Jesse Tyler Ferguson leads 2013 season of Shakespeare in the Park

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson will perform in two Shakespeare in the Park productions this summer.

The Public Theater has announced the 2013 season for Shakespeare in the Park.

The season will open on May 28 with Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors which will run until June 30. The show stars Shakespeare in the Park veteran Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who is known for his portrayal of Mitchell Pritchett on Modern Family. Before he became a regular on the silver screen, Ferguson began his career on stage in off-Broadway and Broadway theatre in On the Town and as the adorable Leaf Coneybear The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

Ferguson’s first summer performance with the Public Theatre was in 2007 when he played Francis Flute in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and in the summer of 2010 he delighted audiences in both The Winter’s Tale and The Merchant of Venice.

The Comedy of Errors will also star Hamish Linklater of CBS’s sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine. Linklater has appeared in Shakespeare in the Park in 2009 as Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night.

The Comedy of Errors tells the story of two sets of identical twins who were separated as children and set out to find each other, only to experience hilarious mishaps of mistaken identity, misguided flirtation, and false accusations.

The second production of the season is Love’s Labour’s Lost, A New Musical. Based on Shakespeare’s play of the same name, Love’s Labour’s Lost is created by the geniuses behind 2010’s quirky rock musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.

Love’s Labour’s Lost will feature songs by Michael Friedman and a book adapted by Alex Timbers, who will also direct. Described as “a love letter to Shakespeare in the Park from the creators of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” the production follows the decision of the King and his pals, at their five-year college reunion, to swear off “the joys of women” only to question that choice when four ladies from their past show up.

Last summer’s performances of As You Like It and Into The Woods saw a packed Delacorte Theater and overflows of enthusiastic fans, and there’s little question that this summer will be any different. Shakespeare in the Park represents what the theatre is all about – sharing the arts as many people as possible and connecting them by discussing themes that are universally relevant. What’s not to love?

Which Shakespeare in the Park show are you most looking forward to? Tell us in the comments!

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