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Centennial, Conversations from the Cullman Center: Up From the Stacks, A musical theater piece by Ben Katchor and Mark Mulcahy
Set in The New York Public Library at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street and in the environs of Times Square circa 1970, Up From the Stacks is the story of Lincoln Cabinée, a college student working part-time as a page, retrieving books for readers from the Library’s collection of 43 million items. This routine evening job inadvertently thrusts young Cabinée into the treacherous crossroads of scholarly obsession and the businesses of amusement and vice that then flourished in the 42nd Street area. The intellectual life of the city and the happiness of a young man hang in the balance.
Co-commissioned by the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at The New York Public Library, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts for Target Free Thursdays at the David Rubenstein Atrium.
Registration for both performances is now full. Seats will be available on a first-come, first served basis if there is room on the night of the show. No reservations are needed for the October 3rd (New York Public Library for the Performing Arts) and October 6th (Lincoln Center) performances.