about the conquering power of love.
CYMBELINE features scenic design by Riccardo Hernandez, costume design by David Zinn, lighting design by David Lander, sound design by Acme Sound Partners, original music by Tom Kitt, and choreography by Mimi Lieber.
Since 1962, over five million people have enjoyed more than 150 free productions of Shakespeare and other classical works and musicals at the Delacorte Theater. Conceived by founder Joe Papp as a way to make great theater accessible to all, The Public's Free Shakespeare in the Park continues to be the bedrock of the Company's mission to increase access and engage the community.
The first show of The Public's Free Shakespeare in the Park season, THE TEMPEST, begins previews today, Wednesday, May 27 and runs through Sunday, July 5, with an official press opening on Tuesday, June 16. Sam Waterston returns to the Delacorte Theater in THE TEMPEST, directed by Michael Greif, Shakespeare's classic about young love, old enemies, and the eternal magic of storytelling, Prospero, exiled to a fantastical island, unleashes a churning storm to shipwreck the traitor brother who stole his throne and settle the score once and for all. But bitter revenge is upended by newfound love in this sublime masterpiece that proves we are all "such stuff as dreams are made on."
The complete cast of THE TEMPEST features Louis Cancelmi (Caliban); Francesca Carpanini (Miranda); Nicholas Christopher (Boatswain, Spirit); Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Trinculo); Frank Harts (Sebastian); Olga Karmansky (Iris); Tamika Lawrence (Ceres); Danny Mastrogiorgio (Stephano); Charles Parnell (Alonso); Chris Perfetti (Ariel); Rodney Richardson (Ferdinand); Laura Shoop (Juno); Cotter Smith (Antonio); Sam Waterston (Prospero); and Bernard White (Gonzalo). The non-equity ensemble includes Jordan Barrow, Chloe Fox, Thomas Gibbons, Sunny Hitt, Brandon Kalm, Rico Lebron, Tim Nicolai, and Matthew Oaks.
FREE SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK TICKET INFORMATION
FREE TICKETS to The Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park are distributed, two per person (age 5+), at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park beginning at 12:00 p.m. on the day of each performance. In order to allow as many different people as possible to attend free Shakespeare in the Park this summer, visitors will be limited to receiving free tickets to two performances only of each production. There will continue to be a separate line for accessible tickets for senior citizens (65+) and patrons with disabilities.
The Delacorte Theater is accessible by entering at 81st Street and Central Park West, or 79th Street and Fifth Avenue.
VIRTUAL TICKETING LOTTERY FOR FREE TICKETS will be available at www.publictheater.org on the day of the show, beginning Wednesday, May 27.
This summer a limited number of vouchers will also be DISTRIBUTED DOWNTOWN at The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street at Astor Place. Vouchers will be distributed via an IN-PERSON LOTTERY on the day of each performance. Sign-up for the lottery will begin in the Ford Foundation Lobby of The Public at 11:30 a.m. and the lottery will be drawn at 12:00 p.m. If selected, each entrant is allowed two vouchers, and each voucher is good for one ticket. Vouchers must be exchanged for tickets at the Delacorte Theater Box Office that day from 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
The Public and TodayTix will also offer tickets to Shakespeare in the Park via TodayTix mobile lottery app. A pair of tickets will be available for each performance of THE TEMPEST beginning on May 27. The lottery will begin each day at midnight for the performance that same day, and winners will be notified by 2:00 p.m. Winners will pick up the tickets at the Delacorte Theater box office between 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
BOROUGH DISTRIBUTION: In addition to the ticket line at the Delacorte Theater and Virtual Ticketing online, a limited number of vouchers for specific performances will be distributed, while supplies last, at locations throughout New York's five boroughs. Each person in line is allowed two vouchers and each voucher is good for one ticket for that evening's performance. Vouchers must be exchanged for tickets at the Delacorte Theater Box Office that day from 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
For THE TEMPEST, ticket vouchers will be distributed, while supplies last, on Wednesday, May 27 in the Bronx at The Point (940 Garrison Avenue); Friday, May 29 in Manhattan at Harlem Stage at The Gatehouse (150 Convent Avenue at W. 135th Street); Monday, June 1 in Brooklyn at St. John's Rec Center (1251 Prospect Place); Tuesday, June 2 in Staten Island at Snug Harbor Cultural Center (1000 Richmond Terrace; and Wednesday, June 3 in Queens at the New York Hall of Science (47-01 111th Street);
For CYMBELINE, ticket vouchers will be distributed, while supplies last, on Wednesday, July 29 in Staten Island at Snug Harbor Cultural Center (1000 Richmond Terrace); Thursday, July 30 in the Bronx at DreamYard (1085 Washington Avenue); Friday, July 31 in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Children's Museum (145 Brooklyn Avenue); and Saturday, August 1 in Queens at the Queens Museum (New York City Building).
SUMMER SUPPORTER TICKETS, first conceived by Joe Papp as a way to support free Shakespeare in the Park, are available now. A fully tax-deductible contribution of $200 entitles each Supporter to one reserved seat for either production. A limited number of Summer Supporter seats are available to ensure that as many free seats as possible will be available to distribute to the general public on the day of the show. A limited number of Summer Supporter tickets are also available to the opening night performances of THE TEMPEST (June 16) and CYMBELINE (August 10) for a contribution of $300. Supporter contributions help to underwrite free Shakespeare in the Park. Supporter donations can be made at the Taub Box Office at The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street, by phone at (212) 967-7555, or online at www.publictheater.org.