Production Highlights

The Public Theater is the only theater in New York that produces Shakespeare and the classics, musicals, new works, and experimental pieces in equal measure.  The wide spectrum of The Public’s programming encourages crossover between different genres of theater for both artists and audiences, and has shaped the American theater landscape by serving as a catalyst and model for the nation’s nonprofit theater community—bringing under-represented voices to New York audiences, and launching the careers of countless actors, playwrights, musicians, and theater artists of all disciplines. The Public has also changed the complexion of Broadway, transferring productions and exposing broader audiences to new work.

The Public Theater's productions have been honored with 559 Tony Awards, 170 Obie Awards, 53 Drama Desk Awards, 54 Lortel Awards, 32 Outer Critic Circle Awards, 13 New York Drama Desk Awards, and 6 Pulitzer Prizes.

Production Highlights Include:

The Merchant of Venice, 1962
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Joseph Papp and Gladys Vaughan
With George C. Scott

Othello, 1964
By William Shakespeare
With James Earl Jones

Hair, original production 1967
Book and Lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado
Music by Galt MacDermot

Sticks and Bones, 1971
By David Rabe
With Tom Aldredge

Two Gentlemen of Verona, 1971
Musical version adapted by John Guare and Mel Shapiro; lyrics by John Guare
Music by Galt MacDermot

Much Ado About Nothing, 1972
By William Shakespeare
Directed by A.J. Antoon
With Sam Waterston

That Championship Season, original production 1972
By Jason Miller
*Pulitzer Prize

A Chorus Line, original production 1974
Conceived, directed, and choreographed by Michael Bennett
Book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante; lyrics by Edward Kleban
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
*Pulitzer Prize

Curse of the Starving Class, 1976
By Sam Shepard
Directed by Robert Woodruff
With Olympia Dukakis

for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, 1976
By Ntozake Shange
Directed by Oz Scott

The Threepenny Opera, 1976
By Bertolt Brecht
Directed by Richard Foreman
with Raúl Juliá

Streamers, 1976
By David Rabe
Directed by Mike Nichols
With Terry Alexander, Dorian Harewood, Kenneth McMillan

Landscape of the Body, 1977
By John Guare
Directed by John Pasquin
With Richard Bauer, F. Murray Abraham, Shirley Knight

The Pirates of Penzance, 1980
Book and lyrics by W.S. Gilbert
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Directed by Wilford Leach
With Kevin Kline, Linda Ronstadt, Rex Smith

Plenty, 1982
Written and directed by David Hare
With Kate Nelligan

Top Girls, 1982
By Caryl Churchill
Directed by Max Stafford-Clark

The Mystery of Edwin Drood, 1985
By Rupert Holmes
Directed by Wilford Leach

The Normal Heart, 1985
By Larry Kramer
Directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg

Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk, 1995
Conceived by George C. Wolfe; based on an idea by Savion Glover and George C. Wolfe
Lyrics by Ann Duquesnay
Choreography by and featuring Savion Glover

Topdog/Underdog, 2001
By Suzan-Lori Parks
With Don Cheadle, Jeffrey Wright
*Pulitzer Prize

Caroline, or Change, 2003
Book and lyrics by Tony Kushner
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Directed by George C. Wolfe
With Tonya Pinkins

Mother Courage and Her Children, 2006
By Bertolt Brecht - Translated by Tony Kushner
Music by Jeanine Tesori
With Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline

Stuff Happens, 2006
By David Hare
Directed by Daniel Sullivan

Passing Strange, 2007
By Stew and Heidi Rodewald
Directed by Annie Dorsen

Yellowface, 2007
By David Henry Hwang
Directed by Leigh Silverman

Hair, 2008
Book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado
Music by Galt MacDermot
Directed by Diane Paulus
With Jonathan Groff, Will Swenson, Patina Miller, Kacie Sheik

Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them, 2009
By Christopher Durang
Directed by Nicholas Martin
With Laura Benanti, Kristine Nielsen

Idiot Savant, 2009
Written and directed by Richard Foreman
With Willem Dafoe, Alenka Kraigher, Elina Löwensohn

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, 2009
Book and direction by Alex Timbers
Music and lyrics by Michael Friedman
With Ben Walker

The Brother/Sister Plays, 2009
By Tarell Alvin McCraney
Part one directed by Tina Landau
Part two directed by Robert O’Hara

Twelfth Night, 2009
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Daniel Sullivan
With Anne Hathaway, Audra McDonald

That Hopey Changey Thing, 2010
Written and directed by Richard Nelson
With Jon DeVries, Shuler Hensely, J. Smith-Cameron, Maryann Plunkett, Laila Robins, Jay O. Sanders

The Merchant of Venice, 2010
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Daniel Sullivan
With Al Pacino, Lily Rabe, Hamish Linklater, Byron Jennings, Jesse L. Martin, Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Being Harold Pinter, 2011
By the Belarus Free Theater

The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide To Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures, 2011
By Tony Kushner
Directed by Michael Greif
With Michael Crisofer, Stephen Spinella, Linda Emond

Compulsion, 2011
By Rinne Groff
Directed by Oskar Eustis
With Mandy Patinkin, Hannah Cabell, Matt Osian

Elevator Repair Service’s Gatz, 2011
Text: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
With Scott Shepherd

Sweet and Sad, 2011
Written and directed by Richard Nelson
With Jon DeVries, Shuler Hensely, J. Smith-Cameron, Maryann Plunkett, Laila Robins, Jay O. Sanders

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, 2011
Created and performed by Mike Daisey
Directed by Jean-Michele Gregory

February House, 2012
Music and Lyrics by Gabriel Kahane
Book by Seth Bockley
Directed by Davis McCallum
With Julian Fleisher, Kacie Sheik, and Kristen Sieh

Richard III - Mobile Shakespeare Unit, 2012
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Amanda Dehnert
With Ron Cephas Jones, Suzanne Bertish

Into the Woods
Book by James Lapine
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Directed by Timothy Sheader
Do-directed by Liam Steele
With Amy Adams, Denis O’Hare, Donna Murphy, Glenn Close, Chip Zien, Jessie Mueller

Sorry, 2012
Written and directed by Richard Nelson
With Jon DeVries, J. Smith-Cameron, Maryann Plunkett, Laila Robins, Jay O. Sanders

The Twenty-Seventh Man, 2012
Written by Nathan Englander
Directed by Barry Edelstein
With Ron Rifkin, Chip Zien, Noah Robbins

Giant, 2012
Book by Sybille Pearson
Music and lyrics Michael John LaChiusa
Based on the novel by Edna Ferber
Directed by Michael Greif
With Brian d’Arcy James, Kate Baldwin, John Dossett, Michele Pawk

Here Lies Love, 2013
Concept and lyrics by David Byrne
Music by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim
Additional music by Tom Gandey and J Pardo
Choreographed by Annie-B Parson
Directed by Alex Timbers
With Ruthie Ann Miles, Jose Llana, Conrad Ricamora

Much Ado About Nothing - Mobile Shakespeare Unit, 2013
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah
With Michael Braun, Samantha Soule, Ramsey Faragallah, Marc Damon Johnson

The Comedy of Errors, 2013
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Daniel Sullivan
With Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Hamish Linklater Becky Ann Backer, Emily Bergl, Heidi Schreck, Skipp Sudduth

Love’s Labour’s Lost, 2013
A new musical based on the play by William Shakespeare
Songs by Michael Friedman
Book adaptation and directed by Alex Timbers
With Daniel Breaker, Colin Donnell, Patti Murin, Rachel Dratch

Public Works: The Tempest, 2013
By William Shakespeare
Music and lyrics by Todd Almond
Conceived and directed by Lear deBessonet
With Todd Almond, Laura Benanti, Carson Elrod, Jeff Hiller, Norm Lewis, Jacob Ming-Trent and over 200 New Yorkers

The Designated Mourner, 2013
By Wallace Shawn
Directed by André Gregory
With Deborah Eisenberg, Larry Pine, Wallace Shawn

Grasses of a Thousand Colors, 2013
By Wallace Shawn
Directed by André Gregoey
With Julie Hagerty, Wallace Shawn, Jennifer Tilly

Fun Home, 2013
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Book and lyrics by Lisa Kron
Based on the Alison Bechdel book
Directed by Sam Gold
With Michael Cerveris, Judy Kuhn, Sydney Lucas

Good Person of Szechwan, 2013
By Bertolt Brecht
Translated by John Willett
Directed by Lear deBessonet
With Taylor Mac, Lisa Kron, Clifton Duncan, David Turner

Regular Singing, 2013
Written and directed by Richard Nelson
With Jon DeVries, Stephen Kunken, Sally Murphy, Maryann Plunkett, Laila Robins, Jay O. Sanders

Grounded, 2014
Written by George Brant
Directed by Julie Taymor
With Anne Hathaway

Hamilton, 2015
Book, Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Inspired by the book "Alexander Hamilton" by Ron Chernow
Directed by Thomas Kail

Eclipsed, 2015
Written by Danai Gurira
Directed by Leisl Tommy
With Lupita Nyong'o

First Daughter Suite, 2015
A New Musical by Michael John LaChiusa
Directed by Kirsten Sanderson
Choreographed by Chase Brock
With Rachel Bay Jones, Caissie Levy, Mary Testa

Sweat, 2016
Written by Lynn Nottage
Directed by Kate Whoriskey
*Pulitzer Prize