Noah Lentini, Will Price, Jonathon Qualls, Sasha Manzetti - Joe Papp

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Joe decreed that theatre was essential to the welfare of our city.
He made theatre feel not incidental, something very elemental to our city.
He was like a giant.
Biblical, defiant.
Joe wished he could give the world a slap.

Joe Papp never took crap. Except perhaps from writers.
Joe Papp encourages writers to fight for their fright‘ning plays.
Joe Joe Joe Joe Joe Joe
what’s our plan?
Joe Joe Joe Joe
dibba-dibba-dibba-dibba-dibba-dibba-dibba-dibba
Joe Joe Joe Joe Joe Joe Joe Joe — you the man!
Joe Joe Joe Joe
dibba-dibba-dibba-dibba-dibba-dibba-dibba-dibba dib.

I never understood what Joe was saying to me.
He’d quote Shakespeare and I’d simply nod.

Is this how the prophets
felt in the presence,
is this how the prophets felt
in the presence of God?

Joe Papp never took crap
even from Robert Moses.

Joe saw a theater in Central Park.
And Moses builds what Joe proposes.
Moss builds an outdoor theater.
Moses thinks it’s pork,
but it lights up New York.
It lights up New York.

Joe Papp never took crap. Except perhaps from writers.
Joe Papp encourages writers to fight for their fright‘ning plays.
dibba-dibba-dibba-dibba-dibba-dibba-dibba-dibba

Joe Papp
never took
crap.

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from Elegies: A Song Cycle (Studio Cast Recording), released September 11, 2016

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