Theater and democracy share a birthplace, share fundamental tenants, and provide opportunities for the people to activate and understand their own power. But in a world where both the arts and democracy are increasingly under threat, what does it mean to be a “fundamentally democratic” theater? And how can the theater continue to encourage our best hopes for democracy? This event features The Public’s Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and The Public’s Master Writer Chair Suzan-Lori Parks in a conversation with philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah, as well as performances from André Holland (Much Ado About Nothing, Academy Award-winning film Moonlight) and Diana Oh (24 Hour Punk at Joe’s Pub).
Public Forum: Of, By & For The People is part of the Onassis Festival 2019: Democracy Is Coming, co-presented by Onassis USA and The Public Theater.
Kwame Anthony Appiah is a writer, philosopher, ethicist, essayist, philanthropist, and more. He has taught at Yale, Cornell, Duke, Princeton, and Harvard and lectured at institutions around the world. He is currently a professor of Philosophy and Law at New York University. His latest book is The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity.