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As the nation's foremost theatrical producer of Shakespeare and new work, The Public Theater is dedicated to achieving artistic excellence while developing an American theater that is accessible and relevant to all people through productions of challenging new plays, musicals and innovative stagings of the classics.

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If You See Something Say Something  | Open: 10/15/08 Close: 11/30/08
Called "The Master Storyteller" by The New York Times for his groundbreaking monologues, Mike Daisey (How Theater Failed America) returns to the intimate setting of Joe's Pub to tackle a story at the very core of our world today. With his signature style commentary, at once biting and hilarious, Daisey investigates the secret history of the Department of Homeland Security through the untold story of the father of the neutron bomb and a personal pilgrimage to the Trinity blast site. If You See Something Say Something takes us on a journey in search of what it means to be secure and the price we are willing to pay for it.
Joe's Pub 10: November 18-24  | Open: 11/18/08 Close: 11/24/08
11/18 9:30 PM, $20

"Empowering his characters with detail of Springsteen and Waits, Phelps' songwriting has leapt to a level inhabited by few (Dylan and Cohen spring to mind), while his voice sounds like Kentucky bourbon being poured over a waterfall. Frills are non-existent, instead Phelps relies on atmosphere and incredible warmth, lending these tales - all contenders for the plot of innumerable Cohen Brothers films - an air of late-autumn calm that simultaneously grips and soothes the listener."
- Logo

11/19 9:30 PM, $15

From Hasidic Brooklyn to Global Psychedelia: The Bottomless Well of Pharaoh's Daughter's Melodies is a Long Hitch-Hike from Yeshiva. . .

Blending a psychedelic sensibility and a pan-Mediterranean sensuality, Basya Schechter leads her band, Pharaoh's Daughter, through Doors-like improvisations, liturgical chants with Middle Eastern, and spiritual stylings filtered through percussion, flute, strings, oud, saz, bass, rhodes and electronica. Their sound has been cultivated by Basya's Hasidic musical background and by trips to the Middle East, Africa, Israel, Egypt, Central Africa, Turkey, Kurdistan and Greece.

A Night of Witchseason
11/20 9:30 PM, $20

SEASONS OF THE WITCH: words and music from London 1967-70 - Joe Boyd reads from his book, "White Bicycles: making music in the 1960s" and friends sing the songs of Nick Drake, Sandy Denny, the Incredible String Band and Richard Thompson.

11/21 7:00 PM, $12

“Achingly painful and suddenly tender, Robin Holcomb’s songs mirror a beguiling, bewildering world.” - Rolling Stone

"Man, Flutterbox is GREAT. A strange and beautiful world." - Bill Frisell

Flutterbox plays nectar-drunken summer pop, octane-overdriven lunar rock, midnight pin-drop haiku jazz and candle-powered protest folk. Flutterbox is flower-core and road-trip-hop, avant-bard and emo-lark all in one aerodynamic duo: siren songstress Janine Nichols and bassist laureate Neill Cardinal Furio.

11/21 9:30 PM, $15

NOT TO BE MISSED!!! The Hottest band from Ireland, the REPUBLIC of LOOSE hit Joes Pub for One Night Only. With Fans like Bono, Snow Patrol and Oasis it's no wonder this group from Dublin are huge over the Atlantic. With Duets released with Sinead O'Connor, Styles P and Shane McGowan dont be surprised to see some special guests during their showcase gig at Joes.

11/21 11:30 PM, $15

"Expert and inspired" - New York Times

Direct from a critically acclaimed European tour, the worlds best (and probably only) comic cabaret on rollerskates. Amy G, "a comic powerhouse" (Sydney Morning Herald) presents "a studied combination of elegance and slapstick" (Irish Times) musing on circles, perfectionism, beauty, love and other bad ideas. Featuring "surprisingly effective" original music on ukulele and doublebass (Jon Keay), "a spectacular voice," and some explicit content with mild to seething cultural significance.

11/22 7:30 & 9:30 PM, SOLD OUT
11/28 & 29 at 7:30 and 9:30 PM, $30

"More than a teacher and cultural ambassador representing Continental cultural history, she is a confrontational entertainer and heir to the political cabaret tradition of Weimar-era Germany. Where sensibility and feelings come first for American cabaret singers, Ms. Lemper doesn't perform anything that isn't propelled by an idea." - The New York Times

German-born cabaret legend Ute Lemper's performing career grows out from a passionate and enduring commitment to art, politics and history, and out of a contentious and complicated relationship with her homeland and its past. Tonight's journey leads through the French song world from Ferre, Piaf to Prevert and Brel and continues to the backstreets of Berlin , where ancient ghosts with new faces write poetry and songs between yesterday and tomorrow.

11/22 11:30 PM, $15

Pilgrim William, (Bradford Scobie) is a rosy-cheeked, rotten toothed pilgrim who simply loves being a pilgrim; despite the scurvy, starvation, cannibalism, freezing-to-death and periodic outbreaks of Piglet Pox. Pilgrim William has invited all his friends to come help us celebrate. Round-and-round she goes! Miss Saturn as the Hoola-hoopin' Pilgrim Woman! Gobble Gobble! Pinky Special performs her Thanksgiving Turkey-Tease, ending with Pilgrim William, cheerfully axing her to death. Who wants the thigh? Hubba Hubba! It's Dirty Martini as the strip-teasin' Pocahontas! She can scalp me any day! Cockadoodle-doo! It's Bambi Cornstar and her ourtrageous Chicken Strip! What the…? Why, it's Pilgrim William performing his own strip routine! I bet he's the only pilgrim on the plantation with peal-away knickers! Aye, it's Thanksgiving like you've never seen it! A historically unsound cornucopia of tasteless comedy, music, bloodshed and good, clean, nudity.

11/23 9:30 PM, $15

This is an unusual meeting of two like minded iconoclasts playing the music of one of America's greatest maverick composers. New York's "local cult favorite" THEO BLECKMANN and L.A.'s "future of instrumental music", the jazz funk collective KNEEBODY, are performing the songs of CHARLES IVES in this rare New York CD release performance for Winter&Winter. Invited by Maestro Kent Nagano himself, this bold collaboration premiered at the prestigious international Munich Opera Festspiele in 2007.

11/24 9:30 PM, $12

Twenty-five years, four continents, and several generations in the making, Zaki Ibrahim's music is captivating and vibrant. It's thick with poetics, and steeped in a delicious mixture of earnest emotion and humor. She was shaped by the diversity of her Apartheid-era hometown and household, where the lessons of Islam fed into discussions of Buddhism, Sufi philosophies courted drums, and Scottish folk songs intertwined with a rich, epic ancestral history. A fine web of worlds is present in every note, in every tone, in every word, and it is what makes her music both timeless and so undeniably fresh.

11/24 11:30 PM, $15

Julia Murney's Off-Broadway theatrical credits include originating the role of 'Queenie' in Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party at the Manhattan Theatre Club, for which she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. She was also seen in The Vagina Monologues, Crimes of the Heart, A Class Act, Time and Again, and First Lady Suite. Her debut solo album, I'm Not Waiting, was released in May 2006 on the Sh-K-Boom Records label.

Joe's Pub 10: November 25 - December 1  | Open: 11/25/08 Close: 12/01/08
Joe’s Pub Celebrates its 10th Anniversary
From Sept – Dec 2008 we’re featuring many of the artists and series that have cemented our reputation as the most influential music venue in New York.

New Work Now!  | Open: 05/07/10 Close: 05/23/10
New Work Now! is The Public Theater’s reading series that allows audiences an opportunity to experience new work by a diverse selection of established and emerging theater artists—all for FREE! Please read below to view details about this event.

Friday, May 7 at 7 PM

Written and Performed By Joy Harjo
Directed by Randy Reinholz
At Joe’s Pub* In collaboration with The Public Theater’s Native Theater Initiative
Internationally known poet, performer, writer, and musician Joy Harjo writes and performs her first piece for the theater. This one-woman, allegorical play re-imagines the creation myth through a precociously sensitive heroine—the child of a Cherokee waitress and an alcoholic Creek father. The piece received its first reading in 2007 at The Public’s Native Theater Festival before going on to a run at Native Voices at the Autry in Los Angeles.

*Table reservations are required and may be made by calling (212) 539-8778. There is a required two-drink or $12 food minimum per person.

Saturday, May 8 at 7 PM

By Rhiana Yazzie
Directed by Hayley Finn
In collaboration with The Public Theater’s Native Theater Initiative
Adrienne, a young Navajo woman, relates the mostly unknown story of Ady, a dancer from the West Indies who was the muse to surrealist artist Man Ray. Poetic, evocative and full of mystery, the play weaves together a contemporary coming of age story with an exploration of Native identity against the backdrop of the great surrealist art movement. Yazzie takes a fresh look at love, race, history and art.

Sunday, May 9 at 7 PM

By A. Rey Pamatmat
Directed by Lisa Peterson
Three kids — Kenny, his sister Edith, and their friend Benji — are all but abandoned on a farm in remotest Middle America. With little adult supervision, they feed and care for each other, making up the rules as they go. But when Kenny’s and Benji’s relationship becomes more than friendship, and Edith shoots something she really shouldn’t shoot, the formerly indifferent outside world comes barging in. An endearing coming of age story about young love.

Monday, May 10 at 7 PM

By Mona Mansour
Directed by Johanna Gruenhut
Written by 2009 Emerging Writers Group member Mona Mansour, Urge for Going tells the story of 17-year-old Jamila, a Palestinian girl growing up in a Lebanese refugee camp, who is desperate to escape the small and impoverished world she calls home. Mansour fuses global politics with the intimacy of family life in this smart and inventive drama.

Wednesday, May 12 at 7 PM

By Steven Cosson
Music and Lyrics by Michael Friedman
Directed by Steven Cosson
Polly, a photojournalist, disappears while working in the virgin rainforests of Barro Colorado Island in the Panama Canal. Phyllis, Polly's twin, embarks on an international search for her lost sister that spans the North American continent, from the tropics to arctic Churchill, Canada. With great wit, intelligence and theatricality, The Civilians weave the sisters’ story as they survive polar bears, tundra buggies, snakes, and a Chinese pimp - all while grappling with the harsh and seemingly hopeless realities of climate change.

Thursday, May 13 at 7 PM

By Thomas Bradshaw
Directed by May Adrales
Thomas Bradshaw pulls no punches in this comic absurdist drama. At the height of what Time magazine dubbed "AIDS hysteria" in 1983, college student David invites his boyfriend home to his parents' house in Virginia where nothing has changed since the 1800s—including the slave quarters. This darkly comic new play tackles race, sexuality, religion and the absurd but devastating nature of hate.

Sunday, May 16 at 7 PM

By Katori Hall
Director TBA
Rwanda, 1981. A girl sees the Virgin Mary, who shows her a vision of a glorious future for her country if only the people will pray. But will anyone believe her? A brand new piece by Katori Hall, recipient of London’s 2010 Olivier Award for Best New Play.

Monday, May 17 at 7 PM

Written and Directed by Adam Rapp
Dean has just returned from a tour of duty in Iraq to his home in Wisconsin, where his extended family plans a welcome home party. But as the night wears on, no one is prepared for the destruction that awaits. Beautifully observed, the play seethes with humor and danger while cracking open the wounds of family and war.

Tuesday, May 18 at 7 PM
Written and Performed by Universes (Steven Sapp, Mildred Ruiz, Gamal Abdel Chasten, William Ruiz aka “Ninja”)
Directed and Developed by Chay Yew
Ameriville takes on what it means to be an American – with heart, impassioned dance and incandescent harmonies. Universes uses Hurricane Katrina as a lens to scrutinize the state of the union and its attitudes about race, poverty, politics, history and government in their latest project. Following a Humana Festival debut and national tour, we are delighted to share this extraordinary piece with New York audiences.

Friday, May 21 at 7 PM

By Deborah Asiimwe
Directed by Liesl Tommy
In association with The Sundance Institute Theatre Program
This multi-media play investigates the lives of child soldiers in Uganda and other international areas of war. The play follows six dead children through the eyes of a photographer who captures the children's memories through images, while considering her conflicting role as artist and activist. Inspired by Asiimwe's experience interacting with former child soldiers in Uganda and Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army’s notorious reputation for child abduction, Forgotten World explores the boundary between art and exploitation.

Sunday, May 23 at 7 PM

By Diana Son
Director TBA
The Public has long been home to Diana Son where her plays Satellites and Stop Kiss world premiered. Now, join us in welcoming Diana back with a first look at her brand new work in which a reporter becomes obsessed with a woman who doesn't know who she is or where she came from.

Contemporary Native Playwriting and The Public Theater

Saturday, May 8, 2:00 pm

Betsy Theobald Richards (Cherokee), Native Theater Initiative Fellow at The Public, leads a discussion with Joy Harjo (Mvskoke Creek), Vickie Ramirez (Tuscarora) and Rhiana Yazzie (Navajo) about their writing processes and paths to the stage. These playwrights have recent work featured in The Public Theater’s New Work Now! reading series and the Public’s Emerging Writers Group Spotlight Series.