By Adam Hetrick
10 Feb 2014
|Photo by Autumn de Wilde|
Curated by Jeremy McCarter, the series presents conversations and performances with leading voices in politics, media and the arts.
The Public celebrates Valentine's Day with the 7 PM evening centered on Shakespeare's epic poem "Venus and Adonis," in which "the young Adonis is seduced by the goddess Venus, with uncomfortable consequences for all of us." Reading the poem and discussing love in the modern day are five-time Tony winner McDonald, Swenson, Stephin Merritt and author Adelle Waldman.
Upcoming Public Forum events follow:
Also presented will be a reading of Susan Glaspell's 1917 political drama The People, May 18 at 7 PM. The cast will feature leading political journalists, including David Brooks (The New York Times), Ta-Nehisi Coates (The Atlantic), Michelle Goldberg (The Nation), Christopher Hayes (MSNBC), Hendrik Hertzberg (The New Yorker), Maria Hinojosa (NPR), Reihan Salam (National Review), Ben Smith (BuzzFeed), Bhaskar Sunkara (Jacobin) and more.
A free podcast version of the Drama Club reading and discussion of Tony Kushner’s Only We Who Guard the Mystery Shall Be Unhappy, featuring Elizabeth Marvel, Denis O’Hare and Rachel Maddow, is also now available as a free podcast. Click here to listen.