The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 29.0389  Tuesday, 13 November 2018


From:        John F. Andrews <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         November 12, 2018 at 3:28:46 PM EST

Subject:    Salutes to the Drama Book Shop and to Actor Dakin Matthews


Celebrating the Drama Book Shop


Monday, November 26

Cash Bar 6:30; Program 7:00 p.m.

The Players

16 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan

Free, but Reservations Requested


Founded in 1917, the Drama Book Shop has been on West 40th Street since 2001. It provides a variety of services, among them such facilities as a black-box auditorium, for the actors, directors, producers, playwrights, and stage technicians who work on and off Broadway. From the outset many of the store's employees have been aspiring professionals in the performing arts, and in 2011 its many contributions to America's cultural heritage were recognized with a Tony Award for Excellence in the Theatre


Not surprisingly, those who’ve benefited from the Shop’s generosity (among them dramatists Eric Bogosian, Moises Kaufman, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Lynn Nottage, Theresa Rebeck, and J. T. Rogers) have responded with alarm to reports that high rents may soon force it to relocate, if not close. The Guild shares this concern, and we’re joining The Players in an effort to rally support for a venerable institution. We hope you’ll join us, and leading members of the theatre community, for what promises to be a memorable tribute. 



An Evening with Dakin Matthews


Monday, January 28

Program 8:00 p.m.

The National Arts Club

15 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan

Free, but Reservations Requested


To launch our 2019 programming for a Speaking of Shakespeare series that is now in its fourth decade, we’re delighted to welcome Dakin Matthews, a versatile actor, director, producer, drama teacher, and author who’ll be performing in Lincoln Center Theater’s revival of To Kill a Mockingbird


In 2015 Dakin played Churchill, opposite Helen Mirren’s Queen Elizabeth II, in the Broadway transfer of The Audience. He has also won plaudits in such popular shows as Waitress and The Best Man. In 2003 his script for a Lincoln Center presentation of Henry IV, starring one of his former Juilliard students, Kevin Kline, as Falstaff, won a Drama Desk award. And in 2011 he delighted playgoers at Shakespeare in the Park as Lafew in All’s Well that Ends Well. His dozens of screen credits include key roles in Spielberg’s Lincoln, the Coen brothers’ True Grit, and such TV series as Dallas, Desperate Housewives, House, LA Law, Murder She Wrote, NYPD Blue, The West Wing, and Two and a Half Men




To reserve, simply respond with a message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. And for detail about such highlights as the Shakespeare Guild's 2018 Gielgud Award ceremony, with Sir Ian McKellen presenting this year's trophy to Sir Richard Eyre in London's historic Guildhall, visit




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