We can always count on the Public Theater to come through with the goods—meaning thought-stimulating works with a dash of star power. This month, two such provocative productions are running in tandem. In the Newman Theater, you’ve got Joan of Arc: Into the Fire, a decidedly non-costumey rock musical about the Maid of France (with, perhaps, Brexit-versus-EU overtones) set to a score by David Byrne. If that’s not enough star power for you, Joan’s mother is played by onetime Brat Pack member Mare Winningham.
Meanwhile, over in the Anspacher Theater, it’s Latin History for Morons, John Leguizamo’s one-man show about trying to find a Latino hero for his son’s American-history project—a quest that turns out to be as disturbingly difficult for him as it was for his hapless middle-schooler. (Who’s not the one he’s calling names, by the way. That’d be, well, everyone else.)
Photos Courtesy of Joan Marcus