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The Public Theater was founded by Joseph Papp as the Shakespeare Workshop nearly 60 years ago. It is the only theater in New York that produces Shakespeare and original works in equal rotation, and hosts Shakespeare in the Park each summer. The theater is located in the heart of Greenwich Village, close to a bevy of shops, bars, and restaurants, as well as NYU, Washington Square, and Union Square. It's six theater spaces host a variety of performances, with drinks, food, and musical acts at the adjoining Joe's Pub. The 4, 5, and 6 lines are accessible one block away at the Astor Place station.