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Public Theater Announces Spring Lineup for Public Forum and Public Shakespeare Initiative

Suzan-Lori Parks, Jay O. Sanders, and more will participate in the Public's spring programming.

Suzan-Lori Parks will lead Public Shakespeare Talks: Shakespeare as a Playwright as part of the Public Shakespeare Initiative.
(© Tammy Shell)

The Public Theater has announced the Public Forum and Public Shakespeare Initiative spring lineup that will explore the intersection of art, ideas, and action, and illuminate the study and performance of Shakespeare's works.

Highlights of the upcoming season include a collaboration with the Metropolitan Opera; Public Forum: Power, a conversation on the experiences of the black community with Black Lives Matter cofounder and artist Patrisse Cullors, activist Angela Davis, and actor Yara Shahidi from Black-ish; an in-depth discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks (Father Comes Home From the Wars); the continuation of monthly Civic Salon gatherings; and more.

Public Shakespeare Presents: Falstaff will be held on Monday, February 11, 2019, at 7pm at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College. In connection with the Metropolitan Opera's critically acclaimed production of Verdi's Falstaff, the Public Shakespeare Initiative hosts this song and laughter-filled evening of selections from Shakespeare's domestic comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor and Verdi's masterful adaptation. Jay O. Sanders, star of this season's Uncle Vanya, and scholar Dympna Callaghan, the William Safire professor of English at Syracuse University, will join Met artists, who will perform excerpts from the opera.

On Monday, March 25, 2019 at 7pm in the Anspacher Theater, the Public Shakespeare Initiative will welcome the Public's Master Writer Chair Suzan-Lori Parks for Public Shakespeare Talks: Shakespeare as Playwright. Parks will sit down with the Public Shakespeare Initiative to discuss what makes Shakespeare's works so enduring, its role in her own artistic life, how its influence appears in her work, and why she believes his plays are vital to conversations about playwriting today.

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