Every theater has qualities inscribed in its DNA, and they’re always about more than just the art. At the Public Theater, the fervor for Shakespeare is matched by a relish for politics, the devotion to new work by a commitment to inclusiveness. So a festival focused on democracy? Seems like an ideal fit.
Presented with the Onassis Foundation USA, the Onassis Festivalarrives at the Public this week, anchored by Tim Blake Nelson’s new play “Socrates” (through May 19), starring Michael Stuhlbarg. The busy slate of performances and panels also includes the Greek shows “Relic” (April 10-13), a solo piece by Euripides Laskaridis; and “Antigone – Lonely Planet” (April 18-20), Lena Kitsopoulou’s comic twist on Sophocles.
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