FREEZE FRAME: Vanessa Redgrave, Liev Schreiber, and More at Revitalized Public Theater Unveiling

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Earlier today, The Public Theater celebrated the completion of the $40 million revitalization of its downtown home at Astor Place with a special rededication ceremony. The event featured the "throwing out of the first lines" of Shakespeare by city officials and artists with ties to The Public, followed by a special performance from the cast of Hair, which had its world premiere at The Public when it opened in 1967. A physical expression of the Company's core mission of sparking dialogues, fostering artistic development and experimentation and increasing public accessibility, the revitalization project opened up the landmark building to the street and community, and transformed the lobby into a public piazza for artists, students and audiences.

Check out a sneak peek of todays festivities below, and be sure to check back later for full photo coverage!

The unveiling and rededication of The Public Theater at Astor Place caps off a milestone year for The company that has included the 50th anniversary of its free Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater and the expansion of its Mobile Unit, which brings Shakespeare to underserved audiences at prisons, homeless shelters, centers for the elderly and other community venues throughout the five boroughs.

The Public's 2012-2013 season at its Astor Place home will begin this fall, starting with the world premiere of Colman Domingo's Wild With Happy beginning on October 9; the new musical Fun Home by Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron on October 17; the new musical Giant by Sybille Pearson and Michael John LaChiusa on October 26; Richard Nelson's Sorry on October 30; and the world premiere of Nathan Englander's The Twenty-Seventh Man on November 7. More information on all rededication events and the downtown season may be found at www.publictheater.org.

Photo Credit: Walter McBride

FREEZE FRAME: Vanessa Redgrave, Liev Schreiber, and More at Revitalized Public Theater Unveiling

FREEZE FRAME: Vanessa Redgrave, Liev Schreiber, and More at Revitalized Public Theater Unveiling
Mayor Michael Bloomberg

FREEZE FRAME: Vanessa Redgrave, Liev Schreiber, and More at Revitalized Public Theater Unveiling
Laurie Eustis, Liev Schreiber with son Alexander and Oskar Eustis

FREEZE FRAME: Vanessa Redgrave, Liev Schreiber, and More at Revitalized Public Theater Unveiling
Vanessa Redgrave and Coleman Domingo

FREEZE FRAME: Vanessa Redgrave, Liev Schreiber, and More at Revitalized Public Theater Unveiling
Liev Schreiber and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn

FREEZE FRAME: Vanessa Redgrave, Liev Schreiber, and More at Revitalized Public Theater Unveiling
Lobby Atmosphere

FREEZE FRAME: Vanessa Redgrave, Liev Schreiber, and More at Revitalized Public Theater Unveiling

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.


 
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