The director, Oskar Eustis, had signed a boycott petition along with other Israeli artists, who said they would not perform there because its location in the West Bank prevented the creation of a Palestinian state and was an obstacle to peace.
"Theater people tend to shoot our mouths off about everybody," said Oskar Eustis, artistic director of the Public Theater. "But there's absolutely one subject that the theater actually has an expertise in: We know that gay and straight equality is not simply a political opinion. It's an existential fact. We prove it every day of our working lives."