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Off-Broadway News Shuler Hensley and More Join Shakespeare in the Park's Twelfth Night The second show of the 2018 summer season finds its complete cast.
Shuler Hensley Marc J. Franklin

The Public Theater's musical version of Twelfth Night—the second show of the free, 2018 Shakespeare in the Park season—has found its complete cast. Tony winner Shuler Hensley, who will play Sir Toby Belch, replaces the previously announced Jacob Ming-Trent, who had a scheduling conflict.

Jose Llana, Nikki M. James, Nanya-Akuki Goodrich, Troy Burton, and the company of Twelfth Night Joan Marcus

Twelfth Night, conceived by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub, will begin performances July 17 at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. The adaptation is directed by Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Kwei-Armah with choreography by Lorin Latarro.

Previously announced cast members include Ato Blankson-Wood as Orsino, Nikki M. James as Viola, Andrew Kober as Malvolio, and co-creator Taub as Feste.

They will be joined by Nanya-Akuki Goodrich as Olivia, Lori Brown-Niang as Maria, Troy Anthony as Sebastian, JW Guido as Illyrian, Daniel Hall as Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Jonathan Jordan as Antonio, and Patrick J. O’Hare as Fabian. Kim Blanck will be the female understudy, and Javier Ignacio will be the male understudy.

Two rotating ensembles of community members will also be part of the ensemble.

Twelfth Night was originally performed in 2016 through Public Works, which brings together professional artists and community members from all five New York City boroughs.

The Public Works community partner organizations are Brownsville Recreation Center (Brooklyn), Center for Family Life in Sunset Park (Brooklyn), DreamYard (Bronx), The Fortune Society (Queens), and Military Resilience Foundation (all boroughs), along with alumni partners Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education (Bronx), Children's Aid (all boroughs) and Domestic Workers United (all boroughs).

Twelfth Night feature scenic design by Rachel Hauck, costume design by Andrea Hood, lighting design by John Torres, sound design by Jessica Paz, hair and wig design by Cookie Jordan, fight direction by Lisa Kopitsky, orchestrations by Mike Brun, and music direction by Taub.

Performances will continue through August 19.

Watch Taub and an ensemble of dancers and musicians perform her song “Eyes of Another” from the upcoming musical adaptation of Twelfth Night in the video below:

Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park are distributed, two per person, at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park beginning at noon on the day of each performance. Tickets will also be distributed by random mobile lottery on the TodayTix app or can be purchased via a tax-deductible donation. For information and to donate, call (212) 967-7555.
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