February 25, 1992 |
Filling In: Michael Greif, a resident director at the New York Shakespeare Festival, will stage a revival of Joe Orton's "What the Butler Saw" at La Jolla Playhouse's Mandell Weiss Forum July 26-Aug. 30, filling the final slot to be announced for the summer season.
November 1, 1991 |
Joseph Papp, a giant of the American stage who brought free open-air productions of Shakespeare to two generations of theatergoers, created the nation's most important showcase for new playwrights and launched such Broadway hits as "A Chorus Line" and "Hair," died Thursday in his New York City apartment. Papp, who had suffered from prostate cancer for five years, was 70.
August 22, 1991 |
New York Shakespeare Festival founder Joseph Papp, ill with cancer and distraught over the death of his son, has relinquished his administrative duties effective immediately, the festival said Wednesday. A spokesman said Papp had appointed JoAnne Akalaitis, a prominent stage director and Papp's artistic associate, to replace him as artistic director.
December 7, 1990 |
Such Sweet Sorrow: The New York Shakespeare Festival announced that it will lay off 30 employees due to diminished government funding and will close its sound, lighting, set and prop departments. The festival currently employs 123 people and has an annual budget of more than $14 million. Festival producer Joseph Papp said that he expects city and state funding to shrink by up to 20%. The layoffs should save the festival an estimated $750,000 a year, he said.
April 27, 1990 |
New York theater producer Joseph Papp turned down a $50,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant Thursday and said he would reject another $400,000 he expected to receive as a protest over anti-obscenity provisions imposed on the arts agency by conservatives in Congress. Papp's decision was disclosed in a letter he sent from his New York Shakespeare Festival to NEA Chairman John E. Frohnmayer.
March 18, 1990 |
BROADWAY Opened Shubert Theatre: July 25, 1975. Scheduled Broadway closing: March 31, 1990. Total performances, as of March 31: 6,014. Total members of the Broadway company over 15 years: 511. Total N.Y. attendance: 6,543,058 (as of Feb. 19). Producers: New York Shakespeare Festival, Plum Prods. (Michael Bennett).