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Profile of Joseph Papp : raw footage

Author: Joseph PappJune MassellPeter RosenWNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.)Liberty Studios.All authors
Publisher: New York, 1987.
Series: Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival Moving Image Collection
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape : U-matic   Visual material : English
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Raw footage from the taping of the MacNeil/Lehrer newshour profile of theatrical producer Joseph Papp. Included are 33 master tapes from producer Peter Rosen (videocassette 32 is a VHS copy). The tapes feature interviewer June Massell rehearsing the questions she will ask, with abrupt jumps from one section to another. Video quality is erratic.
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Genre/Form: Interviews
Named Person: Joseph Papp; Joseph Papp; Joseph Papp; Joseph Papp; Larry Kramer
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph Papp; June Massell; Peter Rosen; WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.); Liberty Studios.; Matthew Selino & Associates.; New York Shakespeare Festival Public Theater.
OCLC Number: 79459417
Notes: The completed profile of Joseph Papp was aired Channel 13, WNET-TV, June 13, 1985 at 8:00 p.m. For profile see NCOX 5028.
These videos separated from the New York Shakespeare Festival collection, *T-Mss 1993-028.
Videocassette 1: Reel 1, 20 min., December 1984. Interview with Bernard Jacobs of the Shubert Organization.
Videocassette 2: Reel 2, 18 min., December 1984. Continuation of the interview with Bernard Jacobs.
Videocassette 3: Reel 3, 17 min., exact date unknown. Includes interview with Bernard Jacobs, president, The Shubert Organization; interviewer June Massell rehearsing questions and marquee shots of Shubert productions.
Videocassette 4: Reel 4, 12 min., exact date unknown. Includes interview with Bernard Jacobs; tape shows box office and audiences at the musical A chorus line plus posters of other Broadway shows.
Videocassette 5: Reel 5, 19 min., exact date unknown. Tape shows a reception where people are socializing. Colleen Dewhurst, Estelle Parsons, Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn are interviewed about their friendship and professional relationship with Joseph Papp.
Videocassette 6: Reel 6, 12 min., exact date unknown. Actors Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn are interviewed about Joseph Papp, and about the play Solonika by Louise Page at the Public Theater that Tandy is starring in. Papp joins them toward the end of the tape.
Videocassette 7: Reel 7, Joe Papp seder, 16 min., April 5, 1985. Tape opens with early family photos of Papp's mother, father and siblings. Tape switches to a seder dinner table where Papp talks about seder traditions and customs.
Videocassette 8: Reel 8, Joe Papp seder, 3 min., April 5, 1985. Tape shows Papp conducting his family seder in Hebrew.
Videocassette 9: Reel 9, Joe Papp seder, 18 min., April 5, 1985. Papp conducts his family seder in Hebrew and English and explains some of the customs.
Videocassette 10: Reel 10, Joe Papp seder, 8 min., April 5, 1985. Papp conducts his family seder in Hebrew and English.
Videocassette 11: Reel 11, 20 min., April 11, 1985. Interview with Wilford Leach, principal director of the Public Theater. He talks of his experiences working with Papp. First three minutes show Leach at a drawing board; there is no sound.
Videocassette 12: Reel 12, 20 min., April 11, 1985. Interview with Joseph Papp. First four minutes show interviewer preparing questions for the Public Theater director, Wilford Leach. Tape then cuts to Papps office where the crew tries out some experiments with the camera. Papp talks of his upcoming production of Shakespeare's Measure for measure and his present production The normal heart by Larry Kramer.
Videocassette 13: Reel 13, 20 min., April 11, 1985. Interviewer talks with Papp and his wife Gail Merrifield in Papp's office at the Public Theater. Papp and Merrifield speak about their working relationship and the production The normal heart.
Videocassette 14: Reel 14, 21 min., April 11, 1985. At his office at the Public Theater Papp rehearses some songs he will sing at a benefit.
Videocassette 15: Reel 15, 20 min., April 11, 1985. Papp is videotaped at his office at the Public Theater Papp where he discusses several of his best-known productions and introduces some of his staff. Includes shots of posters without sound.
Videocassette 16: Reel 16, 17 min., April 11, 1985. First seven minutes of tape contains scans of wall of awards hanging in Papp's office; video flickers; sound is off. Sound returns for an interview with playwright Larry Kramer who discusses his play The normal heart.
Videocassette 17: Reel 17, 19 min., April 11, 1985. Actors Brad Davis and Micheal Santoro rehearse the play The normal heart. Author Larry Kramer, director Michael Lindsay, Gail Merrifield and Joseph Papp observe.
Videocassette 18: Reel 18, 20 min., April 11, 1985. Papp is interviewed about his early years. He was raised in poverty; he went into the Navy during World War II, and afterwards studied at the Actors' Laboratory Workshop in Los Angeles. Papp also speaks about his philosophy of the theater.
Videocassette 19: Reel 19, 20 min., April 11, 1985. Papp is interviewed seated on stage at the Public theater. He speaks about his experiences as an actor and the acting profession; his power as a theatrical producer; the financial condition of the Public Theater and his current efforts to build its endowment; the history of his Shakespearean acting company and his first plays in Central Park; his conflict with Parks Commissioner Robert Moses over charging admission to the Central Park plays.
Videocassette 20: Reel 20, 20 min., April 11, 1985. Interview with Papp continues. He elaborates on his battle with Parks Commissioner Robert Moses and his support for free theater in Central Park; his role in American theater; his interest in nurturing the talents of playwrights; his successes and failures theatrically; his views on the musical A chorus line; his work life and its impact on his relationship with his children.
Videocassette 21: Reel 21, 20 min., April 11, 1985. Interview with Joseph Papp continues for first 13 minutes, with sound becoming erratic for last three. Interview with Kate Nelligan begins. She discusses her appearance in the play Plenty by David Hare with Papp as producer.
Videocassette 22: Reel 22, 20 min., April 11, 1985. Interview with Kate Nelligan about the production of Virginia in which she stars. After 5 min. there are closeups of the interviewer with and without sound rehearsing her questions. This is followed by shots of Papp talking to people in the lobby of the Public Theater.
Videocassette 23: Reel 23, 16 min., April 11, 1985. In the lobby of the Public Theater just before curtain time, Papp talks with playwright John Guare and other audience members about his various productions and projects.
Videocassette 24: Reel 24, 20 min., April 11, 1985. Contains excerpts from plays at the Public Theater during the evening, including Virginia starring Kate Nelligan and Salonika with Jessica Tandy, Maxwell Caulfield and Elizabeth Wilson.
Videocassette 25: Reel 25, 14 min., April 11, 1985. Tape begins at one minute; bottom half of tape only is visible for first four minutes. Footage of Papp in a classroom with students who are practicing improvisations related to setting the situation for a play.
Videocassette 26: Reel 26, 19 min., exact date unknown. Top part of this tape cannot be seen some portions; it is dark and flickering. Tape takes place in a classroom filled with students about age twelve. Papp participates in class exercise of improvisational play acting followed by discussion about being a producer.
Videocassette 27: Reel 27, 18 min., exact date unknown. Tape takes place in a classroom filled with sixth graders. Students ask questions of Papp about playwriting, acting and the theater in general. The session is part of program introduced by the New York Shakespeare Festival to familiarize students with theater with the goal of building an audience for the future.
Videocassette 28: Reel 28, 18 min., exact date unknown. Taping takes place at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Papp tells the interviewer about his battle to establish the theater, a venue which has provided thousands with their first theater experience. Papp discusses the stars who have played there, problems with the weather and then he recites some Shakespeare. Also includes footage of interviewer rehearsing questions she will ask Papp; sound is occasionally poor and there is flickering onscreen.
Videocassette 29: Reel 29, 17 min., April 18, 1985. Interviewer rehearses questions she will ask Papp about the creation of the Delacorte Theater for the first 13 minutes. All action takes place at the Delacorte as the camera pans to show the park area adjoining the theater.
Videocassette 30: Reel 30, 21 min., April 24, 1985. Tape shows rough, unedited footage of A chorus line performed in a theater before a live audience. (This is not the original cast.) Tape jumps and flickers and is unclear at times. Video jumps from one scene to another.
Videocassette 31: Reel 31, 19 min., April 24, 1985. Tape shows rough, unedited footage of A chorus line performed in a theater before a live audience.
Videocassette 32: Reel 33, 4 min., exact date unknown. Footage of a rehearsal for the musical A chorus line. Its creator Michael Bennett is shown working with dancers.
Videocassette 33: Reel 33, 20 min. May 25, 1985. Graphics.
Event notes: Videotaped during April 1985 at the Public Theater in New York, N.Y. and various other locations in New York City related to Joseph Papp.
Description: 32 videocassettes (Betacam) (546 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. 1 videocassette (VHS) (5 min.) : sd., col. ; c1/2 in.
Series Title: Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival Moving Image Collection
Responsibility: produced by Peter Rosen Productions [for WNET/WETA and MacNeil/Lehrer Gannett Productions].

Abstract:

Raw footage from the taping of the MacNeil/Lehrer newshour profile of theatrical producer Joseph Papp. Included are 33 master tapes from producer Peter Rosen (videocassette 32 is a VHS copy). The tapes feature interviewer June Massell rehearsing the questions she will ask, with abrupt jumps from one section to another. Video quality is erratic.

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