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NEW YORK SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

The New York Shakespeare Festival has been under the leadership of Joseph Papp since its beginning in 1954 as The Shakespeare Workshop (as it was first called) in a church basement on the lower East Side of Manhattan. The Free Shakespeare Summer Festival, which began in 1956 at the East Side Amphitheater, became part of the Central Park landscape the next year when a flat-bed truck which had toured city parks collapsed near Belvedere Lake. The Delcorte Theater was built there in 1962 and two years later the Mobile Theater was developed to tour city parks and playgrounds. Seeking a year-round home and an outlet for the production of new American plays, the Festival obtained the funds to convert a New York City 

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HAIR

landmark building, the Astor Library, into the Public Theater, which opened with the original production of Hair in 1967. Committed to the presentation of works by young dramatists, Mr. Papp has produced over 280 plays and musical works since the Festival moved into its permanent home. Today, with an international reputation, the Festival encompasses Free Shakespeare at the Delacorte Theater, six stages under the roof of the Public Theater, the Mobile Theater, Broadway, national and international tours, television and motion pictures. New York Shakespeare Festival productions have collectively won 28 Tony Awards (including three special Tonys), 81 Obies, 28 Drama Critics Awards and three Pulitzer

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TWO GENTLEMAN OF VERONA

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STICKS AND BONES
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