This Day in Jewish History Founder of Shakespeare in the Park Dies

Joseph Papp, the founder of New York’s Public Theater, brought plays like 'Hair' and 'A Chorus line to' New York and worked with top-notch talents.

On October 31, 1991, producer Joseph Papp, the founder and longtime director of New York’s Public Theater, died, at the age of 70. Armed with vision, a flare for publicity and sheer force of personality, Papp took a program he began for performing Shakespeare in a Lower East Side church basement uptown to Central Park, turning it into one of the city’s most celebrated cultural institutions. At the same time, he...