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The Public Theater Begins Previews 2011 Shakespeare in the Park Mon, Jun 6

The Public Theater

The Public Theater
Begins Previews
For 2011 Shakespeare in the Park
On Monday, June 6

Measure for Measure and All’s Well That Ends Well
To Run in Repertory
With Same Company of Actors
Thru Saturday, July 30


June 1, 2011 – The Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis; Interim Executive Director Joey Parnes) will begin previews on Monday, June 6 for the 2011 Shakespeare in the Park summer season featuring MEASURE FOR MEASURE, directed by David Esbjornson, and ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL, directed by Daniel Sullivan. The two shows will run in repertory with the same company of actors through Saturday, July 30 at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

MEASURE FOR MEASURE begins performances on Monday, June 6 and officially opens on Thursday, June 30.  ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL begins performances on Saturday, June 11 and officially opens on Saturday, June 25.  Tickets to both shows are free and distributed the day of the performance. All performances are at 8:00 p.m. For ticket information and performance schedule, visit or call 212-539-8750. The Delacorte Theater in Central Park is accessible by entering at 81 Street and Central Park West or at 79th Street and Fifth Avenue.

The 2011 repertory company for MEASURE FOR MEASURE and ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL consecutively, includes Kristen Connolly (Juliet/Diana), John Cullum (Escalus/King of France), Carson Elrod (Pompey/Interpreter),Joe Forbrich (Friar Peter/Duke of Florence), Danai Gurira (Isabella in Measure for Measure), Michael Hayden (Angelo/Second Brother Dumaine), André Holland (Claudio/Bertram)Jordan Lund (Abhorson/Rinaldo),David Manis (Elbow/Lavatch),Dakin Matthews (Provost/Lafew)Caitlin O’Connell (Nun/Widow,Isbel), Annie Parisse (Mariana/Helena), Tonya Pinkins (Mistress Overdone/Countess), Lorenzo Pisoni (Duke/First Brother Dumaine)Reg Rogers (Lucio/Parolles), and Lucas Caleb Rooney (Barnardine/Gentleman).

The summer’s non-Equity ensemble features Bill ArmyLauren FergusonEdena HinesZoey Martinson, Adam McNulty, Katie Meister, Charlie Francis MurphyCarra PattersonJames Rees, Aleque Reid, Benjamin Thys, Brendan Titley, Katie Tuminelly, Zachary Unger, Benjamin Perry Wenzelberg, Katie Wieland, and Roger Yeh.

MEASURE FOR MEASURE (last staged in the Park in 2001) and ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL (last staged in the Park in 1993) are as enthralling, theatrical, and transporting as any works in the canon.  Together the two plays offer an extraordinary sense of Shakespeare's scope and power, humor and insight.  Their vivid characters, searingly intense emotions, magnificent flights of metaphor, and riveting stories will showcase a thrilling Central Park season of American Shakespeare of the highest caliber.

MEASURE FOR MEASURE sweeps from the corridors of national power to the intimate confines of the bedroom, and from the convent's chapel to the executioner’s block.  It is Shakespeare at his grittiest: a bracing and bawdy glimpse of what happens when those in power allow their basest human impulses to range unchecked. 

ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL is a fairytale for grown-ups. This beguiling fable follows the low-born Helena, one of Shakespeare’s most resourceful heroines, as she inventively surmounts obstacle after impossible obstacle in order to win the love of the aristocratic and haughty Count Bertram. 

MEASURE FOR MEASURE and ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL will feature scenic design by Scott Pask; costume design by Elizabeth Hope Clancy (Measure for Measure) and Jane Greenwood (All’s Well That Ends Well); lighting design byPeter Kaczorowski; original music and sound score by John Gromada (Measure for Measure) and original music by Tom Kitt (All’s Well That Ends Well); sound design by Acme Sound Partners; and hair and wig design by Charles LaPointe(Measure for Measure) and Tom Watson (All’s Well That Ends Well).


Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park are FREE and are distributed, two per person, at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park at 1:00 p.m. the day of the show. This summer, The Public Theater will again offer free tickets through our Virtual Ticketing, available at

Virtual Ticketing will be the same as in past years where, on the day of a show, users can log on to anytime between midnight and 1:00 p.m. to register for that evening’s performance.   After 1:00 p.m. that same day, users can log on to see if they have received tickets through Virtual Ticketing; recipients will also be sent a confirmation email by 5:00 p.m. if they have received tickets for that evening’s performance.  Virtual Ticketing recipients are chosen at random to receive tickets, not in the order requests are received.

Participants with a Virtual Ticketing confirmation can claim their tickets at the Delacorte Theater Box Office between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. that evening. Any tickets not picked up by 7:00 p.m. will be released to the standby line. A valid photo ID is required for all Virtual Ticketing pick-ups at the box office.

Senior Virtual Ticketing will also return this year; it functions the same way as the regular virtual ticketing but registrants must be 65 or older to be eligible and must present valid photo ID with proof of age.

Borough Distribution: In addition to the ticket line at the Delacorte Theater and Virtual Ticketing online, a limited number of vouchers for specific performances will be distributed at locations throughout New York’s five boroughs. Each person in line is allowed two vouchers and each voucher is good for one ticket for that evening’s performance. Vouchers must be exchanged for tickets at the Delacorte Theater Box Office that same day from 4:00-7:30 p.m.         

For MEASURE FOR MEASURE, a limited number of ticket vouchers will be distributed on Tuesday, June 7 in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum (145 Brooklyn Avenue); Monday, June 13 in Queens at New York Hall of Science (47-01 111th Street); Wednesday, June 15 in The Bronx at Lehman Stages at Lehman College (250 Bedford Park Boulevard West); Saturday, June 18 in Staten Island at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center (100 Richmond Terrace); and Monday, June 27 in Manhattan at Harlem Stage at The Gatehouse (150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street).

For ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL, a limited number ofticket vouchers will be distributed on Saturday, June 11 in The Bronx at The Point (940 Garrison Avenue); Thursday, June 16 in Queens at The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (16104 Jamaica Avenue); Fiday, June 17 in Brooklyn at 651 Arts Center (651 Fulton Street); Thursday, June 23 in Manhattan at El Museo del Barrio (1230 5th Avenue); and Tuesday, July 5 in Staten Island at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center (100 Richmond Terrace).

In the tradition of Joe Papp, reserved seats for MEASURE FOR MEASUREand ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELLare available through the Summer Supporter Program.  A fully tax-deductible contribution of $175 entitles each Supporter to one reserved seat for either production. A limited number of Summer Supporter seats are available to ensure that as many free seats as possible will be available to distribute to the general public on the day of the show.  Supporter contributions help to underwrite free Shakespeare in the Park.

Summer Supporter donations can be made at The Public Theater Box Office at 425 Lafayette Street, by phone at (212) 967-7555, or online at Seating locations for Summer Supporters and Public Theater Partners will be allocated strictly by giving level.

For additional information about Shakespeare in the Park, please visit or call 212-539-8750. The Delacorte Theater in Central Park is accessible by entering at 81 Street and Central Park West or at 79th Street and Fifth Avenue.

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THE PUBLIC THEATER (Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director; Joey Parnes, Interim Executive Director) was founded by Joseph Papp in 1954 and is now one of the nation’s preeminent cultural institutions, producing new plays, musicals and productions of classics at its downtown home and at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. The Public Theater’s mandate to create a theater for all New Yorkers continues to this day on stage and through extensive outreach programs. Each year, more than 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 Theater’s productions have won 42 Tony Awards, 158 Obies, 42 Drama Desk Awards and four Pulitzer Prizes. Fifty-four Public Theater productions have moved to Broadway, including Sticks and Bones; That Championship Season; A Chorus Line; For Colored Girls…; The Pirates of Penzance; The Tempest; Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk; The Ride Down Mt. Morgan; Topdog/Underdog; Take Me Out; Caroline, or Change; Passing Strange; the revival of HAIR; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and The Merchant of Venice.

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The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for

The Public Theater’s year-round activities.

Bank of America is the proud Season Sponsor of Shakespeare in the Park.

The Public’s 2010-2011 downtown season is made possible with the generous support of both The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation and The Ian Madover and Arielle Tepper Madover Family Foundation. 

Time Warner is the Supporting Sponsor of The Public’s 2010-2011 season.

Major support for The Public Theater is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Shubert Foundation, the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, the Susan Stein Shiva Foundation, the George T. Delacorte Fund at the New York Community Trust—Fund for Performances at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park,

and by Warren Spector and Margaret Whitton.

Additional generous support is provided by the Horace W.

Goldsmith Foundation, The Shen Family Foundation, and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

New York Magazine is the official print and online sponsor of The Public Theater’s 2010-2011 downtown season.

Public support is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency; and the National Endowment for the Arts, an independent federal agency.

Special thanks to Continental Airlines, the official airline of The Public Theater.

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