That evening the company held a Friends and Family event for artists who have previously worked at The Public, as well as cast members from upcoming productions.
Those visiting the newly-renovated Public Theater first encountered the building's historic façade, which has been completely restored, featuring a new glass canopied granite veranda, including an outer staircase and two ramps flanking the building to provide easier access for disabled patrons. An expanded, wider sidewalk and new poster boxes have also been installed. The lobby and entryway of the building have also been renovated, with a new centrally-located box office and increased restrooms.
The 12-5 PM festivities will take place on Lafayette Street between Astor Place and East 4th Street.
"The Public is open, and we're inviting everyone in the city to come take a look," Public artistic director Oskar Eustis said in a statement. "Joe Papp believed that the theatre belonged to everyone, and this renovation of our home building is designed to create a lively, welcoming center for people to meet, gather, and celebrate."
Additional musical highlights on Oct. 13 are Jessy Carolina & The Hot Mess; Sasha Allen of the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of Hair; banjo player Tony Trischka; and M.A.K.U. SoundSystem.
The block party, held rain or shine, will also include New York City food trucks, including Go Burger, Korilla BBQ, Rickshaw Dumplings, The Treats Truck, Valducci's Pizza, as well as offerings from Carmellini and Oliver, which provides dining hospitality for Joe's Pub and the Public's new lounge, the Library.