Public Theater Block Party, With Performances from Giant, Here Lies Love and More, Takes Over Lafayette Street Oct. 13

Performances from the upcoming musicals Giant, Here Lies Love, Fun Home and last season's The Total Bent puntcuate the Public Theater's Oct. 13 block party celebrating the reopening of its newly renovated Lafayette Street home.

Bobby Steggert
Bobby Steggert (Photo by Christian Coulson)

The block party is part of a series of festivities that celebrates the $40 million renovation of the Public Theater. The 12-5 PM event takes place on Lafayette Street between Astor Place and East 4th Street. The Public Theater is also set to open its doors to allow members of the public to view its new lobby and public spaces, including Joe's Pub and the new lounge, The Library.

"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."

Musical performances include selections from Giant by Sybille Pearson and Michael John LaChiusa; Here Lies Love by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim; Fun Home by Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron; and last season's The Total Bent by Stew and Heidi Rodewald.

Additional musical highlights 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, also includes 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.

Read more of's coverage of the Public Theater's renovation here. 


The Public's new exterior
The Public's new exterior