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Birth Date:June 22, 1921
Astrology Sign:Cancer
Chinese Sign:Rooster - Yang
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Joseph Papp

Biography:Joseph Papp (June 22, 1921 - October 31, 1991) was an American theatrical producer and director.

Born in New York City, New York to Jewish immigrants from Russia, Papp founded the New York Shakespeare Festival in 1954 with the aim of making Shakespeare's works accessible to the public.

In 1957 he was granted the use of Central Park for free productions of Shakespeare's plays at what was named "The Delacorte Theater". By age 41 after the Delacorte had become a solid institution, Joe looked for an all-year theater he could make his own. After looking at other locations, Joe fell in love with Lafayette Street's Astor library for its location and character. With massive renovations in order, Joe moved his staff to his newly named Public Theater hoping to attract a newer, less conventional audience to new and innovated playwrights.

Papp also obtained the use of the Astor Library Building in 1967; this has since become known as the Joseph Papp Public Theater.

Joe depended on authors more than anyone and saw them in a much higher respect then actors or even directors, and his focus moved farther away from the Shakespearean classics. With plays such as Charles Gordone's No Place to Be Somebody (the first African American dramatist and off-Broadway show to win the Pulitzer Prize) and the plays of David Rabe, Tom Babe, and Jason Miller, Joe brought the Public into a new phase. “…With the new playwrights, the whole direction of the theater changed. Joe changed direction and none of us realized for a while that he had changed direction. The Public Theater became more important than the Delacorte. The new playwrights became more interesting to Joe than Shakespeare. “ (Ming Cho Lee, Festival Designer)

Papp is known for his productions of Hair, The Pirates of Penzance, and A Chorus Line.

Joe Papp died of prostate cancer, aged 70.

Chinese Horoscope for Joseph Papp
Includes characteristics and Vices
Joseph Papp's Chinese Horoscope
Chinese Year: February 08, 1921 - January 27, 1922
Birthday: June 22, 1921

The Rooster is a Yang,
and is the Tenth sign of the Chinese horoscope.

Blind Faith

Personality and Character Cards:
Personality and character cards are identical!

Joseph Papp's Personality Tarot Card The Hierophant - Personality Card

Birthday: June 22, 1921

Guidance on religious matters and the need to find spiritual meaning in life.

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Joseph Papp's Growth Tarot Card Strength

Birthday: June 22, 2023

A time for self-awareness involving courage, strength, and determination.




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