Special Writing Life Presentation: Library Tales: Short Plays Inspired by the People and History of The New York Society Library

Sunday, November 17, 2019 – 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM | Members’ Room | open to the public | $20 per person | advance registration required

A group of talented Dramatists Guild playwrights have created original short plays inspired by episodes in the Library’s own past. Join us and an extraordinary troupe of actors for a one-of-a-kind afternoon of drama, laughs, fantasy, and history.

Directed by Janice L. Goldberg | Music by George Benton England | Costumes by Jacqueline Braswell


  • A Picture Is Worth… by Stephanie Griffin (the chambers of King George III, 1784)
  • George Washington’s Fine by Leslie Corn (our City Hall location, late 1700s and the present)
  • The Lorenzo Da Ponte Collection by Tajlei Levis (our Nassau Street location, 1827)
  • Frank by Beth Blatt (our University Place location, 1850s)
  • Henry James: The Art of Writing by Denise Chiarella (our University Place location, 1862)
  • Winging It with Audubon by Carol W. Berman (our current location, 1973)

Sidebar: Head Librarian Sanborn Wentworth Butler and the Library’s staff in our University Place building, late 19th century.

The Writing Life events in 2019 are generously underwritten by Jenny Lawrence.

Registration is required. To register, complete the form below. If you’re a member of the Library, please log in first. Please click the Register button only once. The website may take a moment to process your registration and show the confirmation screen. With registration questions, call the Events Office at 212.288.6900 x230.

Price $20.00