Tony-nominated Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry stages the Public presentation of the works, which he also directed for their London world premieres. Berlin/Wall runs through May 17 at the Public. 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.
The production features lighting design by Rick Fisher.
Both of the plays received their world premieres in the U.K., 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."
"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 previous 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 is performed Thursday-Saturday at 8 PM and Sunday at 2 PM and 7 PM.
For tickets phone (212) 967-7555 or by visiting PublicTheater.
The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street in Manhattan.