Off-Broadway's The Public Theater hosted its Gala on the Green at Central Park's Delacorte Theater May 24. The event starred a line-up of performances by stage alums such as Renée Elise Goldsberry, Oscar Isaac, Norm Lewis, Kimber Elayne Sprawl, Jina Brass Band, and Rich Medina.
The launch for its 60th anniversary Free Shakespeare in the Park season was co-hosted by the gala's co-chairs Mercedes Bass, Jason Blum, Lauren Shumaker Blum, and Julio Peterson, and featured appearances by Lin-Manuel Miranda, and by Danai Gurira, who will star as Richard III in this summer's Shakespeare in the Park production.
Meg Zervoulis served as the evening's musical director. Gil Shiva of The Susan Stein Shiva Foundation and Jamie Maleszka, director of creative arts at The Fortune Society, were both honored at the gala.
“This year’s Gala feels particularly special as we celebrate 60 years of sharing incredible artistry with all of New York through one of the summer’s most treasured traditions, Free Shakespeare in the Park,” added Executive Director Patrick Willingham. “New York City’s arts and culture organizations continue moving forward with hope and a commitment to a vibrant and equitable future despite the challenges of the pandemic, and we’re especially proud to be making major strides in our plan to revitalize The Delacorte during this anniversary year. It’s a special moment as we ensure that The Delacorte will continue to thrive and serve New Yorkers for generations to come.”
For tickets and more information, visit PublicTheater.org.