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Joseph Papp

 
Date Of Birth:
June 22, 1921
Date Of Death:
October 31, 1991 (70)
Birth Place:
Brooklyn, NY, USA
Bio:
Joseph Papp was an American theatrical producer and director. He established The Public Theater in what had been the Astor Library Building in Lower Manhattan. There Papp created a year-round producing home to focus on new plays and musicals. (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: June 22, 1921
Date of Death: October 31, 1991 (70)

Birth Place: Brooklyn, NY, USA

Bio:
Joseph Papp was an American theatrical producer and director. He established The Public Theater in what had been the Astor Library Building in Lower Manhattan. There Papp created a year-round producing home to focus on new plays and musicals. (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

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Joseph Papp Movies

Such Good Friends
 
[1971]
His Shakespeare Theatre
The Mind Snatchers
 
[1972]
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The Pirates of Penzance
 
[1983]
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Plenty
 
[1985]
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Joseph Papp Biography

Joseph Papp was an American theatrical producer and director. He established The Public Theater in what had been the Astor Library Building in Lower Manhattan. There Papp created a year-round producing home to focus on new plays and musicals.

Joseph Papp Awards and Nominations

 
Obie Awards - 1990 - Special Citations for his courageous stand against censorship Gold Star
Joseph Papp
 
Drama League Awards - 1989 - Unique Contribution to the Theatre Gold Star
Joseph Papp
 
Tony Awards - 1986 - Best Musical Gold Star
Joseph Papp, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1984 - Special Awards Gold Star
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Drama Desk Awards - 1984 - Special Awards Gold Star
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Tony Awards - 1983 - Best Play
Joseph Papp, Plenty
 
Tony Awards - 1981 - Best Revival Gold Star
Joseph Papp, The Pirates of Penzance
 
Theatre World Awards - 1978 - Performance Gold Star
Joseph PappSpecial Award
 
Tony Awards - 1978 - Best Musical
Joseph Papp, Runaways
 
Tony Awards - 1977 - Best Play
Joseph Papp, for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf
 
Tony Awards - 1977 - Best Play
Joseph Papp, Streamers
 
Tony Awards - 1977 - Most Innovative Production of a Revival
Joseph Papp, Threepenny Opera
 
Tony Awards - 1976 - Best Musical Gold Star
Joseph Papp, A Chorus Line
 
Obie Awards - 1975 - Special 20--year Obies Gold Star
Joseph Papp
 
Tony Awards - 1974 - Best Play
Joseph Papp, The Au Pair Man
 
Tony Awards - 1974 - Best Play
Joseph Papp, Boom Boom Room
 
Tony Awards - 1972 - Best Musical Gold Star
Joseph Papp, Two Gentleman of Verona
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1958 - Special Citation Gold Star
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Joseph Papp News

Ato Blankson-Wood Will Lead HAMLET in The Public Theater's 61st Season of Free Shakes Photo Ato Blankson-Wood Will Lead HAMLET in The Public Theater's 61st Season of Free Shakespeare in the Park
by Nicole Rosky - Jan 12, 2023

The 61st season of Free Shakespeare in the Park at The Delacorte Theater in Central Park will feature the classic drama HAMLET, directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon and featuring Tony Award nominee Ato Blankson-Wood (Slave Play, Public Works’ As You Like It) in the title role.

Ryan J. Haddad, Dickie Hearts & Alejandra Ospina to Star in DARK DISABLED STORIES at  Photo Ryan J. Haddad, Dickie Hearts & Alejandra Ospina to Star in DARK DISABLED STORIES at The Public Theater
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 11, 2023

The Public Theater Theater and The Bushwick Starr announced complete casting for the upcoming World Premiere of DARK DISABLED STORIES written by Artist Ryan J. Haddad and directed by Jordan Fein.

RYAN RAFTERY: MOTHER OF THE YEAR is Coming to Joe's Pub in March Photo RYAN RAFTERY: MOTHER OF THE YEAR is Coming to Joe's Pub in March
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 11, 2023

‚ÄúThe devil works hard, but Kris Jenner works harder.‚ÄĚ Ryan Raftery returns to Joe‚Äôs Pub for his seventh consecutive run, premiering his new celebrity biomusical comedy MOTHER OF THE YEAR.

SHE'S GOT HARLEM ON HER MIND, 3 One-Acts by Eulalie Spence, to be Presented at Metrop Photo SHE'S GOT HARLEM ON HER MIND, 3 One-Acts by Eulalie Spence, to be Presented at Metropolitan Playhouse
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 10, 2023

The Obie Award-winning¬†Metropolitan Playhouse, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, will present¬†She‚Äôs Got Harlem on Her Mind, an evening of three short plays by influential Harlem Renaissance writer¬†Eulalie Spence¬†(1894‚Äď1981).

See Jackie Hoffman, Shaina Taub & More at Joe's Pub This Month Photo See Jackie Hoffman, Shaina Taub & More at Joe's Pub This Month
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 9, 2023

Jackie Hoffman, John Cameron Mitchell & Amber Martin, Shaina Taub and more will perform at Joe's Pub this month. See the full program, how to purchase tickets, and more.

Camden Rep Celebrates Black History Month With Revival of UNFINISHED WOMEN Photo Camden Rep Celebrates Black History Month With Revival of UNFINISHED WOMEN
by Stephi Wild - Jan 9, 2023

Camden Repertory Theater celebrates Black History Month with an immersive production of Aishah Rahman's rarely produced underground classic Unfinished Women Cry In No Man's Land While A Bird Dies In A Gilded Cage, directed by Chyna Morrison and featuring music direction by JoJo Streater.

The Public's UNDER THE RADAR Festival Begins Tomorrow, Featuring 36 Artists and Compa Photo The Public's UNDER THE RADAR Festival Begins Tomorrow, Featuring 36 Artists and Companies at Six Venues
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 3, 2023

The Public Theater will begin performances for the 18th annual UNDER THE RADAR FESTIVAL tomorrow, Wednesday, January 4. Learn more about the lineup and how to get tickets!

Mandy Patinkin Sets January and February 2023 Tour Dates Photo Mandy Patinkin Sets January and February 2023 Tour Dates
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 27, 2022

The legendary Mandy Patinkin is touring in 2023! See where Patinkin will be performing, how to purchase tickets and more!

La MaMa to Present Vaclav Havel's AUDIENCE With Czech Marionettes Photo La MaMa to Present Vaclav Havel's AUDIENCE With Czech Marionettes
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 27, 2022

From¬†February 2 to 19, 2023¬†La MaMa¬†will present the world premiere of¬†Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre's puppet version of¬†'Audience' by V√°clav Havel, translated and directed by V√≠t HorejŇ°.

Joe's Pub IN CONCERT Series to Return to The Public Theater's Under The Radar Festiva Photo Joe's Pub IN CONCERT Series to Return to The Public Theater's Under The Radar Festival in January
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 6, 2022

Joe's Pub will present the return of In Concert, the venue’s annual series with fellow Public Theater program the Under the Radar Festival, which will run January 4-22, 2023.

Joseph Papp Videos

VIDEO: Constance Wu Dreams of Performing at Shakespeare In The Park Videoplay
VIDEO: Constance Wu Dreams of Performing at Shakespeare In The Park

by Stage Tube - Feb 13, 2020

Constance Wu was a guest on Wednesday night's episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to talk about the final season of her ABC series Fresh Off The Boat. Wu has had a surge of success with the films Crazy Rich Asians and Hustlers, in addition to her comedy series reaching its six season.

VIDEO: Get a First Look at Footage From SOFT POWER at the Public Videoplay
VIDEO: Get a First Look at Footage From SOFT POWER at the Public

by Stage Tube - Oct 16, 2019

The Public Theater presents Soft Power, with play and lyrics by Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang, music and additional lyrics by Tony Award winner Jeanine Tesori, choreography by Tony nominee Sam Pinkleton, and is directed by Tony nominee Leigh Silverman. Get a first look at footage from the production!

VIDEO: How Can You Get Free SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK Tickets This Summer? Find Out! Videoplay
VIDEO: How Can You Get Free SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK Tickets This Summer? Find Out!

by Stage Tube - May 17, 2019

Since 1962, over five million people have enjoyed more than 150 free productions of Shakespeare and other classical works and musicals at the Delacorte Theater. Conceived by founder Joseph Papp as a way to make great theater accessible to all, The Public's Free Shakespeare in the Park continues to be the bedrock of the Company's mission to increase access and engage the community.

VIDEO: On This Day, April 27- Larry Kramer's THE NORMAL HEART Opens on Broadway Videoplay
VIDEO: On This Day, April 27- Larry Kramer's THE NORMAL HEART Opens on Broadway

by A.A. Cristi - Apr 27, 2018

On this day in 2011, the star-studded Broadway premiere of Larry Kramer's landmark play The Normal Heart opened on Broadway at the Golden Theater.

BWW TV: Jonathan Groff, Caissie Levy & More Let the Sun Shine in Again at 50th Annive Videoplay
BWW TV: Jonathan Groff, Caissie Levy & More Let the Sun Shine in Again at 50th Anniversary of HAIR- Watch Highlights!

by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 26, 2017

Last night The Public Theater celebrated the 50th Anniversary of HAIR, the American tribal love-rock musical that originally opened at The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street. The one-night-only benefit performance, directed by Diane Paulus, took place at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall.

VIDEO: Lin-Manuel Miranda & James Corden Perform Crosswalk the Musical - HAIR Videoplay
VIDEO: Lin-Manuel Miranda & James Corden Perform Crosswalk the Musical - HAIR

by Caryn Robbins - Aug 18, 2017

On last night's LATE LATE SHOW, James Corden invited Broadway superstar Lin-Manuel Miranda to star in his most challenging role yet - HAIR - performed in a real crosswalk on Beverly Boulevard at CBS.

VIDEO: Go Inside Rehearsal for David Rabe's IN THE BOOM BOOM ROOM Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2017

A new video offering a sneak peek into rehearsals for the upcoming revival of In the Boom Boom Room made its debut today - check it out below!

VIDEO: John Lithgow Talks Realizing His Dream of Playing 'King Lear' on TONIGHT SHOW
by Caryn Robbins - Jul 18, 2014

On last night's TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON, Jimmy chatted with John Lithgow about playing the titular role of King Lear for Shakespeare in the Park

BWW TV Exclusive: Backstage with Richard Ridge- SAG Foundation Conversations Series with Estelle Parsons!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Jun 29, 2014

Screen Actors Guild Foundation and Broadway World have partnered for an filmed Conversations Q&A series to recognize and celebrate the vibrant theatre community in New York City and the union actors who aspire to have a career on the stage and screen. The most recent conversation featured 2014 Tony nominee Estelle Parsons, who most recently starred on Broadway in The Velocity of Autumn, moderated by BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge. Check out the full interview below!

STAGE TUBE: Wendi Peters in Trailer for THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD
by Stage Tube - May 9, 2012

In preparation for it's opening at the Arts Theatre on May 18, the team of THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD have released this video trailer, featuring one of the songs from the show.


Joseph Papp Frequently Asked Questions

What awards has Joseph Papp been nominated for?
Special Citations for his courageous stand against censorship (Obie Awards) , Unique Contribution to the Theatre (Drama League Awards) , Best Musical (Tony Awards) for The Mystery of Edwin Drood , Special Awards (Drama Desk Awards) , Special Awards (Drama Desk Awards) , Best Play (Tony Awards) for Plenty , Best Revival (Tony Awards) for The Pirates of Penzance , Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Special Award , Best Musical (Tony Awards) for Runaways , Best Play (Tony Awards) for for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf , Best Play (Tony Awards) for Streamers , Most Innovative Production of a Revival (Tony Awards) for Threepenny Opera , Best Musical (Tony Awards) for A Chorus Line , Special 20--year Obies (Obie Awards) , Best Play (Tony Awards) for The Au Pair Man , Best Play (Tony Awards) for Boom Boom Room Best Musical (Tony Awards) for Two Gentleman of Verona and Special Citation (Outer Critics Circle Awards) .

What awards has Joseph Papp won?
Special Citations for his courageous stand against censorship (Obie Awards), Unique Contribution to the Theatre (Drama League Awards), Best Musical (Tony Awards) for The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Special Awards (Drama Desk Awards), Special Awards (Drama Desk Awards), Best Revival (Tony Awards) for The Pirates of Penzance, Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Special Award, Best Musical (Tony Awards) for A Chorus Line, Special 20--year Obies (Obie Awards) Best Musical (Tony Awards) for Two Gentleman of Veronaand Special Citation (Outer Critics Circle Awards).