The Public Theater

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 (94)

73
Good
14 Reviews
Opens Nov 04
NYC: East Village

A professor's life changes when he discovers two undocumented immigrants living in his apartment.

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79
Good
3 Reviews
Ends Mar 2022
NYC: Virtual

Lupita Nyong'o stars in a podcast bilingual adaptation of Shakespeare's classic of doomed lovers.

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Unreviewed
Ends Apr 2022
NYC: Virtual

The Public presents a world premiere audio drama set in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.

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69
Middling
1 Review
Open run
NYC: Virtual

The Public presents this audio drama about liberals gathering at a farm after the 2017 election.

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Unreviewed
Starts Nov 02
NYC: East Village

An Afro-surrealist play about 3 generations of Black women living through the Flint water crisis. 

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83
Great
98 Reviews
Closed
NYC: Upper W Side

Shakespeare in the Park is back this summer with Jocelyn Bioh's joyous adaptation of "Merry Wives."

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Unreviewed
Closed
NYC: Virtual

The Public presents an audio adaptation of Shakespeare's classic starring Andre Holland.

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81
Great
6 Reviews
Closed
NYC: Virtual

The Public presents a world premiere documentary about frontline workers during the pandemic.

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Unreviewed
Closed
NYC: Midtown W

A play-pageant-ritual-homegoing celebration in response to the physical and spiritual deaths of Black people…

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Unreviewed
Closed
NYC: Virtual

The Public Theater brings us the latest chapter of the Apple Family via Zoom.

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78
Good
56 Reviews
Closed
NYC: East Village

From the creators of "The Exonerated" comes this new work based first-person accounts by survivors of the 2010…

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84
Great
1 Review
Closed
NYC: East Village

This solo piece traces the arc of misinformation and propaganda in America from 9/11 to Trump.

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