Alan Alda, Lily Rabe, Liev Schreiber and More Will Read Shakespeare During Free Event at the Delacorte

By Adam Hetrick
May 17, 2013

Alan Alda, Lily Rabe, Vanessa Redgrave and Liev Schreiber are among the actors who will read from Shakespeare's plays as part of the Public Theater's "What Are We Worth? Shakespeare, Money, and Morals" event June 17 at the Delacorte Theater.



The free Public Forum event will take place at 8 PM. Theatregoers are invited to participate in the town-hall conversation that will be conducted by Harvard professor Michael Sandel. It will explore "the way the language of money has been taking over our lives – the subject of his recent book, 'What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets.'"

In addition to Alda, Rabe, Redgrave and Schreiber, the event will feature Marsha Stephanie Blake, Raúl Esparza, Hamish Linklater, Jesse L. Martin and more to be announced.

"The Delacorte is ideally suited for town-hall meetings, and we are delighted to be partnering with the Aspen Institute and the brilliant Michael Sandel to create this lively and passionate evening," said Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis in a statement. "Shakespeare was writing at the birth of the modern economy, and his searing insights into money and value will be the perfect frame for this exhilarating event."

The Public Theater has also announced the completion of its $42 million Capital Campaign, along with several key naming opportunities for supporters who were instrumental in funding for the company's renovation of its Astor Place home.

The Library, the intimate room that serves as the home for the Public's new restaurant, has been named The Whitton-Spector Library in honor of board chair Warren Spector and his wife Margaret Whitton. The company's box office has been renamed Taub Box Office for The Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation; while the new mezzanine level that overlooks the Public Theater's lobby, has been named the Levin Mezzanine, in honor of The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation. The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust was also instrumental in the revitalization of the historic building.

Free Public Forum Tickets for "What Are We Worth?" will be distributed, two per person, at noon on June 17 at the Delacorte Theater. Free tickets will also be available via the Virtual Ticketing drawing at shakespeareinthepark.org on the day of the event. Public Forum Supporter tickets are also available for a tax-deductible donation of $75. For information and to donate, call (212) 967-7555.