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Shakespeare in the Park – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
August 3 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 pmFree
NEW YORK SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL/PUBLIC THEATER
Shakespeare in the Park is one of New York City’s most beloved summer traditions. New York natives and visitors alike have been enjoying free Shakespeare since performances began in 1954. Now more than 50 years after the opening of Shakespeare in the Park’s permanent home at the Delacorte Theater on June 18, 1962, The Public Theater is proud to continue to produce Shakespeare in the Park.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM – Thursday, August 3 @ 8pm
In July, the Delacorte Theater will transform into the most enchanted forest in all of theater in Shakespeare’s beloved comedy, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. When the merry sprite Puck meddles with a magical love potion, young lovers lost in the woods mysteriously find themselves infatuated with the wrong person in this hilarious, fairytale fantasia that proves the course of true love never did run smooth. Lear deBessonet, Founder of The Public Theater’s groundbreaking Public Works program and Resident Director, brings her electric theatrical vision to the classic romance about the supernatural nature of love.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM was first staged at the Delacorte Theater in 1982, directed by James Lapine with music by Allen Shawn, featuring Christine Baranski as Helena, Kevin Conroy as Lysander, and Paul Bates as Flute. It was later staged in 1991, directed by Cacá Rosset, and featuring Augusto Pompeo as Puck, Carolina N. Ribeiro as Helena, and Rubens Caribé as Lysander. It was last staged at the Delacorte in 2007 directed by Daniel Sullivan, featuring Martha Plimpton as Helena, Laila Robins as Titania, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Flute, and Jay O. Sanders as Bottom.