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The Public Theater

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The Public Theater is the only theater in New York that produces Shakespeare, the classics, musicals, contemporary, and experimental pieces in equal measure. The Public continues the work of its visionary founder, Joe Papp, by acting as an advocate for the theater as an essential cultural force, and leading and framing dialogue on some of the most important issues of our day. The Public’s wide range of programming includes Free Shakespeare in the Park, the bedrock of the company’s dedication to making theater accessible to all, new and experimental stagings at The Public at Astor Place, and a range of artist and audience development initiatives.


Productions (75)

Ends Nov 10 Soft Power NYC: East Village
77 101 reviews

Tony Award winners David Henry Hwang ("M. Butterfly") and Jeanine Tesori ("Fun Home," "Caroline, or Change") bring their new musical-within-a-play to The Public for its New York premiere.

In Previews: Opens Oct 27 The Michaels NYC: East Village
84 1 reviews

Tony Award-winning playwright/director Richard Nelson returns to The Public with the next installment of his Rhinebeck Panorama, exploring the rich humanity within the incidental moments of a single day.

Ends Dec 01 For Colored Girls Who Have Con... NYC: East Village
80 34 reviews

Filled with passion, humor, and raw honesty, playwright/poet Ntozake Shange’s form-changing choreopoem tells the stories of seven women of color using poetry, song, and movement. 

Previews start Oct 25 Broadbend, Arkansas NYC: Midtown W
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In Transport Group’s world premiere musical, an African-American family grapples with decades of inequality, violence, and suppression in the South.


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