The Public Theater

The Public Theater is an arts organization in New York City. Joseph Papp founded The Public Theater originally as the Shakespeare Workshop in 1954. Its mission was to support emerging playwrights and performers.[1] Since Joseph Papp, the theatre has been led by JoAnne Akalaitis (1991-1993), and George C. Wolfe (1993-2004), and is currently under Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham. Its first production was the musical "Hair" in 1967.[2]

The Public Theater
Address425 Lafayette Street
New York City
United States
Coordinates40°43′45″N 73°59′30″W
DesignationNew York City Landmark
CapacityLuEsther: 160
Martinson: 199
Shiva: 99
Newman: 299
Anspacher: 275
ArchitectAlexander Saeltzer

The Public's headquarters is located at 425 Lafayette Street in the former Astor Library in Lower Manhattan. The building contains five theater spaces, and Joe's Pub, a cabaret-style venue for new work, musical performances, spoken-word artists, and soloists. Additionally, The Public operates the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, where it has staged "Shakespeare in the Park" performances free of charge since 1954.[3]

Recent productions include: The Merchant of Venice, (2010); Here Lies Love (2013); Fun Home, (2013); Eclipsed, (2015); and Hamilton (2015).

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