Mobile Unit

The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit is a reinvention of Joseph Papp’s “Mobile Theater,” which began in 1957. Papp’s original touring company evolved into the New York Shakespeare Festival, and ultimately became The Public Theater.

All of it was built on a simple idea: Shakespeare belongs to everyone.

This idea remains at the heart of The Public Theater’s work to this day. The Mobile Unit presents free Shakespeare to prisons, homeless shelters, and community centers throughout New York’s boroughs. Over the years, the Mobile Unit has served thousands of audiences with critically acclaimed productions. In addition to the community tour, each Mobile Unit show “sits down” at The Public Theater’s Astor Place home to perform for Public audiences and community organizations from all over the city.

Past Mobile Unit tour venues have included Rikers Island, The Fortune Society, Park Avenue Armory Women’s Shelter, Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, Community Centers throughout the City, Charlotte’s Place, Borden Avenue Veteran’s Shelter, and Crossroads Juvenile Detention Center.

Recent Mobile Unit productions include Romeo & Juliet, The Comedy of Errors, Measure for Measure; Richard III; Much Ado About Nothing; Pericles, Prince of Tyre; and Macbeth.

THE MOBILE UNIT is made possible with the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Ford Foundation, Delta Air Lines, The Stavros Niarchos Foundation, The Tow Foundation, and Bloomberg Philanthropies. Additional Generous Support Provided By Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP. The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation provides lead support for The Public’s access and engagement programming. The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public Theater’s year-round activities.

The Public Theater's Mobile Unit and Joe's Pub at The Public present Imani Uzuri's Love Story: Songs of Laughter, Loss, and Resilience, a concert of her original music. Imani most recently was the composer of the Mobile Unit's fall 2016 production of Hamlet.

Join us at the following venues:

Brownsville Recreation Center
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 11:30am
1555 Linden Blvd, Brooklyn
RSVP to Vivian.jett@parks.nyc.gov
For info call 718.345.2706

Pelham Fritz Recreation Center
Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 6:30pm
18 Mount Morris Park West @ 122 Street, Harlem
RSVP to centralrec@parks.nyc.gov
For info call 212.860.1380

The tour will culminate with a show at Joe's Pub on Saturday, February 18!