Live theater is back, baby! And to celebrate the return of long-awaited flesh-and-blood performances, HBO created a documentary titled, Opening night again will air on HBO Max this December.
Directed by Rudy Valdez (The sentence) with Matthew O’Neill and Perri Peltz (Axios) as an executive producer, the new documentary will revolve around the busy lives of the cast, crew, and staff of the Public Theater while they attempt to make an adaptation. new of William Shakespeare‘NS The Merry Wives of Windsor amid the COVID-19 pandemic and a stormy summer at the outdoor Delacorte Theater in New York City. The famous company has been at the forefront of doing summer productions in the heart of Manhattan’s Central Park for nearly 60 years. Each year, the group is put to the test with open-air theater challenges, but nothing is more taxing than bringing live performances back to an ever-changing world with COVID regulations.
The documentary promises to show all the highs and lows that have gone into making this seasonal show available to New Yorkers, including behind-the-scenes highs when it comes to casting, rehearsals, and even even the task of building a machine that can withstand any weather Manhattan causes. . Viewers will also hear directly from the creative team, including the playwright Jocelyn Bioh; manager Saheem Ali; Artistic Director of The Public Oskar Eustis; design Beowulf Boritt; musician Farai Malianga; assistant director Abigail Jean-Baptiste, as well as the actors, crew members, staff, and more involved in the groundbreaking adaptation.
The Public was founded by Joe Papp who held firmly to the idea that theater and other art forms should belong and be easily attainable by all communities. For the adaptation, titled Happy wives, the theater will bring in playwright Bioh to bring the iconic comedy into a new light. The update will be set in South Harlem and will revolve around a tight-knit group of West African immigrants and will feature an all-Black cast as they take comedy to the next level and consider the Skin experience. black related to theater and more.
With the world slowly gaining a “normal” look, it’s very exciting to see live theater return, whether community or Broadway. For New Yorkers, the Shakespeare in the park series in the summer is an annual must, and a lot of people were thrilled to see it return in the summer of 2021.
Watch the full trailer below and watch the reopening of the Public Theater and film production Happy wives means with those closest to it and get a taste of what you can expect when Opening night again airs HBO Max on December 20, 10:00-11:30 p.m. ET/PT.
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https://collider.com/reopening-night-trailer-documentary-new-york-public-theater-hbo/ Reopening trailer for New York’s Public Theater Night