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From his epic confrontation with Robert Moses over building a theater for Free Shakespeare in the Park, to his first Shakespeare production at Astor Place – the so-called "Naked Hamlet" starring Martin Sheen and Cleavon Little – Joe Papp's abiding and complicated relationship with Will Shakespeare is the subject of our story. Join the Public Shakespeare Initiative as we present Papp's evolving relationship with Shakespeare (from 1954 to 1968) through readings of his notebooks, letters, speeches, and other materials from the New York Shakespeare Festival collection at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, including rare footage from the early days of the Delacorte and the Mobile Theater.
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Public Shakespeare Presents: JOE, WILL, AND THE NAKED HAMLETOctober 16, 2017 at 7pm
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