Newsweek senior writer Jeremy McCarter will curate the series that will not only cover issues related to the Public Theater season, but will also cast its net to include current political and cultural headlines and their social context.
"The Public Forum" will launch Oct. 18 with "Chasing The Green Light," a three-part evening that will correlate with the Public's presentation of Gatz. Sam Waterson, who appeared as Nick Carraway in the film of "The Great Gatsby," will host the evening dedicated to F. Scott Fitzgerald's iconic novel, the author's personal life and the current state of the American dream.
A roundtable discussion will feature Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson composer and lyricist Michael Friedman; "Bright Lights, Big City" author Jay McInerney; and Pulitzer Prize-winning Topdog/Underdog playwright Suzan-Lori Parks. The event will also feature a discussion with Huffington Post editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington and National Review contributor Reihan Salam.
On Nov. 15, the Public will host "Who Lost America?," which will explore the themes of Lisa Kron's In the Wake. Kron's play delves into the lingering issues following the Bush vs. Gore election of 2000.
The final event of the fall will welcome theatre luminaries Sondheim and Kushner. NEA chairman Rocco Landesman will host the conversation between the two artists what will focus on Sondheim's latest book "Finishing the Hat" and Kushner's Off-Broadway productions of Angels in America and iHo (The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide…); the latter will play the Public in 2011. Tickets, priced $25, will go on sale to Public Theater members Sept. 28 and to the general public Oct. 5. For tickets phone (212) 967-7555 or visit PublicTheater.
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