THIS is how you adapt a work. Public Works asked not how to translate Hercules to a new medium, instead deciding to take the roots of a beloved work and create something else. The show’s message of unity and humanity is perfectly married with its execution. Kristoffer Diaz’s new script eschews the “born-to-be-special” hero trope for a well-placed message about community engagement, with modern solutions to face modern problems. For my full review, go here.


The Public Theater presents

Hercules – Book by Kristoffer Diaz, Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by David Zippel

Director: Lear deBessonet | Choreographer: Chase Brock

WITH: Jelani Alladin, Roger Bart, Jeff Hiller, James Monroe Iglehart, Ramona Keller, Tamika Lawrence, Krysta Rodriguez, Rema Webb

Scenic Design: Dane Laffrey | Costumes: Andrea Hood | Lighting: Tyler Micoleau | Sound Design: Kai Harada/Jessica Paz | Wigs/Hair/Makeup: Cookie Jordan | Puppet Design: James Ortiz