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Public Square - A Podcast of The Public Theater

Episode 5

"Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Democracy"

David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori join us to discuss all things SOFT POWER: from its unique structure and unexpectedly timely genesis, to what the show means for Asian narratives in musical theater. We'll also flashback to some prescient words about art and activism, courtesy of Lisa Kron, and learn what it means to be a Company Manager at The Public. 

Episode music by Michael Friedman
Audio engineering by Dani Lencioni and Drew Broussard
Hosted by Reynaldi Lindner Lolong and Fernando Masterson

Featuring David Henry Hwang, Lisa Kron, Jeanine Tesori, and Liza Witmer

Episode 4

"A Safe Space, A Dangerous Space"

In 1998, Joe's Pub opened as part of The Public Theater, and quickly become a fixture of the downtown live performance scene. We sat down with Director of Joe's Pub Alex Knowlton and Programming Manager Isabel Kim to learn what it takes to curate 800 performances a year, and also learn about the Pub's deep commitment to the artistic community. We'll also take a trip to The Library and learn how some of our favorite Pub libations are made, and share an early-career review of an artist who made her U.S. debut at Joe's Pub. 

Episode music by Michael Friedman
Audio engineering by Dani Lencioni

Hosted by Drew Broussard and Reynaldi Lindner Lolong
Musical guest Mwenso and the Shakes
Featuring Shannon Beck, Isabel Kim, Alex Knowlton, Jessie Moore, and Becca Niemeyer

Episode 3

"Raccoons Are Very Intelligent Creatures"


Summer in New York means Free Shakespeare in the Park, The Public's founding tradition. We spoke with a trio of production managers at The Public who gave us all the scoop about what it takes to make theater outside in the summer, how to handle visits by raccoons and rain, and what makes the Delacorte special. Plus: some important Central Park history and a visit to The Line on the last weekend of this summer's Much Ado About Nothing.

Episode music by Michael Friedman
Audio engineering by Dani Lencioni

Hosted by Drew Broussard and Reynaldi Lindner Lolong
Featuring Cristina Ayon-Viesca, Karina Mena, Caity Joy Smith, Barry Stagg, and guests of Shakespeare in the Park!

Episode 2

"Make Your Own Party"

June is Pride Month and, this year, World Pride is landing in New York City. To celebrate, this episode is all about The Public's rich history of queer artistry -- featuring a sneak peek at a new song from Jomama Jones; an intergenerational conversation between Reynaldi, Heidi Griffiths (Director of Casting), and Ryan J. Haddad (playwright, member of the Emerging Writers Group); a chance to 'Meet the Public' with Marketing Manager Fernando Masterson; an incendiary response to controversy around a production of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart; and more!

Episode music by Michael Friedman
Audio engineering by Dani Lencioni
Special thanks to Joseph Price, Robert Bradley, and Tracie Gieselman-Holthaus of Missouri State University

Hosted by Drew Broussard and Reynaldi Lindner Lolong
Featuring Heidi Griffiths, Ryan J. Haddad, Jomama Jones, Fernando Masterson, Hannah Schenk, and Michael Sexton

Episode 1

"The Radical Idea"



In 1954, Joseph Papp founded the New York Shakespeare Festival with touring productions of Shakespeare, presented for free to the people of New York City. 65 years later, The Public Theater is still touring Shakespeare with our Mobile Unit to the five boroughs and beyond. This episode is all about the Mobile Unit (and more), featuring a covnersation with Roxanna Barrios (Associate Director of the Mobile Unit) and Laurie Woolery (director of Mobile Unit's The Tempest), an excerpt of Michael Thurber's music from a past Mobile Unit production, a chance to 'Meet The Public' with Assistant General Manager Alyssa Simmons, and more!

Episode music by Michael Freidman
Audio engineering by Dani Lencioni


Hosted by Drew Broussard and Reynaldi Lindner Lolong
Featuring Roxanna Barrios, Kaleda Davis, Lauren Henderson, Alyssa Simmons, Jackie Tralies, Michael Thurber, and Laurie Woolery