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A new play from Richard Nelson telling the story of Joseph Papp and his colleagues in 1958 New York City.

This show is closed.

Performances ended on Dec. 10, 2017.

About the Show

Previews: Oct 22, 2017 • Opening: Oct 30, 2017 • Closing: Dec 10, 2017


It is 1958, and New York City is in the midst of a major building boom; a four-lane highway is planned for the heart of Washington Square; Carnegie Hall is designated for demolition; entire neighborhoods on the West Side are leveled to make room for a new "palace of art." And a young Joe Papp and his colleagues face betrayals, self-inflicted wounds, and anger from the city’s powerful elite as they continue their free Shakespeare productions in Central Park. From the creator of the most celebrated family plays of the last decade comes a drama about a different kind of family–one held together by the simple and incredibly complicated belief that the theater, and the city, belong to all of us.

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Anspacher Theater at Joseph Papp Public Theater
425 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003
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