American Masters

The origins of Shakespeare in the Park

Clip: 06/03/2022 | 2m 25s | Video has closed captioning.

Joe Papp built a stage on a 35 foot portable truck so he could bring Shakespeare to other communities. "I found myself directing all the plays on the mobile unit, because I felt this was the thing I wanted to be closely identified with, to bring Shakespeare to these communities," said Papp. When the truck fell apart in Central Park, Shakespeare in the Park found its permanent home.

Aired: 06/03/22

Rating: NR

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