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Nia Vardalos, Lynn Nottage, Judy Collins, and More Set for Public Theater Season

The 2017-18 lineup has been announced.

Nia Vardalos in Tiny Beautiful Things at the Public Theater.
Nia Vardalos in Tiny Beautiful Things at the Public Theater.
(© Joan Marcus)

The Public Theater has announced its 2017-18 season lineup.

First up is the free Public Works production of As You Like It, a new musical adaptation of the Shakespeare play by Shaina Taub and Laurie Woolery. It runs September 1-5 at the Delacorte Theater.

The fall will also see the world premiere of Elevator Repair Service's Measure for Measure, directed by John Collins and starring Rinne Groff, Lindsay Hockaday, Maggie Hoffman, Mike Iveson, Vin Knight, April Matthis, Gavin Price, Greig Sargeant, Scott Shepherd, Pete Simpson, and Susie Sokol (September 18-October 29), as well as a return engagement of Cheryl Strayed's Tiny Beautiful Things, adapted by and starring Nia Vardalos (September 19-November 12).

Luis Alfaro's Oedipus El Rey, directed by Chay Yew, will run October 3-November 12, while Julia Cho's Office Hour, directed by Neel Keller, runs October 17-December 3. Richard Nelson's Illyria, a new play about the founding of the Public's New York Shakespeare Festival, runs October 22-November 26, with Nelson directing. The fall Mobile Shakespeare Unit production is The Winter's Tale, directed by Lee Sunday Evans (November 26-December 17).

Next year's Under the Radar Festival (January 4-21) will include Rogelio Orizondo's Antigonón, Un Contigente Epico.

The world premiere of Sarah Burgess's Kings will play January 30-March 25 under the direction of Thomas Kail, while Michael Greif will direct Bruce Norris's The Low Road, February 13-April 1. Lynn Nottage's new play Mlima's Tale will run March 27-May 20, with Rinne Groff's Fire in Dreamland, directed by Marissa Wolf, taking place July 17-September 2. Robert O'Hara will direct Henry V for the Mobile Shakespeare Unit.

At Joe's Pub, Judy Collins will present an all Stephen Sondheim concert (November 21-30), and Daniel Alexander Jones will present his latest Jomama Jones show, Black Light (February 13-March 25).