The Public Theater will kick off the 2017-18 season in September with a free Public Works musical adaptation of As You Like It, adapted by Shaina Taub and Laurie Woolery, with music and lyrics by Shaina Taub. The production will run for five nights, September 1-5, at the Delacorte Theater.
Directed by Laurie Woolery, As You Like It will once again feature over 200 actors and community members alongside equity actors. The group will perform together on the Delacorte stage in this immersive dreamlike tale of faithful friends, feuding families, and lovers in disguise. Forced from their homes, Orlando, Duke Senior, his daughter Rosalind, and niece Celia, escape to the Forest of Arden, a fantastical place of transformation, where all are welcomed and embraced. Lost amid the trees, the refugees find community and acceptance under the stars.
Public Works is the Public’s local and national initiative that invites diverse communities from across New York to join in creating ambitious works of participatory theater. The Public Works community partner organizations are Brownsville Recreation Center (Brooklyn), Center for Family Life in Sunset Park (Brooklyn), DreamYard Project (Bronx), Fortune Society (Queens), and Military Resilience Project (all boroughs), along with alumni partners Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education, Children’s Aid Society and Domestic Workers United.
As You Like It will feature scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by Andrea Hood, lighting design by David Weiner, sound design by Jessica Paz, and music direction by Andrea Grody.