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Suzan-Lori Parks, Julie Rice, and More to Host Women of the Public Gala

Leigh Silverman will direct the Public Theater's annual summer event.

Suzan-Lori Parks will be one of the hosts of the Public Theater's annual Women of the Public gala.
(© Tristan Fuge)

The Public Theater has announced that its annual gala, Women of the Public, will take place on Monday, June 3, at the Delacorte Theater. Directed by Leigh Silverman, the evening of dinner and performances will be hosted by gala cochairs Kathryn Chenault, Faith Gay, Suzan-Lori Parks, Julie Rice, and Lauren Rosenkranz.

Women of the Public, according to a press release, "are playwrights, composers, directors, performers, and institutional leaders. Their names are inscribed on our walls, in our programs, and through our history — Ntozake Shange, Colleen Dewhurst, Jeanine Tesori, Ruby Dee, Arielle Tepper, Lynn Nottage, LuEsther T. Mertz, Meryl Streep, Nona Hendryx…. the list goes on and on. On Monday, June 3, we will tell their stories and share their voices as a testament to their lasting impact."

This year's celebration is inspired by the legacy of Lisa Garcia Quiroz. According to a press release, "Lisa had a profound commitment to creating an equitable world and believed deeply in The Public's role in driving that work forward. Her passion as a visionary philanthropist on behalf of Time Warner and her belief in The Public's mission continues to light our way in all we do."