The cast of The Long Christmas Dinner at Joe's Pub.
The cast of The Long Christmas Dinner at Joe's Pub.
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Last night, Joe's Pub at the Public Theater hosted a reading of The Long Christmas Dinner, a holiday tradition for the Public Forum season.

Evan Hanczor and Eisa Davis performing in the Public Forum reading.
Evan Hanczor and Eisa Davis performing in the Public Forum reading.
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The cast of this year's reading featured Wilder's nephew and literary executor, Tappan Wilder, along with Elizabeth Marvel, Stephen Karam, Eisa Davis, Chef Evan Hanczor, Tracy K. Smith, David Greenspan, and Cecilia Gentili.

Tony-winning playwright Stephen Karam onstage with Cecilia Gentili.
Tony-winning Humans playwright Stephen Karam onstage with Cecilia Gentili.
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In The Long Christmas Dinner, a one-act play by Thornton Wilder, the Bayard family experiences one hundred years of Christmas dinners, seeing triumph and heartbreak, birth and death, and a changing world – while some things, like family and tradition, remain constant.

David Greenspan, Elizabeth Marvel, and Tracy K. Smith participate in the Public Theater holiday tradition.
David Greenspan, Elizabeth Marvel, and Tracy K. Smith participate in the Public Theater holiday tradition.
(© Simon Luethi)