Jeannette Bayardelle, Nemuna Ceesay, Eisa Davis, Hillary Fisher, Zainab Jah, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Jada Mayo, Margaret Odette, Lily Rabe, and Heidi Rodewald will be part of The Public Theater's upcoming Women of The Public gala at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. The Off-Broadway theatre will celebrate a number of women who have contributed to the company's artistic life at the one-night-only benefit on June 3.
As previously announced, the evening will pay tribute to playwrights, composers, directors, performers, and institutional leaders; and will be a celebration of the impact of Ntozake Shange, Colleen Dewhurst, Jeanine Tesori, Ruby Dee, Arielle Tepper, Lynn Nottage, LuEsther T. Mertz, Susan Stein Shiva, Judith T. Peabody, Meryl Streep, Nona Hendryx, and many more.
The gala will also honor Shakespeare’s great heroines and feature performances from some of The Public’s several musical productions, including A Chorus Line, Fun Home, and Miss You Like Hell.
Leigh Silverman will direct a cast that also includes the previously announced: Annaleigh Ashford, Kim Blanck, Ally Bonino, Alison Cimmet, Jenn Colella, Bridget Everett, Tanesha Gary, Morgan Siobhan Green, Jessica Hecht, Marva Hicks, Jayne Houdyshell, Stephanie Hsu, Bre Jackson, Courtney Jamison, Gizel Jiménez, Ramona Keller, Lisa Kron, Alyse Alan Louis, Shakina Nayfack, Suzan-Lori Parks, Krysta Rodriguez, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Jessie Shelton, Emily Skeggs, Diana Son, Shaina Taub, Jeanine Tesori, Katie Thompson, Alysha Umphress, Kuhoo Verma, Tatiana Wechsler, Remy Zaken, and others
Women of the Public will be hosted by gala co-chairs Kathryn Chenault, Faith Gay, Parks, Julie Rice, and Lauren Rosenkranz.