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Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003

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22 Oct - 26 Nov 2017

Richard Nelson makes some pointed remarks about gentrification in his new drama

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A love song to art and theatre in New York!

The Tony Award-winning playwright and director Richard Nelson returns to the Public Theater in late 2017 with his newest world premiere drama that places the human cost of the controversial gentrification of New York City in 1958, squarely at its center. The author of the blisteringly popular Apple Family plays and the Tony-winning musicals James Joyce's The Dead and the Broadway version of Chess, his ode to the downtown NYC spirit mixes class drama with civic pride.

What is it about?

The year is 1958 and New York City is a virtual building site; every bit of spare land is being built on - and even the older buildings are targeted for regeneration too. With a four-lane highway planned for Washington Square and Carnegie Hall earmarked for demolition, there is underlying tension as entire neighborhoods on the West Side are razed to the ground to build a brand-new 'palace of art'. At the center of the drama is a young Joe Papp and his colleagues; they all face cold betrayals, self-inflicted wounds and resentment from the city's moneyed elite as they steadfastedly continue to stage their free Shakespeare In The Park productions. Money versus art, the elite versus the local population; never had regeneration been so contentious until now.

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Opening night: 22 October 2017

Booking through until: 26 November 2017


Suitable for ages 12+

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