Rebecca Naomi Jones, Joel Perez, and More Set for Shaina Taub's As You Like It
Taub and Laurie Woolery adapt the Shakespeare play as a musical for the Public Theater.
Casting is set for the Public Theater's upcoming free Public Works production of As You Like It, running September 1-5 at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Directed and coadapted by Laurie Woolery, the musical adaptation of the play features songs by Shaina Taub, with Sonya Tayeh serving as choreographer.
The company is set to include Ato Blankson-Wood (Orlando), Darius de Haas (Duke Senior), Rebecca Naomi Jones (Rosalind), Joel Perez (Touchstone), and Shaina Taub (Jaques). Cameo group performances include Bronx Wrestling Federation, Freedom Dabka Group, Harambee Dance Company, and the Sing Harlem Choir. The Public Works community partner organizations are Brownsville Recreation Center (Brooklyn), Center for Family Life in Sunset Park (Brooklyn), DreamYard Project (Bronx), Fortune Society (Queens), and Military Resilience Project (all boroughs), along with alumni partners Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education, Children's Aid Society, and Domestic Workers United.
Celebrating its fifth season, Public Works is the Public's local and national initiative that invites diverse communities from across New York to join in creating ambitious works of participatory theater.