Welcome to the 2019/20 season, featuring an exciting variety of artistic programming and a vibrant community of artists including Jacqueline Antaramian, Jessica Blank, Camille A. Brown, Billy Bustamante, Charlotte Bydwell, Erika Dickerson-Despenza, Steve Earle, Linda Emond, Oskar Eustis, Leah C. Gardiner, Jonathan Hadary, David Henry Hwang, Kendyl Ito, Erik Jensen, Candis C. Jones, Francis Jue, Joaquina Kalukango, Tom Kitt, Austin Ku, Tony Kushner, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Lorin Latarro, Raymond J. Lee, Alyse Alan Louis, Jaygee Macapugay, Mona Mansour, Daniel May, Paul Heesang Miller, Haviland Morris, Richard Nelson, Estelle Parsons, David Hyde Pierce, Sam Pinkleton, Maryann Plunkett, Geena Quintos, Conrad Ricamora, Matilda Sakamoto, Trevor Salter, Jay O. Sanders, Ntozake Shange, Leigh Silverman, Kyra Smith, Ari’el Stachel, Emily Stillings, Daniel Sullivan, Jeanine Tesori, Emily Trumble, Brenda Wehle, Mark Wing-Davey, Rita Wolf, John Yi, Brian Yorkey, and more!

Soft Power

Soft Power

New York Premiere - Begins September 24
Book & Lyrics by David Henry Hwang
Music & Additional Lyrics by Jeanine Tesori
Choreography by Sam Pinkleton
Directed by Leigh Silverman

A co-commission and co-production with Center Theatre Group

One of the most exciting theatrical collaborations in recent memory, SOFT POWER is an exploration of America's current place in the world, told through an East-West musical from China's point of view, in which a theater producer from Shanghai forges a powerful bond with Hillary Clinton. SOFT POWER is a fever dream of modern American politics amidst global conversations, asking us all – why do we love democracy? And should we?

for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf

for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf

Major New York Revival - Begins October 8
Written by Ntozake Shange
Directed by Leah C. Gardiner
Choreography by Camille A. Brown

Filled with passion, humor, and raw honesty, legendary playwright/poet Ntozake Shange’s form-changing choreopoem tells the story of seven women of color using poetry, song, and movement. With unflinching honesty and emotion, each woman voices her survival story of getting by in a world shaped by sexism and racism.

for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
The Michaels

The Michaels

World Premiere - Begins October 19
Written and Directed by Richard Nelson

Commissioned by The Public Theater

Dinner is cooked, modern dances are rehearsed, and the meal is eaten — all amidst conversations about art, death, family, dance, politics, the state of America, and how the world sees our country... and a host of everyday questions that make up the richness of ordinary life.

A Bright Room Called Day

A Bright Room Called Day

Major New York RevivalBegins October 29
Written by Tony Kushner
Directed by Oskar Eustis

Agnes, an actress in Weimar Germany, and her cadre of passionate, progressive friends, are torn between protest, escape, and survival as the world they knew crumbles around them. Her story is interrupted by an American woman enraged by the cruelty of the Reagan administration, and a new character, grappling with the anxiety, distraction, hope, and hopelessness of an artist facing the once unthinkable rise of authoritarianism in modern America.

A Bright Room Called Day
Under the Radar Festival

Under the Radar Festival

Begins January 8, 2020

UNDER THE RADAR FESTIVAL, over the past 15 years, has presented over 229 companies from 42 countries. It has grown into a landmark of the New York City theater season and is a vital part of The Public's mission, providing a high-visibility platform to support artists from diverse backgrounds who are redefining the act of making theater. 

Coal Country

Coal Country

World Premiere - Begins February 18, 2020
Written by Jessica Blank & Erik Jensen 
Original Music by Steve Earle
Directed by Jessica Blank

Commissioned by The Public Theater

In this riveting, emotionally stunning new work based on first-person accounts by survivors and family members, Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, award-winning writers of The Exonerated, and three-time Grammy Award-winning country/folk legend Steve Earle, dig deep into the lives and loss of the most deadly mining disaster in recent U.S. history.

Coal Country
The Vagrant Trilogy

The Vagrant Trilogy

New York Premiere - Begins March 17, 2020
Written by Mona Mansour
Directed by Mark Wing-Davey

Commissioned by The Public Theater

In 1967, Adham, a Palestinian Wordsworth scholar, goes to London with his new wife to deliver a lecture. When war breaks out at home, he must decide in an instant what to do – a choice that will affect the rest of his life. The two parts that follow explore alternate realities based on that decision. Each part in the trilogy speaks to the others, together painting a rare and moving picture of Palestinian displacement and a refugee’s life of permanent impermanence.

The Visitor

The Visitor

World Premiere Musical - Begins March 24, 2020
Music by Tom Kitt
Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Book by Kwame Kwei-Armah & Brian Yorkey
Choreography by Lorin Latarro
Directed by Daniel Sullivan
Based on the Groundswell Productions and Participant Media motion picture written by Thomas McCarthy

Widowed and living alone, Walter is a college professor whose life has lost a sense of purpose. When he discovers two young undocumented immigrants living in his New York apartment, the drummer Tarek and jewelry maker Zainab, Walter finds himself in the middle of their battle to stay in an America that’s lost its better angels.

The Visitor
Cullud Wattah

Cullud Wattah

World Premiere - Begins July 7, 2020
Written by Public Studio Alum Erika Dickerson-Despenza
Directed by Candis C. Jones

It’s been 936 days since Flint has had clean water. Marion, a third generation General Motors employee, is consumed by layoffs at the engine plant. When her sister, Ainee, seeks justice and restitution for lead poisoning, her plan reveals the toxic entanglements between the city and its most powerful industry, forcing their family to confront the past-present-future cost of survival. As lead seeps into their home and their bodies, corrosive memories and secrets rise among them. Will this family ever be able to filter out the truth?

Public Forum

Public Forum

PUBLIC FORUM, now in its tenth season, brings together surprising combinations of artists, audiences, and experts to explore the issues and ideas raised on our stages. Through one-of-a-kind events and our digital engagement platform Digiturgy, Public Forum engages both the world of our plays and the world at large with some of the most original thinkers of today.

Public Forum
Mobile Unit

Mobile Unit

MOBILE UNIT is a reinvention of Joseph Papp’s Mobile Shakespeare program, beginning in 1957 with the simple idea that theater belongs to everyone, evolving into the New York Shakespeare Festival and ultimately becoming The Public Theater. Now in its eighth year, the Mobile Unit meets audiences where they are by presenting world-class Shakespeare and other works in recreation centers, prisons, senior centers, schools, and other community gathering places across the five boroughs. The Mobile Unit has already toured Henry V, The Winter’s Tale, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, The Comedy of Errors, Macbeth, Pericles, Measure for Measure, Richard III, and Much Ado About Nothing

Public Works

Public Works

HERCULES
August 31 - September 8, 2019

PUBLIC WORKS is a major initiative of The Public Theater that seeks to engage the people of New York by making them creators and not just spectators. Working with community partner organizations in all five boroughs, Public Works invites community members across New York City to take classes, attend productions, and join in the creation of ambitious works of participatory theater. 

Public Works
Public Shakespeare Initiative

Public Shakespeare Initiative

PUBLIC SHAKESPEARE INITIATIVE offers a wide range of programming which includes Public Shakespeare Presents evenings, intimate Public Shakespeare Talks, Artist Development Programs, and Education Programs, specifically the Hunts Point Children’s Shakespeare Ensemble. The Public Shakespeare Initiative’s programs engage audiences, develop artists, educate young people, support their teachers, and, in all, are as multidimensional as the community of Shakespeare-lovers we serve.

Emerging Writers Group

Emerging Writers Group

EMERGING WRITERS GROUP is a component of The Public Writers Initiative, a long-term program that provides key support and resources for writers at every stage of their careers. In just 10 years, it has nurtured numerous playwrights who have gone on to have their plays staged at The Public and elsewhere around the country. Time Warner is the Founding Sponsor of the Emerging Writers Group.

Emerging Writers Group
Joe's Pub

Joe's Pub

Named for Public Theater founder Joe Papp, Joe's Pub at The Public opened in 1998 and plays a vital role in The Public's mission of supporting young artists while providing established artists with an intimate space and superior acoustics to perform and develop new work. Joe's Pub consistently presents the best in live music and performance nightly, continuing its commitment to diversity, production values, community and artistic freedom. In addition, Joe’s Pub features seasonal dinner and bar menus from acclaimed Chef Andrew Carmellini.

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