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About Public Forum

About Public Forum

Public Forum, now in its eighth season, is also the home of The Public’s audience engagement activities, which include Artist Talkbacks, Audience Conversations, Speaker Series panels, and the online resource Digiturgy.

In Artist Talkbacks, members of the cast and creative team will take questions from the audience about the show and their process following selected performances during the season. Speaker Series presents 20-to-30-minute panel discussions after the performance with experts discussing a topic from the show and Audience Conversations feature a member of The Public’s artistic staff leading the audience in a conversation with each other about the show and its themes and ideas. 

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.

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About Public Forum
50 YEARS DOWNTOWN

50 YEARS DOWNTOWN

Public Forum kicks off its eighth season with a celebration of the last fifty years of downtown New York City. ‘Downtown’ has become synonymous with innovation and experimentation in music, art, performance, cuisine, and society – and on the eve of the Astor Anniversary for The Public, Public Forum takes a look back at the last half-century of radical creation right here in our own backyard.

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AND JUSTICE FOR ALL

AND JUSTICE FOR ALL

What is our duty of care to our fellow citizens? When the law seems unjust, how are we to respond? Shakespeare pondered these questions over 400 years ago in Measure for Measure, but they remain of vital importance in the present. As Elevator Repair Service presents their take on Shakespeare’s ‘problem play,’ Public Forum welcomes back Michael Sexton (Director of The Public’s Shakespeare Initiative) and a cast of actors & intellectuals to consider how we approach the idea of justice today. 

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AND JUSTICE FOR ALL
PEOPLE, NOT PRISONS

PEOPLE, NOT PRISONS

One of The Public Theater's long standing community partners, Fortune Society, has been working with current and former incarcerated populations for as long as The Public has been at Astor Place. To celebrate the last fifty years of incredible work, Public Forum presents an evening honoring Fortune’s vision of “a world where all who are incarcerated or formerly incarcerated will thrive as positive, contributing members of society.” 

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THE LONG CHRISTMAS DINNER

THE LONG CHRISTMAS DINNER

Public Forum’s holiday tradition returns with a brand new cast! Thornton Wilder’s beautiful play takes place over one hundred years of Christmas dinners with the Bayard family, where they see triumph and heartbreak, birth and death, and a changing world – while some things, like family and tradition, remain constant. The cast will feature Thornton’s nephew and literary executor, Tappan Wilder, and more.

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THE LONG CHRISTMAS DINNER
Digiturgy

Digiturgy

Public Forum brings the larger conversations of The Public’s stages online as well with Digiturgy, an online resource exploring the themes and ideas of The Public’s plays via byte-sized digital content— photos, links, songs, videos, GIFs, and more—pulled together to make a collage of information and experiences that extends beyond the edge of the stage.

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