This just in: Shakespeare in the Park announces its 2013 season

The Public Theater’s 51st season of free alfresco theater will feature comedy, A-listers and a shiny new musical.

Shakespeare in the Park

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Summer is still, tragically, a long way off, but today the Public Theater whetted our appetite for gratis outdoor arts and culture with the announcement of its 2013 Shakespeare in the Park season at Central Park's Delacorte Theater.

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First up is The Comedy of Errors, the Bard’s early-career farce, starring Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family) and Hamish Linklater (The Future, The Big C), and directed by company stalwart Daniel Sullivan. Both actors are SITP vets as well, so we’re expecting a good showing for this most slapstick of stage comedies.

Topping the bill is a world-premiere song-and-dance adaptation of another early Shakes comedy, Love’s Labour’s Lost, about a group of nobledudes who agree to forsake sex for scholarly pursuits (guess how that turns out). We’re pumped about the team behind the show: writer-director Alex Timbers and composer Michael Friedman, who last collaborated on the very fun Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. (Timbers was also at the helm of recently closed Peter and the Starcatcher.) If anyone can dust the cobwebs off an old story with style, it’s these two.