The Public Theater kicks off its summer season with seven weeks of Much Ado About Nothing, the 49th consecutive season of free SHAKESPEARE IN CENTRAL PARK. David Esbjornson directs a cast that includes Dominic Chianese, Kristen Johnston, Brian Murray, Jimmy Smits, Sean Patrick Thomas, Elisabeth Waterston and Sam Waterston. Set in Messina on the island of Sicily, a place where the changing political landscape shifts as frequently as the earthquake-prone ground, Much Ado About Nothing is the quintessential 'battle of the sexes' story of deceit, manipulation, passion and - ultimately - love. Tickets are FREE and will be available on the day of the performance (two per person, please) at The Delacorte Theater in Central Park beginning at 1:00 p.m. and at The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street (near Astor Place), from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The closest entrances to The Delacorte are at 81st Street and Central Park West or 79th Street and Fifth Avenue.