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Public Works: Twelfth Night

The Delacorte Theater in Central Park

September 2 - 5

Free tickets are available for every performance of Twelfth Night, with seating locations in every section of the theater. 

Public Works, The Public’s local and national initiative that invites diverse communities across New York to join in creating ambitious works of theater, celebrates its fourth year at the Delacorte with an enchanting new musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night with music and lyrics by the critically acclaimed songwriter Shaina Taub. Professional artists and community members from partner organizations in all five boroughs perform together on stage in this love story that follows the young heroine Viola, who disguises herself as a man when she washes up on the shores of Illyria. When Viola’s new boss, Duke Orsino, sends her to win over his unrequited love, the Countess Olivia, Viola’s disguise proves too effective, and the Countess falls for the young girl dressed as a boy instead. Artistic Director of Baltimore’s Center Stage, Kwame Kwei-Armah, directs this musical fever dream about love in all its many disguises, and transformative power of walking a mile in another's shoes. 

 

Free tickets to Public Works: Twelfth Night are available in the following ways:

Free Ticket Distribution in the Park

Free tickets are distributed at 12:00PM (noon) for each Public Works: Twelfth Night performance.

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

Sign-up for the lottery will begin in the Lobby of The Public at 11:30AM. The lottery will be drawn at 12:00PM noon. 

Each entrant (age 5+) if selected, is allowed two (2) vouchers, and each voucher is good for one ticket. Those selected must redeem the voucher(s) for ticket(s) between 5:00pm and 7:30pm at the Delacorte Theater Box Office. Vouchers are only valid until 7:30pm for performances on the day they are issued.

A request for tickets is not a guarantee you will receive them. Participants are randomly selected. Please note, ADA accessibility seating at our Downtown Ticket Lottery is limited. For assistance, speak to a member of The Public Theater staff.

To allow as many different people as possible to attend performances throughout the summer, each person will be limited to receiving TWO (2) free tickets to TWO (2) PERFORMANCES of each production.

Free Mobile Ticket Lottery Powered by TodayTix

TO ENTER THE MOBILE LOTTERY:

Step 1: Download the TodayTix app.
Open the app and scroll down to find Public Works: Twelfth Night. 

Mobile entries require iOS 7.0 or later on iPhone, iPad, and iPad Touch; or Android 2.3 or later on Android and Kindle devices.




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.

 


For information about email entry, senior (65+), ADA, and additional ticket programs, please click on the links below:

Entries via Email

Entries can also be received via email for the Free Mobile Ticket Lottery by emailing publicworks2016@todaytix.com. Entrants must include name, email, phone, and zip code (for 2 tickets per winner). Emails can only be received during the lottery entry period between 12:00am and 12:00pm for that evening’s performance. Duplicate entries and entries made via both TodayTix app and email will be voided.

Entries for Seniors (65+)

Entries for Seniors (65+) can also be received via email at publicworks2016@todaytix.com. Entrants must put SENIOR in the subject and include name, email, phone, and zip code (for 2 tickets per winner). Emails can only be received during the lottery entry period between 12:00am and 12:00pm for that evening’s performance. Duplicate entries and entries made via both TodayTix app and email will be voided.

Entries for Accessible (ADA) Seating

Entries for Accessible (ADA) seating can also be received via email at adapublicworks2016@todaytix.com. Entrants must include name, email, phone, and zip code (for 2 tickets per winner). Emails can only be received during the lottery entry period between 12:00am and 12:00pm for that evening’s performance. Duplicate entries and entries made via both TodayTix app and email will be voided.

Additional Information

Entrants can also enter via mail by mailing an envelope with name, email, phone number, zip code (for 2 tickets per winner), and desired performance to TodayTix 64 Wooster Street, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10012. Mailed entries must be received 24 hours prior to desired performance. 

 

Lead support for Public Works is provided by THE ANDREW W. MELLON FOUNDATION, FORD FOUNDATION, NEW YORK CITY THEATER SUBDISTRICT COUNCIL, THE TOW FOUNDATION, and THE STAVROS NIARCHOS FOUNDATION. Additional support is provided by the NEW YORK COMMUNITY TRUST, NEW YORK STATE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS, THE ONE WORLD FUND, THE SHS FOUNDATION,  DAVID ROCKEFELLER FUND, and ROBINS, KAPLAN, MILLER & CIRESI, LLP.

Pictured: The Company of Public Works Twelfth Night, Tammy Shell 2016

Public Works at the Delacorte Theater
TWELFTH NIGHT
A Musical Adaptation of William Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT

Conceived by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub
Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah
Music & Lyrics by Shaina Taub
Choreography by Lorin Latarro

With Nikki M. James (Viola); Andrew Kober (Malvolio); Jose Llana (Orsino); Jacob Ming-Trent (Sir Toby Belch); and Shaina Taub (Feste)

Community Partners
Brownsville Recreation Center, Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education, Center for Family Life in Sunset Park, DreamYard Project, Fortune Society, Military Resilience Project, and Alumni Partners Children's Aid Society, Domestic Workers United

 

Cameo Groups
COBU, Jambalaya Brass Band, The Love Show, New York Deaf Theatre, Ziranmen Kungfu Wushu Training Center, United States Postal Carrier 

 

Scenic Design David Zinn
Costume Design Andrea Hood
Lighting Design Amith Chandrashaker
Sound Design Mark Menard
Hair and Wig Design Dave Bova and J. Jared Janas
Orchestrations Mike Brun & Shaina Taub
Music Contractor Dean Sharenow
Music Director Shaina Taub
Bandleader Mike Brun
Production Stage Manager Evangeline Rose Whitlock