American Masters

Why Joe Papp thinks the theater should be free for all of us

Clip: 06/03/2022 | 1m 3s  | Video has closed captioning.

Inspired by public libraries, Joe Papp made it his mission to have theater be accessible to the public. "I just don't do shows," he said. "They must have meaning."

Aired: 06/03/22

Rating: NR

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