Boca Raton, FL
If you love classic theatre you are in for a real treat! Stay tuned this July 2020, exact date TBA. at Mizner Park Cultural Center, Actor Avi Hoffman will host a ‘Festival of Classics’ exploring the man, Joseph Papp, who was literally ‘Shakespeare in the Park.’ Joseph Papp’s daughter, Susan, joins Avi to share special moments with the audience and clips from a documentary about the early days in New York when the famous producer and theater director built a moving stage to bring Shakespeare to many neighborhoods and residents who had no exposure to theater.
Many of the young people interviewed who attended the free performances took up careers in the arts working as actors in Papp’s productions on and off Broadway.
The show ends with a finale and tribute with song and dance to Papp’s original ‘Hair’ and ‘A Chorus Line’ favorites you won’t want to miss!
Hoffman knew Joe Papp personally and will introduce a ‘scene’ from productions by South Florida theater companies creating works from the Golden Age of Literature to the Counter Culture revolution of the 1960’s including:
‘Romeo and Juliet’ Shakespeare’s play from Shakespeare Troupe of South Florida — SToSF
‘Julia + Roselo’ Lope de Vega’s play produced in conjunction with SToSF and Grace Arts FL — GACFL
‘Macbeth’ Shakespeare’s play produced by New City Players
Michael Scott Ross as Claude, Alexa Baray as Sheila and Mike Westrich as Berger hug it out in MNM Productions’ “Hair” at the Kravis Center. (Corby Kaye’s Studio Palm Beach / Courtesy, 2016)
Photos below from left, original playbill and ‘A Chorus Line’ Producer Joseph Papp with Musical Composer Marvin Hamlisch.
“Mike Westrich shares a ‘Hair’ classic and Laura Plyer gives us a moment from ‘A Chorus Line’ as part of the finale of the ‘Festival of Classics’ production and a tribute to Papp’s legacy on and off Broadway”
(Below) The original cast of ‘A Chorus Line’ that made choreographer Michael Bennett a household name and the wealthiest dancer on Broadway and the lead female dancer, Donna McKecknie, who won a Tony Award for best actress in a musical in 1975.
‘King Lear’ Shakespeare’s play produced by Thinking Cap Theatre
‘Joseph Papp’ ‘Shakespeare in the Park’ — Hoffman interprets a number of documentaries and written recordings of the life of Papp and his work in 1960’s New York to establish free Shakespeare performances at The Delacorte Theater, an 1800 seat outdoor theater in Central Park, at West 81st Street and Central Park West.
The evening will end with a meet and greet with the artists including new 2020 projects.
What the Actors Are Saying about Festival of Classics….
What: Festival of Classics with Special Guest Susan Papp
Where: Mizner Park Cultural Center 201 W Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432
When: (Rescheduled) for July 2020. Exact date and times TBA
Tickets: Click Here
For media interviews contact Clare Vickery of Grace Arts Fl 954–816-3324