Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Billy Rose Theatre Division
The President’s Council Fall Dinner traveled uptown to the Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center in honor of the 75th anniversary of the Billy Rose Theatre Division. The pre-dinner program in the Bruno Walter Auditorium featured a panel of illustrious guests, composed of playwright John Guare, choreographer and director Kathleen Marshall, and costume designer Jane Greenwood, who were led in a fascinating discussion by Donna Karger, of NY1’s On Stage. The panel spoke about some of their most well known plays and productions—including Guare’s House of Blue Leaves, Marshall’s 2006 revival of The Pajama Game, and Sir John Gielgud’s 1964 production of Hamlet, for which Greenwood designed costumes—and shared how the Library has been a resource and inspiration to them through the years. Clips from the Library’s Theatre on Film and Tape Archive and letters from the Theatre Division were used to complement their stories. After the program, guests adjourned for dinner to the Miriam and Harold Steinberg Reading Room, with its spectacular view looking out onto Lincoln Center Plaza.
Pictured, from left, panelists Donna Karger, John Guare, Jane Greenwood, and Kathleen Marshall.