Daldry (Billy Elliot, An Inspector Calls) will stage the contrasting monologues (celebrating the fall of one wall and examining the construction of another), which are penned and performed by playwright Hare (Stuff Happens, Via Dolorosa). The unique engagement runs May 14-17. Both of the plays received their world premieres in the U.K this past season, with Berlin premiering at the National in February and Wall at the Royal Court in March under Daldry's direction. The duo previously collaborated on Via Dolorosa, as well as the films "The Reader" and "The Hours."
Prior to the New York premiere, Hare and Daldry will reprise the engagement at the Royal Court April 14-25.
Berlin finds Hare exploring the energy of the German capital in a 55-minute monologue that honors the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. Wall offers a historical and personal account of life on either side of the Israeli/Palestine security fence that when completed will be four-times the length of the Berlin Wall.
Berlin/Wall will have lighting design by Rick Fisher.
"David Hare has been making theater about our world's great social issues for over thirty years," said Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis in a statement. "These two penetrating and surprising monologues are characterized by his acute insight, tremendous charm, and his profound sense of humanity. We are delighted to welcome David back to The Public, and honored to have Stephen Daldry make his Public Theater debut."
Berlin/Wall will be performed Thursday-Saturday at 8 PM and Sunday at 2 PM and 7 PM. Tickets for Berlin/Wall go on sale April 17.
For tickets, phone (212) 967-7555 or by visiting PublicTheater.
The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street in Manhattan.