Joseph Papp Biography (1921-1991)

Born Joseph Papirofsky, June 22, 1921, in Brooklyn, NY; died of prostate cancer, October 31, 1991, in New York, NY; funeral held at the Public Theater; son of Samuel (a trunkmaker) and Yetta (a seamstress; maiden name, Miritch) Papirofsky; married third wife, Peggy Marie Bennion, November 27, 1951 (divorced); married fourth wife, Gail Bovard Merrifield, January 18, 1976; children: Miranda Papp Odani, Barbara Mosser, Susan Lippman, Michael Faulkner, Anthony.Addresses: Office--New York Shakespeare Festival, 425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003.

Joseph Papp, called "one of the most influential men in American theater today" in a 1985 New York Times feature, built the New York Shakespeare Festivalinto the largest theatrical institution in the United States. The Festival staged numerous productions of Shakespeare's plays in the Delacorte Theatre inCentral Park in its early years, but in the mid-1960s Papp moved the companyinto the old Astor Library, renaming the facility the Public Theater. When the Festival was beset by financial troubles, Papp convinced the city of New York to enter into an innovative agreement that transferred ownership of the theater to the city, which then leased the facility to the Festival for one dollar a year. This pioneering agreement has since been used across the countryto help keep local theatrical companies in business. Papp used the Public Theater, which grew to contain six separate stages (the Anspacher, LuEsther, Martinson, Newman, Other Stage, and Shiva theaters), as a forum for advancing the works of modern playwrights, though the Festival also continued to stage plays by Shakespeare. The Public's first production was Hair, and in the following years Papp's Festival staged the works of such notable playwrights as David Mamet, Samuel Beckett, Ntozake Shange, Vaclav Havel, David Rabe, Caryl Churchill and many, many others.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Birth Details
June 22, 1921
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Death Details
October 31, 1991
New York, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • Credits; SELECTED STAGE WORK; PRODUCER,WITH NEW YORK SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
  • An Evening of Shakespeare and Marlowe, Emmanuel Church, New York City, 1954.
  • Shakespeare's Women Characters, Emmanuel Church, 1955.
  • Much Ado about Nothing, Emmanuel Church, 1955.
  • (And director) Cymbeline, Emmanuel Church, 1955.
  • As You Like It, Emmanuel Church, 1955.
  • Two Gentlemen of Verona, Emmanuel Church, 1955.
  • Romeo and Juliet, Emmanuel Church, 1955.
  • (And director) The Changeling, Emmanuel Church, 1956.
  • Titus Andronicus, Emmanuel Church, 1956.
  • Julius Caesar, East River Park Amphitheater, New York City, 1956.
  • The Taming of the Shrew, East River Park Amphitheater, 1956.
  • Two Gentlemen of Verona, Central Park, New York City, 1957.
  • Macbeth, Central Park, 1957.
  • Richard III, Heckscher Theater, New York City, 1957.
  • As You Like It, Heckscher Theater, 1958.
  • Othello, Central Park, 1958.
  • (And director) Twelfth Night, Central Park, 1958.
  • (And director) Antony and Cleopatra, Heckscher Theater, 1959.
  • (And director) King Henry V, Central Park, 1960.
  • Measure for Measure, Central Park, 1960.
  • The Taming of the Shrew, Central Park, 1960.
  • (And director) Romeo and Juliet, Heckscher Theater, 1961.
  • (And director) Much Ado about Nothing, Wollman Memorial Skating Rink, NewYork City, 1961.
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream, Central Park, 1961.
  • King Richard II, Central Park, 1961.
  • (And director) Julius Caesar, Heckscher Theater, 1962.
  • (And director with Gladys Vaughan) The Merchant of Venice, Central Park,1962.
  • The Tempest, Delacorte Theater, New York City, 1962.
  • (And director with Vaughan) King Lear, Delacorte Theater, 1962.
  • Macbeth, Heckscher Theater, 1962.
  • As You Like It, Delacorte Theater, 1963.
  • The Winter's Tale, Delacorte Theater, 1963.
  • (And director) Antony and Cleopatra, Delacorte Theater, 1963.
  • (And director) Twelfth Night, Heckscher Theater, 1963.
  • (And director) Hamlet, Delacorte Theater, the Playhouse in the Park, Philadelphia, PA, 1964.
  • (And director) Troilus and Cressida, Delacorte Theater, 1965.
  • (And director) King Henry V, Delacorte Mobile Theater, 1965.
  • (And director) The Taming of the Shrew, Delacorte Mobile Theater, 1965.
  • We Real Cool, Delacorte Mobile Theater, 1965.
  • Love's Labor's Lost, Delacorte Theater, 1965.
  • Coriolanus, Delacorte Theater, 1965.
  • (And director) All's Well That Ends Well, Delacorte Theater, 1966.
  • Potluck!, Delacorte Theater, 1966.
  • Macbeth, Mobile Theater, New York City, 1966.
  • Hair, Public/Anspacher Theater, New York City, 1967.
  • (And director) Hamlet, Public/Anspacher Theater, 1967.
  • (And director) King John, Delacorte Theater, 1967.
  • The Comedy of Errors, Delacorte Theater, 1967.
  • Ergo, Public/Anspacher Theater, 1968.
  • (And director) The Memorandum, Public/Anspacher Theater, 1968.
  • (And director) Huui, Huui, Public/Anspacher Theater, 1968.
  • (And director) Romeo and Juliet, Delacorte Theater, 1968.
  • Henry IV, Part I (and) Part II, Delacorte Theater, 1968.
  • Cities in Bezique, Public/Anspacher Theater, 1969.
  • Invitation to a Beheading, Public/Anspacher Theater, 1969.
  • No Place to Be Somebody, Public/Anspacher Theater, then ANTA Theatre, both 1969, later Promenade Theatre, 1970.
  • (And director) Twelfth Night, Delacorte Theater, 1969.
  • Stomp, Public/Martinson Theater, 1969.
  • Sambo, Public/Anspacher Theater, 1969, then Mobile Theater, 1970.
  • Black Electra, Mobile Theater, 1969.
  • (And director) Mod Donna, Public/Anspacher Theater, 1970.
  • Jack MacGowran in the Works of Beckett, Public/Newman Theater, New York City, 1970.
  • The Happiness Cage, Public/Newman Theater, 1970.
  • (And director with Robert Ronan) Trelawny of the "Wells," Public/Anspacher Theater, 1970.
  • "The Chronicles of King Henry VI, Part I," "The Chronicles of King HenryVI, Part II," and "Richard III," in The Wars of the Roses (triple-bill), Delacorte Theater, 1970.
  • Subject to Fits, Public/Anspacher Theater, 1971.
  • Slag, Public/Anspacher Theater, 1971.
  • Here Are Ladies, Public/Newman Theater, 1971.
  • Blood, Public/Martinson Theater, 1971.
  • Candide, Public/South Hall Theater, 1971.
  • Underground, Public Theater/Other Stage, 1971.
  • The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel, Public/Newman Theater, 1971.
  • Two Gentlemen of Verona, St. James Theatre, New York City, 1971-72.
  • Dance wi' Me, or "The Fatal Twitch," Public Theater/Other Stage, 1971.
  • Sticks and Bones, Public/Anspacher Theater, 1971-72, then John Golden Theatre, New York City, 1972.
  • Nigger Nightmare, Public Theater/Other Stage, 1971.
  • Timon of Athens, Delacorte Theater, 1971.
  • Two Gentlemen of Verona (also see below), Delacorte Theater, 1971, then St. James Theatre, 1971.
  • The Tale of Cymbeline, Delacorte Theater, 1971.
  • Black Visions, Public Theater Annex, 1972.
  • That Championship Season, Public/Newman Theater, then Booth Theatre, NewYork City, both 1972.
  • Much Ado about Nothing, Winter Garden, 1972.
  • The Corner, Public Theater/Other Stage, 1972.
  • (And director with Alice Childress) Wedding Band, Public/Newman Theater,1972.
  • The Children, Public/Newman Theater, 1972.
  • Hamlet, Delacorte Theater, 1972.
  • Ti-Jean and His Brothers, Delacorte Theater, 1972.
  • Much Ado about Nothing, Delacorte Theater, 1972.
  • The Cherry Orchard, Public/Anspacher Theater, 1973.
  • (And director) The Boom Boom Room, Lincoln Center, Vivian Beaumont Theater, 1973.
  • Troilus and Cressida, Lincoln Center, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, 1973.
  • The Au Pair Man, Lincoln Center, Beaumont Theater, 1973.
  • (And director) As You Like It, Delacorte Theater, 1973.
  • Lotta, or The Best Thing Evolution's Ever Come Up With, Public/AnspacherTheater, 1973.
  • More Than You Deserve, Public/Newman Theater, 1974.
  • The Tempest, Lincoln Center, Newhouse Theater, 1974.
  • What the Wine-Sellers Buy, Lincoln Center, Beaumont Theater, the Mobile Theater, 1974.
  • The Dance of Death, Lincoln Center, Beaumont Theater, 1974.
  • Macbeth, Lincoln Center, Newhouse Theater, 1974.
  • Short Eyes, Public/Anspacher Theater, then Lincoln Center, Beaumont Theater, both 1974.
  • Les Femmes Noires, Public Theater/Other Stage, 1974.
  • Barbary Shore, Public/Anspacher Theater, 1974.
  • The Emperor of Late Night Radio, Public Theater/Other Stage, 1974.
  • The Killdeer, Public/Newman Theater, 1974.
  • Richard III, Lincoln Center, Newhouse Theater, 1974.
  • (And director) Mert and Phil, Lincoln Center, Beaumont Theater, 1974.
  • Naked Lunch, Public Theater, 1974.
  • The Measures Taken, Public/Little Theater, 1974.
  • Where Do We Go from Here?, Public/Newman Theater, 1974.
  • Sweet Talk, Public Theater/Other Stage, 1974.
  • The Last Days of British Honduras, Public Theater/Other Stage, 1974.
  • Pericles, Delacorte Theater, 1974.
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor, Delacorte Theater, 1974.
  • The Sea Gull, Public/Martinson Theater, 1975.
  • Our Late Night, Public/Martinson Theater, 1975.
  • Kid Champion, Public/Anspacher Theater, 1975.
  • Fishing, Public/Newman Theater, 1975.
  • Time Trial, Public Theater/Other Stage, 1975.
  • Ghosts, Public/Little Theater, 1975.
  • A Chorus Line (also see below), Public/Newman Theater, then Shubert Theatre, New York City, both 1975.
  • The Leaf People, Booth Theatre, 1975.
  • A Doll's House, Lincoln Center, Beaumont Theater, 1975.
  • Black Picture Show, Lincoln Center, Beaumont Theater, 1975.
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream, Lincoln Center, Newhouse Theater, 1975.
  • (With Woddie King, Jr.) The Taking of Miss Janie, Lincoln Center, Newhouse Theater, 1975.
  • Little Black Sheep, Lincoln Center, Beaumont Theater, 1975.
  • Hamlet, Delacorte Theater, 1975.
  • The Comedy of Errors, Delacorte Theater, 1975.
  • (And director) Apple Pie, Public/Anspacher Theater, 1976.
  • For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf (also see below), Public/Anspacher Theater, then Booth Theatre, both 1976.
  • (And director) Henry V, Delacorte Theater, 1976.
  • Streamers, Lincoln Center, Newhouse Theater, 1976.
  • Curse of the Starving Class, in conjunction with the Royal Court Theatre,Royal Court Theatre, London, 1976-77.
  • The Cherry Orchard, Lincoln Center, Beaumont Theater, 1977.
  • Marco Polo Sings a Solo, Public/Newman Theater, 1977.
  • Ashes, Public/Anspacher Theater, 1977.
  • Miss Margarida's Way, Ambassador Theatre, New York City, 1977.
  • The Cherry Orchard, Lincoln Center, Beaumont Theater, 1977.
  • The Misanthrope, Public/Anspacher Theater, 1977.
  • Landscape of the Body, Public/Newman Theater, 1977.
  • Threepenny Opera, Delacorte Theater, 1977.
  • Agamemnon, Delacorte Theater, 1977.
  • Unfinished Women, Mobile Theater, 1977.
  • "The Flying Doctor," "The Forced Marriage," "Sganarelle" and "A Dumb Show," in Sganarelle: An Evening of Moliere Farces, Public/Newman Theater, 1978.
  • Wings, Public/Newman Theater, 1978.
  • The Water Engine (and) Mr. Happiness (double-bill), Plymouth Theatre, NewYork City, 1978.
  • Runaways, Plymouth Theatre, 1978.
  • I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road, Public/Anspacher Theater, 1978, then Circle in the Square, 1979.
  • Spring Awakening, Public/Newman Theater, 1978.
  • Drinks before Dinner, Public/Newman Theater, 1978.
  • Wonderland in Concert (also known as Alice in Concert; based on Lewis Carrol's Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass), Public/Newman Theater, 1978.
  • All's Well That Ends Well, Delacorte Theater, 1978.
  • The Taming of the Shrew, Delacorte Theater, 1978.
  • An Evening at New Rican Village, Delacorte Mobile Theater, 1978.
  • Spell 7, Public/Anspacher Theater, 1979.
  • Julius Caesar, Public/Anspacher Theater, 1979.
  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Public/Cabaret Theater, 1979.
  • Taken in Marriage, Public/Newman Theater, 1979.
  • Coriolanus, Public/Anspacher Theater, 1979.
  • Sancocho, Public Theater/LuEsther Hall, 1979.
  • Leave It to Beaver Is Dead, Public Theater/Other Stage, 1979.
  • Nasty Rumors and Final Remarks, Public Theater/Old Prop Shop, 1979.
  • Dispatches, Public/Cabaret Theater, 1979.
  • Wake Up, It's Time to Go to Bed!, Public Theater/LuEsther Hall, 1979.
  • The Woods, Public/Newman Theater, 1979.
  • Happy Days, Public/Newman Theater, 1979.
  • Spell #7, Public/Anspacher Theater, 1979.
  • Poets from the Inside, Public Theater/Other Stage, 1979.
  • Mercier & Camier, Public Theater/LuEsther Hall, 1979.
  • Sorrows of Stephen, Public Theater/Other Stage, 1979.
  • The Art of Dining, Public/Newman Theater, 1979.
  • Othello, Delacorte Theater, 1979.
  • The Mighty Gents, Mobile Theater, 1979.
  • Hard Sell, Public Theater/Other Stage, 1980.
  • Salt Lake City Skyline, Public/Anspacher Theater, 1980.
  • Marie and Bruce, Public/Newman Theater, 1980.
  • The Haggadah: A Passover Cantata, Public/LuEsther Hall, 1980.
  • The Music Lessons, Public/Martinson Theater, 1980.
  • Sunday Runners in the Rain, Public/Anspacher Theater, 1980.
  • Mother Courage and Her Children, Public/Newman Theater, 1980.
  • Tongues (and) Savage/Love (double-bill), Public Theater/Other Stage, 1980.
  • The Pirates of Penzance (also see below), Delacorte Theater, 1980, then Uris Theatre, 1981.
  • F. O. B. (Fresh Off the Boat), Public/Martinson Theater, 1980.
  • Girls, Girls, Girls, Public Theater/Other Stage, 1980.
  • The Sea Gull, Public/Newman Theater, 1980.
  • Dead End Kids, Public Theater/Other Stage, 1980.
  • True West, Public/Martinson Theater, 1980.
  • Penguin Touquet, Public/Newman Theater, 1981.
  • Mary Stuart, Public Theater/LuEsther Hall, 1981.
  • Texts, Public/Newman Theater, 1981.
  • Il Campiello: A Venetian Comedy, Public/Newman Theater, 1981.
  • Waiting for Godot, Public/Newman Theater, 1981.
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream, Public/Newman Theater, 1981.
  • How It All Began, Public Theater/Other Stage, 1981.
  • The Dance and the Railroad, Public/Anspacher Theater, 1981.
  • The Laundry Hour, Public Theater/Other Stage, 1981.
  • Family Devotions, Public/Newman Theater, 1981.
  • Specimen Days, Public Theater/LuEsther Hall, 1981.
  • The Tempest, Delacorte Theater, 1981.
  • Henry IV, Part One, Delacorte Theater, 1981.
  • Twelve Dreams, Public/Martinson Theater, 1981-82.
  • Lullabye and Goodnight, Public/Newman Theater, 1981-82.
  • Goose and Tom-Tom, Public/Newman Theater, 1981-82.
  • The Death of Von Richthofen as Witnessed from Earth, Public/Newman Theater, 1982.
  • Uncle Vanya, Public Theater/Other Stage, 1982.
  • Hamlet, Public/Anspacher Theater, 1982.
  • Necessary Ends, Public/LuEsther Hall, 1982.
  • Top Girls, Public/Newman Theater, 1982.
  • Dexter Creed, Public Theater/LuEsther Hall, 1982.
  • Plenty (also see below) Public/Newman Theater, 1982, then Plymouth Theatre, 1983.
  • Don Juan, Delacorte Theater, 1982.
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream, Delacorte Theater, 1982.
  • Company, Public Theater/Other Stage, 1983.
  • Cold Harbor, Public Theater/LuEsther Hall, 1983.
  • Hajj, Public Theater/LuEsther Hall, 1983.
  • Egyptology (My Head Was a Sledgehammer), Public Theater/Other Stage, 1983.
  • (And director) Buried inside Extra, Public/Martinson Theater, 1983.
  • Fen, Public Theater/LuEsther Hall, 1983.
  • Goodnight Ladies!, Public/Martinson Theater, 1983.
  • Funhouse, Public/Martinson Theater, 1983.
  • Emmett: A One Mormon Show, Public/Martinson Theater, 1983.
  • Orgasmo Adulto Escapes from the Zoo, Public/Newman Theater, 1983.
  • (And director) The Nest of the Woodgrouse, Public/Newman Theater, 1983, then John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 1985.
  • My Uncle Sam, Public Theater/Other Stage, 1983.
  • Sound and Beauty, Public Theater/LuEsther Hall, 1983.
  • A Private View, Public/Martinson Theater, 1983.
  • Samuel Beckett's Company, Public Theater/Other Stage, 1983.
  • Lenny and the Heartbreakers, Public/Newman Theater, 1983.
  • Richard III, Delacorte Theater, 1983.
  • Non Pasquale, Delacorte Theater, 1983.
  • The Human Comedy, Royale Theatre, New York City, 1984.
  • Serenading Louie, Public Theater/Other Stage, 1984.
  • Cinders, Public Theater/LuEsther Hall, 1984.
  • Pieces of 8, Public/Martinson Theater, 1984.
  • Found a Peanut, Public/Anspacher Theater, 1984.
  • Ice Bridge, Public Theater/Other Stage, 1984.
  • Romeo and Juliet, Central Park Bandshell, 1984.
  • The Garden of Earthly Delights, St. Clement's Theatre, New York City, 1984.
  • Through the Leaves, Public Theater/Other Stage, 1984.
  • The Ballad of Soapy Smith, Public/Newman Theater, 1984.
  • La Boheme, Public/Anspacher Theater, 1984.
  • Henry V, Delacorte Theater, 1984.
  • The Golem, Delacorte Theater, 1984.
  • The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Public/Newman Theater, 1984-85.
  • The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Imperial Theatre, New York City, 1985.
  • (And director) Measure for Measure, Delacorte Theater, 1985.
  • Rat in the Skull, in conjunction with the Royal Court Theatre, Public/Martinson Theater, 1985.
  • Tom and Viv, in conjunction with the Royal Court Theatre, Public Theater/LuEsther Hall, 1985.
  • The Normal Heart, Public Theater/LuEsther Hall, 1985.
  • Aunt Dan and Lemon, in conjunction with the Royal Court Theatre, Public/Martinson Theater, then Royal Court Theatre, both 1985-86.
  • Map of the World, Public/Newman Theater, 1985-86.
  • Tracers, Public/Shiva Theater, 1985-86.
  • Cuba and His Teddy Bear, Longacre Theatre, New York City, 1986.
  • Shakespeare on Broadway for the Schools, Belasco Theatre, then parks throughout New York City, all 1986.
  • Vienna: Lusthaus, Public/Newman Theater, 1986.
  • Twelfth Night, Delacorte Theater, 1986.
  • Medea, Delacorte Theater, 1986.
  • The Colored Museum, in conjunction with the Royal Court Theatre, Public/Shiva Theater, then Royal Court Theatre, both 1986-87.
  • My Gene, Public/Martinson Theater, 1987.
  • Serious Money, Royale Theatre, 1987.
  • (And director) King Richard II, Delacorte Theater, 1987.
  • Two Gentlemen of Verona, Delacorte Theater, 1987.
  • (And director) King Henry IV, Part I, Delacorte Theater, 1987.
  • Old Business, Public/Shiva Theater, 1987.
  • Old New York: New Year's Day, Public/Shiva Theater, 1988.
  • Miracolo d'Amore, Public/Newman Theater, 1988.
  • The Imperialists at the Club Cave Canem, Public/Shiva Theater, 1988.
  • The Death of Garcia Lorca, Public/Anspacher Theater, 1988.
  • Much Ado about Nothing, Delacorte Theater, 1988.
  • King John, Delacorte Theater, 1988.
  • Talk Radio, Public/Martinson Theater, 1988.
  • Stranger Here Myself, Public/Shiva Theater, 1988.
  • Coriolanus, Public/Anspacher Theater, 1988.
  • Genesis: Music and Miracles from the Medieval Mystery Plays, Public Theater/LuEsther Hall, 1988.
  • What Did He See?, Public/Shiva Theater, 1989.
  • Temptation, Public/Martinson Theater, 1989.
  • (And director) The Forbidden City, Public Theater/LuEsther Hall, 1989.
  • Cymbeline, Public/Newman Theater, 1989.
  • Romance in Hard Times, Public/Anspacher Theater, 1989.
  • The Secret Rapture, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 1989.
  • Twelfth Night, or What You Will, Delacorte Theater, 1989.
  • Titus Andronicus, Delacorte Theater, 1989.
  • One of the Guys, Public/Newman Theater, 1989.
  • Carnage, a Comedy, Public/Shiva Theater, 1989.
  • Kate's Diary, Public/Shiva Theater, 1989.
  • A Mom's Life, Public/Shiva Theater, 1989.
  • Kingfish, Public/Martinson Theater, 1989.
  • Jonah, Public/Martinson Theater, 1989.
  • Spunk, Public/Martinson Theater, 1989.
  • Up Against It, Public Theater/LuEsther Hall, 1990.
  • Revelation in Courthouse Park, Alice Tully Hall, New York City, 1990.
  • The Big Funk, Public/Anspacher Theater, 1990.
  • Through the Leaves, Public/Newman Theater, 1990.
  • "Indecent Materials" and "Report from the Holocaust," in Indecent Materials (double-bill), Public/Shiva Theater, 1990.
  • Gonza the Lancer, Public/Shiva Theater, 1990.
  • Machinal, Public Theater/LuEsther Hall, 1990.
  • The Fever, Public/Shiva Theater, 1990.
  • Dead Mother, Public/Shiva Theater, 1991.
  • The Way of the World, Public/Shiva Theater, 1991.
  • Caucasian Chalk Circle, Public/Martinson Theater, 1991.
  • A Bright Room Called Day, Public Theater/LuEsther Hall, 1991.
  • Casanova, Public Theater/LuEsther Hall, 1991.
  • Othello, Delacorte Theater, 1991.
  • As head producer of the New York Shakespeare Festival, Papp oversaw numerous productions of the works of Shakespeare which toured the theaters, parks,and schools of New York City, productions of Festival Latino (a collection of plays, often performed in Spanish, that toured New York City, the United States, and Mexico), the annual Young Playwrights Festival, one-person shows byMandy Patinkin, Eric Bogosian, Jackie Mason, and others, and various music,poetry, dance and film festivals. His productions have appeared in hundreds of theaters across the United States and around the world. The New York Shakespeare Festival worked with many other production companies in the United States and abroad, including the Royal Court Theatre in London, to bring plays byShakespeare and by modern playwrights to the stage.
  • Credits; MAJOR TOURS
  • Papp was the producer of national and international touring productions of Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Pirates of Penzance, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf, and A Chorus Line.
  • Credits; STAGE APPEARANCES
  • Host, Crime and Punishment Benefit, Public Theater/LuEsther Hall, 1983.
  • Credits; TELEVISION WORK
  • Many of Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival productions have been filmedfor television, including The Merchant of Venice, 1962, Antony and Cleopatra, 1963, Hamlet, 1964, Much Ado about Nothing, 1973, and Sticks and Bones, 1973, all on CBS, Wedding Band, ABC, 1974, King Lear, PBS, 1974, Happy Days, PBS, 1979, The Haggadah, PBS, 1980,A Midsummer Night's Dream, ABC, 1982, Alice at the Palace, NBC, The Dance and the Railroad, ABC, and Swan Lake, Minnesota,ABC.
  • Credits; TELEVISION APPEARANCES
  • The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, CBS, 1987.
  • American Tribute to Vaclav Havel and a Celebration of Democracy in Czechoslovakia, PBS, 1990.
  • Also appeared in Kiss Me Petruchio (a documentary of the making of the 1978 production of The Taming of the Shrew), PBS, 1978, and Rehearsing Hamlet (a record of the work process at the Public Theater), ABC.
  • Credits; FILM WORK; PRODUCER
  • The Pirates of Penzance, Universal, 1983.
  • (With Edward R. Pressman) Plenty, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1985.
  • Credits; FILM APPEARANCES
  • As himself, Such Good Friends, Paramount, 1971.
  • Writings
  • (Editor) William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida, Macmillan, 1967.
  • (Editor) The Festival Shakespeare, Macmillan, 1967.
  • William Shakespeare's "Naked" Hamlet: A Production Handbook, Macmillan, 1969.
  • (With Elizabeth Kirkland) Shakespeare Alive!, Bantam, 1988.
  • Also author of Bring Back Threepenny Opera, available on microfiche at the New York Public Library. Author of numerous production handbooks for Shakespeare's plays. Contributor to books and periodicals.

Further Reference

BOOKS

  • Little, Stuart W., Enter Joseph Papp, Coward, 1974.
PERIODICALS
  • Daily News, December 20, 1987.
  • English Journal, November, 1988, pp. 14, 94.
  • Harper's Bazaar, September 1981, p. 329.
  • Nation, November 25, 1991, p. 656.
  • New Republic, May 21, 1990, p. 9; December 16, 1991, p. 36.
  • Newsweek, November 11, 1991, p. 47.
  • New York, April 25, 1988, p. 106; June 19, 1989, p. 28.
  • New York Times, November 9, 1975; December 13, 1981; June 23, 1985; February 5, 1989, pp. 1, 5; November 1, 1991, p. A1; November 2, 1991, p. 11.
  • New York Times Book Review, March 22, 1987, p. 29; April 17, 1988, p.
  • 43.
  • People, November 18, 1991, p. 77.
  • Time, November 11, 1991, p. 99.
  • U.S. News & World Report, November 11, 1991, p. 26.
  • Variety, August 13, 1986, p. 1; August 26, 1991, p. 91; November 4, 1991, p. 74.

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