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Special Writing Life Presentation: Library Tales: Short Plays Inspired by the People and History of The New York Society Library

Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 2:00 PM | Members' Room | open to the public | $20 per person | advance registration required

A group of talented Dramatists Guild playwrights have created original short plays inspired by episodes in the Library's own past. Join us and an extraordinary troupe of actors for a one-of-a-kind afternoon of drama, laughs, fantasy, and history.

Directed by Janice L. Goldberg | Music by George Benton England | Costumes by Jacqueline Braswell | Produced by Leslie Corn


  • A Picture Is Worth... by Stephanie Griffin (the chambers of King George III, 1784)
  • George Washington's Fine by Leslie Corn (our City Hall location, late 1700s and the present)
  • The Lorenzo Da Ponte Collection by Tajlei Levis (our Nassau Street location, 1827)
  • Frank by Beth Blatt (our University Place location, 1850s)
  • Henry James: The Art of Writing by Denise Chiarella (our University Place location, 1862)
  • Winging It with Audubon by Carol W. Berman (our current location, 1973)

Sidebar: Head Librarian Sanborn Wentworth Butler and the Library's staff in our University Place building, late 19th century.

The Writing Life events in 2019 are generously underwritten by Jenny Lawrence.