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Public Square - A Podcast of The Public Theater

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

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 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!