The Stage: New Fortress

All Joseph Papp wants to do is produce Shakespearean plays in Manhattan's Central Park and let people watch them for nothing. Such an ambition would seem to be about as controversial as sunshine, but Papp is forever warring against enormous odds, standing his ground in a swirl of controversy. The first big odd was former Parks Commissioner Robert Moses, who insisted that Shakespearean audiences were eroding the city's soil. But Moses departed. Papp hung on, and last week Papp proudly presided over the dedication of a $400,000 amphitheater in the middle of Central Park on a site provided by...

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