Michael Greif's staging of The Winter's Tale will open tonight, July 1 at the Delacorte Theatre. Among the guests at the June 30 performance were actors Martha Plimpton and Sam Waterston.
The play is being presented in repertory with Daniel Sullivan's staging of The Merchant of Venice through August 1, as part of the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park season. The theater's artistic director, Oskar Eustis, was also in attendance.
The repertory company features Gerry Bamman (Antigonus/Duke of Venice), Francois Battiste (Florizel/Lord/Salerio), Linda Emond (Hermione), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Young Shepherd/Lord/Launcelot Gobbo), Bill Heck (Lord/Lorenzo), Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Paulina/Nerissa), Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Leontes), Byron Jennings (Camillo/Antonio), Heather Lind (Perdita/Jessica), Hamish Linklater (Autolycus/Lord/Bassanio), Jesse L. Martin (Polixenes/Gratiano), Nyambi Nyambi (Lord/Prince of Morocco), Al Pacino (Shylock), Lily Rabe (Portia), Matthew Rauch (Dion/Jailer/Solanio), Richard Topol (Lord/Tubal) and Max Wright (Old Shepherd/Prince of Arragon).