Shola Adewusi (foreground) and the company in rehearsal for Merry Wives. When the show first began its run, the audiences were mostly white. Then, the organization piloted Black theater nights, says the Public Theater's artistic director, Oskar Eustis. "And we had two nights in which the Delacorte was 98 percent Black audiences, 1500 people a night."
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