Joe Papp in Five Acts

 
Featuring   MERYL STREEP, JAMES EARL JONES,  KEVIN KLINE, CHRISTOPHER WALKEN, MARTIN SHEEN, OLYMPIA DUKAKIS, MANDY PATINKIN, NTOZAKE SHANGE and many more greats of the stage and screen



 
 


Coming Soon!

A New Feature-Length Documentary
by Tracie Holder and Karen Thorsen

“I believe that great art is for everyone--not just the rich or the middle class. When I go into East Harlem or Bedford-Stuyvesant and see the kids who come to see our shows, I see nothing so clearly as myself.”
-- Joe Papp

“When you go to see some Shakespeare and you've got people of color, Blacks and Latinos really in it and really doing it, you say to yourself, Shakespeare can be mine.  After a while everything was mine.  Sondheim was mine and Mahler was mine and Bartok was mine.”
-- Don Byron, composer/clarinetist

 

 

Joe Papp in Five Acts is the story of New York’s indomitable, street-wise champion of the arts who introduced interracial casting to the American stage, brought us free Shakespeare in the Park, Hair, and A Chorus Line, and nurtured many of our greatest playwrights, directors, and actors. Using his life and work as its prism, the film explores the issues he chose to champion: freedom of expression; democracy in the arts; the definition of American culture. 

See recent segment on Free Shakespeare in the Park including an interview with the directors:

a co-production with PBS/American Masters
in association with ITVS


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