Over Labor Day weekend of 2017, the Public Theater welcomed hundreds of New Yorkers to the stage of the Delacorte Theater in Central Park for the world premiere of Shaina Taub and Laurie Woolery’s musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Part of the Public Works series, As You Like It featured only a handful of professional actors; the rest of the roles were filled out by these citizens from across the five boroughs, from every walk of life.
Five years later, the Public is giving the musical a revival as part of the free Shakespeare the Park series, with a cast just as large. At the center once again is Broadway vet Rebecca Naomi Jones, who returns to the role of Rosalind/Ganymede, which she originated a half-decade ago and now marks her first theater production sine the pandemic. Here, she tells us what it means to her.