The cast of last year's Christmas reading of Thornton Wilder's one-act The Long Christmas Dinner, which will return for a fifth straight year as part of Public Theater's fall 2017 season of Public Forum.
The cast of last year's Christmas reading of Thornton Wilder's one-act play The Long Christmas Dinner, which will return for a fifth year as part of the Public Theater's fall 2017 season of their discussion series Public Forum.
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The Public Theater announced the lineup for the fall 2017 season of Public Forum, their series of one-night-only community events exploring the ideas and themes presented on the Public Theater's stages.

The season begins with 50 Years Downtown at Joe's Pub on Sunday, September 17, at 7pm. It will be a celebration of the last 50 years of downtown New York City culture on the eve of the company's 50th anniversary at Astor Place.

Then, on Sunday, October 1, at 7pm, also at Joe's Pub, And Justice for All will bring together a cast of artists, activist, and intellectuals for a discussion about ideas of justice that will correspond with Elevator Repair Service's upcoming production of William Shakespeare's Measure for Measure.

On Monday, November 13, at 7pm, at the Anspacher Theater, People, Not Prisons will present an evening honoring longtime Public Theater community partner Fortune Society's work with currently and formerly incarcerated populations.

Finally, on Sunday, December 10, at 7pm, at Joe's Pub, Public Forum will bring back its annual Christmas reading of Thornton Wilder's one-act play The Long Christmas Dinner for a fifth year in a row. The cast will feature Thornton's nephew and literary executor Tappan Wilder and more.