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Feb
11

Encore: A Walk Through The Players Club

 

Edwin Booth as Hamlet
Broadway’s most

famous Hamlet, Edwin Booth

photo courtesy of The Players Club

on CUNY TV:
Saturday, February 19th at 8:30 PM
Sunday, February 20th
at 12:30 PM and
Monday, February 21st
at 7:30 AM, 1:30 PM and 7:30 PM

One of the most elegant spots in New York City is The Players Club. This Gramercy Square mansion is the home of the exclusive organization which Edwin Booth, the greatest American actor of the 19th century, founded as a place where, in Booth’s words, “actors could mingle with gentlemen.”

Theater Talk‘s Michael Riedel is guided around the club by Howard Kissel, author of New York Theater Walks: Seven Historical Tours from Times Square to Greenwich Village and Beyond. The two show us some of the wonderful artifacts that are preserved there, including Booth’s death bed and the Yorick skull from Booth’s Broadway Hamlet (produced in 1866, just one year after his brother assassinated the president). Youtube Preview

 

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