Community of Artists: 50 Years at the Public
Exhibition at The New York Public Theatre for the Performing Arts
Written by Armistead Johnson
Photographed by Angelo Rivera
As a former New York University
student whose studio classes were held across the
street from The Public Theatre, I found "A
Community of Artists" an especially exciting
exhibition to preview.
Veteran actor Kevin Klein and
recent Tony winner Liev Schreiber were on hand to
kick off the exhibition with eloquent speeches about
the importance of The Public Theater and the numerous
contributions Joseph Papp and his family have made
to the New York Theatre landscape.
The exhibit, which is open to
the public from June 21st through October 15th,
celebrates the fifty year anniversary of The Public
Theatre, which was founded by Joseph Papp and framed
with the precept that all New Yorkers, regardless
of their backgrounds, should have access to quality
productions of Shakespeare’s plays, free of
"A Community of Artists"
contains archival documents, photographs, films,
interviews, theatre programs, designs and original
costumes that recall The Public’s landmark
productions and its agenda of access and inclusion.
Viewing the theater’s history in one room
is breathtaking and not to be missed.
Where else can the public see
tapes of the original production of A Chorus
Line, or original revisions of Larry Kramer’s
The Normal Heart or the prompt script of
Ntozake Shange’s for colored
girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow
Anyone with even a passing interest in New York Theatre should not miss this gem of an opportunity.
"A Community of Artists:
50 Years of The Public Theater" will be on
view from June 21st through October 15, 2005 in
the Donald and Mary Oenslager Gallery, The New York
Public Library for The Performing Arts Dorothy and
Lewis B. Cullman Center, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza,
New York. Exhibition hours are Tuesday, Wednesday,
Friday and Saturdays 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.; Thursday,
12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m.; closed Sundays, Mondays
and holidays. Admission is free. For further information,