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The Players is a private social club 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.” More than 130 years later, the tradition continues.

“We do not mingle enough with minds that influence the world,” said Edwin Booth, the greatest American actor of his time. So in 1888, he turned to Mark Twain, General William Tecumseh Sherman and 13 other illustrious men-of-the-day to remedy this situation, and together they founded The Players. They commissioned celebrated architect, Stanford White, to transform the Gothic Revival-style mansion into an urban oasis 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…” and the rest is history!

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