Lear deBessonet: Doing Good Works by Making Good Work

Obie Award winning director Lear deBessonet is the force behind the current production of “The Winter’s Tale,” a 90-minute adaptation opening soon at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

DeBessonet was the guest speaker at the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable’s recent annual meeting and final program event of the season, presented at Theatre For a New Audience Polonsky Shakespeare Center in June.

“The Winter’s Tale” is the second production of the Public Theatre’s Public Works program – deBessonet is the program’s Director – and part of a long history of community engagement initiatives at the Public. Working with community partner organizations in all five boroughs, Public Works engages members of diverse communities as both participants and audiences.

Performers in the Public Works production of “The Winters Tales” are both professional actors and volunteers and range in age from 4 to 90. DeBessonet’s inspiration behind the concept of her work is to create a different kind of theater, saying “I wanted to make work that speaks to everybody.”

“The Winter’s Tale,” featured in a New York Times article by Alexis Soloski entitled “Shakespeareans From All Walks of Life,” will run for three nights only, September 5-7, at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.



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