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Joseph Papp presents Rehearsing Hamlet, a documentary about Joseph Papp's controversial choice of casting Diane Venora, a then-unknown actress who went on to establish a distinguished acting career, as Hamlet in the 1983 New York Shakespeare Festival's production! *Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! (Color, 1983, 49 Minutes.) #JosephPappPresentsRehearsingHamlet Hamlet #JosephPapp #Directors #GreatDirectors #Producers #Jews #DianeVenora #Actresses #ShakespeareanActresses #GreatActresses #Shakespeare #Theater #Theatre #Broadway #Stage #OffBroadway #GailPapp #DVD #VideoDownload #MP4 #USBFlashDrive
Joseph Papp, American director and producer (June 22, 1921 - October 31, 1991) was born Joseph Papirofsky in Brooklyn, New York City, the son of Jewish immigrants from Russia Yetta (née Miritch), a seamstress, and Samuel Papirofsky, a trunkmaker. He established The Public Theater in what had been the Astor Library Building in lower Manhattan. There, Papp created a year-round producing home to focus on new plays and musicals. Among numerous examples of these were the works of David Rabe, Ntozake Shanges For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf, Charles Gordones No Place to Be Somebody (the first off-Broadway play to win the Pulitzer Prize), and Papps production of Michael Bennetts Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, A Chorus Line. Papp also founded Shakespeare in the Park, helped to develop other off-Broadway theatres and worked to preserve the historic Broadway Theatre District. Joseph Papp died of prostate cancer at age 70, on October 31, 1991. He is buried in the Baron Hirsch Cemetery on Staten Island. His son, Tony, died of complications of AIDS mere months before Joseph Papp's death. Papp is survived by his wife Gail Merrifield Papp, a partner in the Public Theatre.
Diane Venora, American stage, television and film actress, was born August 10, 1952 in East Hartford, Connecticut. Venora graduated from the Juilliard School in 1977 and made her film debut in 1981 opposite Albert Finney in Wolfen. She won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the 1988 film Bird directed by Clint Eastwood. Her other films include, The Cotton Club (1984), Heat (1995), Romeo + Juliet (1996), The Jackal (1997), The Insider (1999) and Hamlet (2000). In 1983, she starred in Joseph Papp's production of Hamlet at the New York Shakespeare Festival in the lead role, the first woman to play the role at the prestigious showcase. She has a long history with Hamlet, having played the title role, having played Ophelia opposite Kevin Kline, and having played Gertrude onscreen opposite Ethan Hawke.