Delacorte Theater. Photo: Steve Brown.
One Night Only Event with Renée Elise Goldsberry, Danai Gurira, Oscar Isaac, Norm Lewis, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Kimber Elayne Sprawl
Evening to Celebrate Gil Shiva and the Susan Stein Shiva and Jamie Maleszka Family Foundation of the Fortune Society
Hosted by Gala Co-Chairs Mercedes Bass, Jason Blum and Lauren Schuker Blum, and Julio Peterson
The Gala Benefits Committee includes Barry Diller and Diane von Fürstenberg, Peter Dinklage and Erica Schmidt, The Nora Ephron and Nicholas Pileggi Foundation, Princess Firyal of Jordan, Ryan and Ethan Hawke, Kenneth B. Lerer, Lynn Nesbitt, SI Newhouse Foundation , Elizabeth Peabody, Richard Roth, Liev Schreiber and Julie Turaj & Robert Pohly
The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham; Board Chair, Arielle Tepper) today announced that the annual Public Theater Gala, GALA ON THE GREENwill be held on tuesday 24 may at the Delacorte Theatre, kicking off the 60th anniversary season of Free Shakespeare in the Park.
The one-time summer gala will be a one-night-only evening celebration on the Delacorte Lawn in Central Park. GALA ON THE GREEN will present performances of Renee Elise Goldsberry, Oscar Isaac, Norm Lewis, Kimber Elayne Sprawland more, plus special appearances from Danai Gurira and Lin Manuel Miranda. In addition, there will be performances at cocktail parties by Jina Brass Band and rich dj Medina. Other appearances will be announced later. Meg Zervoulis will serve as music director.
The intimate evening of dinner and performances will be hosted by the gala co-chairs Mercedes Bass, Jason Blum and Lauren Shumaker Blumand Julio Peterson. The Gala Benefits Committee includes Barry Diller and Diane von Fürstenberg, Peter Dinklage and Erica Schmidt, Nora Ephron and Nicholas Pileggi Foundation, Princess Firyal of Jordan, Ryan and Ethan Hawke, Kenneth B. Lerer, Lynn Nesbitt, SI Newhouse Foundation, Elizabeth Peabody, Richard Roth, Liev Schreiberand Julie Turaj and Robert Pohly.
“For more than 60 years, The Public has created a great celebration of civic unity: Free Shakespeare in the Park. Imitated around the world, Free Shakespeare in the Park is the most democratic artistic offering in the world, and we are proud to play our part in bringing New York culture back to vibrant and extraordinary life,” said Artistic Director Oskar Eustis. “We honor Gil Shiva and his family, as well as Jamie Maleszka. Gil has been an unwavering supporter of The Public for over half a century, a gracious and insightful board member who has given us, as well as than in New York, more than we can repay. Jamie Maleszka has done the work of angels with The Fortune Society, one of New York’s most influential non-profit organizations. The Fortune Society is dedicated to helping the people with criminal histories and their families and has been one of our key partner organizations since the inception of Public Works Both Jamie and Gil are amazing, and we salute them for their heart, passion, commitment and generosity .
“Each year, our Gala is a time of celebration for everyone who makes The Public’s work possible: our staff, artists, community members, donors and partners. This year’s gala is especially special as we celebrate 60 years of sharing incredible artistry with all of New York through one of summer’s most treasured traditions, Free Shakespeare in the Park,” said Executive Director Patrick Willingham. “Arts and culture organizations in New York City continue to move forward with hope and commitment to a vibrant and equitable future despite the challenges of the pandemic, and we are especially proud to make major progress in our plan to revitalize the Delacorte. This anniversary year is a special time as we ensure The Delacorte continues to thrive and serve New Yorkers for generations to come.
The May Gala will begin with cocktails at 6:00 p.m. in Central Park in front of the Delacorte Theater, followed by a three-course dinner beginning at 7:00 p.m. Musical performances will take place throughout cocktails and dinner. In case of bad weather on Tuesday May 24, the Annual Gala will take place on Wednesday May 25.
This year, Le Public honors the singular Gil Shivaincluding the leadership, integrity and management of Susan Stein Shiva Foundation guided The Public Theater for decades. A longtime public theater administrator and passionate advocate for the arts, Shiva’s commitment to inclusive theater is felt in every corner of New York City.
The public will also present their second annual Community Leadership Award to Jamie Maleszkadirector of creative arts at The Fortune Society, one of the founding community partners of Public Works and a long-time partner of the Mobile Units. Maleszka is an amazing collaborator with The Public to celebrate and amplify community art.
Gala tickets start at $2,500 and are available by calling 212.539.8634, online at publictheater.org/gala22, or by email at [email protected] Proceeds from the gala will help support The Public’s mission to provide a home for artists who express the pressing issues of our time, to provide free and affordable access to thousands of New Yorkers with Free Shakespeare in the Park and to other groundbreaking works, and to strengthen the vital relationship between our artists and the public.
The public will once again welcome the public to La Delacorte at full capacity this summer. Proof of a full COVID-19 vaccination on the date of participation will be required for access to the establishment and the theater. Face masks are not mandatory, but are recommended, while in attendance. Public theater staff and performers are subject to a mandatory vaccination and booster policy, in addition to on-site testing protocols when working in all facilities. For more information on health and safety protocols this season, please visit thepublic.nyc/safeinthepark.
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THE PUBLIC continues the work of its visionary founder Joe Papp as a civic institution engaging, on stage and off, with some of today’s most important ideas and social issues. Conceived more than 60 years ago as one of the nation’s first non-profit theaters, The Public has long operated on the principles that theater is a vital cultural force and that art and culture belong to all. . Led by Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham, The Public’s wide array of programming includes an annual season of new works at its iconic Astor Place home, Free Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. , the Mobile Unit on tour in the five boroughs of New York, Public Forum, Under the Radar, Public Lab, Public Works, Public Shakespeare Initiative and Joe’s Pub. Since HAIR’s inception in 1967, The Public has continued to create the canon of American theater and is currently represented on Broadway by Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning musical Hamilton and Ntozake Shange’s revival for girls of color who have contemplated suicide / when the rainbow is enough. Their programs and productions can also be seen regionally across the country and around the world. The Public has received 59 Tony Awards, 184 Obie Awards, 55 Drama Desk Awards, 58 Lortel Awards, 34 Outer Critics’ Circle Awards, 13 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards, 58 AUDELCO Awards, 6 Antonyo Awards and 6 Pulitzer Prizes. publictheatre.org
The Public Theater stands in honor of the first inhabitants and our ancestors. We acknowledge the land on which The Public and its theaters are located – the original homeland of the Lenape people – and the painful history of genocide and forced expulsion from this territory. We honor generations of stewards and pay homage to the many diverse Indigenous peoples still connected to this land.
The audience also pays our respects to the residents of Seneca Village, a community of black landowners who were evicted from their land and whose village was destroyed when Central Park was created. We recognize the sacrifice these ancestors made and honor the legacy of Seneca Village.
The Jerome L. Greene Foundation is the proud season sponsor of Free Shakespeare in the Park.
The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for Public Theater activities throughout the year.
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