Paper Bag Players

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The Paper Bag Players are a New York City based theatre troupe for children and was founded in 1958[1] by Judith Martin, Shirley Kaplin, Sudie Bond, and Remy Charlip.[2] Their goal[3] was to create a theater for children that would incorporate the experimental art scene of Manhattan's downtown.[citation needed]


The company has won many awards, including several Obies and repeated grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and City of New York.[citation needed]


  • Founding: Judith Martin, Shirley Kaplin, Sudie Bond, and Remy Charlip
  • Acted or toured with: Betty Osgood, Irving Burton, James Lally, Jan Maxwell, Ted Brackett, Guy Gsell[4]
  • Musical director: Donald Ashwander


A distinctive feature of the Paper Bag Players is their modern ragtime music, this is largely the work of Donald Ashwander, who worked closely with Judy Martin until Ashwander's passing in 1994.[5]


  1. ^ "Paper Bag Players". NYC-Arts. Retrieved 2014-08-12.
  2. ^ "New York Public Library Manuscripts & Records". New York Public Library. Retrieved 2014-08-12.
  3. ^ Marks, Marcia (June 1964). The Paper Bag Players. Dance Magazine. p. 38:52–55 88–89. Retrieved 2014-08-12.
  4. ^ "They roar! They move! Dinosaurs roam Secaucus new theme park now open - Imaginations can run wild as kids take on the role of scientists on an expedition at the new local attraction in Secaucus. "Field Station: Dinosaurs" had its grand opening May..." Retrieved 2015-12-03.
  5. ^ Gussow, Mel (1994-10-29). "Donald Ashwander, 65, Is Dead; Composer for Children's Troupe". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-08-12.

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