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Blog Posts by Subject: Theatre

Short Plays to Nourish the Mind and Soul at the George Bruce Branch

Short Plays to Nourish the Mind and Soul is back for its third season of dramatic monthly readings at the George Bruce Library.Read More ›

Sam Shepard: The Playwright as Star

Sam Shepard, the great Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright who died July 27 at age 73, was a remarkably prolific writer over the past half-century, and he still found time to act in more than 60 movies and TV shows. Read More ›

New Federal Theatre: A Brief History

The New Federal Theatre was founded in 1970. From its inception to today, the Theatre is as an iconic performance space for many widely recognized African-American actors, directors, and playwrights. Read More ›

Stage to Screen, New York to London (or Vice Versa)

Exploring the Library for the Performing Arts' Cinema Series 40 Years of London and New York Theatre on Film.Read More ›

Stories from the Line: Waiting for Free Shakespeare

Volunteer interviewers from the NYPL Community Oral History Project went on tour this month to the Delacorte Theater in Central Park to talk to people in line for The Public Theater’s annual Free Shakespeare in the Park. As regulars will tell you, waiting in line at the Delacorte is a truly unique city experience.Read More ›

Olive Wong and a Guide to the NYPL Costume Collections

Professional television, film, and theatrical costume designer Aileen Abercrombie designed, wrote, and edited an e-book guide to the library’s costume collections inspired by Olive’s work. The guide is freely downloadable in PDF form.Read More ›

Podcast #120: John Lithgow and James Shapiro on Guy Fawkes and Falling for Shakespeare

For this week's episode of the New York Public Library Podcast, we're proud to present John Lithgow and James Shapiro discussing Guy Fawkes, the Gunpowder Plot, and Getting Hooked on Shakespeare.Read More ›

Keeping #TonysSoDiverse Beyond the 2015-2016 Season

It is too soon to tell if the next Broadway season will boast the same number of projects that star Asian-Americans, Latinos, African-Americans, deaf and disabled artists that it did this year, but it looks promising. Here’s a look at upcoming projects that are scheduled to open soon.Read More ›

The Many Characters of Lupino Lane

Photos of Lupino Lane in Only Me, now on display on the third floor of the Library for the Performing Arts.Read More ›

Playwright Pays Homage To Legendary MCs With Play Cycle

Shaun Neblett, aka MC SNEB, is a playwright, educator, and founder of Changing Perceptions Theater. Read More ›

Hamlet Turns Left: Handwritten Shakespeare Promptbooks at LPA

The Library for the Performing Arts has several hundred of these promptbooks, and staff are working to make them more accessible to researchers.Read More ›

British Soldiers' Theatre During the Revolutionary War

When Shakespeare wrote “All the World’s a Stage,” he probably wasn’t thinking that his words would someday be performed in an occupied city by an invading army. Nevertheless, during the American Revolution theater seemed to spring up in the oddest of places, often in productions acted by soldiers. Read More ›

Bros, Shakespeare, and Nudity... Not All at the Same Time: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 10

Doug Reside from NYPL’s Library for the Performing Arts joins Gwen and Frank to talk about the Bard and the Great White Way. He even raps a teeny tiny bit from Hamilton.Read More ›

Instant Shakespeare

In keeping with its motto of “Shakespeare for Everyone,” the Instant Shakespeare Company will be organizing readings at library branches this spring.Read More ›

The Mystery Shakespeare Plot

A clue to a mysterious performance that at the time may have been "the finest spectacle that has ever been presented on the American stage."Read More ›

Falstaff On the Road: Or, Why Dickens Was Right About America

Two prime examples of actors and actor/managers who based their later careers on performing Sir John Falstaff.Read More ›

30 Days of Shakespeare

We asked thirty staff members to select and read their favorite Shakespeare speech, monologue, or sonnet. We will release one each day throughout the month of April.Read More ›

Upcoming NYC Rashomon Performance! Spotlight on the Kurosawa Classic

Rashomon on screen and on the stage.Read More ›

March Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan

Join us for an Author @ the Library talk this March at Mid-Manhattan Library to hear distinguished non-fiction authors discuss their work and answer your questions.Read More ›

O Romeo, Romeo

Why is Margaret Mather's 1882 performance as Juliet, in William Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet,' so well remembered? Perhaps this illustration of the balcony scene, apparently in her own hand, has something to do with it. Read More ›
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