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Your '24/25 Programming

Your 24/25 Season - Taking You Around The World.

Join in for a fresh season of plays that will transport you across the globe and through time—from Japan to Australia, to America’s past, present, and future. It’s a season of exploration and adventure, with a slate of new shows from internationally renowned theater companies like Elevator Repair ServiceMa-Yi Theater Company, and Belvoir St. Theatre, storytellers such as Caryl Churchill and David Finnigan, and bold American voices, such as James Ijames and Lisa Sanaye Dring.

This season of brilliant work at our flagship Astor Place home all leads up to the re-opening of the newly revitalized Delacorte Theater. Free Shakespeare in the Park will return to Central Park in the summer of 2025 with a joyful new production of TWELFTH NIGHT, directed by Tony Award nominee and The Public's Associate Artistic Director, Saheem Ali.

The Public is your passport to unforgettable shows that inspire, challenge, and bring the world’s best work to the heart of New York.

Fall 24.

Counting and Cracking

எண்ணிக்கை, இல்லையேல் கையோங்கு ගණන් නොගන්නේ නම් ගණන් කරන්න 

North American Premiere
Presenting a Belvoir St Theatre & Kurinji Co-Production 
By S. Shakthidharan with Eamon Flack 
In Partnership with NYU Skirball 

Performances at NYU Skirball (566 LaGuardia Place)
 

Begins September 6, 2024

Belvoir St Theatre’s COUNTING AND CRACKING, by S. Shakthidharan and directed by Eamon Flack, comes to NYU Skirball this fall for its North American Premiere after critically acclaimed productions in Australia and the United Kingdom. The sweeping, episodic play features 19 actors from across the globe on a multi-generational journey of a Sri-Lankan Australian family from 1956-2004. Radha fled Sri Lanka with her unborn child as the nation struggled with conflict. Two decades later, her son Siddhartha, now an Australian man who knows little of his family’s background, receives a call from the past that changes everything he thought he knew, and who he thought he was.

Good Bones

New York Premiere

By James Ijames 
Directed by Saheem Ali 

Begins September 19, 2024

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright James Ijames explores gentrification and the growing price of the American dream in his sharp, funny new play, GOOD BONES. A work opportunity to revitalize the blighted neighborhood she grew up in has led Aisha and her chef husband Travis to buy and renovate a charming old house. The Public’s Associate Artistic Director Saheem Ali directs this New York premiere new play about community, change, and the soul of our cities.   

Deep History

New York Premiere

Written and Performed by David Finnigan  

Begins October 5, 2024


At the end of 2019, in the English countryside, Australian playwright David Finnigan began writing a play about the six turning points that have brought us to this moment in time—our ecosystems transformed, our planet on the brink of unthinkable climate disaster. But then Finnigan's hometown of Canberra was hit by bushfires. As an area the size of England burned and one billion animals perished, he started to receive texts from loved ones racing to evacuate amid the devastation. An extraordinary ride through human history, DEEP HISTORY is shot through with humor and glowing with hope.

Gatz

Final NYC Encore of Acclaimed Production 

By Elevator Repair Service 
Text: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 
Directed by John Collins 

Begins November 1, 2024

Ahead of the centennial of The Great Gatsby’s publication and more than a decade after its original Obie and Lortel Award-winning engagements, Elevator Repair Service’s GATZ returns to The Public for a thrilling and final New York City encore of the acclaimed production. One morning in the office of a mysterious small business, an employee finds a copy of The Great Gatsby in the clutter of his desk. He starts to read it out loud and doesn’t stop. An event not to be missed and a last chance to see this theatrical and literary tour de force by one of the American theater’s most exciting and inventive companies.  

Winter/Spring 25.

Sumo

New York Premiere 

By Lisa Sanaye Dring  
A co-production of Ma-Yi Theater Company and La Jolla Playhouse  
Directed by Ralph B. Peña 

Winter 2025 

Entrenched in an elite sumo training facility in Tokyo, six men practice, eat, love, play, and ultimately fight. Step into the sacred world of sumo wrestling, with the New York premiere of Lisa Sanaye Dring’s mesmerizing new drama, SUMO. Akio arrives as an angry, ambitious 18-year-old with a lot to learn. Expecting validation, dominance, and fame, and desperate to move up the ranks, he slams headlong into his fellow wrestlers. Obie Award winner Ralph B. Peña directs this powerhouse drama.  

Glass. Kill. What If If Only. Imp.

North American Premiere of All Four Plays Presented Together

By Caryl Churchill 
Directed by James Macdonald

Spring 2025 

A girl made of glass. Gods and murders. A pack of ghosts. And a secret in a bottle. A kaleidoscope of stories, each short play is a testament to how playwright Caryl Churchill has “remade the landscape of contemporary drama—and earned herself a place among the greats” (The Guardian). James Macdonald directs these wildly inventive new works. 

Summer '25 and Beyond.

Twelfth Night

To reopen The Delacorte Theater 
Free Shakespeare in the Park
 2025
TWELFTH NIGHT 
Directed by Saheem Ali  

Summer 2025 

The Public Theater will celebrate the opening of the newly revitalized Delacorte Theater with a Free Shakespeare in the Park all-star cast of Public alumni in a production of TWELFTH NIGHT. Join us to revel in the midsummer madness as twins Sebastian and Viola survive shipwreck, revenge plots, and the trick doors of love. The Public’s Associate Artistic Director and Resident Director, Tony Award nominee Saheem Ali directs this joyful romp welcoming all of New York back to the magic of Central Park’s beloved theater. Be there when the stage lights turn on again at The Delacorte—a New York City classic—with this high-powered production of the Bard’s classic comedy. 

Let's Keep Dancing: A Death Row Story

World Premiere Audio Play

By John Purugganan 
Directed by Oskar Eustis 

Incarcerated since 1989, John Purugganan is committed to reaching past the prison walls, becoming a tutor, mentor, and prolific writer. His audio play LET’S KEEP DANCING: A Death Row Story was a prizewinner in the first annual Arts in Corrections Playwriting Contest. Michael Green is 21 years old and has just arrived in the cell he’ll inhabit for the rest of his life. His neighbor, Hap Embleton, is 67 and has been imprisoned for most of his life. Artistic Director Oskar Eustis directs this compelling, world premiere audio play about two souls fighting to survive the row. 

Initiative

Kicking off Fall 2025 season

World Premiere 

By Else Went  
Directed by Emma Rosa Went 

Fall 2025 

Playwright Else Went, alumnus of our acclaimed Emerging Writers Group, brings her transformative new play INITIATIVE to The Public in Fall 2025. A bittersweet reflection on adolescence at the dawn of the new millennium, INITIATIVE charts the intertwined lives of seven teens from 2000-2004, as they become friends and more than friends, wrestle with their potential, face incalculable loss, and struggle to find their way in (and get out of) “Coastal Podunk, California.” Emma Rosa Went directs this epic world premiere guaranteed to make you remember the most difficult and beautiful things about growing up. 

Programs.

Joe's Pub

Celebrating its 26th Anniversary in October 2024, iconic music, comedy, and live performance venue Joe’s Pub continues the tradition with a season of dynamic nightly performances. 

Free Shakespeare in the Park

FREE SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK at The Delacorte Theater in Central Park is one of the cornerstones of The Public Theater’s mission. Since 1962, over six million people have enjoyed more than 150 free productions of Shakespeare and other classical works and musicals.

The Delacorte Theater is under construction and undergoing its first major renovation in decade and will reopen in 2025. So, this summer, we're celebrating all things Free Shakespeare in the Park by bringing the show to you in your community and at home.

Mobile Unit

The Mobile Unit is a modern reimagining of Joseph Papp’s Mobile Theater, inspired by Ten Thousand Things Theater in Minneapolis, MN. The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit breaks down economic and geographic barriers to the arts by meeting our communities where they are—staging free professional theater productions in local neighborhood venues such as libraries, homeless shelters, correctional facilities, and community centers across all five New York City boroughs. Over the years, Mobile Unit has served thousands of audiences with critically acclaimed productions.

Public Works

PUBLIC WORKS, a major artistic program of the Public Theater, aims to restore and build community by connecting people through the creation of extraordinary works of art. Public Works is animated by the idea that theater is a place of possibility, where the boundaries that separate us from each other in the rest of life can fall away. Working with partner organizations in all five boroughs, Public Works invites community members to take classes, participate in programming, attend performances, and join in the creation of ambitious works of participatory theater.

Devised Theater Working Group

The DEVISED THEATER WORKING GROUP (DTWG) is an artist resource group designed for live arts-makers of all disciplines. Formed as a complementary program to the Under the Radar Festival in 2014, DTWG creates an infrastructure to support collaborative collectives and other untraditional originators as they forge new theater by offering the dramaturgical, technical, artistic, and administrative resources of The Public Theater.

Emerging Writers Group

EMERGING WRITERS GROUP is a program that provides key support and resources for writers at the early stages of their careers. Writers are selected bi-annually and receive a two-year fellowship facilitated by The Public’s New Work Development department. EWG meets twice a month for peer feedback on plays in progress as well as special sessions that connect the group to the wider landscape of New York City theater. 

Support The Public

Consider becoming a Supporter to unlock early access to the 2024-2025 Season! Join in today with a gift of $100 or more to support theater of, by, and for all people. As thanks, you will receive savings on tickets and transaction fees, and a host of exciting benefits, for a full year. 

Want Even Earlier Access? Join as a Supporter Plus, with a gift of $300 or more, for even earlier access to the season, as well as reserved seating for Free Shakespeare in the Park. 

Join in today or call 212.967.7555 to learn more.

Team Public

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