Joe Papp was a hero to the NYC arts scene, fighting tirelessly for equality and promoting the arts as a place where the disenfranchised could have a voice and a presence. The Washington Jewish Film Festival presents a screening of Tracie Holder and Karen Thorsen's documentary Joe Papp in 5 Acts
, which brings Papp into the spotlight. Featuring interviews with stage and screen stars like Meryl Streep, James Earl Jones, Kevin Kline, Christopher Walken, Mandy Patinkin and many more, the film documents how the indomitable, street-wise champion of the arts introduced interracial casting to the American stage and brought us free Shakespeare in the Park, Hair
, and A Chorus Line
. Using his life and work as its prism, the film explores the issues he chose to champion: freedom of expression, democracy in the arts, and the definition of American culture. The directors will appear in person after the screening for a conversation.
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