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'SINGING FOREST' Star Groff on How 'Nudity Finds Him' to NY Times

The Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis; Executive Director Andrew D. Hamingson) presents the New York premiere of Craig Lucas' THE SINGING FOREST. Directed by MarK Wing-Davey, THE SINGING FOREST began previews on Tuesday, April 7 and runs through Sunday, May 17 with an official press opening on Tuesday, April 28th.

Joining the previously announced Olympia Dukakis is Mark Blum, Rob Campbell, Louis Cancelmi, Pierre Epstein, Jonathan Groff, Randy Harrison, Deborah Offner, and Susan Pourfar.

The New York Times spoke to the talented young Groff on a variety of subjects, including his recent capacity for getting naked on stage.

"I'm not seeking out the nudity in projects," he told the Times, laughing. "It just sort of seems to be finding me." To read the full Times feature on Groff, click here.

THE SINGING FOREST features scenic design by John McDermott, costume design by Gabriel Berry, lighting design by Japhy Weideman, and original music and sound design by John Gromada.

Jonathan Groff received a Tony nomination for playing Melchior in the hit Broadway musical Spring Awakening and starred as Claude in The Public's 2008 Shakespeare in the Park production of Hair. He recently appeared in Craig Lucas' A PRAYER FOR MY Enemy at Playwrights Horizons. His other credits include In My Life on Broadway and regional productions of The Sound of Music, Fame, Honk!, and Bat Boy.

THE PUBLIC THEATER (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis; Executive Director Andrew D. Hamingson) was founded by Joseph Papp in 1954 as the Shakespeare Workshop and is now one of the nation's preeminent cultural institutions, producing new plays, musicals, productions of Shakespeare, and other classics at its headquarters on Lafayette Street and at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. The Public's mandate to create a theater for all New Yorkers continues to this day on stage and through its extensive outreach and education programs. Each year, over 250,000 people attend Public Theater-related productions and events at six downtown stages, including Joe's Pub, and Shakespeare in the Park. The Public has won 41 Tony Awards, 145 Obies, 39 Drama Desk Awards, 24 Lucille Lortel Awards and 4 Pulitzer Prizes.

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