Big Names At The Public

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.

JOAN OF ARC: INTO THE FIRE February 14 – April 16 Newman Theater Directed by Alex Timbers Choreography by Steven Hoggett Starring: Terence Archie, James Brown III, Jonathan Burke, Rodrick Covington, Sean Allan Krill, Jo Lampert, Mike McGowan, Dimitri Joseph Moïse, Mary Kate Morrissey, Adam Perry, John Schiappa, Kyle Selig, Michael James Shaw, and Mare Winningham Scenic design by Chris Barreca Costume design by Clint Ramos Lighting design by Justin Townsend Sound design by Cody Spencer Projection design by Darrel Maloney Musical direction by Kris Kukul CAST erence Archie, James Brown III, Jonathan Burke, Rodrick Covington, Sean Allan Krill, Jo Lampert, Mike McGowan, Mary Kate Morrissey, Adam Perry, John Schiappa, Kyle Selig, Michael James Shaw

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.)

New York Premiere LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS Written and performed by John Leguizamo Directed by Tony Taccone In a co-production with Berkeley Repertory Theatre Scenic Design: Rachel Hauck Lighting Design: Alexander V. Nichols Original Music and Sound Design: Bray Poor

Photos Courtesy of Joan Marcus

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