The Public Theater

Presenting Plays of Yesterday and Tomorrow
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The Public Theater is the only production company in NYC that produces Shakespeare, musicals, classics, and new/experimental work in equal measure. Its mission is to preserve and promote theatre as an “essential cultural force,” leading the conversation of the world’s most important issues. The Public has been around for over 60 years and caters to one of the most diverse audiences in the city.

There are five venues at the Public’s home base on Noho’s Astor Place. The organization also owns the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park. This breezy outdoor stage is the site of the ever-popular (and free) Shakespeare in the Park series. Finally, the Public’s “Mobile Unit” is a touring troupe that brings free Shakespeare to all five boroughs. However, its primary focus is to draw artists and audience together through development initiatives. Hundreds of productions that began life at the Public, including Hamilton and Fun Home, went on to successful runs on Broadway.

Joe’s Pub is one of the swankiest clubs for a night on the town! This extension of the famous Public Theater opened in 1998 and is named for the Public’s founder, Joe Papp. It serves as both a haven for new artists as well as a space for established ones to try something new. The performers there come from all genres of music- not just showtunes. Joe’s carries a full bar menu as well as seasonal plates for dining. As an integral part of Off-Broadway programming, it hosts about 800 shows and welcomes over 100,000 audience members each year. Another terrific aspect of this venue is its commitment to diversity and interdependence; it has been called the “only truly multicultural” nightlife hotspot in the city.

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