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ANNOUNCING THE 2015-2016 SEASON
“The Public Theater’s new season reflects all the core values of the organization Joe Papp founded: inclusion, dramaturgy, fearlessness, artistic excellence, and continuity. New friends and old family members, experimental theater and musicals, classics and new plays. The new season is a brilliant continuation of The Public’s story.”
Oskar Eustis

Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director

 

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Public Works at The Delacorte Theater
THE ODYSSEY
Music, Lyrics and Book by Todd Almond
Conceived and Directed by Public Works DirectorLear deBessonet
September 4-7, 2015

The Public Theater’s Public Works program creates ambitious works of participatory theater in partnership with community organizations from all five boroughs of New York City.  This year, Obie Award-winning director LEAR DEBESSONET and lyricist/composer TODD ALMOND, the team behind the acclaimed Public Works’ productions of The Tempest and The Winter’s Tale, join forces again to create a breathtaking new musical adaptation, THE ODYSSEY.

Inspired by the historical pageantry movement of the early 1900s—known for blending mass spectacle with community engagement—this final work in deBessonet and Almond’s grand trilogy reimagines the Greek epic with Public Works’ signature blend of professional actors, community members and special guests. Man-eating Cyclops, a sorceress that turns sailors to beasts and the deadly sweet song of the Sirens explode onto the stage with spectacular numbers in this joyful, larger-than-life musical about finding your way home—no matter where fate may lead you.

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World Premiere
BARBECUE
Written by Robert O’Hara
Directed by Kent Gash
September 22-November 1, 2015

“Audacious, fearless” (New York Times) playwright ROBERT O’HARA (Bootycandy) returns to The Public with a provocative, hilarious and shatteringly honest new take on good old family DRAMA.

The O’Mallery’s have gathered in their local park to share some barbecue and straight talk with their sister Barbara, whose spiral of drugs and recklessness has forced her siblings to stage an open-air intervention. But the event becomes raucous and unpredictable as familial stereotypes collide with hard realities, and racial politics slam up against the stories we tell—and maybe even believe—about who we were and who we become.

KENT GASH (Miss Ever’s BoysCall the Children Home) directs this wildly inventive new play that proves family can be a bigger vice than any other addiction.

 

MOBILE SHAKESPEARE UNIT
ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah
November 2-22, 2015

KWAME KWEI-ARMAH, who directed The Public’s 2013 production of Dominique Morisseau’s Detroit ’67 and the 2013 Mobile Shakespeare Unit’s Much Ado About Nothing, returns to direct the fall Mobile Shakespeare Unit tour of ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL. This romantic fairytale will tour the five boroughs followed by a limited three-week engagement at The Public.

 

World Premiere
FIRST DAUGHTER SUITE
Created by Michael John LaChiusa
Directed by Kirsten Sanderson
October 6-November 15, 2015

Tony Award nominee MICHAEL JOHN LACHIUSA (Giant, See What I Wanna See, The Wild Party) imagines the inner lives and dreams of America’s best-known daughters with a funny and moving follow-up to his 1993 Public musical First Lady Suite.

A historical fantasia in four-parts, FIRST DAUGHTER SUITE follows Patricia Nixon and daughters Tricia and Julie, Roselyn and Amy Carter, Betty and Susan Ford, Patti Davis and mom Nancy Reagan, and Barbara Bush and daughter-in-law Laura as they strive to live meaningful lives in the public eye, while dealing with the complex private relationships all of us face with our parents and children.

Directed by KIRSTEN SANDERSON (Under My Skin, First Lady Suite), this wholly captivating new musical with a lush, sweeping score is a deeply felt new work about mothers, daughters and the surprising discoveries we make about one another as we grow.

Initial casting for this world premiere musical includes Rachel Bay Jones, Theresa McCarthy, Betsy Morgan, Isabel Santiago, Carly TamerMary Testa and Barbara Walsh.

 

American Premiere
BEFORE YOUR VERY EYES
Created by Gob Squad
October 17 – November 29, 2015

UK and Berlin-based Gob Squad’s last show at The Public was an Under The Radar sensation. This season, Gob Squad returns with the ambitious and poignant BEFORE YOUR VERY EYES, created over the course of the past two years with 8-14 year olds from around New York City.  From behind the safety of one-way mirrors, the audience witness seven lives lived in fast forward—from angst-ridden teens to hunched geriatrics. As we adults try to stop the process of aging and preserve youth as long as we can, the children peer into the future and nostalgically back at their recent past, as they prepare to leave childhood behind forever. A must-see experience from this internationally acclaimed theater collective.

The Belgian version of Before Your Very Eyes was produced by CAMPO (Belgium) and premiered in 2012.

 

UNDER THE RADAR FESTIVAL – 12TH EDITION

January 6-17, 2016

Curated by Co-Directors MARK RUSSELL and MEIYIN WANG, this highly-anticipated 12-day festival in January showcases cutting-edge theater from around the U.S. and the world.

GERMINAL (First Show Announced of the Festival)
Halory Goerger
and Antoine Defoort
Produced by L’Amicale de production (Belgium/France)

On an empty stage, four intrepid performers begin to construct the world from scratch. With ingenious theater magic, they gleefully invent laws of physics, philosophy, music, language and codes for social interaction. One of the most talked-about pieces in the international performance circuit in recent years, GERMINAL uses the theater as a whimsical metaphor for human civilization.

 

World Premiere
DRY POWDER
Written by Sarah Burgess
Directed by Thomas Kail
March 1-April 10, 2016

DRY POWDER is the viciously, deliciously funny new drama about the people molding, and messing with, the American economy.

The same week his private equity firm forced massive layoffs at a national grocery chain, Rick threw himself an extravagant engagement party, setting off a publicity nightmare. Fortunately, Seth, one of Rick’s managing directors, has a win-win deal to invest in an American-made luggage company for a song and rescue his boss from the company’s PR disaster. But Jenny, Seth’s counterpart, has an entirely different plan: to squeeze every last penny out of the company, no matter the human toll.  The game is on in SARAH BURGESS’ gripping, razor-sharp new play about the price of success and the real cost of getting the deal done.  THOMAS KAIL (Hamilton, In the Heights, Lombardi) directs.

 

New York Premiere
HEAD OF PASSES
Written by Tarell Alvin McCraney
Directed by Tina Landau
In a co-production with Berkeley Repertory Theatre
March 15-April 24, 2016

TARELL ALVIN MCCRANEY, MacArthur Award-winning playwright of the acclaimed Brother/Sister Plays, returns to The Public with an astonishing, deeply moving new drama about family, acceptance and the power of faith.

At the mouth of the Mississippi River, Shelah’s family and friends have come to celebrate her birthday and save her from a leaking roof. But in this contemporary parable inspired by the Book of Job, unexpected events turn the reunion into the ultimate test of faith and love. As her world seems to collapse around her, Shelah must fight to survive the rising flood of life’s greatest challenges.

Regular Public collaborator TINA LANDAU (Superior Donuts, The Brother/Sister Plays) directs this poetic and piercing new play heralded by The Chicago Tribune as the “must-be-supported work of an extraordinarily gifted and ambitious writer.”

 

World Premiere
THE TOTAL BENT
Text by Stew
Music by Heidi Rodewald & Stew
Directed by Joanna Settle
May 10-June 19, 2016

STEW and HEIDI RODEWALD, creators of the Tony Award-winning show Passing Strange, team with director JOANNA SETTLE to bring you their thrilling new musical, THE TOTAL BENT.  A riotous new show at the crossroads of the sacred and profane, survival and liberation, gospel and rock ‘n’ roll.

When a British record producer arrives in Montgomery, Alabama to hook Marty Roy, a young black musical prodigy, he launches us back into Marty’s tumultuous upbringing.  The son of a gospel star and self-proclaimed healer, Marty spent his childhood writing the songs that have made his charismatic father famous.  But in an America on the verge of social upheaval, with an unrelenting appetite for celebrity, Marty finds himself at odds with his spiritually forceful father as he strives to make a name for himself—no matter the cost.

A funny, fiery, one-of-a-kind show, THE TOTAL BENT is about the passions that divide a father and son as they make their music and make their choice between salvation and selling out.

 

THE MOBILE SHAKESPEARE UNIT
ROMEO & JULIET
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Lear DeBessonet
May 10-29, 2016

The Public Theater’s Mobile Shakespeare Unit strengthens community engagement with the arts by bringing free, world-class productions of Shakespeare to communities all across New York City. This season, the Mobile Unit will present Shakespeare’s timeless tale of ROMEO & JULIET. In some of the most romantic language ever written for the stage, young Romeo and Juliet become fortune’s fools when the ancient grudge between their families forces them to sacrifice all for the chance to be together. Obie Award winner LEAR DEBESSONET directs the classic tale of star-cross’d lovers caught between the world outside the bedroom window and passion as boundless as the sea.

Plays, titles, actors, directors,and performance dates and times are subject to change.

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