This summer’s Shakespeare in the Park shows will be Julius Caesar and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Public Theater announced on Tuesday.
Julius Caesar will run from May 23 until June 18 and feature Corey Stoll and Elizabeth Marvel (at left), two cast members from the Netflix series House of Cards. Other notable cast members include Tony winner Nikki James and Stephen Adly Guirgis, a Pulitzer-Prize-winning playwright (and longtime Upper West Sider). The play has particular resonance this year, because it involves “principled, idealistic people who are worried that their Democracy is going to be destroyed by a charismatic demagogic leader who is threatening to become a dictator,” director Oskar Eustis explained in a video about the season.
The comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be directed by Lear deBoseenet and will run from July 11 through August 13.
The shows are free, and you can get tickets by waiting in line or entering an online lottery.