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 Joseph Papp

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Joseph Papp

Original Name Papirofsky
Birth
Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Death 31 Oct 1991 (aged 70)
Greenwich Village, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Staten Island, Richmond County (Staten Island), New York, USA
Plot Sec. G (on rt side of Ave. "C" off of 3rd St). Enter path G80 , 4th row, to the rt of "Martel").
Memorial ID 10321480 View Source
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Theatre Producer, Director. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he was regarded as one of the most influential producers and directors in the history of the American theater. In the 1960's, he took over the old Astor Library and turned it into the first Public Theater, a huge six-theater complex. He presented the work of many young playwrights, including David Rabe, Thomas Babe, Ed Bullins, Caryl Churchill, David Hare, David Henry Hwang, Wallace Shawn, Vaclav Havel, Miguel Pinero, Ntozake Shange, Michael Weller, George C. Wolfe, David Mamet, Tina Howe and John Guare. He also founded the New York Shakespeare Festival, through which he presented free Shakespeare in Central Park for more than three decades. His Public Theater was also the birthplace of two landmark American musicals, "Hair" and "A Chorus Line," the longest-running show in Broadway history. In addition, he helped build the careers of many actors, among them James Earl Jones, Meryl Streep, Raul Julia and Kevin Kline. He died of prostate cancer at age 70 in Greenwich Village, New York.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/10321480/joseph-papp : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Papp (22 Jun 1921–31 Oct 1991), Find a Grave Memorial ID 10321480, citing Baron Hirsch Cemetery, Staten Island, Richmond County (Staten Island), New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .