Freedman & Guare Discuss The Public's History with Tichler Feb.22

The Public Theater's former Artistic Producer Rosemarie Tichler will host a discussion with acclaimed director Gerald Freedman and Tony Award-winning playwright John Guare entitled "Looking At The Early Years of the Public Theater."  The discussion will look back at a time of explosive creativity and artistic development in the early years of The Public Theater and Joe Papp's dedication to supporting the work of new playwrights. 

The discussion will immediately follow the Friday, February 22, 8PM. performance of Adrienne Kennedy's new play Mom, How Did You Meet The Beatles?, the inaugural production of the PUBLIC LAB series.

Adrienne Kennedy's play Cities in Bezique, directed by Gerald Freedman, was part of the second-ever season of The Public Theater at its downtown home on Lafayette Street. John Guare was a key figure in the early history of The Public, with plays such as Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Musical and Landscape of the Body premiered by The Public throughout the 1970s. Rosemarie Tichler was Head of Casting for The Public from 1975 to 1991 and Artistic Producer from 1991 to 2001. Freedman, Guare and Tichler will share their memories of The Public's earliest days after a performance of Kennedy's newest play - itself a remembrance of the 1960s.

Tickets for Mom, How Did You Meet The Beatles? are $10 and available by calling (212) 967-7555 or ordering online at

Conceived and presented in association with LAByrinth Theater Company, PUBLIC LAB is designed to respond to new work immediately, and present fresh, raw and relevant plays that embrace the Public's history as a theater receptive to the big issues, the public issues of our time.  In so doing, this innovative program creates a new model for the ways in which The Public engages with our artists and audience.  This important initiative will give writers the essential opportunity to realize their work in collaboration with director, designers and actors through production and most importantly, to see their work in front of an audience.  The plays will be minimally designed and have short rehearsal periods.

Mom, How Did You Meet The Beatles? began performances on Monday, February 4 and will run through Saturday, February 23.  The performance schedule is Tuesdays through Fridays at 8 PM; Saturdays at 2 PM and 8 PM; and Sundays at 3 PM and 7 PM with an added performance on Monday, February 4 at 8 PM. No performances on February 17 at 7 PM; and February 21 and 23 at 2 PM.  

The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street.  All tickets are $10 and can be purchased at (212) 967-7555 or by visiting

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