Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Hamish Linklater, Lily Rabe Return to Shakespeare in the Park
The 'Modern Family' star will appear this summer in 'The Tempest,' while fellow alumni Rabe and Linklater will also be back in 'Cymbeline.'
Performing in al fresco Shakespeare must be addictive.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Hamish Linklater and Lily Rabe, all of whom have become regulars in the Public Theater's popular Shakespeare in the Park series, will be back at the open-air Delacorte Theatre this summer.
Ferguson, who has previously appeared in the park in The Comedy of Errors, The Merchant of Venice, The Winter's Tale and A Midsummer Night's Dream, has been cast as the jester Trinculo in Michael Greif's production of The Tempest, which will run from May 27 through July 5.
As previously announced, Sam Waterston will play Prospero, marking his 13th Shakespeare production for the Public. He first appeared in As You Like It at the Delacorte in 1963. Other actors cast in The Tempest include Louis Cancelmi as Caliban, Francesca Carpanini as Miranda, Rodney Richardson as Ferdinand and Chris Perfetti as Ariel.
Linklater has signed on to play the double role of Posthumus and Cloten in Cymbeline, with Rabe as the eponymous King's daughter, Imogen. That production will be directed by Daniel Sullivan, running July 23 through Aug. 23.
Linklater starred opposite Ferguson in the hit 2013 staging of The Comedy of Errors. He also appeared in The Merchant of Venice, The Winter's Tale, Twelfth Night and Hamlet, and last summer starred with Rabe in Much Ado About Nothing.
In addition to that production, Rabe's history with Shakespeare in the Park includes playing Rosalind in As You Like It and Portia in The Merchant of Venice, alongside Al Pacino in an acclaimed staging that transferred to Broadway.
The remaining cast for Cymbeline is to be announced.
The Public Theater's free Shakespeare in the Park series, a New York summer tradition dating back to 1962, has been seen by more than 5 million people.