Free for all. All summer. Every summer.
Watch the announcement of Free Shakespeare in the Park on Facebook Live.
Directed by Oskar Eustis
May 23- June 18
The Public Theater’s Artistic Director Oskar Eustis directs Julius Caesar, Shakespeare’s play of politics and power, last seen in the Park 17 years ago. Rome’s leader, Julius Caesar, is a force unlike any the city has seen. Magnetic, populist, irreverent, he seems bent on absolute power. A small band of patriots, devoted to the country’s democratic traditions, must decide how to oppose him. Shakespeare’s political masterpiece has never felt more contemporary.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
Directed by Lear deBessonet
July 11- August 13
In July, the Delacorte Theater will transform into the most enchanted forest in all of theater in Shakespeare’s beloved comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. When the merry sprite Puck meddles with a magical love potion, young lovers lost in the woods mysteriously find themselves infatuated with the wrong person in this hilarious, fairytale fantasia that proves the course of true love never did run smooth. Lear deBessonet, Founder of the groundbreaking Public Works program and Resident Director, brings her electric theatrical vision to the classic romance about the supernatural nature of love.
Free tickets to Shakespeare in the Park will be available on every day there is a public performance. Visit shakespeareinthepark.org for more info.
Lead support for Free Shakespeare in the Park provided by
Bank of America and The Jerome L. Greene Foundation.
Additional support provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies, Delta Air Lines, TodayTix, The Kimberly, The New York Times, Outfront Media, WNYC, ABC7, Theatermania, NYC Parks, New York City Department Of Cultural Affairs, The New York State Council On The Arts, and Art Works.
Special support provided by The New York Community Trust- The George T. Delacorte Fund for Performance at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.
The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation provides support for The Public’s access and engagement programming. The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trustprovides leadership support for The Public Theater’s year-round activities.
Photos by Joseph Moran and Tammy Shell
DAVID BYRNE, supreme leader of legendary musical trendsetters TALKING HEADS, has always spent time exploring new musical avenues and projects.
One new project, a collaboration with St Vincent lead singer and mastermind Annie is entitled LOVE THIS GIANT.
Another, a pop opera collaboration with Fatboy Slim on the life of Imelda Marcos of the Phillipines, HERE LIES LOVE, opens in April in NYC as part of the Public Theatre’s 2012-2013 season.
HERE LIES LOVE
Written by David Byrne
Music by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim
Directed by Alex Timbers
April 2-May 5, 2013
Within a throbbing dance club atmosphere, David Byrne and Fatboy Slim deconstruct the astonishing journey of Filipina First Lady Imelda Marcos and her meteoric rise and subsequent descent into infamy. This wholly immersive spectacle combines disco beats, adrenaline-fueled choreography, and a remarkable 360-degree scenic and video environment to go beyond Imelda’s near-mythic obsession with shoes and explore true questions of power and responsibility.
Directed by two-time Obie Award-winner Alex Timbers (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Peter and the Starcatcher), HERE LIES LOVE is neither a period piece nor a mere biography, neither a play or a musical, but rather a unique theatrical experience that raises the pulses and quickens the blood – all filtered through the remarkable vision of David Byrne, one of the great American artists of the last half-century.
A message from David Byrne is always welcome. David Byrne, promoting his new musical compositions entitled Love This Giant, writes as follows:
Love This Giant is now available for pre-order—and if you pre-order on lovethisgiant.com you get a new song right away!
I sent an email a few weeks ago describing the genesis of this project—a collaboration with St. Vincent, on which we are accompanied by a brass band and a rhythm section. It sounds like an art project, but it’s not—I promise.
The record is now available for pre-order in three formats: vinyl, CD, and digital download. Both Annie (St. Vincent’s other name) and I are very happy and with this record—it’s a very happy surprise! We are currently doing a bit of advance press and (with help) organizing the elements of our live shows—how the brass band will move, how the stage will look, and which other songs of ours we’ll be playing.
Why would one pre-order a record? Is there a reason one would do that?
Well, one reason is because, like me, you might forget about a record that you’re really, really looking forward to. That happens to me fairly often—so I’ll either pre-order or put the record in a wish list so I don’t forget to buy it. I have at least three records sitting in there right now!
The second reason is that we are offering one of the songs from the album, “Weekend In The Dust”, as an advance download, if you pre-order the whole record. This song is not available for immediate download elsewhere—you will only have the opportunity to get the song two months before the record comes out if you pre-order through our site.
On “Weekend in the Dust”, I came up with some brass riffs and swells that sounded pretty funky to me. I then sent those to Annie and she wrote a cool vocal melody over it (later she wrote words too). We both arranged her vocal and other elements of the track a bit further—still working with horn samples temporarily. Finally, we passed this one to baritone sax monster Lenny Pickett, ex Tower Of Power and current Borneo Horns and SNL bandleader, for arranging. I’d previously worked with Lenny on a Talking Heads track (“Blind”) so I know he is really good at convoluted and funky—and that describes this track pretty well. We recorded the whole band playing it in the studio in Hoboken, which I arrived at one morning in March via bicycle and ferry. Nice!
David Byrne will be on tour supporting LOVE THIS GIANT almost immediately, with tour dates in NYC in September.