The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival will offer its 10th Annual Open House on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 3 to 5 PM.
The yearly event is free and open to the public and features excerpts from the Public's upcoming productions as well as panel discussions with the theatre's artistic collaborators. The afternoon will include a wine tasting in the theatre's lobby and performances in Joe's Pub.
The upcoming season at the Public begins with Richard Greenberg's critically acclaimed Take Me Out, which boasts direction by Joe Mantello and concerns a baseball player who reveals a hidden truth. Originally produced at London's Donmar Warehouse, Take Me Out begins performances at the Public on Aug. 23.
Also on the 2002-2003 Public schedule are David Mamet's Boston Marriage, set in Victorian America and directed by Karen Kohlhaas. Marriage explores class, sexuality and the power of love.
Under consideration for the Public's annual Shakespeare production are such classics as King Lear, Henry IV, Two Noble Kingsmen and Edward II. Suzan-Lori Parks, who received this year's Pulitzer Prize in Drama for Topdog/Underdog, will return to the Public with her newest play, Fucking A, which was inspired by the Hawthorne classic, The Scarlet Letter. Topdog/Underdog played the Public before moving to Broadway.
The final entry in the Public season is the new musical Radiant Baby, which is based upon the life of the late downtown artist Keith Haring. Featuring a book by Stuart Ross, music by Debra Barsha and lyrics by Ira Gasman (with Barsha and Ross), Radiant Baby captures the frantic energy of New York in the eighties.
The Public Theater is located in New York City at 425 Lafayette Street. For more information, go to www.publictheater.org.
—By Andrew Gans