Public Works, The Public’s local and national initiative that invites diverse communities across New York to join in creating ambitious works of theater, celebrated 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 performed 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 London's Young Vic, Kwame Kwei-Armah, directed this musical fever dream about love in all its many disguises, and transformative power of walking a mile in another's shoes.
The Public Works community partner groups for TWELFTH NIGHT were: 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.
The cameo groups included COBU, Jambalaya Brass Band, The Love Show, New York Deaf Theatre, Ziranmen Kungfu Wushu Training Center and United States Postal Carrier.