Audra McDonald and Will Swenson Read "Venus and Adonis" at the Public Theater Feb. 10 | Playbill

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News Audra McDonald and Will Swenson Read "Venus and Adonis" at the Public Theater Feb. 10 Tony Award winner Audra McDonald and Will Swenson read from Shakesepeare's "Venus and Adonis" as part of the Public Theater's Public Forum Drama Club event Feb. 10.

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Curated by Jeremy McCarter, the series presents conversations and performances with leading voices in politics, media and the arts.

The Public celebrates Valentine's Day with the 7 PM evening centered on Shakespeare's epic poem "Venus and Adonis," in which "the young Adonis is seduced by the goddess Venus, with uncomfortable consequences for all of us." Reading the poem and discussing love in the modern day are five-time Tony winner McDonald, Swenson, Stephin Merritt and author Adelle Waldman.

Upcoming Public Forum events follow:

An Evening With Tevye and Chava, inspired by Alisa Solomon's book "Wonder of Wonders: A New Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof," will take place March 17 at 7 PM. Featured will be the show's Tony-winning creator Sheldon Harnick, along with original cast member Austin Pendleton and revival cast member Harvey Fierstein. They will be joined by author Solomon and Yiddish theatremaker Jenny Romaine.

Also presented will be a reading of Susan Glaspell's 1917 political drama The People, May 18 at 7 PM. The cast will feature leading political journalists, including David Brooks (The New York Times), Ta-Nehisi Coates (The Atlantic), Michelle Goldberg (The Nation), Christopher Hayes (MSNBC), Hendrik Hertzberg (The New Yorker), Maria Hinojosa (NPR), Reihan Salam (National Review), Ben Smith (BuzzFeed), Bhaskar Sunkara (Jacobin) and more.

A free podcast version of the Drama Club reading and discussion of Tony Kushner’s Only We Who Guard the Mystery Shall Be Unhappy, featuring Elizabeth Marvel, Denis O’Hare and Rachel Maddow, is also now available as a free podcast. Click here to listen. 

For tickets phone (212) 967-7555 or visit PublicTheater.

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