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NEW YORK (AP) — This summer, everyday New York residents will take the stage alongside professional actors as part of the Public Theater’s annual presentation of Shakespeare in the Park.

The New York Times reports two rotating ensembles of New Yorkers from all five boroughs will appear alongside five professional actors in a musical adaptation of “Twelfth Night,” running from July 17 to Aug. 19.

This will be the first time the Public Theater has included a production from its participatory theater program, Public Works, in its regular summer program. Public Works was founded in 2013 to encourage city residents to get involved in theater.

The free Shakespeare in the Park season will begin with “Othello,” slated to run from May 29 to June 24.


Information from: The New York Times,