Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park Will Return This Summer With Jocelyn Bioh’s Take on The Merry Wives of Windsor

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Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park Will Return This Summer With Jocelyn Bioh’s Take on The Merry Wives of Windsor

Saheem Ali will direct the production at the Public’s outdoor Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

Following a hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the free outdoor Shakespeare in the Park series will return to The Public’s Delacorte Theater in Central Park this summer.

Jocelyn Bioh (School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play) has penned an adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, which will begin performances July 6. Associate Artistic Director and Resident Director Saheem Ali will helm the limited run, which continues through August 29.

Set in South Harlem amidst a community of West African immigrants, Merry Wives will be “a celebration of Black joy, laughter, and vitality,” the Public says.

READ: Jocelyn Bioh, Ngozi Anyanwu, Madhuri Shekar, More Win 2020 Steinberg Playwright Awards

In partnership with City officials, health and safety experts, and the theatrical unions, the performance schedule, safety protocols (including seating capacity), and free ticket distribution details will be announced over the next several weeks.

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Photos: From Meryl Streep to James Earl Jones to Anne Hathaway: Look Through the History of Shakespeare in the Park

Photos: From Meryl Streep to James Earl Jones to Anne Hathaway: Look Through the History of Shakespeare in the Park

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Delacorte Theater during construction.

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The line for Shakespeare in the Park


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George C. Scott in The Merchant of Venice

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Richard Jordan and Kathleen Widdoes in The Tempest : 1962

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Frank Silvera in King Lear: 1962

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James Earl Jones in The Merchant of Venice: 1962

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Colleen Dewhurst and Michael Higgins in Antony and Cleopatra: 1963

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Julienne Marie and James Earl Jones in Othello: 1964

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Charlotte Rae and Martin Sheen in Romeo and Juliet: 1968

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