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The Public Theater is a New York City arts organization. It was founded in 1954 by Joseph Papp as The Shakespeare Workshop, intending to showcase the works of up-and-coming playwrights and performers. Its current leadership, following Papp's death in 1991, are producer George C. Wolfe and executive director Mara Manus. Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the United States, and is at the center of international finance, politics, entertainment, and culture. ... 1954 was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Joseph Papp (1921 - 1991) was an American theatre producer and director. ... George C. Wolfe (September 23, 1954 - ) is an African-American playwright and director of theater and film. ...

The Public Theater prides itself on presenting "challenging work". This has a variety of meanings, including artistic heterodoxy. It also reflects the Public Theater's role as a voice of the American social and political Left. Many of its productions are considered avant-garde and not likely to find a home in theaters catering to a mainstream audience.

The Public Theater is headquartered in its eponymous venue, The Public Theater, the former Astor Library in the Greenwich Village section of lower Manhattan at 425 Lafayette Street. The venue opened in 1967, mounting the world-premiere production of the musical Hair as its first show. New York Public Library, central block, built 1897–1911, Carrère and Hastings, architects (June, 2003) The New York Public Library (NYPL), one of three public library systems serving New York City, is one of the leading libraries in the United States. ... Greenwich Village (also known as the West Village or simply the Village) is a largely residential area on the west side of downtown (southern) Manhattan in New York City. ... Manhattan is an island bordering the lower Hudson River. ... 1967 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The original poster for the show. ...

In addition to the main theater, the site includes Joe's Pub, a cabaret-style setting used for new work, musical performances, spoken-word artists and soloists. The Public also operates the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, where it presents its free Shakespeare in Central Park performances of Shakespeare plays during the summer months. These production attract well-known actors as players and sell out. For example the 2004 production, Much Ado About Nothing, featured Dominic Chianese, Kristen Johnston, Jimmy Smits, and Sam Waterston. The Delacorte Theater is located in Central Park in New York City. ... A wintry aerial view, looking south: ice on the frozen lakes, the Metropolitan Museum in the park at left, the East River and the Empire State Building in the distance Central Park (40° 46′ 59″ N 73° 58′ 20″ W) is a large urban public park (843 acres or 3. ... William Shakespeare—born April 1564; baptised April 26, 1564; died April 23, 1616 (O.S.), May 3, 1616 (N.S.)—has a reputation as the greatest of all writers in English. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Much Ado About Nothing is a play by William Shakespeare. ... Dominic Chianese (born February 24, 1931) is an Italian-American actor and performer. ... Kristen Johnston is an American stage, film and television actress born on 20 September, 1967 in Washington, DC. She may be most famous for her role in the television series 3rd Rock from the Sun. She also starred as Wilma Flintstone in the movie adaption of The Flintstones. ... Jimmy Smits as Representative Matt Santos. ... Sam Waterston as Executive Assistant District Attorney Jack McCoy in Law & Order Sam Waterston (born November 15, 1940) is an American actor noted particularly for his portrayal of Executive Assistant District Attorney John Jack McCoy on the long-running NBC television series Law & Order, as well as for his many...

The company also invests in theater education, training classical actors through the annual summer acting intensive the Shakespeare Lab.


Public Theater productions have won a total of 135 Obie Awards, 38 Tony Awards, 37 Drama Desk Awards, 18 Lucille Lortel Awards, and 4 Pulitzer Prizes. Forty-nine of the shows that originated there have moved on to Broadway houses. The Obie Awards, short for Off-Broadway Theater Awards, are annual awards bestowed by the newspaper The Village Voice on theater artists performing in New York City. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater. ... Created in 1955, the Drama Desk Award was created to recognize Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway shows in addition to Broadway shows. ... Listen to this article · (info) This audio file was created from the revision dated 2005-04-13, and does not reflect subsequent edits to the article. ...

The most famous work to emerge from the Public, other than the original production of Hair, is the Michael Bennett's musical A Chorus Line, based on the lives and careers of Broadway dancers, commonly known as "gypsies". The announced opening created such a stir of anticipation among the theatrical community that the entire limited run sold out long before opening night. Demand for tickets was such that the show moved uptown to the Shubert Theater, where it remained "one singular sensation" for fifteen sell-out years. Michael Bennett (April 8, 1943 - July 2, 1987) was an American musical theater director, choreographer, and dancer. ... A Chorus Line is a Broadway musical that opened at the Shubert Theatre July 25, 1975 and closed there April 28, 1990 after 6,137 performances. ... Broadway theatre is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... Shubert Theatre, Boston The Shubert Organization was founded by the Shubert brothers, Sam Shubert, Lee Shubert, and Jacob J. Shubert of Syracuse, New York in the late 19th century in upstate New York, entering into New York City productions in 1900. ...

The Public Theater's address is 425 Lafayette Street; New York, NY 10003.

External links

  • Official Website

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