The Public will launch its season with The Wallace Shawn-André Gregory Project, a co-production with Theatre for a New Audience, which will include The Designated Mourner, starring Deborah Eisenberg, Larry Pine and Shawn (June 21-Aug. 25); and the American premiere of Grasses of a Thousand Colors, starring Julie Hagerty, Emily McDonnell, Shawn and Jennifer Tilly (Oct. 8-Nov. 10).
Monologist Mike Daisey (The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs) will return to the Public with a 29-performance theatrical event, All the Faces of the Moon (Sept. 5-Oct. 3). According to the Public, "Each evening works alone as a single episode, but together they tell a vast story that spans the globe and stretches across the 20th century to the present day and beyond, weaving together the secret history of the space race, notorious art forgeries, the angry ghosts of class and communism, and the still-beating heart of the military industrial complex. With hilarity and biting satire he will strive like Scheherazade to tell a story night after night, using our American empire as a backdrop to illuminate our moment here at the dawn of the corporate age. Audiences can be part of this epic experience as well as tune in online to experience the largest story ever attempted in the American theater."
The Public will also welcome back Elevator Repair Service for Arguendo (Sept. 10-Oct. 6). It is billed as "a playful riff on the 1991 Supreme Court case Barnes v. Glen Theatre. In this provocative case, a group of exotic dancers, citing the First Amendment, challenged a ban on public nudity. ERS stages the oral argument of the case verbatim with their signature theatricality, wit and physical precision. The production design features a breathtaking swirl of animated text projections by celebrated visual artist, Ben Rubin."
Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron's musical adaptation of Alison Bechdel's Fun Home, which played a sold-out run as part of the Public Lab last season, will return with a full production this fall under the direction of Sam Gold (Oct. 1-Nov.3). Tony Award nominee Judy Kuhn (Passion) will star. According to the Public, "When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family's Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires."
The imaginative new production of Bertolt Brecht's Good Person of Szechwan, which played La MaMa e.t.c. earlier this year under the direction of Lear deBessonet, will return with original cast members Taylor Mac, Annie Golden, David Turner, Lisa Kron and more (Oct. 18-Nov. 24). It features original live music by César Alvarez with The Lisps.
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