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Your '22/23 Programming

Leaves are green and flowers have sprouted! Your 2022-2023 Public Season is in bloom and we are excited to bring you a season of dynamic works to feed cultural change and conversation. 

“The artists who make up The Public's season are prophetic voices, who will give us sustenance, vision, and provocation. James Baldwin and Lorraine Hansberry are the two classic writers who speak most presciently to the crisis of our times. Suzan-Lori ParksJames Ijames, and Erika Dickerson-Despenza are brilliant contemporary writers whose work reflects our moment beautifully. Ryan J. Haddad brilliantly explodes our ideas about disability, while Madeline Sayet examines her relationship to Shakespeare through her Mohegan identity and perspective.” — Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director of The Public Theater 

And we are excited to grow our partnerships with The Bushwick StarrElevator Repair Service, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company to bring you exciting new visions for what theater can offer.

But that's not all. Nightly music continues at Joe’s PubMobile Unit returns to all five boroughs with free performances, and we welcome back our annual Under the Radar Festival.

Learn more about our upcoming season of shows and programming, and be sure you're signed up to get the latest information regarding on sales and your 2022-2023 season. 

Become a Public Theater Partner or Supporter and take advantage of Priority Access periods, savings on tickets, and a host of other benefits.

As we kick off our new season, we all must play our part around Health and Safety. Learn more with Safe at The Public.

Baldwin and Buckley at Cambridge

New York Premiere
Begins September 24

Conceived by Greig Sargeant with Elevator Repair Service
Directed by John Collins

The renowned theater company Elevator Repair Service returns to The Public with BALDWIN AND BUCKLEY AT CAMBRIDGE, a profoundly relevant presentation of the legendary debate between virtuosic writer James Baldwin and father of American conservatism William F. Buckley, Jr. 

A Raisin in the Sun

Begins September 27

By Lorraine Hansberry 
Directed by Robert O’Hara

Lorraine Hansberry’s A RAISIN IN THE SUN comes to Astor Place this fall in Hansberry's Public Theater debut. Directed by Tony Award nominee Robert O’Hara, this fresh look at a classic proves to be as provocative and powerful today as it was in 1959.

Where We Belong

New York Premiere
Begins October 28

By Madeline Sayet
Directed by Mei Ann Teo
Produced with Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
In Association with Folger Shakespeare Library

In this intimate and exhilarating solo piece directed by Mei Ann Teo, theatre-maker Madeline Sayet echoes a journey to England braved by Native ancestors in the 1700s following the betrayal of treaties—and forces us to consider what it means to belong in an increasingly globalized world.

Plays for the Plague Year

World Premiere
Begins November 4

By Suzan-Lori Parks
Directed by Niegel Smith 

On March 13, 2020, as theaters shut their doors and so many of us went into lockdown, celebrated playwright Suzan-Lori Parks picked up her pen and set out to write a play every day. Performing in the intimate Joe’s Pub and directed by Niegel Smith, PLAYS FOR THE PLAGUE YEAR is at once a personal story of one family's daily lives, as well as a sweeping account of all we faced as a city, a nation, and a global community.

The Harder They Come

World Premiere
Winter 2023

Book by Suzan-Lori Parks
Including Songs by Jimmy Cliff
Based upon the film, produced and directed by Perry Henzell and co-written with Trevor Rhone
Music Supervision by Kenny Seymour
Choreography by Edgar Godineaux
Co-Directed by Sergio Trujillo
Directed by Tony Taccone

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and The Public’s Writer-in-Residence, Suzan-Lori Parks, returns with a new musical adaptation of THE HARDER THEY COME. Directed by Tony Taccone, with co-direction by Sergio Trujillo and choreography by Edgar Godineaux, THE HARDER THEY COME is adapted from 1972 movie produced and directed by Perry Henzell and co-written with Trevor Rhone, and features the music of Jimmy Cliff to tell the story of Ivan, a young singer who arrives in Kingston, Jamaica, eager to become a star.

Dark Disabled Stories

World Premiere
Winter 2023

By
Ryan J. Haddad
Directed by Jordan Fein
Produced by The Bushwick Starr
Presented by The Public Theater 

Ryan J. Haddad’s newest autobiographical play is a series of unforgiving vignettes about the strangers he encounters while navigating a city (and a world) not built for his walker and cerebral palsy. Directed by Jordan Fein, DARK DISABLED STORIES probes implicit ableism and the assumptions we make about people we'll never really know.                

Good Bones

World Premiere
Spring 2023

By James Ijames
Directed by Saheem Ali

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright James Ijames explores gentrification and the growing price of the American dream in his sharp, funny new play directed by The Public’s Associate Artistic Director and Resident Director, Saheem Ali.

shadow/land

World Premiere
Spring 2023

By Erika Dickerson-Despenza
Directed by Candis C. Jones

Playwright Erika Dickerson-Despenza returns to The Public with a stunning live production of SHADOW/LAND. Magalee is faced with a question of legacy when her daughter, Ruth, coaxes her to sell their Black, family-owned business amid the ongoing devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Candis C. Jones directs this examination of the ongoing effects of disaster, evacuation, displacement, and urban renewal rippling in and beyond New Orleans.

Joe's Pub

The Joe’s Pub 2022-2023 Vanguard Residency will be dedicated to the memory of beloved vocal coach Barbara Maier Gustern. The artists performing in this residency will all be Gustern’s students and collaborators, beginning with Murray Hill in September and Machine Dazzle in October.

The Joe’s Pub Working Group 2022-2023 cohort will launch with Sita Chay, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Olivia Harris, J. Hoard, Lama El Homaïssi, and Roshni Samlal.

The New York Voices 2022-2023 commissions will feature Sunny Jain: Love Force, treya lam: otherland, Liza Paul & Bahia Watson: MASHUP ting!, Chris Pattishall & Vuyo Sotashe, and Daniel J. Watts & Nick Blaemire: Quixote.

Additional Joe’s Pub performers will include Bridget Everett & The Tender Moments (September 26-28) and Jane Lynch & Kate Flannery: A Swingin’ Little Christmas (December 2-4). The Habibi Festival also returns this fall (October 11-15), featuring Bedouin Burger, Bnat el Houariyat and Esraa Warda, Firas Zreik, HAT, Noura Mint Seymali, and Yacine Boulares’s Night in Tunisia.

Mobile Unit

MOBILE UNIT is excited to hit the road again, bringing art and joy to its communities with two new tours. Kicking off in the fall, Mobile Unit will partner with Joe’s Pub for JOE’S PUB IN TRANSIT, a concert series that will visit community partners throughout New York City. 

In spring of 2023, The Mobile Unit will embark on a new tour with a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s THE COMEDY OF ERRORS. Conceived by director Rebecca Martínez and composer Julián Mesri, this new adaptation rigorously embraces music from all over Latin America in this tale of separation and joyous reunion. With songs in English and Spanish, this new musical adaptation brings an energetic vibe to this aged-old tale of two sets of twins separated by stormy seas as they overcome a baffling case of mistaken identityand the mayhem and hilarious confusion that follows.

Under The Radar Festival

January 2023

The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival 2023 will reflect the enormous changes in the field of live theater and performance since 2020. Joyous, outrageous, witty, and powerful, UTR 2023 will partner with stages across the city to highlight national and international artists bursting with innovation, provocation, and celebration.

Public Works

PUBLIC WORKS, a major initiative of The Public Theater, aims to restore and build community by connecting people through the creation of extraordinary works of art. Public Works is animated by the idea that theater is a place of possibility, where the boundaries that separate us from each other in the rest of life can fall away. Working with partner organizations in all five boroughs, Public Works invites community members to take classes, attend performances, and join in the creation of ambitious works of participatory theater.

#BARS

#BARS WORKSHOP is where verse and theater come together for rappers, actors, poets, performers, orators, playwrights, and song birds. Come create, learn, develop, and innovate firmly at the center. The poetry of speech is what brings it all together. If that is your sweet spot, we think you should enter. The #BARS Workshop is a lab series created by Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs, to serve as a space for artists to investigate the intersection between contemporary verse and theater.

Public Shakespeare Initiative

PUBLIC SHAKESPEARE INITIATIVE offers a wide range of programming which includes larger Public Shakespeare Presents evenings, blending incisive commentary by scholars and other thinkers with appearances by artists of all disciplines; intimate Public Shakespeare Talks, giving audiences unique insight into the artistic and intellectual processes of leading Shakespeare practitioners working in the theater; Artist Development Programs, to cultivate some of the most visionary artistic minds working on Shakespeare today; and Education Programs, specifically the Hunts Point Children’s Shakespeare Ensemble.

Emerging Writers Group

EMERGING WRITERS GROUP is a program that provides key support and resources for writers at the early stages of their careers. Writers are selected bi-annually and receive a two-year fellowship facilitated by The Public’s New Work Development department.

Support The Public

Consider becoming a Supporter to unlock early access to the 2022-2023 Season! Join in today with a gift of $100 or more to support theater of, by, and for all people. As thanks, you will receive savings on tickets and transaction fees, and a host of exciting benefits, for a full year. 

Want Even Earlier Access? Join as a Supporter Plus, with a gift of $300 or more, for even earlier access to the season, as well as reserved seating for Free Shakespeare in the Park. 

Join in today or call 212.967.7555 to learn more.

Team Public

Team Public, a new way to stay connected and engaged with the Public’s artists, staff, programming, events, and so much more. Team Public is part of our larger membership program. It is FREE and open to all. You will receive weekly calendar updates, downloadable content, artist spotlights, a monthly newsletter, historical fun facts, and special invitations to events and discussions. 

Accessible Performances

Learn more about our upcoming season of shows and programming, including performances that offer access for the disabled, and be sure you're signed up to get the latest information regarding on sales and your 2022-2023 season.