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Public Forum: CIVIC SALONS

Public Forum: CIVIC SALONS

Joe’s Pub
Sunday, February 10 at 7pm
Sunday, March 24 at 12pm
Saturday, April 20 at 12pm
Sunday, May 19 at 12pm


Free and open to all

In a climate of divisiveness and seclusion, Public Forum is opening its doors to invite audiences to join us every month for Civic Salons: a monthly gathering where we can come together in the spirit of community to nurture our minds and our bodies. Each month will feature a different theme and different participants who will bring readings, songs, and a keynote address— all chosen in the hopes of inspiring civic engagement and social change.

Public Forum: POWER

Public Forum: POWER

Joe's Pub
Sunday, February 24 at 7pm

Featuring Patrisse Cullors, Angela Davis, and Yara Shahidi

When another Black life is lost to police brutality, the media often focuses on death and hashtags. But what about the stories of those who survived? Artist and activist Patrisse Cullors (co-founder of Black Lives Matter) had this in mind when she created POWER: From the Mouths of the Occupied in 2014. A documentary performance piece, POWER focuses on the unseen and unheard experiences of those in the Black community facing criminalization and state violence on an every day basis. Join Public Forum as we frame excerpts from POWER with a conversation between Cullors, legendary activist Angela Davis, and actor/youth organizer Yara Shahidi ("grown-ish").

Public Forum: POWER
Public Forum: Day of Democracy Talks

Public Forum: Day of Democracy Talks

Shiva Theater
Sunday April 14
Democracy Is The City: 2pm
Democracy Is Digital: 4pm
Democracy Is Coming: 6pm

The Day of Democracy is a series of talks curated by Public Forum featuring special guests discussing the topic of democracy. Democracy Is The City examines the municipal level of democracy, from the creation of commons to their appropriation, and how our democratic rights are being sold to the highest bidder in our own backyard. Democracy Is Digital explores the idea of a borderless society, bound only by the reach of ones and zeroes, and how that society might be designed -- either for good or for ill. Democracy is Coming asks the question: if true democracy arrived tomorrow, would we even want to let it in?

The Day of Democracy is part of the Onassis Festival 2019: Democracy Is Coming, co-presented by The Public Theater and Onassis USA.

Public Forum: OF, BY & FOR ALL PEOPLE

Public Forum: OF, BY & FOR ALL PEOPLE

Anspacher Theater
Monday, April 15 at 7pm

Featuring Oskar Eustis, Suzan-Lori Parks and Anthony Appiah

Theater and democracy share a birthplace, share fundamental tenants, and provide opportunities for the people to activate and understand their own power. But in a world where both the arts and democracy are increasingly under threat, what does it mean to be a “fundamentally democratic” theater? And how can the theater continue to encourage our best hopes for democracy? Join The Public’s Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks in a conversation with philosopher/theorist/author Anthony Appiah exploring the indivisible relationship between democracy and the theater.

Public Forum: OF, BY & FOR THE PEOPLE is part of the Onassis Festival 2019: Democracy Is Coming, co-presented by The Public Theater and Onassis USA.

Public Forum: OF, BY & FOR ALL PEOPLE
About Public Forum

About Public Forum

The Public Theater’s PUBLIC FORUM is a space where art, ideas, and action collide. Public Forum creates exciting opportunities for communities to engage deeply with current events, original thinkers, and the most pressing questions of our time. We energize civic responsibility by inviting people from all backgrounds to share, converse, and connect.

Public Forum hosts one-night-only events, special performances, post-show discussions, and town hall conversations, as well as programming curated with the Public Shakespeare Initiative.

Additional Public Forum programming includes Artist Talkbacks, Audience Conversations, Speaker Series panels, and the online resource Digiturgy. In Artist Talkbacks, members of the cast and creative team will take questions from the audience about the show and their process following selected performances during the season. Speaker Series presents 20-to-30-minute panel discussions after the performance with experts discussing a topic from the show and Audience Conversations feature a member of The Public’s artistic staff leading the audience in a conversation with each other about the show and its themes and ideas.


The Speaker Series for WHITE NOISE is on Friday, March 15 and for AIN'T NO MO' is on Thursday, March 21.

Digiturgy

Digiturgy

Public Forum brings the larger conversations of The Public’s stages online as well with Digiturgy, an online resource exploring the themes and ideas of The Public’s plays via byte-sized digital content— photos, links, songs, videos, GIFs, and more—pulled together to make a collage of information and experiences that extends beyond the edge of the stage.

Engage with Digiturgy

Digiturgy