(Michael Paulson’s article appeared in the New York Times, 4/16; via Pam Green.)

Anne Hathaway vividly remembers the first time she went to Shakespeare in the Park, to see a production of “The Seagull” featuring Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Christopher Walken, Natalie Portman and Philip Seymour Hoffman, among others.

“How could it not blow you away?” she asks. “There was so much power on that stage.”

In the years since, she has spent time at the Public Theater, which runs Shakespeare in the Park, as an audience member (a “Richard III” production with Peter Dinklage stands out), a cast member (in a well-reviewed “Twelfth Night”) and, since April 2013, a member of the board of trustees. For the first time since 2009, she is back at the Public as an actor, in a one-woman show about a fighter pilot who becomes pregnant and is reassigned to fly drones.


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