The Public Theater held its annual gala on June 6 at the Delacorte Theater.

Titled The United States of Shakespeare, the evening included scenes from Shakespeare's greatest works and the American poems, songs, and stories they inspired. The ensemble for the show featured Meryl Streep as current presidential candidate Donald Trump, alongside F. Murray Abraham, Sasha Allen, Sarah Amengual, Lemon Andersen, Christine Baranski, Kate Burton, Michael Cerveris, Michael Friedman, Bill Irwin, Kevin Kline, Lisa Kron, Michael John LaChiusa, Heather Lind, Hamish Linklater, Suzan-Lori Parks, Steven Pasquale, Lily Rabe, Phylicia Rashad, Jay O. Sanders, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Jimmy Smits, Meryl Streep, Jeanine Tesori, and John Douglas Thompson.

The United States of Shakespeare was directed by Jeremy McCarter.