This Weekend at the Public Theater of San Antonio

Music, new works and important news about theater are available at The Public’s virtual theater this weekend.

We are excited to welcome Dr. Tom Robson TONIGHT for an intimate discussion as he presents “Theatre Endures”: An Invitation to Encouragement

Thursday, June 25th at 6:30 p.m. CST
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*Free event

“Theatre Endures”: An Invitation to Encouragement
We stand in a difficult moment for the live and performing arts, In recent months theater artists everywhere have expressed fear about the future of our art form. This presentation was initially prepared for students in the Millikin School of Theatre & Dance, but has since been shared with students, artists, and audience members of all levels around the country. The presentation is part lecture, part class, and part pep talk, chronicling previous moments in theater history when it faced significant challenges, and how each time the art form endured.

Tom Robson is Associate Professor and Coordinator of Academic Programs in the Millikin University School of Theatre & Dance, teaching courses in theater history, dramatic literature, directing, and playwriting. He is the co-editor, with Jennifer A. Kokai, of the collection Performance and the Disney Theme Park Experience: The Tourist as Actor, published in 2019 by Palgrave Macmillan. He has also published on subjects ranging from 19th Century stage technology to African American theater to baseball movies. He earned his Ph.D. in theater history, theory, and literature from Indiana University in 2011. In addition to his scholarship and his work in the classroom, he also regularly directs for the Millikin mainstage season, with some favorite recent productions including Heathers: The Musical, The Whipping Man and Buyer & Cellar. He has worked professionally as a director, assistant director and dramaturg for companies throughout the Midwest.

Join us for a live performance TOMORROW in the Encore Lounge via zoom with Chaz Ingraham and Melissa Zarb-Cousin as they present: That’s Fabulous!

Friday, June 26th at 7:30 PM CST. Click the below link to join us for this enjoyable experience.
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Chaz Ingraham is thrilled to be collaborating in this very special Cabaret with the amazingly talented Melissa Zarb-Cousin! His recent credits include Unemployment the Musical, Ma Ma Ma My Corona, Unessential the Musical and Newsies. Chaz would like to thank the brave men and women working the front lines fighting for all of us during this crazy time.

Melissa Zarb-Cousin is thrilled to see Chaz every waking moment over the past three months. This is their first time sharing the stage together, which happens to be their living room. Her recent Public credits include Elf the Musical (Ensemble) and Rent (Ensemble), You probably miss seeing her behind the bar at The Public, and she wants you to know she misses you, too.


Join us for a live performance this Saturday in the Encore Lounge via zoom with John Bonner as he presents Soul Session!
Saturday, June 27th at 7:30 p.m. CST
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John Bonner is a soul artist from San Antonio, TX who has done local and national events singing as a solo artist and with music groups. Influenced by genres such as Jazz, Neo-Soul and Gospel he has developed a unique sound. He recently was cast in the Ensemble for the Woodlawn’s production of Dreamgirls this past season. John is currently working on his debut EP, Let Go, slated to be released later this year.


Join us this Sunday for a brand new Public Potential Reading and Discussion! As the scripts become available, join us to explore new works from exciting local and regional playwrights.
Bibo & Bertie by Sarah Lawrence
Sunday, June 28th at 7:30 p.m. CST.
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*FREE event

In 1954, Albert Einstein — the most famous man in the world — celebrates his 75th birthday. He receives an unusual birthday gift: Bibo, the parrot, who teaches “Bertie” the one life lesson he has not yet mastered…how to love.

It’s Thursday and that means episode three of On the Record with Mary Malaney is out now! Each week Mary will be sharing some of her favorite musicals from her record collection! Tune in each Thursday to find out what she will share next. This week’s episode is….Allegro!

  • Allegro is a musical by Richard Rodgers (music) and Oscar Hammerstein II (book and lyrics), their third collaboration for the stage.
  • Opening on Broadway on October 10, 1947, the musical centers on the life of Joseph Taylor, Jr., who follows in the footsteps of his father as a doctor, but is tempted by fortune and fame at a big-city hospital.
  • The show was viewed as too moralistic, and the Broadway run ended after nine months; it was followed by a short national tour.
  • Allegro won three Donaldson Awards for Best Book of a Musical, Best Lyrics and Best Score.

Stay tuned for next week’s episode!

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Feature photo: Chaz Ingraham and Melissa Zarb-Cousin.

Kurt Gardner


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