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Public Works:
HERCULES

Delacorte Theater

August 31-September 8

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The Public Theater’s initiative that invites communities across New York to create ambitious works of participatory theater is closing out the summer in truly epic fashion. Public Works will present the glorious story of HERCULES, brought to vibrant life by professional actors and community groups from across the city. Directed by Public Works founder and Resident Director Lear deBessonet, this summer’s production, based on the Disney animated film, will feature the film’s beloved score, plus additional original songs by the film’s composer Alan Menken and lyricist David Zippel, with a new book by Kristoffer Diaz and choreography by Chase Brock. Journey with Hercules in this new stage adaptation that invites New Yorkers from all five boroughs to participate in a joyous musical that celebrates the heroes found in all of us.

PUBLIC WORKS is a national and international initiative of The Public Theater that seeks to engage the people of New York by making them creators and not just spectators. Led by Founder Lear deBessonet and Director of Public Works Laurie Woolery, Public Works deliberately blurs the line between professional artists and community members, creating theater that is not only for the people, but by and of the people as well.

Join the Partners Program to guarantee your reserved seats to HERCULES. A limited number of additional reserved seats will be made available at a later date. 

HERCULES is presented by special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Productions, under the direction of Thomas Schumacher.

Lead support for PUBLIC WORKS is provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York,  The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, The Tow Foundation, and the Abrams Foundation. Additional support is provided by Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., The One World Fund, David Rockefeller Fund, The SHS Foundation, New York Community Trust, and New York State Council on the Arts. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Public Works’ Musical Adaptation of
HERCULES

Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by David Zippel
Book by Kristoffer Diaz
Choreography by Chase Brock
Directed by Lear deBessonet

Based on the Disney film written by Ron Clements, John Musker, Donald McEnery, Bob Shaw, and Irene Mecchi, and directed by Ron Clements and John Musker.

Scenic Design Dane Laffrey
Costume Design Andrea Hood
Lighting Design Tyler Micoleau
Sound Design Kai Harada and Jessica Paz
Wigs, Hair, and Makeup Design Cookie Jordan
Puppet Design James Ortiz
Music Direction Michael Kosarin