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Todays Date: 06/28/22
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History of Productions View Current and Upcoming

The Agony And The Ecstasy Of Steve Jobs  | Open: 01/31/12 Close: 03/04/12
Following the success of The Last Cargo Cult, Mike Daisey turns his razor-sharp wit to America's most mysterious technology icon in this hilarious and harrowing tale of pride, beauty, lust, and industrial design. He illuminates how the former CEO of Apple and his obsessions shape our lives, while sharing stories of his own travels to China to investigate the factories where millions toil to make iPhones and iPods. Daisey's dangerous journey shines a light on our love affair with our devices and the human cost of creating them. 

"I will never be the same after seeing that show." - Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder

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.

Philip Roth in Khartoum  | Open: 12/04/08 Close: 12/21/08
A Labyrinth Theater Company Development Production

A marriage in the throes of sexual and financial problems is pushed to the brink in a game of Truth or Dare at a cocktail party. Philip Roth in Khartoum examines the destructive power of truth and the devastating impact of bad sex, autism, Philip Roth, absinthe and genocide on husbands and wives during an intimate evening with friends.

Philip Roth in Khartoum received its first reading at LAB's 2007 Summer Intensive program and was presented at last year's Barns Series. LAB Company Member Eric Bogosian describes Mr. Katz as "An important, incisive, scary, funny playwright. Always full of surprises."

Live Nude Plays  | Open: 11/16/08 Close: 11/19/08
Staged readings represent the second step in LAB's play development process, allowing artists to assess how audiences connect with their work, and letting them shape and refine the text in preparation for production. The third annual Live Nude Plays festival allows audiences to see exciting new work, to engage in LAB's development process by giving feedback to the artists, and to catch an early glimpse of future productions. The full schedule for the festival follows.

The roster of playwrights, all of them LAByrinth Company Members, includes David Anzuelo, Brett C. Leonard, Florenzia Lozano, Justin Reinsilber and Ed Vassallo.