Photo Coverage: Robert Simonson, Danny Burstein and More at PERFORMANCE OF THE CENTURY Actors' Equity Association Book Signing

PERFORMANCE OF THE CENTURY's book signing took place last night, December 14th at the Drama Book Shop. Actors' Equity president Nick Wyman and author Robert Simonson, as well as special guests gathered to recall Equity's first 100 years and celebrate the new book, PERFORMANCE OF THE CENTURY: 100 YEARS OF Actors' Equity Association AND THE RISE OF PROFESSIONAL AMERICAN THEATER. Actors Lee Roy Reams and Danny Burstein, and Justin "Squigs" Robertson, who designed the book's cover, attended.

BroadwayWorld was there and brings you photos from the signing below!

Actors' Equity Association, the union representing stage actors and stage managers, turns 100 years old in 2013. Shaped by the inequities visited on performers in the 19th century, the union has shaped the landscape of the professional American theater. Founded in 1913, it became a force to be reckoned with in an historic 1919 strike the most entertaining and dramatic one (naturally) the nation had ever seen.
Since then, Equity has gone beyond securing the safety, health, and rights of stage actors, to become arguably the most progressive force in theater. It stared down not only obdurate producers, but segregation on and off the stage, the political hysteria of the blacklist years, and the challenge of the AIDS epidemic, its members forming what would become Equity Fights AIDS. It entertained the troops of several successive American wars and fostered the spread of stage culture across the land, from the government-fostered productions of the Depression-era Federal Theatre Project to the Equity Library Theatre, which offered the classics to the public at bargain prices. It oversaw the little theater movement's growth into the regional theater movement, and was there when Broadway begat Off-Broadway, and then Off-Off-Broadway.
To read this resplendent new book, lavishly illustrated with historical images and stunning photographs, is to learn not only the union's glorious past, but that of American theater itself.

Photo Credit: Walter McBride

Photo Coverage: Robert Simonson, Danny Burstein and More at PERFORMANCE OF THE CENTURY Actors' Equity Association Book Signing

Photo Coverage: Robert Simonson, Danny Burstein and More at PERFORMANCE OF THE CENTURY Actors' Equity Association Book Signing
'Performance of the Century: 100 Years of Actors' Equity Association and the Rise of Professional Theater in America'

Photo Coverage: Robert Simonson, Danny Burstein and More at PERFORMANCE OF THE CENTURY Actors' Equity Association Book Signing
'Performance of the Century: 100 Years of Actors' Equity Association and the Rise of Professional Theater in America'

Photo Coverage: Robert Simonson, Danny Burstein and More at PERFORMANCE OF THE CENTURY Actors' Equity Association Book Signing
'Performance of the Century: 100 Years of Actors' Equity Association and the Rise of Professional Theater in America'

Photo Coverage: Robert Simonson, Danny Burstein and More at PERFORMANCE OF THE CENTURY Actors' Equity Association Book Signing
Author Robert Simonson, Actors' Equity Association President Nick Wyman, Danny Burstein, Lee Roy Reams, & Illustrator Justin 'Squigs' Robertson

Photo Coverage: Robert Simonson, Danny Burstein and More at PERFORMANCE OF THE CENTURY Actors' Equity Association Book Signing
Author Robert Simonson

Photo Coverage: Robert Simonson, Danny Burstein and More at PERFORMANCE OF THE CENTURY Actors' Equity Association Book Signing
Author Robert Simonson

Photo Coverage: Robert Simonson, Danny Burstein and More at PERFORMANCE OF THE CENTURY Actors' Equity Association Book Signing
Author Robert Simonson, Actors' Equity Association President Nick Wyman, Danny Burstein, Lee Roy Reams, & Illustrator Justin 'Squigs' Robertson

Photo Coverage: Robert Simonson, Danny Burstein and More at PERFORMANCE OF THE CENTURY Actors' Equity Association Book Signing
Author Robert Simonson, Actors' Equity Association President Nick Wyman, Danny Burstein, Lee Roy Reams, & Illustrator Justin 'Squigs' Robertson

Photo Coverage: Robert Simonson, Danny Burstein and More at PERFORMANCE OF THE CENTURY Actors' Equity Association Book Signing
Lee Roy Reams

Photo Coverage: Robert Simonson, Danny Burstein and More at PERFORMANCE OF THE CENTURY Actors' Equity Association Book Signing
Danny Burstein

Photo Coverage: Robert Simonson, Danny Burstein and More at PERFORMANCE OF THE CENTURY Actors' Equity Association Book Signing
Illustrator Justin 'Squigs' Robertson

Photo Coverage: Robert Simonson, Danny Burstein and More at PERFORMANCE OF THE CENTURY Actors' Equity Association Book Signing
Author Robert Simonson, Actors' Equity Association President Nick Wyman, Danny Burstein, Lee Roy Reams, & Illustrator Justin 'Squigs' Robertson

Photo Coverage: Robert Simonson, Danny Burstein and More at PERFORMANCE OF THE CENTURY Actors' Equity Association Book Signing
Nick Wyman, Actors' Equity Association President

Photo Coverage: Robert Simonson, Danny Burstein and More at PERFORMANCE OF THE CENTURY Actors' Equity Association Book Signing
Nick Wyman, Actors' Equity Association President

Photo Coverage: Robert Simonson, Danny Burstein and More at PERFORMANCE OF THE CENTURY Actors' Equity Association Book Signing
Danny Burstein

Photo Coverage: Robert Simonson, Danny Burstein and More at PERFORMANCE OF THE CENTURY Actors' Equity Association Book Signing
Lee Roy Reams

Photo Coverage: Robert Simonson, Danny Burstein and More at PERFORMANCE OF THE CENTURY Actors' Equity Association Book Signing
Lee Roy Reams

Photo Coverage: Robert Simonson, Danny Burstein and More at PERFORMANCE OF THE CENTURY Actors' Equity Association Book Signing
Justin 'Squigs' Robertson

Photo Coverage: Robert Simonson, Danny Burstein and More at PERFORMANCE OF THE CENTURY Actors' Equity Association Book Signing
Justin 'Squigs' Robertson

Photo Coverage: Robert Simonson, Danny Burstein and More at PERFORMANCE OF THE CENTURY Actors' Equity Association Book Signing
Author Robert Simonson, Actors' Equity Association President Nick Wyman & Danny Burstein

Photo Coverage: Robert Simonson, Danny Burstein and More at PERFORMANCE OF THE CENTURY Actors' Equity Association Book Signing
Author Robert Simonson, Actors' Equity Association President Nick Wyman, Danny Burstein, Lee Roy Reams, & Illustrator Justin 'Squigs' Robertson

Photo Coverage: Robert Simonson, Danny Burstein and More at PERFORMANCE OF THE CENTURY Actors' Equity Association Book Signing
Actors' Equity Association President Nick Wyman

Photo Coverage: Robert Simonson, Danny Burstein and More at PERFORMANCE OF THE CENTURY Actors' Equity Association Book Signing
Danny Burstein

Photo Coverage: Robert Simonson, Danny Burstein and More at PERFORMANCE OF THE CENTURY Actors' Equity Association Book Signing
Danny Burstein

Photo Coverage: Robert Simonson, Danny Burstein and More at PERFORMANCE OF THE CENTURY Actors' Equity Association Book Signing
Author Robert Simonson, Actors' Equity Association President Nick Wyman & Danny Burstein

Photo Coverage: Robert Simonson, Danny Burstein and More at PERFORMANCE OF THE CENTURY Actors' Equity Association Book Signing
Lee Roy Reams

Photo Coverage: Robert Simonson, Danny Burstein and More at PERFORMANCE OF THE CENTURY Actors' Equity Association Book Signing
Illustrator Justin 'Squigs' Robertson

Photo Coverage: Robert Simonson, Danny Burstein and More at PERFORMANCE OF THE CENTURY Actors' Equity Association Book Signing
Author Robert Simonson, Actors' Equity Association President Nick Wyman, Danny Burstein, Lee Roy Reams, & Illustrator Justin 'Squigs' Robertson

Photo Coverage: Robert Simonson, Danny Burstein and More at PERFORMANCE OF THE CENTURY Actors' Equity Association Book Signing
Danny Burstein

Photo Coverage: Robert Simonson, Danny Burstein and More at PERFORMANCE OF THE CENTURY Actors' Equity Association Book Signing
Danny Burstein

Photo Coverage: Robert Simonson, Danny Burstein and More at PERFORMANCE OF THE CENTURY Actors' Equity Association Book Signing
Danny Burstein & Lee Roy Reams

Photo Coverage: Robert Simonson, Danny Burstein and More at PERFORMANCE OF THE CENTURY Actors' Equity Association Book Signing
Danny Burstein

Photo Coverage: Robert Simonson, Danny Burstein and More at PERFORMANCE OF THE CENTURY Actors' Equity Association Book Signing
Author Robert Simonson

Photo Coverage: Robert Simonson, Danny Burstein and More at PERFORMANCE OF THE CENTURY Actors' Equity Association Book Signing
Author Robert Simonson, Actors' Equity Association President Nick Wyman, Danny Burstein, Lee Roy Reams, & Illustrator Justin 'Squigs' Robertson

Photo Coverage: Robert Simonson, Danny Burstein and More at PERFORMANCE OF THE CENTURY Actors' Equity Association Book Signing
Author Robert Simonson, Actors' Equity Association President Nick Wyman, Danny Burstein, Lee Roy Reams, & Illustrator Justin 'Squigs' Robertson

Photo Coverage: Robert Simonson, Danny Burstein and More at PERFORMANCE OF THE CENTURY Actors' Equity Association Book Signing



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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.


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