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The South Bank show. / Joseph Papp

Author: Joseph Papp; London Weekend Television, ltd.; ITV (Firm)
Publisher: U.K. : ITV, 1982.
Series: Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival Moving Image Collection
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape   Visual material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A profile of producer/director Joseph Papp for the London based arts program, the South Bank show broadcast on ITV. Presenter is unidentified. The segment, which is filmed in New York City, shows Papp being interviewed at various locations in the city relevant to his career and the development of the New York Shakespeare Festival, and includes archival footage and still photos. Discussion includes Papp's childhood
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Genre/Form: Interviews
Television
Named Person: Joseph Papp; Marvin Hamlisch; Galt MacDermot; Arthur Sullivan, Sir; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph Papp; London Weekend Television, ltd.; ITV (Firm)
OCLC Number: 56624105
Notes: No credits on tape. Tape contains only the first half of the program featuring segment with Joseph Papp.
Event notes: First broadcast in the U.K. over the ITV network on May 9, 1982.
Description: 1 videocassette (VHS) (30 min.) : sd., col. and b&w SP ; 1/2 in.
Series Title: Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival Moving Image Collection
Other Titles: Joseph Papp on the South Bank show
South Bank show (Television program)
Responsibility: A London Weekend Television program for ITV.

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A profile of producer/director Joseph Papp for the London based arts program, the South Bank show broadcast on ITV. Presenter is unidentified. The segment, which is filmed in New York City, shows Papp being interviewed at various locations in the city relevant to his career and the development of the New York Shakespeare Festival, and includes archival footage and still photos. Discussion includes Papp's childhood in Williamsburg, Brooklyn; his first encounter with Shakespeare in junior high school; the start of his Shakespearean workshop in New York's Lower East Side; directing his first play and his motivation to start a Shakespearean theatrical company; interpreting Shakespeare for American audiences with American actors; and the social and political motivations behind his work.

Papp speaks about his first shows at the East River amphitheater; his production of Shakespeare plays during the 1950s and construction of the Delacorte Theater in Central Park; his administrative and fundraising skills and his belief that admission to Shakespeare's plays should be free; the subsidization of the theater and its importance to the educational life of the city; his interest in contemporary plays and the acquisition of the former Astor Library on Lafayette St.; its opening as the new Public Theater with the rock musical, Hair; the development of Hair and its expression of contemporary attitudes; the origins of the musical A chorus line at the Public Theater and its expression of social values; his decision to revive the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, The pirates of Penzance; the state of the American theater today, in contrast to theater during the 1960s and 70s; and his ongoing concern with addressing contemporary issues via the plays he produces.

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