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"Visceral and timely." - The Hollywood Reporter

"Moments that feel vital, honest, and valuable." - New York Mag

Playwright Julia Cho (Durango, The Language Archive) returns to The Public with a taut new drama about a teacher and student desperate to change the narrative of who they are and how their story ends.

Gina was warned that one of her students would be a problem. Eighteen years old and strikingly odd, Dennis writes violently obscene work clearly intended to unsettle those around him. Determined to know whether he’s a real threat, Gina compels Dennis to attend her office hours.

But as the clock ticks down, Gina realizes that “good” versus “bad” is nothing more than a convenient illusion, and that the isolated young student in her office has learned one thing above all else: that for the powerless, the ability to terrify others is powerful indeed.

Neel Keller (The Nether, Forever) directs this inventive, penetrating new drama about a single day that could end in tragedy or hope -- and the endless possibilities in between. 

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New York Premiere



Written by Julia Cho
Directed by Neel Keller

Featuring Greg KellerSue Jean KimKi Hong Lee, and Adeola Role


Scenic Design: Takeshi Kata

Costume Design: Kaye Voyce

Lighting Design: Christopher Akerlind

Original Music & Sound Design: Bray Poor

Public Forum 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. Depending on the production, audience engagement activities may include:

 Artist Talkbacks- Members of the cast and creative team will take questions from the audience about the show and their process

 Speaker Series- a 20-to-30 minute panel discussion after the performance with experts discussing a topic from the show

 Audience Conversations- Members of The Public’s artists staff lead the audience in a conversation with each other about the show and its themes and ideas

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