The Public Theater presents
Shakespeare in the Park for Summer 2005!
AS YOU LIKE IT
by William Shakespeare
directed by Mark Lamos
June 25-July 17, 2005
TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA
Adapted by John Guare & Mel Shapiro
Lyrics by John Guare
Music by Galt MacDermot
Based on the play by William Shakespeare
Directed and Choreographed by Kathleen Marshall
August 16-September 11
Joseph Papp (June 22, 1921 - October 31, 1991), was an American theatrical producer and director.
Born in New York City, New York, Papp founded the New York Shakespeare Festival in 1954 with the aim of making Shakespeare's works accessible to the public. In 1957 he was granted the use of Central Park for free productions of Shakespeare's plays. Papp also obtained the use of the Astor Library Building in 1967; this has since become known as the Joseph Papp Public Theater.
Papp is known for his productions of Hair, The Pirates of Penzance, and A Chorus Line.
12 April 1957, New York Times, pg. 27:
Time: Summer; Scene: A Park;
Enter Shakespeare in a Truck
By LEWIS FUNKE
Culture by moonlight, a growing trend, will receive additional impetus this summer in the city's parks. Joseph Papp, who produced two Shakespeare plays last year in the East River Park Ampitheatre, disclosed yesterday that he had received permission from Stuart Constable, executive of the Park Department, to expand his operation into the five boroughs.
In addition to the site used last summer, Mr. Papp will take a company of forty players to the Belvedere Tower area of Central Park, Brooklyn War Memorial Park, Williamsbridge Oval Park in the Bronx, Clove Lakes Park in Richmond and King Park in Queens.
23 July 1957, New York Times, "Theatre: Antics in Park" by Lewis Funke, pg. 21:
NEW YORK'S Biggest theatre bargain - the free Summer Shakespeare Festival - returned to Central Park last night with a broad and raucous rendition of "The Two Gentlemen of Verona."
4 July 1958, New York Times, pg. 16:
The Theatre: "Othello" Performed in Central Park
Papp Produces Free
By BROOKS ATKINSON
WITH the production of "Othello," which opened officially on Wednesday evening, the Shakespeare Festival in Central Park brings us another clearly organized and interesting production.
The third season may be cruelly short.