Sunday, December 3, 2017

Joseph Papp Way

[Image via @AstorPlaceNYC]

On Friday morning, the intersection of Lafayette and Astor Place was officially co-named Joseph Papp Way, in honor of late Public Theater founder Joseph Papp

Here's more via the Village Alliance:

The co-naming honors the late founder of the Public Theater, which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its landmark home on Lafayette Street. The sign was unveiled ... by Gail Papp, wife of the late Joe Papp, with remarks from The Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs Tom Finkelpearl and District 2 City Councilwoman Rosie Mendez.

Our dear friends and neighbor, The Public Theater was founded in 1954, then known as the New York Shakespeare Festival. It opened the doors to its permanent home on Lafayette Street in October 1967 with the new musical Hair. Papp, was an East Village local and active member of the community.

Meanwhile, yesterday, officials unveiled Mary Spink Way on Avenue A and Second Street in honor of the late community activist.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Street co-naming set for Public Theater founder Joseph Papp and community activist Mary Spink

1 comment:

cmarrtyy said...

I've been going to the Public since it opened and it truly is one of the gems of the city and the arts. All hail, Joe and his vision. But I wonder if he would be happy today if knew the Public's season was defined by politics rather than art/talent. ARS LONGA... VITA BREVIS... Mr. Eustus...