The Public Theater, best known for “Hair” and “A Chorus Line” and for bringing Shakespeare to Central Park, announced its new theater season, with plays starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and William Defoe, and written by Richard Foreman and Suzan-Lori Parks and William Shakespeare.

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Peter Sellars
With Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Ortiz
September 12 – October 4 at NYU Skirball Center
Hoffman will play Iago.

IDIOT SAVANT (World Premiere)
Written and Directed by Richard Foreman
October 27 – December 13
With Willem Dafoe
From the ultimate avant-garde playwright, a new work described as being in the great tradition of Ionesco (“Exit the King” and Preston Sturges (“The Palm Beach Story”). It includes a game “of inter-species golf with a giant duck.”

By Tarell Alvin McCraney
October 21 – December 13 (Marathon performances on weekends)
Part 1: In the Red and Brown Water
Directed by Tina Landau
Part 2: The Brothers Size and Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet
Directed by Robert O’Hara
A trilogy centered around an extended family and community in the Bayou.

Part 1:
In The Red and Brown Water
How far will Oya go to make a mark in the world? Fast, beautiful Oya is a young runner with enormous promise, forced to choose between her ailing mother and her own dreams.

Part 2:
The Brothers Size
Two brothers walk the line between law and liberty.

Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet
A tale of a young man’s awakening to his tenuous connections with his history, his friends, his sexuality, and himself.

THE LAST CARGO CULT (New York Premiere)
Created and Performed by Mike Daisey
Directed by Jean-Michele Gregory
December 2009
Groundbreaking monologist Mike Daisey (If You See Something Say Something) returns to The Public with the true-life story of his time on a remote South Pacific island whose inhabitants worship America at the base of a constantly erupting volcano.

SNAKE (World Premiere)
By Suzan-Lori Parks
Directed by James Macdonald
March 2 – April 4, 2010
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog) has drawn a family portrait shattered by issues of rage, revenge, power and betrayal. When a young man returns home to South Texas to confront his father, everyday life erupts into a battle for personal survival.

Culture The Public Theater's 2009-2010 Season