John Cullum, Danai Gurira, Annie Parisse and Tonya Pinkins are among the thesps on tap for the repertory cast of the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park programming this year.
Like last year, most of the thesps will play roles in both of the season’s Shakespeare in the Park offerings, which this year are “All’s Well That Ends Well,” directed by Daniel Sullivan, and “Measure for Measure,” helmed by David Esbjornson. Carson Elrod, Lorenzo Pisoni, Reg Rogers, Dakin Matthews and Michael Hayden also have signed on.
In “Measure,” Gurira (“In the Continuum”) will play novice nun Isabella opposite Hayden (“Carousel”) as the powerful man who is obsessed with her. Pinkins (“Caroline, or Change”) appears as brothel madam Mistress Overdone.
For “All’s Well,” Parisse (“Becky Shaw”) stars in the central role of Helena, with Andre Holland (“The Whipping Man”) playing the Count she loves. Rogers appears as comic relief Parolles.
The pair of Bard plays will run in repertory June 6-July 30 at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.
Last year’s Park shows included “The Merchant of Venice,” the Al Pacino topliner that went on to have a B.O.-busting commercial run on Broadway earlier this season.