The 2018 Public Theater Gala

Monday, June 11, 2018

The Delacorte Theater in Central Park

6:00PM Cocktails & Dinner
8:00PM Gala Performance of RUNAWAYS
After Party to follow on the lawn

For information on the free encore performance of RUNAWAYS on June 12, click here.


RUNAWAYS

Directed by Sam Pinkleton
Choreographed by Ani Taj
Music Director Kris Kukul
Creative Adviser Jeanine Tesori

In 1977, Elizabeth Swados approached Joe Papp about creating a new show made with and about runaway youths of New York City-a group too often ignored and underestimated. Her musical would bring to life a powerful story of hope, loneliness, and humor among young people searching to find themselves. A champion of untold tales, Joe immediately commissioned the show and RUNAWAYS premiered at The Public in February 1978 before transferring to Broadway in May of the same year. The much-celebrated production went on to become a pillar of the musical theater canon and helped cement Swados as a visionary director and a legendary force in American musical theater.

HONORING: Leonard Tow, Founder and Chairman of The Tow Foundation

Through his visionary  approach to philanthropy, he has helped transform the fields of medicine, education, justice, and the arts. The Public is thrilled to celebrate the impact he has had on the theater, the field, and the city.

For questions or to make an early reservation, contact gala@publictheater.org or 212.539.8634. 

HONORARY GALA CHAIRS

New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson
Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer

GALA CHAIRS

Marcia Dunn, Susan Edelstein, Kenny Leon, Wendi Rose, Josh Sapan, and Susan & Peter J. Solomon

GALA BENEFIT COMMITTEE

Sarah Arison, Diana & Joe DiMenna, Andra & John Ehrenkranz, Hans & Kate Morris, Elyse & Michael Newhouse, Fiona & Eric Rudin, Renee & Richard Steinberg , Julie Turaj & Robert Pohly, and Wayne Zink & Christopher Schout

This production was initially produced by New York City Center's Encores! Off-Center in July 2016.

RUNAWAYS is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Table Reservations

Joe Papp Table

$100,000 ($98,000 Charitable Donation )

  • All the benefits of a Shakespeare Table plus:
  • VIP seating throughout the evening
  • Two additional tickets (six in total) to a Shakespeare in the Park Opening Night performance and celebration
  • Recognition from the podium 

Shakespeare Table

$50,000 ($48,000 Charitable Donation )

  • All the benefits of a Delacorte Table plus:
  • Priority seating throughout the evening
  • Two additional tickets (four in total) to a Shakespeare in the Park Opening Night performance and celebration
  • Invitation for two to an Opening Night performance of two shows during the 2017-2018 downtown season
  • Four tickets to the show of your choice during the Fall 2017 downtown season (pending availability)

Delacorte Table

$25,000 ($23,000 Charitable Donation )

  • Table seating for 10 at the pre-performance dinner
  • Seating for 10 to the special Gala performance
  • 10 tickets to the After Party hosted by The Public Theater Young Partners
  • Recognition in the Gala’s printed program
  • Preferred seating throughout the evening
  • Two tickets to a Shakespeare in the Park Opening Night performance and celebration

Dinner and Performance Tickets

Shakespeare Ticket

$5,000 ($4,800 Charitable Donation )

Ticket Includes 
  • VIP Seating
  • Pre-performance dinner
  • Gala performance
  • After Party hosted by The Public Theater Young Partners
  • Recognition in the Gala’s printed program

Delacorte Ticket

$2,500 ($2,300 Charitable Donation )

Ticket Includes
  • Priority Seating
  • Pre-performance dinner
  • Gala performance
  • After Party hosted by The Public Theater Young Partners
  • Recognition in the Gala’s printed program

Performance and After Party Tickets

Performance and After Party Ticket

$750 ($675 Charitable Donation )

Ticket Includes
  • Gala performance
  • After Party hosted by The Public Theater Young Partners
  • Recognition in the Gala’s printed program

Under 40? Young Partner Tickets

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Young Partner Performance and After Party Ticket

$500 ($425 Charitable Donation)

Ticket Includes
  • Gala performance
  • After Party hosted by The Public Theater Young Partners
  • Recognition in the Gala’s printed program

 For Current Young Partners Only .

Unable to attend? Make a donation in honor of this year's gala.

Your donation is fully tax deductible

Acknowledgement

  • Examples: John & Jane Smith Donations of $500 or more received by May 11th will be recognized in the Gala program.