Outdoor productions of “Measure for Measure” and “All’s Well That Ends Well” will be making up the 2011 season for Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park.
Daniel Sullivan (“Proof”) will be directing “All’s Well.” Last summer Sullivan directed “The Merchant of Venice” with Al Pacino.” Since transferring to Broadway it has become a powerhouse and commercial success. The summer before that Sullivan directed “Twelfth Night.” The starry production included Anne Hathaway in the cast.
David Esbjornson of “The Goat or Who Is Sylvia?”, will be directing “Measure.” The last time the drama was witnessed in Central Park was in Mary Zimmerman’s 2001 staging. The last time “All’s Well” played at Delacorte Theater was in 1993.
“Measure” centers around the passion a city leader has for a young nun. “All’s Well” follows a woman who undertakes extraordinary measures to win the love of a count.
Once again the two productions are going to run in repertory, just like last year when “A Winter’s Tale” was paired with “Merchant.” One company of thespians, who have not been cast yet, will be appearing in both productions.
“Measure For Measure” and “All’s Well That Ends Well” will play at Delacorte Theater from June 6 to July 31. Most tickets, following a long-established tradition, will be free. The cost is underwritten by the funders, which include Bank of America as the lead sponsor.