Heads up, theater fans! The Public Theater has announced the 2013 Shakespeare in the Park season, and some big names are attached.
First up, Time Out New York is reporting, will be The Comedy of Errors, the Bard’s early-career farce about mismatched twins, starring Jesse Tyler Ferguson (of Modern Family fame) and Hamish Linklater (of The Big C), and directed by company stalwart Daniel Sullivan. Ferguson appeared at the Delacorte in The Merchant of Venice and The Winter's Tale several years ago, as well as A Midsummer Night's Dream before that. Linklater, meanwhile, appeared in Shakespeare in the Park's Twelfth Night.
After that will be Love’s Labour’s Lost, a romantic comedy about noblemen who swear to dedicate themselves to scholarship—only to fall in love with three noble ladies who make them reconsider those vows. We hear the show will be directed by Alex Timbers and will have music by Michael Friedman, who last collaborated on Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. (Timbers was also at the helm of recently closed Peter and the Starcatcher.) We're still waiting to hear who will star.
Tickets to all Shakespeare in the Park productions are free, but often require queuing up in line for many hours (which, admittedly, can be fun on a warm summer's day…but less fun in the rain). To avoid waiting, purchase a Summer Supporter Ticket: A tax-deductable donation of $175 to the Public will guarantees one reserved seat for either play (although only a limited number of these tickets are available).