Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)
Pulitzer Prize winner and The Public’s Master Writer Chair Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog, The Book of Grace) continues her longstanding relationship with The Public Theater with a devastatingly beautiful, dramatic work set over the course of the Civil War. A masterful new piece from one of our most lyrical and powerful writers, FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS is a deeply personal epic about love and hope in a world of impossible choices.
Pericles, Prince of Tyre
The Public Theater’s MOBILE SHAKESPEARE UNIT, part of the Public Theater’s long-standing commitment to making Shakespeare accessible to all, returns with a tale of riddles, revenge, and perilous adventure. PERICLES, one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays in his own time, is the story of a prince whose life is threatened after he solves the puzzle of a murderous king. Forced to flee across the seas, he embarks on an odyssey that will see him fall in love, lose a daughter, and eventually recover everything he thought he’d lost.
Straight White Men
When Ed and his three adult sons come together to celebrate Christmas, they enjoy cheerful trash-talking, pranks, and takeout Chinese. Then they confront a problem that even being a happy family can’t solve: when identity matters, and privilege is problematic, what is the value of being a straight white man?
Here Lies Love
Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir: Monsanto is the Devil
What time is this? Time to party before the plague? Or is it more like the 20's between world wars? In 2014, stepping on stage in fire and drought, freak storms and extinction… we feel a strange joy in these first days of apocalypse. We need to rededicate ourselves to the politicizing of survival, pitting our freedom against the financiers of climate change.
Florent Ghys "Télévision" album release with special guests Foci + Loci, James Moore and Andie Springer
Florent Ghys is releasing a new album of multi-track double basses and videos called "Télévision" on the label Cantaloupe (Bang on a Can).
Pam Ann: Bad Air Hostess
Pam Ann: BAD AIR HOSTESS is a glamorous, heavy-drinking, drug-abusing, and fashion-obsessed international airhostess with more issues than Vogue. Pam Ann would rather flick the pages of fashion magazines in the galley, snort cocaine and scroll the Internet for ‘love’ than deal with her passengers.
Imagine if Adele and Kanye West had a love child but Lauren Hill and Coldplay raised her. That’s the best way to describe LaJune’s eclectic sound. The singer/songwriter/rapper has performed on BET, VH1, and at The World Famous Apollo Theater. The music video for her single Fibrillate was put in rotation on MTVU. Celebrity vocal coach Ankh Ra Amenhetep said that the songstress has: "Vocals that can go through you like a hot knife goes through butter.”
A Texas native turned New Yorker, Jay Brannan has been writing and performing his own sweet & sad folk songs, tempered with a healthy dose of humor, around the globe since 2006.
He also appeared as an actor in John Cameron Mitchell’s indie film sensation Shortbus, in which his song “Soda Shop” was the highest selling song on the film’s soundtrack album (released by Bright Eyes’ Team Love Records).
Migguel Anggelo: Between Dreams / Entre Sueños
Migguel Anggelo returns to Joe’s Pub with his new show Between Dreams / Entre Sueños, a mesmerizing kaleidoscope of vocal theatrics, movement, and dramatic storytelling. Backed by a virtuosic band and singers, Migguel personifies larger-than-life characters, drawing parallels between their passions and struggles, their yearnings to be seen and heard, and his own desires and dreams.
Tom Wopat and John Schneider
CMA Songwriter Series ft. Brett James, Craig Wiseman, Radney Foster & hosted by Bob DiPiero
Joe's Pub and the Country Music Association are proud to announce the continuation of the successful CMA (Country Music Association) Songwriter Series with some of Nashville's finest songwriters. Bob DiPiero will return as host. CMA Songwriters Series is proudly sponsored by American Airlines, ASCAP, BMI and SESAC.
Feminist Press’s Holiday Ringer Starring Marilyn Maye
Founded in 1970, The Feminist Press promotes voices on the margins of dominant culture and publishes feminist works from around the world. We believe that books have the power to shift culture, and create a society free of violence, sexism, homophobia, racism, cis-supremacy, classism, sizeism, ableism and other forms of dehumanization. Our books and programs engage, educate, and entertain.
Employee of the Month w/ Catie Lazarus
Ever wonder what it’s like to have a dreamy job? Comedian Catie Lazarus did too, so she created an utterly addictive, candid, fun talk show about work. Come see why The New York Times calls Employee of the Month "beloved" and Blackbook calls it comedian Catie Lazarus's "hilarious podcast talk show" and The New Yorker calls, "her line of inquiry is decidedly unorthodox."
Bill Kirchen’s Honky Tonk Holiday Show
Bill Kirchen's latest, Seeds and Stems, takes a fresh approach to many of the songs that were planted at the beginning of an incredibly full career, songs that grew into classics and branched out across the variegated styles of Americana and roots rock 'n' roll.
Never Sleep Alone
Finally, a show designed to help you hook up! Sexual evangelist and Best-Selling author Dr. Alex Schiller brings the hot, the single and the curious together for a night of delirious laughter, awesome music and socio-sensual interaction. Dr. Alex insists that her audience be filled with the sexy and seeking. And she suggests you put your table/seat number, stats and sexual preference in the comments section below.
Bridget Barkan in Dirty Laundry with special guest DJ Ana Matronic
As a singer Bridget Barkan has toured the world with pop/glam band the Scissor Sisters. She has recorded with legendary house DJ and producer Todd Terry and released her own album Dear Stranger.
A Better Holiday: A Concert to Benefit the It Gets Better Project
A Better Holiday: A Concert to Benefit the It Gets Better Project, will celebrate the holiday season with songs of hope, will be held at Joe's Pub Dec. 7 at 7 PM. Proceeds from the performance will benefit the It Gets Better Project, an organization created by Dan Savage and Terry Miller in September 2010 in response to the number of LGBT youth who took their lives after being bullied in school.
The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre
The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre, the acclaimed comedy/variety show hailed as “rambunctious, uproarious and unpredictable” by The Wall Street Journal, “delicious and delightfully droll” by The New York Post, and “hilarious and sardonic” by The Village Voice, has returned to its downtown roots this year for another season of shows.
Daniel Koren is an Emmy Nominated Comedian/Composer based in Brooklyn NY. His innovative musical-comedy work with the Koren Ensemble, gained excessive popularity and received more than a million views on YouTube. Currently on tour with “The Most Important Thing”, a musical comedy live show, with a choir of Daniel’s alter egos projected on a screen.
Belter and bad decision expert Tori Scott, a Garland for the Grindr era, returns to Joe's Pub for another evening of brassy songs and slurred autobiographical stories.
Women of Letters
In a world of the short and swift, of texts and Twitter, there’s something of special value about a carefully composed letter. In homage to this most civilized of activities, Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire are bringing bestselling Australian literary salon Women of Letters to New York as a monthly event. A celebration of a diverse range of strong female talent, bringing together New York’s best and brightest writers, entertainers and artists.
Reba’s C*ntry Christmas starring Amber Martin as Reba McEntire
In the footsteps of classic comic character monologists such as Ruth Draper, Carol Burnett and Lily Tomlin, the Texas-born acclaimed vocalist and performance artist, Amber Martin, once again brings her award winning chops to Joe's Pub.
Dan Finnerty & The Dan Band: Holiday Show!
Dan Finnerty caught America’s attention as the foul-mouthed wedding singer in the box-office smash Old School, performing his now-infamous rendition of Total Eclipse of the Heart, as well as his appearance as the sleazy bat-mitzvah singer in Starsky & Hutch and again as the inappropriate wedding singer in the record breaking hit The Hangover.
The Losers Lounge Holiday Tribute to Elvis Presley
The Losers Lounge special holiday tribute to The King of Rock & Roll, featuring Joe McGinty and The Joe McGinty Seven as well as a cast of all your favorite Losers Lounge performers, taking on the myth and the legend of one man with so many songs, so many films, and so many rhinestones. This is a show not to be missed. Why? Because “That’s The Way It Is.” See you at The Losers Lounge!
Gowanus Music Club
Drama Club: The Long Christmas Dinner
Public Forum’s holiday tradition returns with Thornton Wilder’s ingenious, heartbreaking play about 90 years in the life of an American family shown over the course of their Christmas meal and insightful discussion about family and storytelling. The cast will feature Tappan Wilder and others to be announced.
Bridget Everett & The Tender Moments
Hot on the heels of her critically acclaimed and completely sold out production of Rock Bottom, New York’s downtown darling Bridget Everett returns the stage with her band, The Tender Moments, and a bottle of chardonnay to sing all her favorite love songs and share the stories of the men that made her...feel? From tender moments to prison sex, come get inside her.
The Shakespeare Society—Shakespeare Works: A Midsummer Night's Dream
A panel discussion with readings of selections from A Midsummer Night's Dream. Following a week of work on the play, director Eric Tucker, scholar and author James Shapiro, and a team of actors share their experience.
Lapham’s Quarterly: Foreigners
A celebration of Lapham’s Quarterly’s Winter issue on “Foreigners” featuring readings and songs that explore strange encounters, festering rivalries, ancient customs, and world travel. Join Lewis Lapham as he welcomes stars from the screen and stage performing lively and compelling excerpts from writers and composers including Herman Melville, Frederick Douglass, Jessica Mitford, Oscar Wilde, and Rogers and Hammerstein.
6th Annual New York City Christmas: A Concert to Benefit ASTEP
Conceived and produced by Drama Desk-nominated orchestrator Lynne Shankel (Cry-Baby, Altar Boyz), the concert will feature Lindsay Mendez (Wicked, Godspell, Everyday Rapture), Derek Klena (The Bridges of Madison County, Wicked, Carrie, Dogfight), Sierra Boggess (Love Never Dies, Master Class, The Little Mermaid), Chester Gregory (Sister Act, Dreamgirls, Hairspray), Andrew Call (American Idiot, Altar Boyz), David Josefsberg (Honeymoon In Vegas, The Wedding Singer, Altar Boyz), Telly Leung (Godspell, “Glee”), recording artist Anya Singleton, Kenita Miller (Merrily We Roll Along, Ragtime), Kay Trinidad (The Little Mermaid, Bare), Sally Wilfert (Make Me A Song, Assassins, Tom Sawyer) and more!
Chris Pureka w/ opener MaryLeigh Roohan
Compared to such names as Gillian Welch, Ryan Adams and Neil Young, singer/songwriter Chris Pureka’s birdsong voice and gritty lyrics combine an Appalachian folk flavor with the observations of bittersweet human interactions. Playing New England coffeehouses at 16 years old, she has matured on the road and released five albums on her own label. Pureka’s hypnotic lyrical odes to simple moments of a complicated life have become the staple of folk acoustic playlists for any Americana fan.
Justin Vivian Bond in Star of Light! An Evening of Bi-Polar Witchy Wonder
It's that time of year again! The Lords are leaping so pull your twinkles from the box, dust off your balls, and grab that bottle of lube you hid behind your tree for 'tis the season to light up the darkness, disinfect the manger and say hello to the "Star of Light!"
Walter Martin Holiday Show featuring Kat Edmonson
We're All Young Together, Martin's debut solo effort, is a sweet, funny, rough-around-the-edges "family record," as he likens it, that's intended to entertain the little ones, while getting a laugh out of their parents. An album of alphabet songs, it is not. Inspired by early rock 'n' roll, it is filled with the kind of innocent yet mischievous music that has long struck a chord with Martin. "I'm calling it 'family music' because I want families to enjoy it together," explains Martin. "But to me it's just rock 'n' roll done the old-fashioned way."
Mike Errico Holiday Show
The Mike Errico Holiday Show is a highlight in a year that has been filled with them. While maintaining a career as a recording artist and producer for TV and film, he has been teaching at Yale University and NYU's Clive Davis School of Recorded Music, where his guests have included Amanda Palmer, Benny Blanco, Jonathan Coulton, Ryan Miller, and others.
Vincent D’Onofrio & Dana Lyn
My private journals read by me in a private way in order to change the world and stuff. When I read them to myself, my mind--the mind in my head--fills with music, yet I can't find the source of the music because I refuse to look around me. It is below me to look around. Around, below. Yet the music plays for you on stage, for you. I refuse it while you listen. I refuse to look around. You.
Starsky + Cox: What’s Going On
What's Going On answers the self-same question, in words and music; and in this premier holiday installment—A Winter's Solstice Saturnalia—Stella Starsky and Quinn Cox navigate you beyond a messy nativity, acclimating you to astrological climate change, letting you in on cosmic jokes, and gently shooing you toward enlightenment.
Our Lady J presents “The Gospel Of Dolly: A Hard Candy Christmas”
Celebrated by Ms. Parton herself and accompanied by The Train-To-Kill Gospel Choir, Our Lady J and special guests shed new meaning and light on Dolly’s Christmas music, as well as her greatest hits in this holiday celebration of the Queen of Country.
Bryan Carter Wishes You A Swangin' Christmas
Bryan Carter Wishes You A Swangin' Christmas” is a Holiday themed concert reminiscent of the delightful musical television specials from the 1950’s and 60’s. Drummer/bandleader Bryan Carter is joined by a stunning vocal cast of the brightest young stars and seasoned veterans across the various worlds of jazz, classical, pop,
Julian Fleisher & Friends Holiday Show
Before the art of song was divided into narrow stylistic slices, before there was Jazz or Pop or Rock, there was Nightclub Singing. Like Sammy Davis, Jr, Ethel Water and Mel Tormé before him, Julian Fleisher mixes masterful interpretations of a wide range of popular songs with kick-ass showmanship and a generously endowed band that -- as the Washington Post put it -- "blew the roof off of Joe's Pub."
Eli Schwebel & The A-Men
As Producer and lead singer of the band Lev Tahor, Eli spearheaded the renaissance of Jewish Acappella music, as well as creating a vocally rich, pop-rock sound that transformed the definition of traditional Jewish music. He is now launching his solo career with his first ever solo album entitled “Hearts Mind” which he'll be performing with his 7 piece band, "The A-Men"
Sandra Bernhard is #blessed
Sandra Bernhard’s new live show Sandra Bernhard is #blessed will spotlight her own unique, sharp blend of hysterical insight and outspoken views, with rock-n-roll, cabaret, stand-up and a little burlesque.
Garland Jeffreys: New Year's Eve
Garland Jeffreys returns to Joe’s Pub for his legendary New Year’s Eve Performance. He’s been called an edgy urban poet, the sound of New York, a confessional singer-songwriter, and an explorer of the links between rock, race and rebellion whose work should be taught in schools.
Murray Hill’s New Year’s Eve Late Show
NYC nightlife legend, comedian, and renowned entertainer MURRAY HILL, “the hardest working middle-aged man in show business,” is a relentless retro shtick slinger, larger-than-life personality and freewheeling ad-libber. Murray’s razor sharp wit and frenetic showman antics have delighted folks worldwide for over a decade. The New York Timesanointed Murray “Downtown’s New ‘It’ Boy.”
Adam Matta is a beatboxer and vocal performance artist from New York City. His musical style fuses elements of hip-hop, house, rock electronic, jazz, contemporary and Middle Eastern music, sometimes all in the same composition. Appeared with Bobby McFerrin at Carnegie Hall and in Moscow, RU, and with The Carolina Chocolate Drops, appearing on their Grammy-nominated album, Leaving Eden, and on The Hunger Games Soundtrack.
Aputumpu Presents: POLYOPOLIS with This Is Not the Radio
New York is more than a metropolis; it’s a polyopolis. We live in an urban community with not one but many centers—cultural, commercial and, of course, musical. POLYOPOLIS is a collaborative musical experiment that celebrates the people and music of our diverse city.
Eco-Music Big Band: Year of the Queer
The Eco-Music Big Band is a 15-piece professional big band that spans many generations and includes some of the nation’s most acclaimed jazz musicians. Our roster includes bass trombonist David Taylor (Gil Evans, New York Philharmonic), saxophonist Jay Rodriguez (Ornette Coleman, Craig Harris), bass trombonist Earl McIntyre (Mel Lewis, Thad Jones), Zack O'Farrill and Adam O'Farrill (Arturo O'Farrill, Randy Weston).
Billy Lloyd began his musical journey learning to play classical and minimalist piano at age 6, quickly becoming frustrated with the rules and order of classical music and startingto experiment with a looping system, creating vast arrangements of repetitive piano loops, eventually learning to record and structure them into fully fledged songs.
The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public Theater’s year-round activities.