Over the past 91 years, EAG has assembled a pretty special collection of photos, books, scripts, theatre programs, and more. And for many years, a crack team of volunteers have given one Saturday a month to the preservation and organization of these items.
Finally, this time last year, we decided to share this great trove with the rest of the world. And with that, the Guild's first archives blog was born.
When you have a moment, visit the blog at www.actorsguild1923.tumblr.com. And if you've got something you'd like to see more of, let us know. There's a good chance it's already in our archives.
Last night, we got a rare peek behind the work and creative process of one of the most successful playwrights working today. And if that wasn't enough, almost $400 was raised for New York actors in need!
Many thanks to Joe DiPietro and Margot Astrachan for offering us their time, and to the volunteers who helped make this night a success.
Last month, EAG had the privilege of taking a variety show to the residents of The Actors Fund Home in New Jersey. And though we did it for the love, a little good press never hurts.
Thanks to all the performers, and to Gerald Goodman for making it happen.
Call it a "dimming of the marquee" for all.
Yesterday's Annual Memorial Service was another memorable celebration of those in the performing arts who left us in the past year. Music was provided by Claudia Dumschat and the church's Choir of Men and Boys, and EAG members Robert Hampton and Deborah Thomas Shull offered readings from the Edwin Booth bible. Leading the service was Bishop Andrew St. John.
The traditional "reading of the names" was carried out with reverence by Anthony Newfield and EAG President Elowyn Castle. After the last name was read, the audience rose, happy to offer one final standing ovation.
For many, the service's highlight was Anthony Newfield's warm conversation with Anne Kaufman, who spoke of her life as the daughter of playwright George Kaufman. As expected, Anne had many wonderful stories to share, including the time her dad advised a 19 year old Lauren Bacall to find a different line of work.
When asked why she thought her father's work remained so popular, Ms. Kaufman said, "It's like real life...if real life were funny."
Following the service, guests were welcomed into Guild Hall for a lively wine and cheese reception.
As always, Barbara Primosch was on hand with her camera. See several of her pictures on our Facebook. You can also read a list of yesterday's honorees here.
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