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A National Press Club luncheon with Joseph Papp

Author: Drew von Bergen; Joseph Papp; Jim Weeks; C-SPAN (Television network)
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : C-SPAN, 1980.
Series: Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival Moving Image Collection
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape   Visual material : English
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Videocassette one (67 min.): [Relevant content begins at 34 min. and ends at 101 min.] Brief discussion of National Press Club programs, introduction of notable guests and overview of the career and achievements of producer/director Joseph Papp by host Drew von Bergen. Papp speaks to the National Press Club. In his talk, entitled Hamlet and show business, Papp discusses his interest in Shakespeare's Hamlet and its
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Genre/Form: Television
Named Person: Joseph Papp; Joseph Papp; Joseph Papp; Joseph Papp; Michael Moriarty; Ed Koch; Linda Ronstadt; Viktor Rozov
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Drew von Bergen; Joseph Papp; Jim Weeks; C-SPAN (Television network)
OCLC Number: 80188518
Notes: This video separated from the New York Shakespeare Festival collection, *T-Mss 1993-028.
Credits on tape.
Label on original videocassette one: Joseph Papp National Press Club Luncheon (incomplete) Cable Channel L 9/19/80. Label on original videocassette two: Second half of Joe Papp National Press Club conference (only second half was broadcast 9/30/80).
National Press Club Luncheon with Joseph Papp. Introduced and moderated by Drew von Bergen, president of United Press International and the National Press Club. Head table guests include Jackson Bryer, chairman New Playwrights Theater, Leo Sullivan, director of public relations for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, actress Helen Hayes, Gail Merrifield Papp, actress, Joan Fonteyn, Mildred Batista, executive director of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Paul V. Brown, producer and managing director of the Alaska Repertory Theater.
Event notes: Recorded live at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 16, 1980 by C-SPAN-TV. Broadcast on cable Channel L on Sept. 19, 1980 and on Sept. 30, 1980, broadcaster unknown.
Description: 2 videocassettes (VHS) (122 min.) : sd., col; SP 1/2 in.
Series Title: Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival Moving Image Collection
Responsibility: C-SPAN presents ; camera, Jim Weeks.

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Videocassette one (67 min.): [Relevant content begins at 34 min. and ends at 101 min.] Brief discussion of National Press Club programs, introduction of notable guests and overview of the career and achievements of producer/director Joseph Papp by host Drew von Bergen. Papp speaks to the National Press Club. In his talk, entitled Hamlet and show business, Papp discusses his interest in Shakespeare's Hamlet and its meaning for the theater; what interests him about a play; the state of commercial theater; musical revivals on Broadway; the relationship between theater and life and its expression in the works he chooses to produce; classic plays and their place in the theater; his decision to produce Pirates of Penzance starring Linda Ronstadt; the quality of a play as being "alive"; the absence of good actors on the stage; stage actors he admires; the role of skilled stage actors in keeping the theater alive. During the question and answers session, Papp discusses the possibility of bringing his production of Pirates of Penzance to Washington; his refusal of $223,000 in private support for the New York Shakespeare Festival's summer program at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park following New York mayor Ed Koch's withdrawal of funding. [Talk is continued on videocassette two.]

Videocassette two (55 min.): [Relevant content begins at 30 min. and ends at 85 min., overlaping slightly with content of videocassette one.] Joseph Papp continues answering questions at his National Press Club luncheon. Papp discusses his preference for producing new works by living writers that "say something about our life and times"; the state of the black theater and accomplishment of the Negro Ensemble Company; the likely success of political spoofs on Broadway; taking his shows to the Soviet Union and lack of cultural exchange between the two countries; his discovery while in the Soviet Union of the play The nest of the wood grouse by Victor Rosov; creativity versus commercialism in the theater; ticket prices and the middle classes' support of the theater; Michael Moriarty's performance in Richard III. Papp is presented with a National Press Club certificate of appreciation and a necktie.

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