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The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York - Part 7, Chapter 44 Mustache and the Bard Summary & Analysis

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Part 7, Chapter 44 Mustache and the Bard Summary

Moses is a Shakespeare lover. A CBS stage manager asks if he could present free productions of Shakespeare in Corlears Hook in the little amphitheater that Moses had built there. Moses finds that Joseph Papp checked out. He wasn't asking to use the facilities for money-making purposes. Moses approves the project and eventually, in 1957, produces the plays in Central Park. These Shakespeare Festival plays are very popular with the public that lines up hours before the performances to secure a place. Actor George C. Scott performs in these plays.

Papp produces these plays on a shoe-string hoping that contributions would cover the expenses. He does not make money on the productions. Moses promises Papp $50,000 for the 1959 productions and leaves for a Caribbean vacation. His Executive Officer, Stuart Constable is left in charge of...

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