Doubleday to Publish Oral History of the Public Theater

News   Doubleday to Publish Oral History of the Public Theater Los Angeles Times critic and National Public Radio contributor Kenneth Turan will release his long-aborning oral history of Joseph Papp's Public Theater in 2009.

The New York Times reports that Doubleday president Stephen Rubin announced that the publishing company will release Turan's "Free for All" in 2009.

Turan began work on an oral history of the Public Theater in 1986, interviewing over 160 people including Joseph Papp, David Hare, Meryl Streep, Madeline Kahn, Bob Fosse, Raul Julia, David Rabe and Larry Kramer.

Papp expressed his displeasure with Turan's first draft, and the book was shelved for 20 years. With the blessing of Papp's widow, Gail Merrifield Papp, Turan has returned to the project that captures a moment in time in the history of one of the nation's most influential theatre institutions.

Turan is the author of "Never Coming to a Theater Near You," "Now in Theaters Everywhere," "Sinema" and "Sundance to Sarajevo."

The Public Theater is located on the web at www.publictheater.org.