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Awake and Sing!

July 6 - August 8

General Admission

Run Time: 2 hrs 15 mins, including one 5 min intermission and one 10 min intermission.

Considered Clifford Odets's finest play, AWAKE AND SING! premiered on Broadway in 1935, performed by the Group Theater. It is the story of the Bergers, a lower middle class, three-generation Jewish family living in a Bronx apartment during the Depression. Odets described it as "a struggle for life amid petty conditions," capturing a frenetic, pressured existence in this crowded dwelling with robust authenticity. The play recalls that this country was founded as the land of opportunity for immigrants who came with an enduring belief in the American dream. Odets's characters are all the parents, grandparents, and children who sought refuge and forged new lives. Families like these from around the world continue to make their way here every day, making Awake & Sing! as timely today as it was when it was first written.

The National Asian American Theatre Company will kick off its 25th Season in residency at The Public with this classic Odets drama. Stephen Brown-Fried directs an all-Asian American cast that includes Mia Katigbak recreating her OBIE Award-winning role as matriarch Bessie along with Sanjit De Silva, Mel Duane Gionson, Teresa Avia Lim, James Saito, Jon Norman Schneider, David Shih, Alok Tewari, and Henry Yuk. 

Post Show Discussions - join us immediately after these performances to go deeper into world of AWAKE AND SING!

Thursday, July 16
Beth Phillips
, who is writing the first comprehensive biography of Odets for Random House Knopf, will discuss with director Stephen Brown-Fried the implications of non-traditional casting in a society that can no longer ignore racial and economic disparity.

Thursday, July 23
"Creating Character": Join Peter Kim, NAATCO's Associate Producer, for a discussion with cast members about their process in creating their characters and the journey of revisiting the same role two years later.

Thursday, July 30
"Who Performs Whom?"
Can Asian American actors portraying Jewish Americans of Russian heritage change our perceptions of race and culture? Professor Karen Shimakawa (Chair, Performance Studies, NYU), Jorge I. Cortiñas, playwright-in-residence at Bard College, and Jonathan Kalb, drama critic and Professor of Theatre at Hunter College discuss NAATCO's Awake and Sing!

Rush Policy

Subject to availability, $30 rush tickets/ obstructed view tickets will be available for Awake and Sing! at the Taub Box Office at The Public Theater. 

Evening Shows – 6:00PM
Matinees – 1 hour prior to curtain of first show of the day
Limit two tickets per person. Cash or credit.


All orders subject to $5 per ticket service fee and $2 per ticket facility fee. Service fees are waived when you buy in person at the Box Office. All fees are waived for Public Theater Members and Partners. Plays, titles, actors, directors, and performance dates and times are subject to change.

NAATCO’S Acclaimed Production of


By Clifford Odets

Directed by Stephen Brown-Fried

Featuring Sanjit De Silva, Mel Duane Gionson, Mia Katigbak, Teresa Avia Lim, James Saito, Jon Norman Schneider, David Shih, Alok Tewari, and Henry Yuk