The Public Theater and The New Yorker Team Up to Talk Trump
By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, February 8, 2017
The Public Theater and The New Yorker announced today the creation of a new series as part of the Public’s spring 2017 Public Forum line-up that will explore the Trump presidency. Public Forum: A Well-Ordered Nation will bring together artists, thinkers, journalists, performers, and politicians to consider what it means to be responsible citizens and how culture can respond to politics in the age of Donald Trump.
The four-part series kicks off with “The Stuff of Fiction: A Conversation with Leading Writers” on February 20 in the Public’s Newman Theater. Bringing together playwright Tony Kushner (Angels in America, The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures); poet, essayist, and playwright Claudia Rankine (Citizen: An American Lyric); and renowned author Salman Rushdie (Midnight’s Children, The Satanic Verses), the forum will attempt to make sense of a time in American history when truth often feels stranger than fiction.
Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis says, “The new administration requires us to think more deeply, and to think together about who we are and who we might become. The Public is proud to collaborate with The New Yorker to grapple with the state of our union.”
“Our two organizations are committed to the freedom of expression—on the page, on the stage, and all those places in between,” adds New Yorker Editor David Remnick. “At a time of unprecedented political chaos, that mission has never been more clear.”
The series will continue on March 20 with “Truth to Power,” followed by “100 Days” on April 24, and “The Way Forward” on May 15, all at 7:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased by calling (212) 967-7555, or by visiting www.publictheater.org or the Taub Box Office at The Public Theater (425 Lafayette Street). Public Theater Member and partner tickets are $25; single tickets are $30. All four one-night-only events will be live-streamed at www.newyorker.com.
Cover: Salman Rushdie; photo: Talks at Google/YouTube