Liev At The Public Theatre Unveiling



The stars came out on Thursday as The Public Theater celebrated the completion of the $40 million revitalization of its down town home at Astor Place with a special rededication ceremony. The event featured the “throwing out of the first lines” of Shakespeare by city officials and artists with ties to The Public, which included Liev who brought his son Sammy, followed by a special performance from the cast of Hair, which had its world première at The Public when it opened in 1967. A physical expression of the Company’s core mission of sparking dialogues, fostering artistic development and experimentation and increasing public accessibility, the revitalization project opened up the landmark building to the street and community, and transformed the lobby into a public piazza for artists, students and audiences.

The unveiling and rededication of The Public Theater at Astor Place caps off a milestone year for The company that has included the 50th anniversary of its free Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater and the expansion of its Mobile Unit, which brings Shakespeare to underserved audiences at prisons, homeless shelters, centers for the elderly and other community venues throughout the five boroughs.

The Public’s 2012-2013 season at its Astor Place home will begin this fall, starting with the world première of Colman Domingo’s Wild With Happy beginning on October 9

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