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A Players Almanac: An Anecdotal History

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The Players is a private social club founded in 1888 by Edwin Booth, the greatest and most celebrated American actor of his time. Membership today continues to be composed of actors and artists from the stage but now from the kindred professions of film and television, the fine and plastic arts, theatre history and education and those from other professions interested in the celebration and promotion of the arts.
A Players Almanac comprises five Acts, the first with the history and growth of Gramercy Park in 1833 and the mansions built by the famous residents that surround it; the second focuses on the northward movement of commerce and theatre in the 1800s from lower Manhattan to Union Square and New Yorks famed Ladies Mile; the third on the early life of Booth as a touring star in 1849 with notes on Edwins first marriage, his most influential friends and the design of the first Booth Theatre; the fourth on the founding of The Players in 1888 and Stanford Whites design of The Players clubhouse; and the fifth act on the growing ill health and consequent death of Edwin Booth in 1893. Each Act has an extensive gallery that displays, in sequence, photos of Gramercy Park, early theatres in Union Square, the fashions and the buildings that housed the designs and styles created by the most prominent couturiers of the 19th century, of the Booth family, photolithographs of Edwin dressed in the costume of his most recognized characters and the early and later interiors of The Players. The Almanac concludes with an Addendum and a bibliography.

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