Calpulli cameo performance at Shakespeare in the Park- The Tempest

Calpulli brings Mexican dance from Veracruz to “The Tempest” in this unique and wildly colorful interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s masterful works.

Written By William Shakespeare
Music & Lyrics by Todd Almond
Conceived And Directed by Lear deBessonet
Choreography by Chase Brock
Featuring Todd Almond, Laura Benanti, Carson Elrod,
Jeff Hiller, Norm Lewis, and Jacob Ming-Trent

September 6, 7, & 8 – 8pm

​THE TEMPEST will showcase 200 New Yorkers from all five boroughs who will share the stage with professional actors and community partners for this three-night civic event.

THE STORY PROJECT lets us learn about our incredible partner organizations and provides us with an opportunity to connect to the individuality of each of the ensemble members through interviews. For ensemble member interviews and bios, visit the Public Works Blog.

Free Public Works Tickets will be distributed, two per person, at 12:00 p.m. on the day of the show at the Delacorte Theater. Free tickets will be available via the Virtual Ticketing drawingon the day of the performance. Summer Supporter tickets are also available for a tax-deductible donation of $75 each. For information and to donate, call 212-967-7555.

Public Fare, a seasonal open-air café at the Delacorte Theater will be open with limited menu to cater to patrons of THE TEMPEST. Hours are 5:00-8:45pm and more information may be found at


​PUBLIC WORKS is designed to cultivate new connections and new models of engagement with artists, audiences and the community each year. In its inaugural year, it is creating an extraordinary example of participatory theater with this free, original musical adaptation of THE TEMPEST, inspired by a 1916 community theatrical event of Caliban by the Yellow Sands at the stadium at City College in New York.

THE TEMPEST will also feature cameo performances from community art groups that have a strong artistic and cultural tradition.These cameo groups include Ballet Tech, the NYC Public School for Dance, with choreography by Eliot Feld; the Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, which creates folkloric and contemporary works while exploring Mexican traditions; the Kaoru Watanabe Taiko Ensemble, a taiko drumming group; the Middle Church Jerriese Johnson Gospel Choir, a choir based in New York’s East Village; the New York City Taxi Workers Alliance; Raya Brass Band, which performs Balkan “gypsy” music; Lydia Callis, a sign language interpreter who gained national attention for her interpreting alongside Mayor Bloomberg during Hurricane Sandy; and Stephen Duncan, a New York City performance artist who specialized in super-sized soap bubbles.

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