“The story I am interested in is about asking what drives a powerful person—what makes them tick?" said Byrne on his website.
The season begins in October with "Giant," a love story based on the 1952 book by Edna Ferber, directed by Michael Greif, with a book by Sybille Pearson, and music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa.
The season will also feature six world premieres including actor Colman Domingo's "Wild With Happy" (Domingo will also be in the cast); Sorry" by Richard Nelson; "Detroit 67" by Dominique Morisseau; "The Twenty-Seventh Man" by Nathan Englander; "Neva" by Guillermo Calderón, translated by Andrea Thome; and "Old Fashioned Prostitutes," a production by Richard Foreman.
This summer, Shakespeare in the Park will celebrate 50 years at the Delacorte Theater with performances of "As You Like It" and "Into the Woods."
The Public’s Mobile Shakespeare Unit will be presenting "Richard III" in the LuEsther Theater in August for a limited run following three weeks of touring the production to prisons, homeless shelters, centers for the elderly, and other community venues in the five boroughs.