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The Winters Tale

Mobile Unit presents
THE WINTER'S TALE

The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit which strengthens community engagement with the arts by bringing free, world-class productions to communities all across New York City, journeys through tragedy into comedy with an enchanting new production of THE WINTER'S TALE, directed by Lee Sunday Evans (Caught, Porto).

Dire misunderstanding changes the course of destiny when King Leontes becomes convinced that his wife is pregnant with his friend’s child. The maligned wife perishes, the accused friend flees, and the cursed infant is left to die alone on the shore. But from the depths of tragedy, wondrous things can occur. What’s lost is found, false identities lead to true love, and the miracle of forgiveness brings new life to the world in one of Shakespeare’s most treasured romances. 

Featuring Justin Cunningham (Leontes), Christopher Ryan Grant (Antigonus, Old Shepherd), Nina Grollman (Young Shepherd), Nicholas Hoge (Polixenes), Patrena Murray (Paulina), Chris Myers (Florizel), Sathya Sridharan (Camillo), Ayana Workman (Perdita), and Stacey Yen (Hermione)

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After its tour of the five boroughs, Mobile Unit will return to The Public's downtown home at 425 Lafayette Street for a free sit-down run. See below for ticketing information and the performance calendar.

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Beginning November 1, Mobile Unit will tour community centers and other venues throughout the five boroughs of New York giving free performances of THE WINTER'S TALE. See below for performance venues and dates.

Mobile Unit Audience

Wednesday, November 1 at 6:30pm--Manhattan
Pelham Fritz Recreation Center
18 Mount Morris Park West, New York, NY 10027
RSVP to artsculturefun@parks.nyc.gov

Friday, November 3 at 7pm--Manhattan
New York Public Library For The Performing Arts
40 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023
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Saturday, November 4 at 1pm--The Bronx
Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center
3225 Reservoir Oval East, Bronx, NY 10467
RSVP to sarah.bishow@parks.nyc.gov

Wednesday, November 8 at 11:30am--Brooklyn
Brownsville Recreation Center
1555 Linden Blvd
RSVP to vivian.jett@parks.nyc.gov

Wednesday, November 15 at 7pm--Manhattan
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
208 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011
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Saturday, November 18 at 1pm--Staten Island
Faber Park Field House
Richmond Terrace & Faber St, Staten Island, NY 10301
RSVP to patrick.moroney@parks.nyc.gov

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The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit is a reinvention of Joseph Papp’s “Mobile Theater,” which began in 1957. Papp’s original touring company evolved into the New York Shakespeare Festival, and ultimately became The Public Theater.

All of it was built on a simple idea: Culture belongs to everyone.

This idea remains at the heart of The Public Theater’s work to this day. And our Mobile Unit still takes this mission out to the communities across New York City, providing free performances to all.

The Mobile Unit presents free Shakespeare to prisons, homeless shelters, and community centers throughout New York’s boroughs. Over the years, the Mobile Unit has served thousands of audiences with critically acclaimed productions. In addition to the community tour, each Mobile Unit show “sits down” at The Public Theater’s Astor Place home to perform for Public audiences and community organizations from all over the city.

Past Mobile Unit tour venues have included Rikers Island, The Fortune Society, Park Avenue Armory Women’s Shelter, Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, Community Centers throughout the City, Charlotte’s Place, Borden Avenue Veteran’s Shelter, and Crossroads Juvenile Detention Center.

Recent Mobile Unit productions include Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, The Comedy of Errors, Measure for Measure, Richard III, Much Ado About Nothing, Pericles, Prince of Tyre, and Macbeth.

Mobile Unit is made possible with the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, The Ford Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, The Tow Foundation, The Herbert McLaughlin Children's CLUT, and Bloomberg Philanthropies. Additional support provided by JetBlue Airways and The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation provides lead support for The Public’s access and engagement programming.