Who We Are
In the past, The Players Brief Chronicles was the newsletter for The Players, a private social club for theatre artists and patrons of the arts. Over time and through numerous changes, this way of communicating became obsolete; however, that fact does not dilute its significance in telling the intimate history of our membership.
Today we’ve decided to move into the 21st century with a blog that will acknowledge this history while tapping new media forms. We are resurrecting the title, The Brief Chronicles, as a bridge into the future. The words stem from the famous passage in Shakespeare’s Hamlet,
“Good my lord, will you see the players well bestowed? Do you hear, let them be well used, for they are the abstract and brief chronicles of the time.”
The words of Shakespeare run through the veins of The Players and its members. Edwin Booth was the foremost Shakespearean actor of his day. He had Shakespeare’s words painted on the club’s walls and dancing through its member’s hearts. He created an unusual and diverse community of arts and commerce, a community whose spirit has survived for over a century.
To update the ideas and reiterate the relevance of The Players and its history, its members and where it stands now, we are inviting you in for an inside perspective. Unless otherwise noted as a special guest contribution, everything you’ll read here will be written and created by a member of our beloved club. There will be essays, interviews, historical facts, theatre reviews, funny stories and segments from our exciting new podcast, The Grill.
Join us as we welcome you inside these hallowed walls and chronicle the Players perspective.
Celebrating its 130th Year…The Players, New York’s storied club for performers and patrons of the theatre since 1888, is a private social club founded by Edwin Booth, the greatest American actor of his time. He purchased a Gothic Revival-style mansion at 16 Gramercy Park S and commissioned architect Stanford White to transform it into…a Certain Club. Members warmly refer to it as their “home away from home.” To learn more about the Players please go to our website or contact Membership@ThePlayersNYC.org