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March 1, 2022
Richelieu Costume

Theatre costumes from the past rarely survive. Either they wear out, or they are cut up and turned into new garments for new productions. This custom is why the Booth costumes in the Foundation’s collection are so extraordinary—they might be some of the oldest in the country. These elaborate pieces, made to a standard suitable for one of the era’s most acclaimed thespians, were Booth’s personal costumes. They have remained with The Players, gifted to the Club by his daughter.

In order to learn more about the history of these costumes and properly preserve them for posterity, the Foundation has recently formed a partnership with the Fashion Institute of Technology. Sophia Daniel, an FIT graduate student specializing in textile studies and theatre history, has been welcomed to The Players to begin an internship spanning the next few months, where she will help research the history of Booth’s costumes. Our goal is to learn as much as we can about who made them and when, where they were used, fellow institutions that might have other Booth costumes, and where these ensembles at The Players stand in the context of other costumes from the era. All the information gathered will be published and used to guide future phases of this partnership: conservation and exhibition. 

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February 18, 2022
Simon Jones at The Players

Join us as The Players Foundation for Theatre Education presents a Library Talk with the delightful Simon Jones.
Simon will explore the world of The Gilded Age, in which he plays the formidable Mr. Bannister. Created by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) this drama portrays the conflicts between New York old money, new money, and those that serve. 
Player Simon Jones has had a long and distinguished career on stage and screen. Some of his film and television roles include the Downton Abbey film as King George V,  Bridey Marchmain in Brideshead Revisited, the BBC radio and television series The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and in the film Miracle on 34th Street.

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December 14, 2021
Recent Restoration

Originally housed in the Booth Theater on 23rd and 6th Avenue, the window with a stained glass portrait of Shakespeare has graced the Equity Room of The Players for many years. Until recently it was in serious need of repair, as it was badly warped and cracked. Femenella Associates, who previously restored and installed the stained glass panels in the Kinstler Room, was called upon once again to undertake this project. The piece was returned to The Players around Christmas 2021. The restoration was made possible thanks to a generous donation to The Players Foundation by a fellow Player.