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ILLYRIA – the story of Joe Papp and Shakespeare in Central Park

It is 1958, and New York City is in the midst of a major building boom; a four-lane highway is planned for the heart of Washington Square; Carnegie Hall is designated for demolition; entire neighborhoods on the West Side are leveled to make room for a new “palace of art.” And a young Joe Papp and his colleagues face betrayals, self-inflicted wounds, and anger from the city’s powerful elite as they continue their free Shakespeare productions in Central Park.

From the creator of the most celebrated family plays of the last decade comes a drama about a different kind of family – one held together by the simple and incredibly complicated belief that the theater, and the city, belong to all of us.

In addition to the Free First Preview, a limited number of free tickets for all performances except for opening night will be distributed in the lobby of The Public beginning 90 minutes prior to each scheduled performance, and will continue, while supplies last, up to the posted curtain time. An additional number of free tickets will be offered through TodayTix, furthering the mission of making great theater accessible to all.

Anspacher Theater
October 22 – December 10
Preview Members (10/22-10/30): $50

Preview Members (All other dates): $75

Members: start at $50

Non-Members: start at $75 plus fees

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The New York Times has called Tony Award-winning playwright and director Richard Nelson’s plays “a triumph of civic theater.” This season, the writer-director of the acclaimed Apple Family Plays and last season’s The Gabriels returns to 425 Lafayette to reveal a forgotten chapter of The Public Theater’s own history.

Pelleas et Melisande at the Swedish Cottage Theater in Central Park

City Parks Foundation’s Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre and SummerStage Festival present Pelleas et Melisande this weekend – a commissioned, site-specific work directed, choreographed, and designed by Luca Veggetti. A theatrical puppet experience that tells the story of doomed love based on Maurice Maeterlinck’s symphonic poem. Set to a composition by Arnold Schoenberg, the audience is taken on a journey of love and its consequences told through puppetry.

We caught the initial performance Wednesday evening and it was a magically evocative combination of puppetry, choreography and stage production. It is a very special piece that should not be missed – and one which happily demonstrates the possibilities that a brilliant imagination and inspired performances can bring to the iconic theater. We look forward to more “adult oriented” production in the future.

Global Citizen 2017 in Central Park

The Global Citizen Festival 2017, happening in New York City’s Central Park, is here! If you’re in the New York City area, hopefully you’ve already earned your tickets and are planning to join us on the Great Lawn on Sept. 23. (Get tips on what you need to know about attending here .)

If you can’t join us in person, don’t despair! There are lots of ways you can still see all the action, on your TV, the web, and more.

MSNBC

Watch live on MSNBC on Sept. 23. Coverage begins at 3 p.m. ET. Check listings for MSNBC’s channel in your area. You can also get original articles and video, and a live stream of the Festival, at msnbc.com/globalcitizen.

GlobalCitizen.org

Come back to this page right here and watch the action on our YouTube player, embedded above, starting at 4 p.m.

YouTube, thanks to T-Mobile

Stream live on YouTube, thanks to T-Mobile on Sept. 23 at 4 p.m. ET. You can visit Global Citizen’s YouTube page to set a reminder notification for when we go live (or click “Set Reminder” on the embedded YouTube player above). This is also where we’ll feature highlights from the show, so you can go back and re-watch your favorite festival moments.

Twitter, thanks to T-Mobile

Experience the first ever virtual reality live stream of Global Citizen Festival with Citi and Live Nation. You’ll have unprecedented access and a view like no other. Learn more here.

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Patti Smith at SummerStage in Central Park

Amazing night with Patti Smith and her band Jackson Smith and Jesse Paris Smith honoring Fred Sonic Smith on September 14, 2017.

Patti Smith and their two children, Jackson and Jesse Paris, rocked the house with her band (Lenny Kaye, Tony Shanahan and Jesse’s friend Rebecca Foon) in honor of the late Fred “Sonic” Smith’s memory.

Smith also paid tribute to Grant Hart of Husker Dü (“Peaceable Kingdom”) and playwright Sam Shepard (“Pissing in the River”). It was a thrilling late summer night’s performance that finished with an appearance by Michael Stipe of R.E.M.

PATTI SMITH

Patti Smith, born in Chicago and raised in South Jersey, migrated to New York in 1967. In 1975 Patti Smith’s first recording, Horses, was inducted into the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress in 2010 by The Library of Congress by the National Recording Preservation Board. Her subsequent albums are Radio Ethiopia, Easter, and Wave, Dream of Life, Gone Again, Peace and Noise, Gung Ho, trampin, Land, twelve,Banga. Outside Society, and Horses/Horses. She is a four time Grammy nominee, most recently nominated for a 2017 Grammy for the spoken word recording of her latest book M Train, and a Golden Globe nominee for the song Mercy Is from the film Noah.

Author of the acclaimed memoir, Just Kids, which chronicled her friendship and journey in art with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, Patti Smith was awarded the 2010 National Book Award. Her other books include Witt, Babel, Coral Sea, Woolgathering, Auguries of Innocence, Collected . . . → Read More: Patti Smith at SummerStage in Central Park


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