American Masters

Papp turned a dilapidated building into The Public Theater

Clip: 06/03/2022 | 2m 14s | Video has closed captioning.

In his search for a home for new American theater, producer Joseph Papp saved a historic building in "ruins" from demolition. It was once the Astor Library, which became the first free public library in New York, and had been converted into a place for homeless Jewish people after World War II. In the 1960s, the building would evolve into a permanent space for The Public Theater.

Aired: 06/03/22

Rating: NR

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