The Public Theater has developed a plan that it feels is safe and flexible. The new season is known as 2020-202ONE, because all of the shows are solo performances, for the safety of both the actors and their audiences. The following shows have been approved for Public performance by the publishers and authors.
Depending on circumstances, performances will be live (with social distancing) and/or streaming. The show must go on!
Courtnie Mercer, the theater’s company manager, said “We are excited to move forward with our season of one-person shows. We feel this is a safe and flexible way for patrons near and far to enjoy theater during these uncertain times.” More information about the lineup can be found here.
Sept. 10-Oct. 11
Buyer & Cellar by Jonathan Tolins
A hilarious comedy about the price of fame, the cost of things, and the oddest of odd jobs. Alex is a struggling actor in L.A. working in the Malibu basement of a beloved megastar. Will Alex ever make upstairs?
Oct. 15-Nov. 15
Squeamish by Aaron Mark
Phobia and compulsion are at work in this psychological horror about craving what terrifies us. Sharon is an Upper West Side shrink, longtime recovering alcoholic, and world-class ‘hemophobe’. She finds herself in the South Plains of Texas…off her psychotropic drugs—after her nephew’s sudden death.
Nov. 19-Dec. 27
Fully Committed by Becky Mode
A side-splitting holiday comedy with forty diverse characters designed to be played by a single versatile performer. Sam, an out-of-work actress, works the red-hot reservation line at Manhattan’s number-one restaurant. While juggling scheming socialites, name-dropping wannabes, fickle celebrities and egomaniacal bosses, can she manage to look out for herself?
Jan. 14-Feb, 14, 2021
Thurgood by George Stevens, Jr.
Depicting the life of Thurgood Marshall, the first African American Supreme Court justice, and his role in the historic decision on the Brown v. Board of Education case, this is a story rich in history, humanity and humor
Feb. 25-Mar. 28
Empanada by Anel I. Flores
The story of a Lesbiana en probaditas.
Apr 8-May 9
Golda’s Balcony by William Gibson
A dramatic look at idealism, power, and the strength it takes to shape the destiny of a nation. This tight-knit story of war and peace opens in 1973, on the eve of the Yom Kippur War, and uses flashbacks as Golda tells the story of her life: her journey from her birthplace in Russia to her life in the United States.
May 13 -June 13
I Am My Own Wife by Doug Wright
A fascinating tale of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a real-life German transvestite who managed to survive both the Nazi onslaught and the repressive East German Communist regime. Based on a true story, and inspired by interviews
Jun. 1-Jun. 27
Fresh Ink New Works Fest
Two new productions will be presented as part of the new-works festival.
Jul. 15 – Aug. 15
Ann by Holland Taylor
A no-holds-barred portrait of Ann Richards, the legendary late Governor of Texas. This inspiring and hilarious play brings us face to face with a complex, colorful, and captivating character bigger than the state from which she hailed.
All of these shows have adult themes. Parental discretion is advised.