The Winter’s Tale — A Public Works Musical


VENUE Berlind Theater
DATES Friday, Nov 10, 2023 at 8:00PM Saturday, Nov 11, 2023 at 8:00PM Sunday, Nov 12, 2023 at 3:00PM


This original Public Works adaptation of The Winter’s Tale, with music and new lyrics by Todd Almond, was originally conceived and directed by Lear deBessonet based on the play by William Shakespeare.
Directed at Princeton by professional director and faculty member Shariffa Ali, this musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale is set in dystopian Sicilia and utopian Bohemia and inspired by Afrofuturism and centers community participation through a story of love, betrayal and redemption. The Winter’s Tale will include a student cast of 20; a local community cast of 42 of all ages; along with 20 members of the Princeton Playhouse Choir, several student performing arts groups including Sympoh Urban Arts Crew, Naacho, Dorabucci African Dance Company, and HUA Chinese Dance group; and cameo appearances by many well-known campus faculty and staff.
The production will feature music direction by Playhouse Ensembles leader and faculty member Solon Snider Sway, performance direction by faculty member Chesney Snow, and choreography by alumna Rachel Schwartz ’18. The set and costumes are designed by faculty member Sarita Fellows with lighting design by faculty member Tess James and sound design by staff member Kay Richardson. The production is led by the stage management team of staff members Carmelita Becnel and Milan Eldridge.


Tickets & Details: Performances of The Winter’s Tale are open to the public and tickets are required. Tickets: $12 in advance of show dates, $17 purchased the day of performances at the box office, and $10 for students (Passport to the Arts eligible for Princeton students).



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Berlind Theatre is an accessible venue with wheelchair and companion seating available. The November 11 performance will be live captioned. An assistive listening system is available and headphones can be requested from ushers. Visit our Venues and Studios section for accessibility information at our various locations, including Berlind Theatre. Attendees in need of other access accommodations are invited to contact the Lewis Center at 609-258-5262 or email at least one week in advance of the event date.