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Public Works:

September 1-5

Delacorte Theater

Free tickets are available for every performance of AS YOU LIKE IT.

Celebrating its fifth season, Public Works is the Public’s local and national initiative that invites diverse communities from across New York to join in creating ambitious works of participatory theater. 

This year, Public Works presents Shakespeare’s As You Like It, in a ravishing new musical adaptation by Director of Public Works Laurie Woolery and Shaina Taub, featuring music and lyrics by Taub, the acclaimed singer/songwriter behind last season’s “free-spirited, thoroughly delightful” (The New York Times) adaption of Twelfth Night, and choreography by Emmy nominee Sonya Tayeh (So You Think You Can Dance, The Last Goodbye).

Two hundred community members and professional actors perform together on the Delacorte stage in this immersive dream-like tale of faithful friends, feuding families and lovers in disguise. Forced from their homes, Orlando, Duke Senior, his daughter Rosalind and niece Celia, escape to the Forest of Arden, a fantastical place of transformation, where all are welcomed and embraced. Lost amidst the trees, the refugees find community and acceptance under the stars. Fall under love’s spell in this magical story of chance encounters and self-discovery.

How to Get Free Tickets

Free tickets are distributed on each performance day via the free lines at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. We recognize that ticket lines can sometimes be long, and we appreciate your time and dedication. People waiting for free tickets must line up along the path designated by The Public Theater staff and The Parks Department.


Each person (age 5+) may receive up to two (2) tickets, until we run out. There are separate lines for Senior Accessibility for senior citizens (65+) and ADA Accessibility for patrons with disabilities (attestation required).Please check back at a later date for more details and timing. 


Seat locations are distributed randomly; not based on a person’s position in the line.If you do not receive tickets, you may join the stand-by line after the final ticket is distributed for that day's performance.The Public Theater staff will begin to monitor this line starting at 6:00PM. Free stand-by tickets will be distributed if and when they become available, one (1) per person.

On each public performance date, a limited number of vouchers for that night’s performance will be distributed via an in-person lottery downtown at The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street at Astor Place.


Each person (age 5+) may receive up to two (2) tickets upon winning.ADA accessibility seating is limited. For assistance, speak to a member of The Public Theater staff. 
Please check back at a later date for more details and timing.  

On each public performance date, a limited number of tickets for that night's performance will be distributed via mobile lottery through our digital partner, TodayTix.


Step 1: Download the TodayTix app in the App Store or Google Play Store.
Please note: Lotteries can only be entered from the TodayTix app on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device. Open the app and scroll down to find Public Works: As You Like It. 

Step 2: Enter the lottery for two free tickets.
On the confirmation screen, you may double or triple your odds by sharing your entry via Facebook and Twitter.


Step 3: See If You Won!
Make sure your name and e-mail address are correct and that TodayTix push notifications are turned on, so you can receive confirmation of lottery status. You will be notified if you've won between noon and 2:15pm on the day of the show.  You must confirm your winning tickets in the TodayTix app within 45 minutes of being notified. Winners may begin to pick up their tickets at 5:00 pm at the Delacorte Theater Box Office, but tickets that are not claimed by 7:30pm will be forfeited to the standby line.

You can enter the lottery between 12:00AM and 12:00PM (noon) on the day of each public performance. Each winner will get two (2) tickets to that night’s performance.

Senior and ADA Accessibility patrons can also enter the digital lottery. Please check back at a later date for more information.

Lead support for Public Works is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Stavros Niarchos Foundation, The Tow Foundation, Ford Foundation, and The Hearst Foundation. Additional support is provided by the New York Community Trust, New York State Council on the Arts, The One World Fund, The SHS Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., David Rockefeller Fund, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Members: log in to skip the line and support Public Works.

Public Supporters and Partners: log in to access your seats.

To become a Public Theater Member, click here

A Musical Adaptation of William Shakespeare's

Adapted by Shaina Taub & Laurie Woolery
Music & Lyrics by Shaina Taub
Choreography by Sonya Tayeh
Directed by Laurie Woolery


Community Partners:
Brownsville Recreation Center (Brooklyn), Center for Family Life in Sunset Park (Brooklyn), DreamYard Project (Bronx), Fortune Society (Queens), and Military Resilience Project (all boroughs), along with alumni partners Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education, Children's Aid Society and Domestic Workers United.