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Gail and Joe Papp: Transforming the World Through Theater

Hosted By: Moment Magazine

Gail Merrifield Papp, Developer of New Plays and Musicals along with her husband Joe Papp, founder of New York City’s free New York Shakespeare Festival and the famed Public Theater, profoundly changed the theatre world, staging hundreds of society-changing plays such as for colored girls and The Normal Heart, and musicals such as Hair and A Chorus Line, that launched the careers of dozens of actors including Mandy Patinkin, James Earl Jones and Meryl Streep. Join Merrifield Papp, author of the new memoir Public/Private: My Life with Joe Papp at The Public Theater, and longtime friends Mandy Patinkin and Kathryn Grody (Joe Papp signed their ketubah!) for a conversation about “how The Public Theater became a transformative beacon for social change and of the couple who created it,” and the Jewish heritage that bonded Papp with Patinkin and Grody. Sponsored by MomentLive!, a division of Moment Magazine.

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