"Our family has long enjoyed the inspiring work of the superb Public Theater," Bernard Spitzer said in a statement. "Shakespeare in the Park, one of The Public's consistently engaging and enlightening presentations, has become a rite of summer for us and so many New Yorkers and visitors. We are proud and privileged to help sustain the availability of these treasures for the people of New York."
The Spitzers were recognized for their contribution Aug. 1 prior to seeing the Shakespeare in the Park production of Into the Woods at the Delacorte Theater. A plaque will be put up at the Delacorte in their honor.
The Public Theater is aiming to complete a $40 million renovation of its Lafayette Street home this October.