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PJ Paparelli: A director with a unique vision for his Chicago theater

PJ Paparelli: A director with a unique vision for his Chicago theater

May 22, 2015 / People, Stage

Some directors hide on opening nights. Not PJ Paparelli, the artistic director of American Theater Company (ATC), who died Thursday, at the age of 40, in a car accident in Scotland. Earlier this month, at the world premiere of “The Project(s)” – the richly evocative and probing history of public housing in Chicago that he devised, co-wrote (with Joshua Jaeger), and directed – he was positively beaming as he gave a brief opening speech to the audience.