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Public Works:

Delacorte Theater

September 1-5

Free tickets are available for every performance of AS YOU LIKE IT, with seating locations in every section of the theater.

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. 

This year, Public Works presents Shakespeare’s As You Like It, in a ravishing new musical adaptation by Director of Public Works Laurie Woolery and Shaina Taub, featuring music and lyrics by Taub, the acclaimed singer/songwriter behind last season’s “free-spirited, thoroughly delightful” (The New York Times) adaption of Twelfth Night, and choreography by Emmy nominee Sonya Tayeh (Hundred Days, Kung Fu).

Two hundred community members and professional actors perform together on the Delacorte stage in this immersive dream-like tale of faithful friends, feuding families and lovers in disguise. Forced from their homes, Orlando, Duke Senior, his daughter Rosalind and niece Celia, escape to the Forest of Arden, a fantastical place of transformation, where all are welcomed and embraced. Lost amidst the trees, the refugees find community and acceptance under the stars. Fall under love’s spell in this magical story of chance encounters and self-discovery.

Scroll down to learn how to access free tickets.

Free Ticket Distribution in the Park

Free tickets are distributed on each performance day at 12 noon via the free lines at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. We recognize that ticket lines can sometimes be long, and we appreciate your time and dedication. People waiting for free tickets must line up along the path designated by The Public Theater staff and The Parks Department.

Each person (age 5+) may receive up to two (2) tickets, until we run out. There are separate lines for Senior Accessibility for senior citizens (65+) and ADA Accessibility for patrons with disabilities (attestation required).

Seat locations are distributed randomly; not based on a person’s position in the line.If you do not receive tickets, you may join the stand-by line after the final ticket is distributed for that day's performance.The Public Theater staff will begin to monitor this line starting at 6:00PM. Free stand-by tickets will be distributed if and when they become available, one (1) per person.

Downtown Distribution Lottery at Astor Place

On each public performance date, a limited number of vouchers for that night’s performance will be distributed via an in-person lottery downtown at 12 noon at The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street at Astor Place.

Each person (age 5+) may receive up to two (2) tickets upon winning.ADA accessibility seating is limited. For assistance, speak to a member of The Public Theater staff. 

Free Mobile Ticket Lottery Powered by TodayTix

On each public performance date, a limited number of tickets for that night's performance will be distributed via mobile lottery through our digital partner, TodayTix.

Step 1: Download the TodayTix app in the App Store or Google Play Store.
Please note: Lotteries can only be entered from the TodayTix app on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device. Open the app and scroll down to find Public Works: As You Like It.

Step 2: Enter the lottery for two free tickets.
On the confirmation screen, you may double or triple your odds by sharing your entry via Facebook and Twitter.

Step 3: See If You Won!
Make sure your name and e-mail address are correct and that TodayTix push notifications are turned on, so you can receive confirmation of lottery status. You will be notified if you've won between noon and 2:15pm on the day of the show.  You must confirm your winning tickets in the TodayTix app within 45 minutes of being notified. Winners may begin to pick up their tickets at 5:00 pm at the Delacorte Theater Box Office, but tickets that are not claimed by 7:30pm will be forfeited to the standby line.

You can enter the lottery between 12:00AM and 12:00PM (noon) on the day of each public performance. Each winner will get two (2) tickets to that night’s performance.

Senior and ADA Accessibility patrons can also enter the digital lottery. 

Ato Blankson-Wood

Ato Blankson-Wood

Darius de Haas

Darius de Haas

Rebecca Naomi Jones

Rebecca Naomi Jones

Joel Perez

Joel Perez

Shaina Taub

Shaina Taub

Lead support for Public Works is provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Ford Foundation, The Hearst Foundations, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Stavros Niarchos Foundation and The Tow Foundation. Additional support is provided by Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., The One World Fund, David Rockefeller Fund, The SHS Foundation, New York Community Trust, and New York State Council on the Arts. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

A Musical Adaptation of William Shakespeare's

Adapted by Shaina Taub and Laurie Woolery
Music and Lyrics by Shaina Taub
Choreography by Sonya Tayeh
Directed by Laurie Woolery

With Ato Blankson-Wood (Orlando), Darius de Haas (Duke Senior), Rebecca Naomi Jones (Rosalind), Joel Perez (Touchstone), and Shaina Taub (Jaques)


Scenic Design by David Rockwell
Costume Design by Andrea Hood
Lighting Design by David Weiner
Sound Design by Jessica Paz
Puppet Design by James Ortiz
Hair, Wig and Make-Up Design by Dave Bova and J. Jared Janas
Orchestrations: Mike Brun and Shaina Taub
Music Contractor: Dean Sharenow
Music Director: Andrea Grody
Co-Bandleaders: Mike Brun and Shaina Taub
Production Stage Manager: Michael Domue


Community Partners:
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.  


Cameo Groups:
Bronx Wrestling Federation, Freedom Dabka Group, Harambee Dance Company, and The Sing Harlem Choir

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