Access to THE LINE is available on The Public Theater’s PLAY NOW WEBSITE or on The Public Theater YouTube Channel. This content is free to stream; you will be asked to log in or create an account when playing.

First performed live on Zoom on July 8, 2020, the world premiere play was viewed more than 55,000 times in 18 countries during its limited streaming run last summer. Crafted from firsthand interviews with New York City medical first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic, THE LINE cuts through the media and political noise to reveal the lived experiences of frontline medical workers in New York and their battle to save lives in a system built to serve the bottom line. Back online by popular demand for eight weeks, this timely drama is available to watch now on-demand via The Public’s Play Now platform through Monday, June 21, 2021.

“In spring 2020, we conducted anonymous interviews with NYC frontline medical workers battling the COVID-19 virus,” said THE LINE creators Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen. “Through these interviews, we began to see care as a radical response to institutionalized violence and the systems that perpetuate it. Created from quarantine in ‘rapid response’ to this national emergency, THE LINE presents a fundamental redefinition of what it means to protect and serve, examining the fault lines in our system through the words of the brave people who show up every day to care for us all.”

The company of THE LINE features Santino Fontana (David), Arjun Gupta(Vikram), John Ortiz (Oscar), Alison Pill (Jennifer), Nicholas Pinnock (Dwight), Jamey Sheridan (Ed), and Lorraine Toussaint (Sharon).

THE LINE is available to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community through American Sign Language Interpretation and Closed Captioning. It is also available through Audio Description and Closed Captioning in English, Spanish, and Chinese. If you have questions or concerns, need assistance, or an accommodation not mentioned above, please contact us at

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