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at the Delacorte Theater, Central Park, New York

By David Lefkowitz

  Lauren Ambrose

Three roles have been cast for this summer's Shakespeare in the Park Romeo and Juliet: the leads and the nurse.

Recent Juilliard grad Oscar Isaac, who appeared in the New York Shakespeare Festival's Two Gentlemen of Verona last summer, will take on the tragically romantic Romeo, while Lauren Ambrose, best known for playing Claire on the cable miniseries, "Six Feet Under," will play his doomed bashert, Juliet. Ambrose, who just weeks ago gave birth to a son, had a featured role in the 2006 Broadway revival of Awake and Sing.

Playing the meddling nurse in Romeo and Juliet will be Camryn Manheim, whose break-out role was on TV's The Practice  and is currently featured on CBS' Ghost Whisperer.

Directing Shakespeare's tale of young lovers from warring families is Michael Greif, artistic director of CA's LaJolla Playhouse and currently represented on Broadway by Grey Gardens and the long-running Rent.

After Romeo and Juliet's June 5-July 8 run at Central Park's Delacorte Theater, A Midsummer Night's Dream will follow, Aug. 6-Sept. 9. Daniel Sullivan, director of the current Prelude to a Kiss revival, will helm.

And just in case that's not enough Shakespeare for you, the Public Theater (NYSF's indoor home) is currently offeringKevin Kline's Lear, through March 25.


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