American Masters

PBS | 9:00 pm

The 90-minute episode "Joe Papp in Five Acts" profiles the indomitable visionary who emerged as New York's most formidable champion of the arts during a career that included founding the Public Theater, launching the free Shakespeare in the Park program and producing such groundbreaking works as "Hair" and "A Chorus Line." Reflecting a fierce belief that great art is for everyone, Papp's stage productions held up a mirror to society, showing the reality of people's lives. Interviews include Meryl Streep, Martin Sheen, Mandy Patinkin and James Earl Jones.