The Public Theater has announced the 2017 Fall Public Forum Lineup, a series of one-night-only events and audience engagement programming that will further explore the themes and ideas presented on the Public’s stages throughout the season.
The Fall Public Forum season will kick off September 17 with Public Forum: 50 Years Downtown, a celebration of the theatre’s rich history of radical creation. The evening, held fittingly at Joe’s Pub, will look back at the ways in which "Downtown" has become synonymous with innovation and experimentation in music, art, performance, cuisine, and society.
On October 1, Public Forum will present Public Forum: And Justice for All, to coincide with Elevator Repair Service’s production of Measure for Measure (September 18–October 29). Public Forum teams up with The Public’s Shakespeare Initiative to bring together a cast of artists, activists, and intellectuals, and look at how we approach the idea of justice today.
Public Forum will continue November 13 with Public Forum: People, Not Prisons. The evening will celebrate the theatre’s longstanding community partner, Fortune Society, which has been working with incarcerated populations for as long as The Public has been at Astor Place.
Wrapping up the Forum season will be the return of the holiday tradition: Public Forum: The Long Christmas Dinner on December 10. Thornton Wilder’s play will be staged in Joe’s Pub with a cast featuring Thornton’s nephew and literary executor Tappan Wilder and more.
For more information visit PublicTheater.org.