Joe Papp in Five Acts - A Film Screening

  • December 11, 2012 · 5:45 PM
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Joe Papp in Five Acts - A Film Screening, is the story of New York's indomitable, streetwise champion of the arts -- founder of the Public Theater and free Shakespeare in the Park -- who introduced interracial casting to the American stage and nurtured an entire generation of artists, along with their works -- from Hair to A Chorus Line.

Papp spent a lifetime expanding public access to the arts; his mission was to widen the portals of the theater and invite everybody in. He was convinced that both women and minorities, denied power elsewhere in society, could develop it on the stage.

Papp's great accomplishments and his own tumultuous personal history is told by the artists he helped create -- and sometimes tried to destroy -- Meryl Streep, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, Kevin Kline, James Earl Jones, Olympia Dukakis and Larry Kramer, among others.


Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 6:30 p.m.- 8:00 pm

The Gotham Center for New York City History

The Graduate Center - CUNY

Proshansky Auditorium - Concourse Level C

365 5th Avenue/34th Street (opp. EMPIRE STATE BLDG)


The film screening is free.

Your only cost is the $2.00 meetup fee & if you come to eat with us afterwards.

I have reserved 20 seats, CENTER Section, beginning on the aisle.

*If you are later than 6:15, the Director, Susan Wasserman, will give away the seats since it is general admission, first come, first served.



B/D/F/M/N/Q/R to 34th Street/Herald Square. Walk 5 minutes to CUNY Graduate Center


Meetup Fee: $2.00 to help defray the cost of maintaining the group. (Exact change please collected at the theater)


Perfume Allergy: Please refrain from wearing perfume. Thank you.


For those of you that would like to grab a bite after the film, we will be going to:

Brendan’s Bar & Grill
42 West 35th Street
Between 5th & 6th Ave.
New York, NY 10001

Tel: (212)[masked]

*Since the film will be ending around 8:00pm, I am sure many of you will want to leave to go home or just stay for the Q & A and then leave. Therefore, I am not making a reservation.  I don't think the restaurant will be able to accommodate everyone, but they do have two levels, so I think it will be fine.


Here is the menu link:

***Please bring small bills (not just a $20 bill) to make it easier to pay the check.    Thank you.

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  • Denise

    The was an informative, well put together, time capsule.

    December 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was an excellent expose on the life of Joe Papp. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    December 12, 2012

  • Paulette

    Excellent, informative & enlightening

    December 12, 2012

  • Andrea

    A big thank you to Ivy, once again, for organizing this great meetup! The film held my interest from beginning to end and taught me much about the tremendous impact Joe Papp had on so many performers and the entire entertainment industry.
    A lovely light dinner and good conversation at Brendan's topped off a very enjoyable evening.

    December 12, 2012

  • Elli

    Entertaining, revealing and inspiring!

    December 12, 2012

  • Ivy

    Absolutely wonderful! I thoroughly enjoyed this fun and informative film about Joe Papp. Definitely a must see! I am so glad we went to see this film. I learned so much about Joe Papp, the things he created and the legacy that he left for future generations. It was also nice meeting some of the new members and seeing old friends again. Dinner afterwards was delightful. The restaurant was beautiful and the food was delicious. I am definitely planning to return to the restaurant and the Gotham Center in the near future.

    December 12, 2012

  • Thea S.

    Good, especially the talk at the end, where the film creators discussed making it.

    December 11, 2012

  • Marie

    Absolutely a five-star! I had such a great time, I Loved the movie and that era. As a child, I vaguely remembered Joe Papp, and the movie brought all the memories back. I sat next to Lynn & Harriet, and had a great time speaking with them. Couldn't make the dinner, but will try to next time. I enjoyed all the meet ups, and this one was really a good one! I'm absolutely going to stick with the group!

    December 11, 2012

  • Elizabeth

    How much are the tickets to the movie? Look forward to seeing this.

    December 6, 2012

    • Ivy

      The movie is FREE. Your only cost is the $2.00 meetup fee and the food afterwards if you would like to join us.

      December 6, 2012

  • Ivy

    For those of you that would like to grab a bite after the film, I have added a restaurant which is located just a block away from the theater, Brendan's Bar & Grill.

    1 · December 4, 2012

    • Fran

      Hi Ivy, I am looking forward to seeing everyone again and would be happy to join the group at Brendan's after the show.

      December 6, 2012

    • Ivy

      Looking forward to seeing you again too.

      December 6, 2012

  • Fran

    Looking forward to seeing everyone again next week.

    December 6, 2012

  • Ivy

    GREAT NEWS! I spoke to the Director today and she moved the film downstairs to a LARGER AUDITORIUM so now everyone can attend. We still have a reservation in the CENTER SECTION and I will give her a FINAL COUNT on Monday at 3PM. If you say you are coming, please show up and try to be on time. We will wait in the lobby for a few minutes and then go inside to secure out seats. Just look for us in the CENTER SECTION. The reservation is under my name, Ivy. We have an entire row just for us. I was just informed there will be a Q & A after the film. I prefer to leave and get something to eat. You are welcome to stay for that, if you like. It will be with the director and Mike Wallace, the historian who founded the Gotham Center (not the journalist who passed away in April 2012)

    I will be posting a place to go afterwards if anyone wants to grab some food and/or a drink. I have to do some more research.

    December 4, 2012

  • Ivy

    Since we are going to an auditorium, even if you are on the waiting list, you should come. There will definitely be seats since it is open to the public. We will just save three more when we get there even if the director isn't officially reserving them.

    December 4, 2012

    • Lori M.

      Excellent. Looking forward to meeting you all

      December 4, 2012

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