SHAKESPEARE: CALL & RESPONSE
July 31 - August 29
SHAKESPEARE: CALL AND RESPONSE
Conceived and Directed by Patricia McGregor
Text by William Shakespeare
Rooted in the vibrant interplay between performers and audience, SHAKESPEARE: CALL AND RESPONSE is an hour-long celebration of text, music, dance, and improvisation with a live crowd. Built for the plazas and outdoor venues able to host performances following the confinement of the pandemic, the piece centers on four actors who transform into a variety of roles based on feedback from the audience. No two shows will be the same. Crafted with an expert Shakespearean ringleader, the performers take on over a dozen roles in an hour, inviting audience members to play along as the scene partner. In the spirit of artistically awakening dormant spaces and communing with audiences hungry to feast on the poetry and play, SHAKESPEARE: CALL AND RESPONSE enlivens a dynamic dialogue between the greatest writers of all time and citizens of one of the greatest cities in the world.
Read the plays:
Visit and read Shakespeare's works, including those you saw in "Shakespeare: Call & Response": http://shakespeare.mit.edu/
Lead support for Mobile Unit provided by JetBlue Airways, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The McLaughlin Children's Trust, and Abrams Foundation.
Additional support provided by ConEdison, Barbara Diamonstein-Spielvogel & Ambassador Carl Spielvogel, and The Walt Disney Company.
The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public Theater's year-round activities.
Free For All
When joining us on tour, we strongly encourage you to wear a mask and to practice physical distancing.
- July 31-August 1: Astor Place (Manhattan)
- August 5-6: Roberto Clemente Plaza (Bronx)
- August 7: Johnny Hartman Plaza (Manhattan)
- August 8: 125th Street Plaza (Manhattan)
- August 12: Osborn Plaza (Brooklyn)
- August 13: Albee Square (Brooklyn)
- August 14: Johnny Hartman Plaza (Manhattan)
- August 15: 125th Street Plaza (Manhattan) * CANCELLED *
- August 19: Minthorne Street (Staten Island)
- August 20: Albee Square (Brooklyn)
- August 21: Myrtle/Wyckoff Plaza (Queens)
- August 22: Myrtle/Wyckoff Plaza (Queens) * CANCELLED *
- August 26: Minthorne Street (Staten Island)
- August 27: Minthorne Street (Staten Island) *CANCELLED*
- August 28: Osborn Plaza (Brooklyn) *CANCELLED*
- August 29: Osborn Plaza (Brooklyn)
Location, Dates, and Times are subject to change.
Sofia Jean Gomez
Shakespeare: Call and Response Company
SOFIA JEAN GOMEZ (Shakespeare: Call and Response Company). NY credits: Angels in America, Parts I and II; Signature Theatre Company, Page 73, New World Stages, Manhattan Theatre Club, New Georges, and Lake Lucille Chekhov Project. Regional: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Theatre Company, The Old Globe, Yale Repertory, Berkeley Repertory, San Diego Repertory, Goodman Theatre, Denver Center Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, McCarter Theatre Center, Arizona Theatre Company, and The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ. American Theatre magazine named her as one of the “Actors Playwrights Love.” Yale School of Drama. ICOC Intimacy Captain Certified.
Teresa Avia Lim
Shakespeare: Call and Response Company
TERESA AVIA LIM (Shakespeare: Call and Response Company). Broadway: Ayad Akhtar's JUNK at Lincoln Center. Other works: The Public’s all-female Shakespeare in the Park production of Taming of the Shrew; NAATCO'S Awake and Sing; Macbeth with The Public’s Mobile Unit; Gingold Group’s Caesar and Cleopatra; The Moors at Playwrights Realm. Lim originated her roles in Peerless, Water by the Spoonful, Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them, and Concerning Strange Devices From the Distant West. TV/Film: “Monsterland,” “The Code,” “Ray Donovan,” “Blue Bloods,” “Limitless,” “Unforgettable,” “Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” Monster, and "Group." She is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and an inaugural Recipient of the Jerome L. Greene Foundation Scholarship.
Shakespeare: Call and Response Company
REZA SALAZAR (Shakespeare: Call and Response Company) began his acting career as a child in South America, working with his mother as clowns. The Public: Richard II, Mobile Unit’s The Tempest, Oedipus El Rey. Select Theater: Mariela en el Desierto (Repertorio Español), My Mañana Comes (Lortel Award nomination). Regional: Floyd’s (Guthrie Theatre), Sweat (Arena Stage). TV: “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Daredevil,” “The Blacklist,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: CI,” "Louie," "The Knick," "Believe.” Film: The Prisoner, Con Dios, The Imperialists Are Still Alive, See Girl Run, The Inquisition of Camilo Sanz. Musician: MICHA Musica (Joe’s Pub). Director: Missing Them (Working Theater). Salazar is making his Broadway debut this fall in a new play by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage.
Shakespeare: Call and Response Company & DJ; Verses @ Work Creator & Performer
MALIK WORK (Shakespeare: Call and Response Company/DJ; Verses @ Work Creator/Performer) has written and performed the highly celebrated original hip hop musical Verses @ Work, garnering him a nomination for Best Solo Performance at the AUDELCO Awards. The film version of Verses won the International Spotlight Award at the Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival. As an emcee, he’s a founding member of The Real Live Show, a groundbreaking, international jazz/hip hop band. As an actor, he’s been seen off-Broadway, on network television, and on the big screen. As a teaching artist, he is a faculty member at the National Theater Institute, TEAK Fellowship, and The Public Theater’s own Mobile Unit. www.malikwork.com, @malikwork IG/Twitter.
Conceiver & Director
PATRICIA McGREGOR (Shakespeare: Call & Response Conceiver & Director) is a director and writer of theater, TV/film, and music. Born in St. Croix, she has twice been profiled by The New York Times. Productions include Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole (Geffen Playhouse, People’s Light); Sisters In Law (Wallis Annenberg); What You Are, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure for Measure (The Old Globe); Skeleton Crew (Geffen Playhouse, Studio Theater); Good Grief (CTG); Hamlet (The Public); The Parchman Hour (Guthrie); Ugly Lies the Bone (Roundabout); brownsville song… (Lincoln Center); Indomitable: James Brown (The Apollo); Holding It Down (Metropolitan Museum); A Raisin in the Sun, The Winter’s Tale, Spunk (California Shakespeare Theater); Adoration of the Old Woman (INTAR); Blood Dazzler (Harlem Stage); Four Electric Ghosts (The Kitchen); Hurt Village (Signature Theatre). She has directed the 24-Hour Plays on Broadway and served as tour consultant to Raphael Saadiq and J Cole. McGregor co-conceived and directed the Grammy and Pulitzer-nominated oratorio Place with Ted Hearne and Saul Williams. McGregor co-founded Angela’s Pulse with her sister, choreographer and organizer Paloma McGregor, is Artist in Residence for Adam Driver’s Arts In the Armed Forces, is a Time Warner 150 fellow, and serves on the advisory board for PAAL. She is a member of London’s National Theater International Director's Lab and a Usual Suspect at NYTW. Education: Yale School of Drama (Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow; Artistic Director of the Yale Cabaret).
DIGGLE (Scenic Design) is a proud Gay Mexican-Latinx Scenic Designer. Selected NYC credits include: The Conversationalists (Bushwick Starr), Cowboy Bob (NAMT), Sweeney Todd (Hangar), Queens Girl in the World (Hangar/ Central Square Theater), So Long Boulder City (SubCulture), Decky Does A Bronco (Royal Family), Red Emma & The Mad Monk (Tank/ANT Fest). Regional & International: Electra, Fade (Dallas Theater Center); 10 Out of 12 (Undermain Theatre); Why Do You Stand There In the Rain? (Edinburgh Fringe/Scotland Tour). Current Projects: Monstersongs (TheaterWorks Hartford). Associate Scenic Design credits include work for Clint Ramos, Dede Ayite, and Rachel Hauck. Broadway Associate Scenic Design: Slave Play and Grand Horizons. www.diggledesigns.com
KATHERINE O’NEILL (Costumes). Regional: Lights Out (Geffen); The Parchman Hour (Guthrie); The Unfortunates (ACT and OSF); Blood Dazzler (Harlem Stage); The House That Will Not Stand (Yale Rep and BRT); The Taming of the Shrew and A Midsummer Night's Dream (CalShakes); The Death of a Salesman (Yale Rep); and Becky Shaw (Roundabout). MFA: Yale School of Drama.
Sound System Design
JORGE OLIVO (Sound System Design). The Public: Associate sound design for Sea Wall/A Life; associate sound design for Teenage Dick (The Public/Ma-Yi); A1 for Mojada. Off-Broadway credits include Sound Design for Anna In The Tropics audio drama (The Acting Company). Sound design: The Signature Project at The Sheen Center, Nu Works with Pan Asian Rep, Border People (The Working Theater). Associate sound design: Todd Solondz's Emma and Max (The Flea), The Chinese Lady (Ma-Yi). He won Best Sound Design 2017 at United Solo for Hide Your Fires with Ren Gyo Soh.
Sound Content Design
MALIK WORK (Sound Content Design) has written and performed the highly celebrated original hip hop musical Verses @ Work, garnering him a nomination for Best Solo Performance at the AUDELCO Awards. The film version of Verses won the International Spotlight Award at the Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival. As an emcee, he’s a founding member of The Real Live Show, a groundbreaking, international jazz/hip hop band. As an actor, he’s been seen off-Broadway, on network television, and on the big screen. As a teaching artist, he is a faculty member at the National Theater Institute, TEAK Fellowship, and The Public Theater’s own Mobile Unit. www.malikwork.com, @malikwork IG/Twitter.
IMANI UZURI (Composer), raised in rural North Carolina, is an award-winning composer, vocalist, librettist, improviser, and conceptual artist. She composes, performs, and creates interdisciplinary works including concerts, ritual performances, albums, sound installations, and compositions for chamber ensembles, voice, and theater (including experimental and musical theater). As a Jerome Foundation Composer/Sound Artist Fellow and a Camargo Foundation (Cassis, France) Composer-in-Residence, Uzuri made international sojourns in support of her forthcoming ritual opera celebrating the holy and oft controversial iconography of the Black Madonna. Uzuri has been commissioned by Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, The Ford Foundation, Harvard Fromm Players, and her recent Chamber Music America New Jazz Works commission, She Knows Suite, premiered at Lincoln Center Atrium.
PALOMA McGREGOR (Choreographer). The Public: Hamlet (Mobile Unit). Off-Broadway: brownsville song (b-side for tray) (LCT3). Regional: Jazz (world premiere), Marley (world premiere), Pride and Prejudice, A Civil War Christmas (Center Stage); The House That Will Not Stand (world premiere, Yale Rep/Berkeley Rep); Blood Dazzler (world premiere, Harlem Stage); Building a Better Fishtrap (world premiere, BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance). Awards: New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Award, Soros Arts Fellowship, Dance/USA Fellowship to Artists, Urban Bush Women Choreographic Center Institute Fellowship.
Production Stage Manager
KATIE KENNEDY (Production Stage Manager). The Public: for colored girls…, Mobile Unit’s The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Under the Radar Festival 2018, Latin History for Morons. Off-Broadway: Retreat: A Radio Play, REVELATION, SKiNFoLK: An American Show, Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up, Wickedest Woman, Pedro Pan, The Review or How to Eat Your Opposition, Rent, Urinetown: The Musical, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Benefits/concerts: Camelot at Lincoln Center’s annual gala. Labs/showcases: LCT 2019 Directors Lab, Viet Writers Lab (Without Country).
Luisa Sánchez Colón
LUISA SÁNCHEZ COLÓN (Stage Manager). The Public: Romeo y Julieta, Shipwreck, The Line, Under the Radar Festival, Mojada, White Noise, Miss You Like Hell, Oedipus El Rey. Studio Theater: I Hate it Here. LCT: Greater Clements. National tour: Biscuit, Dog Loves Books. Other NY theater: The Paper Hat Game, Gruesome Playground Injuries, The Fire This Time Festival. International (U.K.): Hangmen (Royal Court Theatre), Hijinx Unity Festival.