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Guided by the principle that art belongs to everyone, The Public Theater has championed free expression and shared extraordinary theater with the world for over 60 years. From the magical tradition of Free Shakespeare in the Park to the canon of groundbreaking American theater we have nurtured through the decades, The Public’s legacy of revolutionary and inclusionary art is only possible thanks to the generosity of community members like you. Through membership, patronage, and ticket purchases – year after year – you have built a theater that is truly of, by, and for all people.

To ensure that this cultural cornerstone will thrive for generations to come, we ask you to join The Public Legacy Circle by making a planned gift to The Public Theater. By declaring your intention to support The Public as part of your legacy, you join those committed to safeguarding the uplifting community engagement initiatives, exquisite artistic productions, and vital civic activities that form the core of our mission and values.

To join The Public Legacy Circle, please complete our confidential planned gift intent form and return it to or mail to The Public Theater, Attn: Development, 425 Lafayette St., New York, NY 10003. To discuss planned giving options or to receive additional information, please contact Gretchen Page at 212.539.8643.

Any information provided is intended only to provide an overview of your giving options. The Public Theater is not qualified to render legal or tax advice. We recommend that you consult with your legal and financial advisors to determine your personal tax and estate planning objectives and we look forward to working with you and your advisors to create an arrangement that works best for you.

The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival is a nonprofit exempt from federal and state income taxes. Our federal tax ID # is 13-1844852. Please keep a copy of this document for your files. This document is not legally binding.