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AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE - Atlanta Jewish Film Festival | BEST DOCUMENTARY - Fort Myers Beach Film FestivalTheatre • Performance Studies • American Studies • Jewish Studies • Social Studies • Social History • Acting • Playwriting
Date of Completion: 2012 | Run Time: 84 minutes | Language: English with Spanish subtitles | Captions: Yes | Includes: Transcript | Directors & Producers: Tracie Holder and Karen Thorsen
JOE PAPP IN FIVE ACTS is a documentary classic that tells the story of New York’s indomitable, street-wise champion of the arts who introduced interracial casting to the American stage and founded The Public Theater and Free Shakespeare in the Park. From 1954 until his death in 1991, Joe Papp brought theater to more people than any other producer in history. In his eyes, art was for everyone, not just a privileged few. “We have public libraries,” he would argue, “Why not public theaters?” Papp recognized the role art could play in building a more democratic, inclusive society, and he raised an enduring debate about the value of the arts to the lives of all people and to the health of all communities. His goal was a 'theater of inclusion': on-stage, backstage, and in the audience. He was convinced that women, LGBTQ+, Black, Brown, Asian and other marginalized communities, denied power elsewhere in society, could develop it on the stage. Featuring interviews with Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, James Earl Jones, Christopher Walken, Olympia Dukakis, Martin Sheen, David Hare, Larry Kramer and George C. Wolfe, and others, JOE PAPP IN FIVE ACTS aims to keep the legacy of this larger-than-life visionary alive.