Kevin Kline and Meryl Streep will read the title roles in “Romeo and Juliet” at this year’s gala for Off Broadway’s Public Theater.
Also during the event, Al Pacino will be honored for his body of work at the Public over a long history that most recently saw the thesp topline the theater’s well-received staging of “The Merchant of Venice.” The production was a popular hit as part of the Public’s Shakespeare in the Park program in 2010 and went on to have a profitable run on Broadway.
Daniel Sullivan, who directed “Merchant” as well as the upcoming park production of “As You Like It,” will helm Kline and Streep in the reading of the Shakespeare romance. The two thesps also have had a long association with the Public, including park productions of “The Seagull” (2001) and “Mother Courage and her Children” (2006), in which they both starred.
Gala is set for June 18 at the Delacorte Theater, the outdoor venue that is home to the Public’s programming in Central Park. Further casting for the “Romeo and Juliet” reading has yet to be set.