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Public Works:

September 1-5, 2017

Delacorte Theater

In 2017, Public Works presented Shakespeare’s As You Like It, in a ravishing new musical adaptation by Director of Public Works Laurie Woolery and Shaina Taub, featuring music and lyrics by Taub, the acclaimed singer/songwriter behind 2016's “free-spirited, thoroughly delightful” (The New York Times) adaption of Twelfth Night, and choreography by Emmy nominee Sonya Tayeh (Hundred Days, Kung Fu).

Two hundred community members and professional actors performed together on the Delacorte stage in this immersive dream-like tale of faithful friends, feuding families and lovers in disguise. Forced from their homes, Orlando, Duke Senior, his daughter Rosalind and niece Celia, escape to the Forest of Arden, a fantastical place of transformation, where all are welcomed and embraced. Lost amidst the trees, the refugees find community and acceptance under the stars. Fall under love’s spell in this magical story of chance encounters and self-discovery.

The Public Works community partners for AS YOU LIKE IT were:
Brownsville Recreation CenterCenter for Family Life in Sunset ParkDreamYard ProjectFortune Society, and Military Resilience Project, along with alumni partners Casita Maria Center for Arts and EducationChildren's Aid Society and Domestic Workers United.  

The cameo groups included Bronx Wrestling FederationFreedom Dabka GroupHarambee Dance Company, and The Sing Harlem Choir

Lead support for Public Works is provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Ford Foundation, The Hearst Foundations, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Stavros Niarchos Foundation and The Tow Foundation. Additional support is provided by Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., The One World Fund, David Rockefeller Fund, The SHS Foundation, New York Community Trust, and New York State Council on the Arts. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

A Musical Adaptation of William Shakespeare's

Adapted by Shaina Taub and Laurie Woolery
Music and Lyrics by Shaina Taub
Choreography by Sonya Tayeh
Directed by Laurie Woolery

With Ato Blankson-Wood (Orlando), Darius de Haas (Duke Senior), Rebecca Naomi Jones (Rosalind), Joel Perez (Touchstone), and Shaina Taub (Jaques)

Scenic Design by David Rockwell
Costume Design by Andrea Hood
Lighting Design by David Weiner
Sound Design by Jessica Paz
Puppet Design by James Ortiz
Hair, Wig and Make-Up Design by Dave Bova and J. Jared Janas
Orchestrations: Mike Brun and Shaina Taub
Music Contractor: Dean Sharenow
Music Director: Andrea Grody
Co-Bandleaders: Mike Brun and Shaina Taub
Production Stage Manager: Michael Domue