Players celebrates ‘Founder’s Day’

A member of The Players Club looks at the Booth statue after laying a wreath on the side. (Photo by Michael Gerbino)

A member of The Players Club looks at the Booth statue after laying a wreath on the side. (Photo by Michael Gerbino)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Members of the Players got a unique opportunity on Monday night when Gramercy Park opened its gates for the annual celebration of Edwin Booth’s birthday. The occasion, known as Founder’s Day because of Booth’s role in establishing the club, is one of the park’s oldest traditions and is one of the rare times of year when park-goers are allowed inside after dark.

The celebration for the actor’s 183rd birthday started inside the Players along Gramercy Park, with readings from members about Booth and his contribution to the arts. A group of members also performed a piece of a musical they’ve been working on about Booth’s life. The musical, called “Edwin, The Story of Edwin Booth,” debuted off-Broadway this summer.

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