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THE PUBLIC is theater of, by, and for all people. Artist-driven, radically inclusive, and fundamentally democratic, The Public continues the work of its visionary founder Joe Papp as a civic institution engaging, both on-stage and off, with some of the most important ideas and social issues of today. Conceived over 60 years ago as one of the nation's first nonprofit theaters, The Public has long operated on the principles that theater is an essential cultural force and that art and culture belong to everyone. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham, The Public's wide breadth of programming includes an annual season of new work at its landmark home at Astor Place, Free Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, The Mobile Unit touring throughout New York City's five boroughs, Public Forum, Under the Radar, Public Studio, Public Works, Public Shakespeare Initiative, and Joe's Pub. Since premiering HAIR in 1967, The Public continues to create the canon of American Theater and is currently represented on Broadway by the Tony Award-winning musical Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Their programs and productions can also be seen regionally across the country and around the world. The Public has received 59 Tony Awards, 170 Obie Awards, 53 Drama Desk Awards, 54 Lortel Awards, 32 Outer Critic Circle Awards, 13 New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards, and 6 Pulitzer Prizes. publictheater.org

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The Public Theater Awards and Nominations

Tony Awards - 2016 - Best Musical

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- 2011 - Best Play Revival

The Public Theater, The Merchant of Venice

Tony Awards - 2011 - Best Play

The Public Theater, The Motherf**ker with the Hat

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MISS YOU LIKE HELL Composer Erin McKeown to Perform Free Concert at Woodstock Arts

Miss You Like Hell composer Erin McKeown will perform at free concert at Woodstock Arts in March.

Kelli O'Hara, Brian D'Arcy James, & Adam Guettel Join 'THEATER: All The Moving Parts'

In this new episode of “THEATER: All the Moving Parts”, Stars Kelli O'Hara and Brian d'Arcy James, and composer/lyricist Adam Guettel discuss the bold and provocative new musical “Days of Wine and Roses” about love and alcoholism, based on the 1962 Blake Edwards film classic. 

Jason Alexander to Star in JUDGMENT DAY at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Chicago Shakespeare Theater has revealed the full company of Judgment Day, a world premiere comedy starring Tony and Emmy Award winner Jason Alexander in his Chicago stage debut.

Video: Get A First Look at the Sets of Disney's HERCULES in Hamburg

Watch as Set Designer Dane Laffrey and Director Casey Nicholaw take you inside the studio for a first look at the set designs for the world premiere of the new production of Disney's Hercules in Hamburg in an all-new video.

Marga Gomez's SWIMMING WITH LESBIANS To Play La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club This Spring

GLAAD award winning solo performer Marga Gomez will return to The Club at La MaMa with the world premiere of Swimming With Lesbians, her 14th one person show, which will run from March 29th through April 7th, 2024. Written and performed by Marga Gomez and directed by David Schweizer the piece is a buoyant and bawdy romp, set aboard a fictional lesbian luxury ocean liner.

Nidia Medina Named Producing Director of INTAR Theatre

International Arts Relations has promoted former associate artistic director Nidia Medina to Producing Director, joining Artistic Director Lou Moreno. 

Video: Go Inside Rehearsals For Disney's HERCULES in Hamburg

Go inside rehearsals for the newest Disney musical HERCULES in Hamburg, featuring performances and interviews with the cast and creative team in an all-new video!

THE SEVEN YEAR DISAPPEAR Starring Cynthia Nixon and Taylor Trensch Extends Off-Broadway

The New Group will present an additional week for The Seven Year Disappear by Jordan Seavey, featuring Emmy and Tony Award-winner Cynthia Nixon and Taylor Trensch.

The Old Globe Presents The Return Of Its Popular Annual Event THINKING SHAKESPEARE LIVE!

The Old Globe has announced that the popular annual event Thinking Shakespeare Live!, directed by the Globe's Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.

Photos: First Look At Madeline Sayet In WHERE WE BELONG At Folger Theatre

See first look photos of Where We Belong, written and performed by Madeline Sayet and directed by Mei Ann Teo. Where We Belong is on stage at Folger Theatre from February 15 through March 10, 2024. Tickets are $20-$84.

THE LOOK OF LOVE Comes to BAM Next Month

Mark Morris will team up again with musical collaborator Ethan Iverson for The Look of Love, a wistful and heartfelt homage to the chart-topping songs of Burt Bacharach which premiered to acclaim in 2022 at the Kennedy Center.

Playwrights Foundation Announces Cohort And Finalists For Resident Playwrights Program

Playwrights Foundation announces cohort and finalists for Resident Playwrights Program, offering a two-year residency to Bay Area playwrights for artistic growth and career advancement. Meet the selected playwrights: Cat Brooks, Ruben Grijalva, Sloka Krishnan, and Leigh M. Marshall.

ZviDance to Present The World Premiere Of Zvi Gotheiner's THE FIELD

ZviDance will present THE FIELD, an original dance piece from acclaimed choreographer and artistic director, Zvi Gotheiner.

National Alliance for Musical Theatre Reveals 2023/2024 Writers Residency Grant Recipients

The National Alliance for Musical Theatre has announced the NAMT Member Theatre and Writer Recipients for the 2023/2024 Writers Residency Grants, part of the Frank Young Fund for New Musicals. Learn more about the recipients here!

Cast And Creative Team Set For WOLF PLAY at Wilbury Theatre Group

Wilbury Theatre Group has revealed the cast and creative team for 'Wolf Play' directed by Marcel A. Mascaró. Learn how to purchase tickets.

Claybourne Elder to Kick Off 2024 BROADWAY @ NOCCA Series

Broadway @ NOCCA series will return to New Orleans in spring of 2024 for the first time since the pre-pandemic season of 2020. See who is performing, and learn more about the series!

Taylor Mac, Janice Amaya & More to Star in Sarah Ruhl's ORLANDO at Signature Theatre

Signature Theatre has revealed the cast of Spotlight Resident Sarah Ruhl’s Orlando, adapted from Virginia Woolf’s novel and directed by Will Davis.

Return Engagement of Liza Birkenmeier's GRIEF HOTEL is Coming to The Public

Clubbed Thumb and New Georges announce the return engagement of GRIEF HOTEL, a collaboration that soars to new heights with an intimate and gentle ensemble play.

Patrick Page, Reeve Carney, Santino Fontana & More to Lead Red Bull Theater's 20th Anniversary Festival

RED BULL THEATER has revealed details for the upcoming 20th Anniversary Festival, an all-star series of workshops and readings of Shakespeare, his contemporaries, & more. See who is starring, and learn how to purchase tickets.

Venice Biennale Reveals Back To Back Theatre as Recipients of The 2024 Golden Lion Award For Theatre

The Venice Biennale has announced Australia's Back to Back Theatre as the 2024 recipients of The Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre.

The Public Theater FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Public Theater has received several nominations and awards for their productions. Some of the notable nominations include a Special Award at the Drama Desk Awards, a nomination for Best Musical at the Tony Awards for Hamilton, a nomination for Best Play Revival at the Tony Awards for The Merchant of Venice, a nomination for Best Play at the Tony Awards for The Motherf**ker with the Hat, and Special Citations for the conception and design at the Obie Awards for Tis Pity She's a Whore.

The Public Theater has won several awards, including the Special Award at the Drama Desk Awards. They also won the prestigious Tony Award for Best Musical for their production of Hamilton. In addition, they received the award for Best Play Revival for The Merchant of Venice. The theater has also received Special Citations for the conception and design of Tis Pity She's a Whore at the Obie Awards.

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