The first Public Forum event takes place Sept. 15 at 7 PM at Joe's Pub. The evening, titled "Drama Club: The Good Book," promises excerpts from a new play-in-progress by Denis O'Hare ("True Blood," "American Horror Story") and Lisa Peterson (An Iliad). According to the Public, "The Good Book skips back and forth between the centuries when the Bible stories were compiled and the lives of people trying to make sense of them in our own time." The cast will feature F. Murray Abraham, Margaret Mitchell, Bruce Feiler, O'Hare and Peterson.
On Oct. 26 the Public will offer "Drama Club: Seagulls" at 7 PM at Joe's Pub. Cynthia Nixon and Rinne Groff will lead the cast of the rarely seen one-act by Caryl Churchill. According to the Public, "When Valery uses her telekinetic powers to thwart a shoplifter, she becomes a global celebrity. But where did her powers come from, and what happens if they fade? In Seagulls, one of our greatest living playwrights explores the power and the danger of extraordinary abilities."
"Fun Home" author Alison Bechdel will join "Fortress of Solitude" author Jonathan Lethem Oct. 27 at 7 PM in the Newman Theater. The evening, which will explore the adaptation of their respective graphic novels into stage musicals, will feature performances from the stage productions of their works.
In addition, the Public will mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall Nov. 9 at 7 PM in an evening to feature Salman Rushdie, Wallace Shawn and David Remnick, who will read Vaclav Havel's play Protest.