Last night, June 18, The Public Theater
celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Delacorte Theater, home of Shakespeare in the Park, and honored Al Pacino
for his body of work at The Public. The evening included a benefit reading of Romeo and Julie featuring Kevin Kline
as Romeo and Meryl Streep
as Juliet. CLICK HERE
for BroadwayWorld's coverage of the benefit performance!
Conceived by Public Theater founder Joe Papp as a way to make great theater accessible to all, over the past five decades more than five million people have enjoyed over 150 productions of Shakespeare and other classical works and musicals at the Delacorte Theater, which officially opened on June 18, 1962. This year, the Shakespeare in the Park season presents As You Like It and Into The Woods.
Al Pacino recently appeared in the critically acclaimed 2010 Shakespeare in the Park production of The Merchant of Venice, directed by Daniel Sullivan, which transferred to Broadway and earned him a Tony Award nomination. His other Public Theater credits include Marcus Antoinus in Julius Caesar in 1988. He has also appeared on Broadway in Salome; Hughie, which he appeared in and directed; Chinese Coffee; American Buffalo; Richard III; The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel, and Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie? both earning him a Tony Award; and Camino Real. His additional Off-Broadway credits include The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui; The Indian wants the Bronx, earning him an Obie and Theatre World Award; The Connection; Tiger at the Gates; The Local Stigmatic; Hello; Out There; and Orphans. Pacino is an Academy Award and two-time Emmy winner who has appeared in more than 35 films. He also received the NEA National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama earlier this year.
The only theater in New York that produces Shakespeare and the classics, musicals, contemporary and experimental pieces in equal measure, The Public continues the work of its visionary founder, Joe Papp, by acting as an advocate for the theater as an essential cultural force, and leading and framing dialogue on some of the most important issues of our day. Creating theater for one of the largest and most diverse audience bases in New York City for nearly 60 years, today the Company engages audiences in a variety of venues—including its landmark downtown home, which houses five theaters and Joe’s Pub; the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, home to the beloved, free Shakespeare in the Park; and the Mobile Shakespeare Unit, which tours Shakespearean productions for underserved audiences throughout New York City’s five boroughs. The Public’s wide range of programming includes free Shakespeare in the Park, the bedrock of the Company’s dedication to making theater accessible to all, new and experimental stagings at its downtown home, and a range of artist and audience development initiatives including its Public Forum series, which brings together theater artists and professionals from a variety of disciplines for discussions that shed light on social issues explored in Public productions. The Public Theater receives annual support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. For more, visit www.publictheater.org
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