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ILLYRIA

Anspacher Theater

October 22 - December 10

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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.

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

Rosie Benton

Rosie Benton

Will Brill

Will Brill

Kristen Connolly

Kristen Connolly

Blake DeLong

Blake DeLong

Emma Duncan

Emma Duncan

Naian González Norvind

Naian González Norvind

Fran Kranz

Fran Kranz

John Magaro

John Magaro

John Sanders

John Sanders

Max Woertendyke

Max Woertendyke

Additional support for ILLYRIA provided by the Leon Levy Foundation. 

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World Premiere Play
ILLYRIA

Written and Directed by Richard Nelson

 

Featuring Rosie Benton (Colleen Dewhurst), Will Brill (Bernie Gersten), Kristen Connolly (Peggy Papp), Blake DeLong (David Amram), Emma Duncan (Gladys Vaughn), Naian González Norvind (Mary Bennett), Fran Kranz (Merle Debuskey), John Magaro (Joseph Papp), John Sanders (Stuart Vaughan), and Max Woertendyke (John Robertson).

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