Free for all. All summer. Every summer.
Watch the announcement of Free Shakespeare in the Park on Facebook Live.
Directed by Oskar Eustis
May 23- June 18
The Public Theater’s Artistic Director Oskar Eustis directs Julius Caesar, Shakespeare’s play of politics and power, last seen in the Park 17 years ago. Rome’s leader, Julius Caesar, is a force unlike any the city has seen. Magnetic, populist, irreverent, he seems bent on absolute power. A small band of patriots, devoted to the country’s democratic traditions, must decide how to oppose him. Shakespeare’s political masterpiece has never felt more contemporary.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
Directed by Lear deBessonet
July 11- August 13
In July, the Delacorte Theater will transform into the most enchanted forest in all of theater in Shakespeare’s beloved comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. When the merry sprite Puck meddles with a magical love potion, young lovers lost in the woods mysteriously find themselves infatuated with the wrong person in this hilarious, fairytale fantasia that proves the course of true love never did run smooth. Lear deBessonet, Founder of the groundbreaking Public Works program and Resident Director, brings her electric theatrical vision to the classic romance about the supernatural nature of love.
Free tickets to Shakespeare in the Park will be available on every day there is a public performance. Visit shakespeareinthepark.org for more info.
Lead support for Free Shakespeare in the Park provided by
Bank of America and The Jerome L. Greene Foundation.
Additional support provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies, Delta Air Lines, TodayTix, The Kimberly, The New York Times, Outfront Media, WNYC, ABC7, Theatermania, NYC Parks, New York City Department Of Cultural Affairs, The New York State Council On The Arts, and Art Works.
Special support provided by The New York Community Trust- The George T. Delacorte Fund for Performance at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.
The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation provides support for The Public’s access and engagement programming. The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trustprovides leadership support for The Public Theater’s year-round activities.
Photos by Joseph Moran and Tammy Shell
Monday, April 4, 2016
Town Hall: Perspectives on Cultural Identity in Dance
Monday, April 4, 2016
City College Center for the Arts
Aaron Davis Hall, Marian Anderson Theater
West 135th Street and Convent Avenue
Harlem, NY 10031
The Harlem Arts Alliance (HAA), in partnership with Elisa Monte Dance, the City College Center for the Arts, Dance/NYC and Women of Color in the Arts (WOCA), present a DANCE-focused TOWN HALL meeting that includes:
- Dance Resource Stations with information provided by Asian American Arts Alliance, Dance/NYC, Dance/NYC Junior Committee, Elisa Monte Dance, EmcArts, The Field, Fractured Atlas, Harlem Arts Alliance, Harlem Arts Festival, Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce/Harlem Week, Inception To Exhibition, Pentacle, and Women of Color In the Arts
- Award Presentations to Dance Icons Dianne McIntyre and Virginia Johnson
- Perspectives on Cultural Identity in Dance: An esteemed panel of guest speakers in a lively discussion about cultural representation in dance. Moderator: Kaisha Johnson | Panelists: Theresa Ruth Howard, Sita Frederick, Marya Weathers, Francine Sheffield, and Camille A. Brown
Dance Resource Station Providers:
Dance/NYC Town Halls are supported in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. They are also made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and from the National Endowment for the Arts. Consolidated Edison is the lead corporate sponsor.
HAA Dance is made possible with support from the Mertz Gilmore Foundation.
(Photo credit: Elisa Monte Dance by Matthew Murphy)
The Wire Conference
Friday, April 8, 2016 – Saturday, April 9, 2016
Panels 1-5: 301 Pulitzer Hall
Panels 6-7: 501 Schermerhorn Hall
Panels 8 and 9: Cowin Auditorium, Teachers College
Panels 1-7: Free and Open to the Public; No Registration
Panels 8-9: Purchase tickets here: wireconference.brownpapertickets.com
A consideration of the achievement, the afterlife, and the legacies of the HBO series The Wire—by some of the actors, writers, and musicians who created it, the academics who teach and study it, and those who in their communities continue to engage the issues it raises. The conference will culminate in a ticketed “Actors and Activism” panel, featuring actors from The Wire, and a performance by the Moving Mountains Theater Company, a nonprofit organization that trains inner city youth in the performing arts, founded by The Wire star Jamie Hector.
Although critically acclaimed from the start, the HBO series The Wire was far less widely viewed during its original presentation (2002-08) than it has been in the succeeding years. It is one of the very few television series that has become both more popular and more revered over time–consistently ranking on top-ten lists as one of the best series in television history—despite never having been heavily publicized or available for viewing free of charge. And it is the only series to have been so widely incorporated into the academic curriculum in both the US and abroad. For almost a decade, The Wire has been showing up on the syllabi of courses in sociology, English, African-American Studies, anthropology, film, education, religion, law, urban studies, criminal justice, and media studies at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Duke, UC Berkeley, Middlebury, Rutgers-Newark, University of Washington-Spokane, Syracuse, Loyola University New Orleans, University of Michigan (and the list of both disciplines and institutions goes on).
This two-day conference considers the afterlife and legacies of The Wire. For those involved with its creation, the experience of The Wire was unusually transformative. The same might be said for those who study and learn from it. What accounts for the unique status of The Wire as an object of multi-disciplinary inquiry? Why does it appeal so strongly to those in the academy, and increasingly so as the years go by? In what ways has its unusual degree of creative collaboration led to other forms of collaborative work for creators and consumers (community activism, public humanities, team-teaching across disciplines)? How does its status as a multi-part realist narrative (written as a whole rather than season by season) shape how we read it? What effect does its subtly traversing the borderline between fact and fiction have on interpretation?
Friday panels address teaching The Wire and the issues it raises in different contexts; scholarship on The Wire, focusing on questions of seriality and narrative experience (including Linda Williams, Frank Kelleter, and Jason Mittell); a discussion about “immersive journalism” with June Cross, Leon Dash, Lynnell Hancock, among others, and the systemic urban problems that most affect the economically disadvantaged; and a “public square” panel, organized by Sheri Parks (University of MD), on Baltimore as a site for examining the interplay of race, racism, and the roles of the police, city officials, black youth (profiled as such), and other community actors. There will be an early evening discussion and performance of music from The Wire, organized by the composer Blake Leyh, the music producer of The Wire.
Saturday sessions focus on mass incarceration and the school-to-prison pipeline (organized by the Center for Justice at Columbia); the intersection of race, religion, and politics in the inner city (organized by the Institute for Research in African-American Studies); actors and activism (a roundtable organized by Jamie Hector and including other Wire activist-actors). There will be an early evening performance by the Moving Mountains Theatre Company.
Friday, 8 April 2016 – 8:30am-7:00pm 305 Pulitzer Hall | Free and open to the public
Coffee and Opening Remarks – 8:30am-9:30am
- Teaching The Wire – 9:30am-11:00am
Organized by the Heyman Center for the Humanities
Fran Bartowski, University of New Jersey, Newark Sherri-Ann Butterfield, University of New Jersey, Newark Toby Gordon, Johns Hopkins University
Arvind Rajagopal, New York University
Moderator: Marcellus Blount, Columbia University
- Break – 11:00am-11:15am
- Seriality and Narrative Experience – 11:15am-12:45pm Organized by the Film Division, School of the Arts Frank Kelleter, Freie Universität, Berlin
Jason Mittell, Middlebury College
- Linda Williams, University of California, Berkeley
Lunch – 12:45pm-2:00pm
- Immersion Journalism – 2:00pm-3:30pm Organized by the School of Journalism June Cross, Columbia University Andrea Elliott, New York Times LynNell Hancock, Columbia University Others TBABreak – 3:30pm-3:45pm
- Baltimore Stories in the “Public Square” – 3:45pm-5:15pm Organized by Sheri Parks, University of Maryland
Sheri Parks, University of Maryland
Other panelists TBA
- Break – 5:15pm-5:30pm
- Music from The Wire – 5:30pm-7:00pm
Organized by Blake Leyh, Musical Supervisor on The Wire Juan Donovan Bell, Darkroom Productions
Blake Leyh, Musical Supervisor on The Wire
Saturday, 9 April 2016 – Morning Panels 501 Schermerhorn Hall | Free and open to the public
- Mass Incarceration and the School-to-Prison Pipeline – 10:00am-11:30am Organized by the Center for Justice
Mariame Kaba, Project Nia
Desmond U. Patton, Columbia University Break – 11:30am-11:45am
- Carla Shedd, Columbia University Columbia JustArts program participants
- Religion, Race, Politics in the Inner City – 11:45am-1:15pm
Organized and Moderated by the Institute for Research on African American Studies: Monica R. Miller, Lehigh University
Michael Leo Owens, Emory University
Josef Sorett, Columbia University
Rev. LaKeesha Walrond, First Corinthian Baptist Church, New York City
Joseph R. Winters II, Duke University
- Lunch – 1:15pm-3:00pm
Saturday, 9 April 2016 – Afternoon/Evening Panels Cowin Auditorium, Horace Mann Hall, Teachers College
GA Tickets: $15; Student Tickets: $7 | Click here to purchase tickets All proceeds support Moving Mountains Theater Company
- Actors and Activism – 3:00pm-4:30pm
A roundtable featuring actors from The Wire, organized by Jamie Hector Jamie Hector
Moderator: Jamal Joseph, Columbia University
- Intermission – 4:30pm-5:00pm
- Performance by the Moving Mountains Theater Company 5:00pm-6:30pm
Heyman Center for the Humanities; School of the Arts; Center for Justice; School of Journalism; Institute for Research in African-American Studies