The year is 1958, and New York City is in the midst of a major building boom. A four-lane highway is planned for the heart of Washington Square, Carnegie Hall is slated for demolition, and entire neighborhoods on Manhattan's West Side are leveled to make room for a new "palace of art." Also, a young Joe Papp and his colleagues face betrayals, self-inflicted wounds, and anger from the city's elite as they continue their free Shakespeare productions in Central Park.
From Richard Nelson, the creator of the most celebrated family plays of the last decade, comes a drama about a different kind of family — one held together by the belief that the theater and N.Y.C. belong to everyone.