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Panel Discussion: Joe Papp's Legacy, Oct. 20


For 35 years, Joe Papp was the dominant figure in American theater, and his ideals live on in many forms in theaters across the country and around the world. A panel at Columbia University will explore Papp's legacy as his landmark Public Theater embarks on its next phase and will grapple with such questions as: What was Papp's vision and is it still viable today, a decade after his death?

WHEN: 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 20
WHERE:Miller Theatre (116 th and Broadway)

John Heilpern, author and critic for The New York Observer)
Woodie King, Jr., founder and producing director of New Federal Theatre and National Black Touring Circuit; co-producer with Joe Papp of "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf"
Kevin Kline, Academy Award-winning actor
Eduardo Machado, playwright; newly named artistic director, INTAR Theatre; and director, Columbia University School of the Arts Playwriting Program
Diane Paulus, director, "The Donkey Show"
Gregory Mosher, (moderator), director of the Columbia University Arts Initiative, former director of Lincoln Center Theatre

"As the Public moves into a new phase, discussion about its future has remained largely behind boardroom doors, or has focused on who will succeed George C. Wolfe as producer. But the key question isn't succession. It is whether Papp's remarkable vision of a civic and aesthetic enterprise can be developed or even sustained. The time is appropriate to explore Papp's legacy, not just for what it means to his own institution, but to all of us who work in or care about the theater."

-- Gregory Mosher

This public discussion is the first in a series organized by the Columbia University Arts Initiative. A program on the new Museum of Modern Art will follow later this fall.

Published: Oct 18, 2004
Last modified: Jan 10, 2005

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