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Public Forum Celebrates World Refugee Day With Michael Cerveris, K'Naan, and More

The evening took place at the Delacorte Theater.

Singer K'Naan performs in honor of World Refugee Day.
(© Simon Luethi)

The Public Theater and International Rescue Committee held the Public Forum event Welcome Home: A Celebration of World Refugee Day on June 20 at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

Omar Metwally and Salman Rushdie take their seats at the latest Public Forum event.
(© Simon Luethi)

A naturalization ceremony for brand-new citizens took place for the first time ever on the Delacorte stage, led by U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson. Highlights of the evening also included F. Murray Abraham reading Shakespeare's incendiary plea for refugees from Sir Thomas More, a performance of a song by K'naan, Michael Cerveris performing "Better Angels" from Tom Kitt's new musical The Visitor, Hoon Lee reading David Henry Hwang, a chorus of New York City schoolchildren reading Emma Lazarus' "The New Colossus," Kwame Kwei-Armah reading John Winthrop's "A Model of Christian Charity," Natalie Cortez performing "There Is a Child" from the Public's Giant, and more.

F. Murray Abraham takes part in the Public Theater's celebration of World Refugee Day.
(© Simon Luethi)

The event's company also featured Bobby Cannavale, Salman Rushdie, Okieriete Onaodowan, Condola Rashad, Celia Keenan-Bolger, John Ellison Conlee, Omar Metwally, Rocío Del Mar Valles, Nicholas Schmidle, Ato Blankson-Wood, and Nicholas Niarchos.

Michael Cerveris takes the stage at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.
(© Simon Luethi)