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In the classrooms : two discussions on Shakespeare [videorecording]

Title
In the classrooms : two discussions on Shakespeare [videorecording] / produced by the New York Shakespeare Festival.
Publication
New York, 1986.

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Description
1 videodisc (DVD) (113 min.) : sd., col. SP; 4 3/4 in.
Donor/Sponsor
Gift of the Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival.
Series Statement
Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival Moving Image Collection
Alternative Title
In the classrooms 1986 Joe Papp Parsons/Little
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Lectures.
  • Video.
Note
  • No credits on tape. Title derived from label on container.
  • This video separated from the New York Shakespeare Festival collection, *T-Mss 1993-028.
  • Sound and image quality are below average.
Access (note)
  • Preservation pending. Appointment and tape transfer required before viewing.
Event (note)
  • Videotaped in a New York City public school classroom and at the Belasco Theatre, New York, N.Y. in 1986.
Language (note)
  • The Belasco Project was an educational program in Shakespeare started by Joseph Papp and funded with a $500,000 grant from Newsday. It was run in collaboration with the New York City Board of Education and the Shubert Organization, which provided the Belasco Theatre rent-free. During the mid-1980s, plays such as Macbeth, As you like it and Romeo and Juliet were performed by a multi-racial cast for over 200,000 junior and senior high school students, teachers and parents. The program included discussion sessions between actors and students, held in classrooms and in the theater.
Call Number
NCOW 503
Title
In the classrooms : two discussions on Shakespeare [videorecording] / produced by the New York Shakespeare Festival.
Imprint
New York, 1986.
Series
Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival Moving Image Collection
Access
Preservation pending. Appointment and tape transfer required before viewing.
Event
Videotaped in a New York City public school classroom and at the Belasco Theatre, New York, N.Y. in 1986.
Summary
Tape contains two discussion sessions about Shakespeare with New York City high school students. The first session (ca 48 min.) is conducted by Estelle Parsons in a public school classroom. Parsons discusses her efforts to form a multi-racial cast for the performance of Shakespearean plays for students, the aims of the project and her choice to produce Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet, which the students have just seen. Parsons also discusses Shakespearean language and the use of a variety of languages in her production, as well as Papp's fundraising efforts on behalf of the project. Discussion concludes with students' responses to the production.
The second discussion (ca. 49:00 to 113:00 min. ) is lead by actor Cleavon Little at the Belasco Theatre. Little discusses his difficulty relating to conventional productions of Shakespeare; his early years as a student and first job; his choice to become an actor and his first experience playing a Shakespearean role; being cast by producer/director Joseph Papp as Hamlet and the benefits, especially for minority actors, of working with the New York Shakespeare Festival; his views on Shakespeare; developing as a Shakespearean actor and his various professional experiences playing Shakespearean roles; the professional climate for Black actors at present in comparison with the 1960s; the ramifications of the high cost of tickets on Broadway; succeeding as a Black performer in the entertainment industry; his experience performing in the play I'm not Rappaport; his influences and the qualities that make a good actor.
Language
The Belasco Project was an educational program in Shakespeare started by Joseph Papp and funded with a $500,000 grant from Newsday. It was run in collaboration with the New York City Board of Education and the Shubert Organization, which provided the Belasco Theatre rent-free. During the mid-1980s, plays such as Macbeth, As you like it and Romeo and Juliet were performed by a multi-racial cast for over 200,000 junior and senior high school students, teachers and parents. The program included discussion sessions between actors and students, held in classrooms and in the theater.
Added Author
Little, Cleavon, speaker.
Parsons, Estelle, speaker.
New York Shakespeare Festival Public Theater. Belasco Project.
Added Title
Title on container: In the classrooms 1986 Joe Papp Parsons/Little
Gift of the Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival.
Research Call Number
NCOW 503
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