PUBLIC SHAKESPEARE TALKS: LET’S TALK ABOUT HAMLET
May 1, 2023
A conversation with Saheem Ali, Ato Blankson-Wood, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Sam Waterston, moderated by Ayanna Thompson
In anticipation of this summer’s production of HAMLET in Central Park, we’ve invited artists from The Public Theater’s past and future to ask, why does this play matter? Why does its central role continue to attract artists to perform, interpret, adapt, interrogate, and transform it? How does the play ask us to re-examine the deepest questions of identity, love, responsibility, memory, imagination, and family?
Join scholar and author Ayanna Thompson as she moderates a conversation with Ato Blankson-Wood, this summer’s Hamlet; Michael Stuhlbarg (Hamlet, 2008); Sam Waterston (Hamlet, 1975); and Saheem Ali, director of Broadway’s joyous and transformative Fat Ham, for a lively, informal, and wide-ranging conversation about Shakespeare’s dazzling “poem unlimited.”
Tickets are $20 with no fees
Doors open one hour prior to the event's 7pm start time.
We encourage all to feel comfortable eating and drinking to take advantage of Joe's Pub's complete food and beverage menu and table service that will be available throughout the performance.
In keeping with guidance from the city, state, and federal officials, proof of vaccination against COVID-19 is no longer required for access to The Public’s facility, theaters, and the restaurant.
The use of a face mask is strongly encouraged at all events and performances at The Public, but a mask is not required during SHAKESPEARE TALKS: Let's Talk about Hamlet.
For complete health and safety protocols, visit Health & Safety, Next Steps.
Michael Stuhlbarg in the 2008 Free Shakespeare in the Park production of Hamlet. Photo by Michal Daniel
Sam Waterston in the 1975 Free Shakespeare in the Park production of Hamlet. Photo credit Martha Swope