The O’Mallery’s have gathered in their local park to share some barbecue and straight talk with their sister Barbara, whose spiral of drugs and recklessness has forced her siblings to stage an open-air intervention. But the event becomes raucous and unpredictable as familial stereotypes collide with hard realities, and racial politics slam up against the stories we tell—and maybe even believe—about who we were and who we've become.KENT GASH (Miss Ever’s Boys, Call the Children Home) directs this wildly inventive new play that proves family can be a bigger vice than any other addiction.
The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre
Migguel Anggelo and The Immigrants: Another Son of Venezuela
Gad Elmaleh (All in English)
Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) comes to The Public in the New York premiere of ECLIPSED the stunning, deeply moving play by award-winning Zimbabwean-American Playwright/Actress, Danai Gurira (co-author of In the Continuum and Michonne on AMC's "The Walking Dead".)
Amid the chaos of the Liberian Civil War, the captive wives of a rebel officer band together to form a fragile community – until the balance of their lives is upset by the arrival of a new girl. Drawing on reserves of wit and compassion, ECLIPSED reveals distinct women who must discover their own means of survival in this deeply felt portrait of women finding and testing their own strength in a hostile world of horrors not of their own making.
Liesl Tommy (Appropriate and The Public’s The Good Negro) directs this magnificent story of survival and resilience.
Justin Vivian Bond: Dixie McCall's Patterns for Living
Courtnee Roze: The Musical – A James Brown Tribute
Public Forum Drama Club: Lorca in New York
Celisse Henderson w/ opener Ali Grieb
First Daughter Suite
Tony nominee MICHAEL JOHN LACHUISA imagines the inner lives and dreams of America's best-known daughters with a funny and moving follow-up to his 1993 Public musical First Lady Suite. A historical fantasia in four parts, FIRST DAUGHTER SUITE follows Patricia Nixon and daughters Tricia and Julie, Roselyn and Amy Carter, Betty and Susan Ford, Patti Davis and mom Nancy Reagan, and Barbara Bush and daughter-in-law Laura as they strive to live meaningful lives in the public eye, while dealing with the complex private relationships all of us face with our parents and children. Directed by KIRSTEN SANDERSON, this wholly captivating new musical with a lush, sweeping score is a deeply felt new work about mothers, daughters and the surprising discoveries we make about one another as we grow.
Women of Letters
Jomama Jones: Black Light
Kim David Smith: Stargazing
Artists for World Peace on Broadway 5
Mirel Wagner with opener Sye Elaine Spence
The Talent Show
Alison Brown Quartet
Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra
No BS! Brass Band w/ opener Kalen & The Sky Thieves
First Ladies of Disco featuring Martha Wash, Linda Clifford and Evelyn “Champagne” King
Before Your Very Eyes
GOB SQUAD returns to The Public with the ambitious and poignant BEFORE YOUR VERY EYES, created over the course of the past two years with 8-14 year olds from around New York City. From behind the safety of one-way mirrors, the audience witnesses seven lives lived in fast forward, from angst-ridden teens to hunched geriatrics. As we adults try to stop the process of aging and preserve youth as long as we can, the children peer into the future and nostalgically back at their recent past, as they prepare to leave childhood behind forever.
A Band of Angels
Vincent D’Onofrio & Dana Lyn: Slim Bone Head Volt
Half Straddle Forever: HS + Friends Benefit Concert
The Battery’s Down in Concert
Kitten & Lou: Overexposed
The Losers Lounge Tribute to James Bond and the music of John Barry
Dan Finnerty & The Dan Band
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.
Living for Today