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The Public Theater will hold its annual Gala in Central Park on Monday, June 10, 2013 honoring the late Nora Ephron and with a night only performance of The Pirates of Penzance!
We are delighted to announce that the centerpiece of this year’s Gala will be a one night only performance of The Pirates of Penzance. Kevin Kline will reprise his Tony Award-winning role of The Pirate King with Glenn Close as Ruth, Eric Idle as the Sergeant, and Martin Short as Major-General Stanley for The Public’s annual gala. Directed by Ted Sperling with musical staging by original choreographer Graciela Daniele, The Public Theater’s annual gala will take place on Monday, June 10 at The Delacorte Theater in Central Park where The Public’s award-winning production originally premiered more than three decades ago. The Public has a long history of premiering new musicals at The Delacorte Theater that have made a strong impact on the landscape of musical theater and are still performed around the world today.
The evening will begin at 5:00pm with cocktails and dinner al fresco provided by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Events. The performance will begin at 8pm followed by a cocktail dessert reception under the stars.
The evening will be a truly special one as we will honor the late Nora Ephron. Nora was a long time Public Theater Trustee, vocal supporter of our Shakespeare in the Park program, and a wise and tireless mentor for many young writers. She is celebrated as a journalist, essayist, playwright, and screenwriter, creator of When Harry Met Sally, Julie & Julia, You’ve Got Mail, Silkwood, and many other award-winning films, books, and plays. She is remembered for her warmth, wit, and passionate love of all things New York City. Sir Howard Stringer, Arielle Tepper Madover, and Renée Beaumont will join us as the Gala Co-Chairs in honoring her remarkable legacy.
There are two types of tickets available for purchase:
Type #1 includes the pre-performance dinner, special performance of The Pirates of Penzance, and post-performance dessert reception (Shakespeare Ticket, Delacorte Ticket & Belvedere Ticket)
Type #2 includes the special performance of The Pirates of Penzance and the post-performance dessert reception only (Gala Performance with Dessert Reception Ticket)
If you cannot attend the event, but would like to make a tax deductible contribution to The Public Theater please feel free to donate to us under the 'I Support The Public!' listing.
An important note for Type #1 Tickets: To buy tickets to the dinner or for dinner tables of 10 please call 212-539-8547 or via eMail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Full table prices are as follows:
$100,000 - Papp Table
$50,000 - Shakespeare Table
$25,000 - Delacorte Table
$15,000 - Belvedere Table
In the event of rain, sleet, snow, hail and other acts of God the show can't always go on. Should the performance or dinner be cancelled and we are unable to reschedule, your nonrefundable purchase will become a fully tax-deductible donation to The Public Theater. Thank you for supporting the unpredictable magic of live theater.
The only theater in New York that produces Shakespeare and the classics, musicals, contemporary, and experimental pieces in equal measure, The Public serves as an advocate for the theater as an essential cultural force in leading and framing dialogue on important issues of our day. These core democratic values, set in place by its visionary founder, Joseph Papp, inform all aspects of The Public’s activities.
Conceived nearly 60 years ago as one of the nation’s first nonprofit theaters, The Public has served as a model, both in terms of mission and programming, for nonprofit theaters that have blossomed throughout the country since that time. The Public engages one of the largest and most diverse audiences in New York City in a variety of venues—including the Delacorte Theater; its landmark downtown home, which houses five theaters and Joe’s Pub; and the Mobile Shakespeare Unit, which tours Shakespearean productions for underserved audiences throughout New York City’s five boroughs.
The Delacorte Theater in Central Park, the Company’s first permanent home, which marked its 50th anniversary of performances in 2012, has welcomed more than 5 million people to free performances since 1962. Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival, The Public Theater’s precursor, produced Shakespeare free of charge at various venues—including churches, parks, and the Company’s mobile theater unit—beginning in 1954.
In 1967, Papp established the Company’s downtown home on Lafayette Street in the former Astor Library with the world premiere of the musical Hair. In October 2012, The Public completed a revitalization of the landmark building, dramatically opening it up to the street and community, and transforming the lobby into a public piazza for audiences, artists, and the public.
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