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Public Theater’s 2024-25 Season Announced

By: David Sheward

May 14, 2024: Yet another Gatsby, a new play by Pulitzer Prize winner James Ijames, four short pieces by Caryl Churchill, and the reopening of the Delacorte in Central Park are among the offerings in the Public Theater’s 2024-25 season. 

Cara Ricketts, Joel Ashur, and Johnny Ramey in “Good Bones” at the Studio Theater in Washington, DC. Credit: Margot Schulman

Public Theater’s 2024-25 Season Announced

By: David Sheward

May 14, 2024: Yet another Gatsby, a new play by Pulitzer Prize winner James Ijames, four short pieces by Caryl Churchill, and the reopening of the Delacorte in Central Park are among the offerings in the Public Theater’s 2024-25 season. 

The season opens with the North American premiere of Belvoir St Theater’s Counting and Cracking by S. Shakthidharan about a Sri Lakan-Australian family from 1964-2004. Sept. 6-22 (opening Sept. 12) at the NYU Skirball Center.

Good Bones by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright James Ijames (Fat Ham) follows Sept. 19-Oct. 13 (opens Oct. 1).  A work opportunity to revitalize the blighted neighborhood she grew up in has led Aisha and her chef husband Travis to buy and renovate a charming old house. But as everyone knows, renovation is expensive and stressful—both for buildings and the communities that surround them. Aisha’s young contractor Earl grew up in the area too, but his memories are of more than just dangerous streets and hollowed-out homes. The Public’s Associate Artistic Director Saheem Ali directs this New York premiere play about community, change, and the soul of our cities.

Australian playwright David Finnigan will star in his solo play Deep History combining 75,000 years of human history and his personal experience with the deadly brush fires which consumed his home town of Camberra. (Oct. 5-27, opens Oct. 10).

Gatz from Elevator Repair Service will return to the Public Theater this fall.
Credit: Joan Marcus

If the two musical current versions of The Great Gatsby and this season’s earlier immersive experience weren’t enough for you, Elevator Repair Service will return with the final NYC engagement of Gatz, their six-hour staged version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s entire novel as staged by bored office workers. The previous original run garnered Lortel and Obie Awards. Nov. 1-Dec. 1 (opens Nov. 8).

Ma-Yi Theater and the Public will co-present Sumo, Lisa Sinaye Dring’s new play about six men training at an elite Tokyo sumo facility. (Winter 2025).

Caryl Churchill returns to the Public with the North American premiere of four of her short pieces, Glass, Kill, What If If Only and Imp. (Spring 2025) Churchill’s The Skriker, presented at the Public in 1996, remains one of my most cherished theater memories. Its brilliant images of an evil spirit tormenting two British young women are indelible. This quartet of pieces is described as being about a girl made of glass, gods and murder, a pack of ghosts and a secret in a bottle. Sounds intriguing.

Toby Jones in Caryl Churchill’s Imp at London’s Royal Court.
Credit: Johann Persson

The newly renovated Delacorte Theater will reopen with an all-star production of Twelfth Night in the summer of 2025. Casting and specific dates have yet to be announced.

The first production of the 2025-26 season will be Else Went’s Initiave. A bittersweet reflection on adolescence at the dawn of the new millennium, Initiative charts the intertwined lives of seven teens from 2000-2004, as they become friends and more than friends, wrestle with their potential, face incalculable loss, and struggle to find their way in (and get out of) “Coastal Podunk, California.” 

“In my 20th season at The Public Theater, I’m overjoyed to share programming that is as bold and ambitious as The Public’s mission,” said Artistic Director Oskar Eustis. “Two Australian artists anchor the start of the season; S. Shakthidharan brings us an epic Sri Lankan-Australian tale of family and healing, and David Finnigan brings reports from the front lines of climate change. Following his Pulitzer Prize-winning Fat Ham, James Ijames returns with a ghostly tale of urban renewal. Rounding out the fall, Elevator Repair Service returns to The Public for a final encore in NYC of their innovative take on The Great Gatsby. Lisa Sanaye Dring starts off 2025 with her Public Theater debut about the rarely explored world of the ancient Japanese tradition of sumo. Caryl Churchill, one of the world’s great dramatists, returns to The Public with a quartet of inventive short plays. We will also share an audio play about death row, written by John Purugganan from a maximum security prison.”

Eustis continued, “The season finishes with the reopening of The Delacorte Theater. We’re counting down the minutes until we can celebrate our revitalized home with a joyful production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Our first preview of the following season is Initiative, Else Went’s professional debut with the play she developed in The Public’s Emerging Writers Group. This next season is a true testament to the expanse of The Public’s tent, where we’re honored to bring these extraordinary artists and six acclaimed theater companies to our stages.”

2023-24 Broadway/Off-Broadway/Awards Calendar (and Beyond)

Spring 2024

May 14–All of Me (The New Group/Signature Center)

May 17–Drama League Awards (Ziegfeld Ballroom)

May 20–Chita Rivera Awards Ceremony (NYU Skirball)

May 23–Outer Critics Circle Awards ceremony (Bruno Walter Auditorium/NY Public Library for the Performing Arts)

May 28–Ben Platt at the Palace

Summer 2024

June 4–What Became of Us (Atlantic Stage 2)

June 5–Home (Roundabout/Todd Haimes)

June 10–Drama Desk Awards (NYU Skirball)

June 10–Theater World Awards

June 12–The Welkin (Atlantic Theater Company)

June 12–Titanic (Encores/City Center)

June 16–Tony Awards (David Koch Theater/Lincoln Center)

June 20–Cats (Perelman Performing Arts Center)

July 11–Oh, Mary! (Lyceum)

Fall 2024

Sept. 12–The Roommate (Booth)

Sept. 12–Counting and Cracking (Public Theater/NYU Skirball)

Sept. 24–Vladimir (MTC/City Center Stage I) (previews begin; opening TBA)

Sept. 30–MCNEAL (Vivian Beaumont/LCT)

Oct. 1–Yellowface (Roundabout/Todd Haimes)

Oct. 1–Good Bones (Public)

Oct. 9–The Counter (Roundabout/Laura Pels)

Oct. 10–Our Town (Barrymore)

Oct. 10–Deep History (Public)

Oct. 20–Sunset Boulevard (St. James)

Nov. 8–Gatz (Elevator Repair Service/Public)

Nov. 11–What a Wonderful World: The Louis Armstrong Musical (Studio 54)

Nov. 14–Tammy Faye (Palace)

Nov. 25–Eureka Day (MTC/Samuel J. Friedman) (previews begin; opening TBA)

King Lear (Kenneth Branagh Theater Company/The Shed)

Left on Tenth

Romeo and Juliet w/Kit Connor, Rachel Zegler

Winter 2024-25

Jan. 23–English (Roundabout/Todd Haimes Theater)

Feb. 20–Liberation (Roundabout/Laura Pels)

Sumo (Ma-Yi Theater/Public)

2024-25

My Son’s a Queer (But What Can You Do?)

Romeo and Juliet w.Tom Holland/Francesca Amewudah-Rivers (?)

Smash

Wine in the Wilderness (CSC)

Spring 2025

March 25–Old Friends (MTC/Samuel J. Friedman) (previews begins opening TBA)

April 24–The Pirates of Penzance (Roundabout/Todd Haimes Theater)

Glass. Kill. What If If Only. Imp. (Public)

Othello

Show Boat (Target Margin/NYU Skirball)

Summer 2025

Twelfth Night (Public Theater/Delacorte)

Fall 2025

Initiative (Public)

Future–Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death; Beaches the Musical; Black Orpheus; BOOP! The Betty Boop Musical; Come Fall in Love–The DDLJ Musical; Crazy Rich Asians; Death Becomes Her; The Devil Wears Prada; Ella: An American Miracle; Everybody’s Talking About Jamie; Frida, the Musical; Game of Thrones; The Griswolds’ Broadway Vacation; High Noon; Imitation of Life; The Interestings; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; The Karate Kid; La La Land; Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil; The Mousetrap; Nancy Drew and the Mystery at Spotlight Manor; Pal Joey; Purple Rain; The Queen’s Gambit; Rear Window; The Nanny; The Normal Heart/The Destiny of Me; The Queen of Versailles; The Secret Garden; Sing Street; Soul Train; Stranger Things: The First Shadow; Working Girl.

2024-25 Broadway Season Breakdown

New Plays

Left on Tenth

MCNEAL

Oh, Mary!

The Roommate

New Musicals

Old Friends

Smash

Tammy Faye

What a Wonderful World: The Louis Armstrong Musical

Play Revivals

English

Eureka Day

Othello

Our Town

Romeo and Juliet

Musical Revivals

The Pirates of Penzance

Sunset Boulevard