The Public's Free Shakespeare in the Park production of As You Like It began previews at The Delacorte Theater August 10 with an official opening night set for August 30. Performances run through September 11.
The musical adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy by Shaina Taub and Laurie Woolery is directed by Woolery and stars Damion Allen as William, Tristan André as De Boys/Attendant, Ato Blankson-Wood a Orlando, Lori Brown-Niang as Agent/Puppet-deer, Brianna Cabrera as Silvia, Darius de Haas as Duke Senior, Bianca Edwards as Phoebe, Pierre Harmony Graves as De Boys/Arden Dancer/Young Orlando Dad, Rebecca Naomi Jones as Rosalind, Jonathan Jordan as Andy, Bobby Moody as De Boys/Arden Dancer, Renrick Palmer as Oliver, Eric Pierre as Duke Frederick, Idania Quezada as Celia, Christopher M. Ramirez as Touchstone, Edwin Rivera as De Boys/Attendant, and Shaina Taub as Jaques. Blankson-Wood, de Haas, Jones, and Taub are reprising their roles from the 2017 Public Works production.
Check out photos of the production below.
Rounding out the cast are Amar Atkins, Sean-Michael Bruno, Danyel Fulton, Emily Gardner Xu Hall, Trevor McGhie, Mike Millán, Kevin Tate, and Claudia Yanez. The cast also features two rotating ensembles of 127 New Yorkers from all five boroughs.
In the Shakespeare comedy, Orlando, Duke Senior, his daughter Rosalind, and niece Celia find a welcoming community filled with love after being exiled to the Forest of Arden.
The creative team also features scenic designer Myung Hee Cho, costume designer Emilio Sosa, lighting designer Isabella Byrd, sound designer Sun Hee Kil, hair, wig, and makeup designer Leah Loukas, and puppet designer James Ortiz. Original choreography is by Sonya Tayeh, with choreography restaging and additional choreography by Billy Griffin. Prop management is by Corinne Gologursky with Delacorte 2022 sound system design by Daniel Lundberg, orchestrations by Mike Brun, music direction by Andrea Grody, music coordination by Dean Sharenow, and fight direction by Lisa Kopitsky. Kristen Gibbs serves as production stage manager, joined by Anaïs Bustos and Jessie Moore as stage managers.