More information about entering the mobile lottery will be released at a later time. Members and Partners, please check back later for more information on how to book tickets. 

Mobile Unit: Twelfth Night

April 24 - May 14

See our Free Tour of Twelfth Night

LuEsther Theater

In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the MOBILE UNIT, all tickets to the run at The Public are FREE.


From schools to homeless shelters, prisons to community centers, the Public Theater’s Mobile Unit brings Shakespeare to the people, and the people to Shakespeare.  This season, the Mobile Unit celebrates 60 years of igniting dialogue and fostering new connections with a vibrant new production of the gender-bending, heart-mending comedy, Twelfth Night.

When a young shipwrecked immigrant named Viola takes a chance on the “wet foot, dry foot” policy of the mid-nineties and washes up amidst the shore of glitzy Illyria, Florida, she finds herself a stranger in a fabulously strange new land. Thinking her twin brother has drowned, Viola throws herself into a new gig as assistant to Orsino, a wealthy Floridian with a serious case of love sickness for a wealthy lady, Olivia. Having disguised herself as a boy to become Orsino’s right hand man, Viola (now Cesario) is tasked with delivering his adoring valentines. But as Viola woos in her boss’s name, she falls head over spiky heels for the man himself, while Olivia turns her affections to the intriguing young messenger boy, Cesario (also Viola).

Set to the rhythms of house, Cuban and nineties beats, Saheem Ali directs this colorful comedy about the power of new people and new experiences that throw the world into beautiful disarray, and open hearts and minds to the possibility of love. 

THE MOBILE UNIT is made possible with the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The Stavros Niarchos Foundation, The Tow Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and Delta Air Lines. Additional support provided by The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation provides lead support for The Public’s access and engagement programming. The Luesther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public Theater’s year-round activities.

Members and Partners: please check back later for more information on how to book tickets. 

Mobile Unit presents
Twelfth Night
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Saheem Ali

Featuring Stephen S. Chacon (Sebastian), Michael Bradley Cohen (Orsino, Sir Andrew Aguecheek), Danaya Esperanza (Viola), Ceci Fernandez (Olivia), Christopher Ryan Grant (Sir Toby Belch)Donnetta Lavinia Grays (Feste), David Ryan Smith (Malvolio), Aneesh Sheth (Maria), and Michael Thurber (Antonio)

Michael Thurber (Composer)
Lisa Kopitsky (Fight Director)
Tanya Birl (Movement Director)

Free tickets are available for every performances of the Mobile Unit’s Twelfth Night.*

More information about entering the mobile lottery will be released at a later time.

1. Mobile Ticket Lottery powered by TodayTix 
On each performance date, free tickets are distributed via random mobile lottery on the TodayTix app. Download the TodayTix app to enter or visit publictheater.org for more information.   

2. Downtown Lottery 
On each performance date, a limited number of tickets for that night’s performance are distributed via an in-person lottery downtown at The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street at Astor Place. Entries will be accepted one and a half hours prior to curtain, and winners will be selected one hour prior to curtain for all performances.*

*There will not be a lottery on opening night