Founded in 1957 by Joseph Papp as the Shakespeare Workshop, The Public Theater is now one of the premier Off-Broadway homes for major new works. The theatre company's first show was the world premiere of Hair, and dozens of its productions have since found wide success on Broadway and beyond, including Hamilton, Girl From the North Country, Fun Home, Here Lies Love, and many more. The Public's home venue, the former Astor Library on Lafayette Street, includes five theatres and a cabaret-style lounge, Joe's Pub. Keeping with its original namesake, the Public also puts on free performances of Shakespeare plays throughout the city through the Mobile Unit program, and at the Delacorte Theater each summer with the Shakespeare in the Park program.
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