By Nancy Mendelson

The Players was founded in 1888, when Edwin Booth, the greatest American actor of his time, purchased a Gothic Revival-style mansion facing Gramercy Park and commissioned architect Stanford White to transform it into a certain club “for the promotion of social intercourse between the representative members of the dramatic profession and the kindred professions of literature, painting, sculpture and music, and the patrons of the arts.” From Mark Twain to Jimmy Fallon, the tradition of this iconic New York City institution has been alive and well for 125 years.


Produced by Jeff Donlan
Feature Image courtesy of New York Natives, Photographer: Thomas Peisel