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PUBLIC THEATER ANNUAL GALA

Join us the final performance of the 2021 Free Shakespeare in the Park production of MERRY WIVES. For its 11-week run, MERRY WIVES is ushering the return of live theater to New York City. We hope you will be there to celebrate this milestone with us.

The auction is now live! Don't miss your chance to win 10 years of premium seats to FREE SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK, a stay at TWA Hotel, original HAMILTON props, and more. Bid today until Tuesday, September 21 at 2PM ET.

Monday, September 20
6:00PM ET Dinner
8:00PM ET Performance
The Delacorte Theater in Central Park

MERRY WIVES
By William Shakespeare
Adapted by Jocelyn Bioh
Directed by Saheem Ali

CHAIRED BY
The Public Theater Board of Trustees

HONOREE
We will honor Founder and former Artistic Director, Joe Papp, who would have celebrated his 100th birthday this past June.

Joe was a champion of New York and believed fiercely in theater created of, by, and for all people. We are proud to celebrate the return of live performances at The Delacorte Theater by honoring his life and legacy.

COMMUNITY HONOREE
We will also honor Public Theater Community Member, Vivian Jett Brown, with an inaugural Annual Community Leadership Award. 

The Annual Community Leadership Award recognizes a member of The Public Theater who has provided exemplary service to their community by establishing meaningful relationships and enhancing the lives of their neighbors. The recipient opens sustainable pathways for all New Yorkers to express their creative power, embodying the belief that culture belongs to everyone. Their leadership leaves lasting impact on their community, The Public Theater, and the city of New York.

In the event of inclement weather on Monday, September 20, a performance-only Gala will take place on Tuesday, September 21.

Please note that donor-advised funds (DAF) cannot be used as payment — either partially or wholly — for any Gala tickets, tables, or auction items that confer goods and/or benefits with substantial value. However, you may still support our event through a DAF by making a fully-deductible contribution.

If you have any questions, please contact gala@publictheater.org or 212.539.8634.

TABLES & TICKETS.

Joe Papp Table

$100,000 ($98,420 Tax Deductible)

  • VIP Table seating for ten (10) at the pre-performance dinner
  • VIP seating for ten (10) to the special Gala performance
  • Access to exclusive MERRY WIVES rehearsal footage
  • Four (4) tickets to a 2022 Free Shakespeare in the Park Opening Night 
  • Two (2) branded Public Theater picnic blankets
  • Recognition on the Gala webpage and at the event
  • Verbal recognition from the podium

Shakespeare Table

$50,000 ($48,460 Tax Deductible)

  • Table seating for ten (10) at the pre-performance dinner
  • Premium seating for ten (10) to the special Gala performance
  • Access to exclusive MERRY WIVES rehearsal footage
  • Two (2) tickets to a 2022 Free Shakespeare in the Park Opening Night
  • One (1) branded Public Theater picnic blanket
  • Recognition on the Gala webpage and at the event

Delacorte Table (limited availability)

$25,000 ($23,460 Tax Deductible)

  • Table seating for ten (10) at the pre-performance dinner
  • Premium seating for ten (10) to the special Gala performance
  • Access to exclusive MERRY WIVES rehearsal footage
  • Two (2) tickets to a Shakespeare in the Park 2022 Opening Night performance and celebration 
  • One (1) branded Public Theater picnic blanket
  • Recognition on the Gala webpage and at the event

Shakespeare Ticket

$5,000 ($4,850 Tax Deductible)

  • Table seating for one (1) at the pre-performance dinner
  • Seating for one (1) at the special Gala performance
  • Recognition on the Gala webpage

Delacorte Ticket

$2,500 ($2,350 Tax Deductible)

  • Seating for one (1) at the pre-performance dinner
  • Seating for one (1) at the special Gala performance 
  • Recognition on the Gala webpage

PERFORMANCE ONLY TICKETS.

Belvedere Ticket

$1,000 (Fully Tax Deductible)

  • One seat at the special Gala performance
  • Recognition on the Gala webpage

Astor Place Ticket

$500 (Fully Tax Deductible)

  • One seat at the special Gala performance
  • Recognition on the Gala webpage

Performance Only Ticket

$250 (Fully Tax Deductible)

  • One seat at the special Gala performance
  • Recognition on the Gala webpage

Choose Your Amount To Donate.

Acknowledgement.


*Donations of $250 or more will be listed on The Public's website and digital content. Donations under $250 may also be listed on The Public's digital content.