The Public Theater and
The Aspen Institute Arts Program Present

A FREE Public Forum Event


With readings from Shakespeare's plays by Alan Alda, Christine Baranski, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Matt Damon, Raúl Esparza, Hamish Linklater, Jesse L. Martin, Lily Rabe, Vanessa Redgrave, Gloria Reuben


Plus a town-hall discussion led by renowned political philosopher Michael Sandel

Monday, June 17 at 8pm
The Delacorte Theater in Central Park

Are there some things money can't buy? Do we have obligations to each other as citizens? In the spirit of free exchange epitomized by more than 50 years of The Public’s Shakespeare in the Park, join in an evening of theatre and public debate. This one-night-only Public Forum will include Shakespeare readings about money and justice as well as a lively town-hall conversation with the audience conducted by Harvard professor and best-selling author Michael Sandel about the way the language of money has been taking over our lives – the subject of his recent book, What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets.

This Public Forum event is presented in partnership with the Aspen Institute Arts Program (Damian Woetzel, Director).



Free Public Forum tickets will be distributed, two per person, at 12:00 p.m. on June 17 via the free line at the Delacorte Theater and the Virtual Ticketing drawing on the day of the event.

Reserved seats are also available by becoming a Public Forum Supporter with a tax-deductible donation of $75*. For information and to donate, call 212-967-7555.

Final cast subject to change.
*Public Forum Supporter tickets are subject to availability. Donations are non-refundable. Please note, seating locations will be allocated based strictly on giving level and the order in which requests are received. For priority seating, please contact our Partners Desk at 212-539-8734 or


PUBLIC FORUM, now in its third year, presents the theater of ideas. Curated by Jeremy McCarter, this series of lectures, conversations, and performances features leading voices in politics, media, and the arts. Alec Baldwin, Anne Hathaway, Cynthia Nixon, Michael Stuhlbarg, Sam Waterston, and former NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman have hosted its programs, which have featured the insights of Kurt Andersen, Carl Bernstein, David Brooks, David Byrne, Mary Schmidt Campbell, Nathan Englander, Hendrik Hertzberg, Arianna Huffington, Bill Irwin, Tony Kushner, Wynton Marsalis, Jay McInerney, Suzan-Lori Parks, Francine Prose, Reihan Salam, David Simon, Anna Deavere Smith, Ben Smith, Stephen Sondheim, Emma Straub, Sam Tanenhaus, Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, Marc Tracy, Damian Woetzel, the culture writers of New York Magazine, and young veterans of the war in Afghanistan - plus performances by Anne Hathaway, Michael Friedman, Gabriel Kahane, and Michael Cerveris, among others.

THE ASPEN INSTITUTE ARTS PROGRAM was established to support and invigorate the role of the arts in America, and to return the arts to the center of the Aspen Institute’s “Great Conversation.” Directed by Damian Woetzel, it brings together artists, advocates, educators, managers, foundations and government officials to exchange ideas and develop policies that strengthen the reciprocal relationship between the arts and society. For more information about the Aspen Institute contact Erica Sheftman (212) 895-8040 and visit and follow us on Twitter: @AspenInstArts.