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Hamilton
World Premiere
HAMILTON 
Book, Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Inspired by the book "Alexander Hamilton" by Ron Chernow
Directed by Thomas Kail
Choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler
Featuring Carleigh Bettiol, Andrew Chappelle, Ariana DeBoseAlysha Deslorieux, Daveed Diggs, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Jonathan Groff, Sydney James Harcourt, Sasha Hutchings, Christopher Jackson, Thayne Jasperson, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Stephanie Klemons, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Javier Muñoz, Leslie Odom Jr., Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, Jon Rua, Phillipa Soo, Seth Stewart, Betsy Struxness, Ephraim Sykes, and Voltaire Wade-Greene
January 20 May 3

From the creative team behind the Tony Award-winning In The Heights comes a wildly inventive new musical about the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: Alexander Hamilton.

Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda wields his pen and takes the stage as the unlikely founding father determined to make his mark on a new nation as hungry and ambitious as he is.

From bastard orphan to Washington's right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy, HAMILTON is an exploration of a political mastermind.

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton, and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all attend this revolutionary tale of America’s fiery past told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation we’ve become.

Tony Award nominee Thomas Kail directs this new musical about taking your shot, speaking your mind, and turning the world upside down.

HAMILTON is the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award.

HAMILTON is made possible with the generous support of THE BLAVATNIK FAMILY FOUNDATION / WARNER MUSIC GROUP, RHODA R. HERRICK, THE WILF FAMILY FOUNDATION.

JOSEPHINE AND I
Written and Performed by Cush Jumbo
Directed by Phyllida Lloyd
February 27- April 5

Following a critically acclaimed run at London’s Bush Theatre, Olivier nominated actress and writer CUSH JUMBO (The RiverJulius Caesar, "Getting On") brings her “tour de force” (Times) one-woman show JOSEPHINE AND I to The Public.

Born into poverty in the slums of St. Louis, Josephine Baker became one of the most famous and groundbreaking stars of the 20th century. The first African-American performer to rise to international prominence, she was a French Resistance spy and civil rights activist who was married twice by age 16 and served as muse to Pablo Picasso, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, who called her “the most sensational woman anyone ever saw.”  Now, nearly forty years after her death, Baker’s life inspires a young woman to face up to the sacrifices required to follow one’s dreams. 

A “dazzling, exhilarating” (The Guardian) performance featuring swinging jazz and ragtime rhythms, this theatrical event directed by Tony nominee PHYLLIDA LLOYD (Julius Caesar, Mary Stuart, The Iron Lady, Mamma Mia!) interweaves a modern day story of an ambitious young woman with the fascinating life of the peerless, fearless Josephine Baker.

JOSEPHINE & I is made possible with the generous support of THE IAN MADOVER AND ARIELLE TEPPER MADOVER FAMILY FOUNDATION.

BUZZER
By Tracey Scott Wilson
Directed by Anne Kauffman
March 24 - April 26

Playwright Tracey Scott Wilson (The Good Negro, The Story) returns to The Public with BUZZERa darkly funny, intensely gripping new play The Chicago Tribune calls “a sizzling drama about race, real estate and sexual betrayal.”

Jackson left his tough Brooklyn neighborhood by winning a scholarship to Exeter, where he met Don, a play-hard rich boy who became his unlikely best friend. Now a Harvard-educated lawyer, Jackson’s bought a place in the newly gentrifying area he grew up in. But Jackson’s white girlfriend, Suzy, isn’t so sure she belongs in a community “on the verge.” When Don comes to crash with his old buddy and stay clean, his stories of the neighborhood's dangerous past collide with the growing disconnect between Jackson and Suzy, and the treacherous sexual and racial tensions waiting just beyond the door and demanding to be let in.

Obie Award-winner Anne Kauffman (DetroitBelleville) directs this electrifying New York premiere about love, fear, and the high costs of choosing with whom we make a home, and where. 

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Public Lab 
TOAST
By Lemon Andersen
Directed by Elise Thoron
April 21 - May 10

TOAST is an electrifying new play by acclaimed spoken word artist and Tony Award-winning writer Lemon Andersen (The Public’s County of Kings: The Beautiful Struggle, HBO’s “Def Poetry”), directed by Andersen’s County of Kings collaborator Elise Thoron. A Public Theater commission first presented at The Public’s Under the Radar Festival, TOAST ingeniously weaves major characters from black oral narratives into a gripping story about a group of inmates fighting to keep their minds free amidst the 1971 riots that rocked Attica Prison.  After 27 years served for murder in Attica’s D-Block, Willie Green, aka Dolomite, has become an unlikely father figure to his cellmates, folklore heroes like Jesse James, Hobo Ben, Annabelle Jones, Stackolee and Hard Rock. Though word is brewing throughout Attica that a riot is coming, Dolomite would rather not get involved. But when one of the youngest inmates in their block is viciously beaten by guards for protesting prison conditions, Dolomite has to decide whether to join the riots or lock himself in his cell and hope for a promised parole date and the chance to taste freedom. Honoring the spoken word narratives recited in pool halls, bars and prisons across America by generations of black poets, TOAST is a stunning new play about men trying to live free in a system—and a world—designed to keep them chained. TOAST was developed, in part, at the Sundance Institute Theatre Program. Funding for the development of TOAST is provided by Time Warner Inc., and the MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

 

GROUNDED
By George Brant
Directed by Julie Taymor
With Anne Hathaway
April 7 - May 17

Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway (InterstellarLes MisérablesTwelfth Night) returns to The Public in George Brant's (Elephant's Graveyard, The Mourners' Bench), spellbinding, ripped-from-the-headlines play GROUNDED. An ace fighter pilot reassigned to a remote-controlled drone faces twelve-hour shifts hunting targets from her Air Force trailer followed by twelve in the suburbs with her family in this "gripping" (New York Times) new play about the complicated consequences of waging war without leaving home. Named one of the Best Plays of the year by both London's The Evening Standard and The Guardian, and winner of the Smith Prize for Political Theater, GROUNDED comes to The Public's intimate Anspacher Theater under the masterful direction of two-time Tony Award winner Julie Taymor (A Midsummer Night's DreamThe Lion King, Frida, Across the Universe).

 

THE SOUND AND THE FURY
Produced, created and performed by Elevator Repair Service
Text by William Faulkner
Directed by John Collins

Featuring Daphne Gaines, Rosie Goldensohn, Mike Iveson, Vin Knight, Aaron Landsman, Randolph Curtis Rand, Greig Sargeant, Kaneza Schaal, Pete Simpson, Susie Sokol, Lucy Taylor, Tory Vazquez and Ben Williams

Obie Award winning ensemble ELEVATOR REPAIR SERVICE returns to The Public, home to its sold-out performances of Gatz (2010 and 2012) and Arguendo (2013), with their widely praised staging of William Faulkner’s modernist masterpiece, The Sound and the Fury.

With a lush sound score, high-energy choreography and a profoundly versatile ensemble, ERS delivers a verbatim staging of the novel’s opening chapter (“the Benjy chapter”), Faulkner’s famous experiment with memory and language. 

Serving up the tragic demise of Faulkner’s Compson family with humor and pathos against a backdrop of an eerily timeless Southern living room, this ensemble of theatrical daredevils, known for their fearless commitment, breathes thrilling new life into another American literary classic.

Elevator Repair Service in partnership with The Public Theater and the Lehoczky Escobar Family and Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz in association with Shawn M. Donnelley and David Gilbert present The Sound and the Fury. Originally presented by New York Theatre Workshop with the support of Dartmouth College.

Generously supported by the Howard Gilman Foundation.

For more information about The Sound and the Fury, click here.