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    Updated January 9, 2013

Equity Centennial Book
Now In Bookstores

Equity’s Centennial illustrated history is now available in
bookstores nationwide.
Titled Performance of the Century, 100 Years of Actors' Equity Association and the Rise of Professional American Theater, the coffee table book is written by well-known theatre journalist Robert Simonson and published by Applause Books, with a forward by AEA President Nick Wyman.

Titled Performance of the Century, 100 Years of Actors' Equity Association and the Rise of Professional American Theater, the coffee table book is written by well-known theatre journalist Robert Simonson and published by Applause Books, with a forward by AEA President Nick Wyman.

While the book is available through major bookstores, Playbill Inc., one of the primary media partners for the Centennial, has agreed to handle on-line sales with a 25% discount for Equity members at PlaybillStore.com. Go to http://www.playbillstore.com/peofce100yeo.html and your 25% discount will be automatically applied at check-out.

The book targets a broad popular and educational audience. It is fact-filled enough to attract students and devoted theatregoers and entertaining enough to open a window on professional theatre for thousands of potential theatregoers. The book compares the intensely demanding craft of the theatre in the words of Actors and Stage Managers with the glamour and lore that so fascinates the public and examines Equity's professional and moral choices that have had a lasting impact. It tells the story of Equity's role in making American theatre a worldwide phenomenon. Special care was taken to balance text with visual excitement to ensure wide audience appeal.

The book launch coincides with a political landscape in which union-bashing has become all too familiar. Thus, Performance of the Century serves an ambassadorial role as well, not to hostile politicians, but to average American citizens who may be curious and admiring of a labor union made up of the improbable creatures who inhabit the stage. If theatre is the mirror of human experience, then perhaps readers will recognize themselves in the pages of Performance of the Century as well.

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WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT

Performance of the Century: 100 Years of Actors' Equity Association and the Rise of American Theater
By Robert Simonson | Published by Applause Books


“A lavishly illustrated history of Actors’ Equity Association, the actors union, that also serves as a resplendent retrospective of the American theater itself.”
-Scott Coffman, The Courier-Journal (KY)

“A richly illustrated new book full of stimulating commentary”
-Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle

“This is a smart-looking and smart-reading book, with Simonson doing an especially impressive job.”
-Steven Suskin, Playbill.Com

“A richly illustrated new book full of stimulating commentary”
Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle/SF Gate

“An engaging history”
-Matt Windman, amNY

“A fascinating look at how performers work and thrive in this country.”
-Mark Blankenship, TDF STAGES

“An intelligent, eclectic, century-spanning look at American actors, performances, issues and insights.”
-Griffin Miller, CITY GUIDE NY

“Written by one of the country’s most highly regarded theater scribes.”
-Robert Kahn, NBC NEW YORK

"Spectacular!"
-Michael Portantiere, BROADWAY STARS RADIO

"A fascinating, entertaining look at how and why the organization came to be."
-Anthony Del Valle, LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

"Each page brings some wonderful history to light."
-Jacqueline Cutler, NEW JERSEY STAR-LEDGER

"Perfect for history buffs."
-David Cote, TIME OUT NEW YORK Holiday Gift Guide 2012

"A fascinating look at both workers' rights in the U.S. and the American theater during the 20th century."
-Joy Tipping, DALLAS MORNING NEWS

"This lavishly illustrated, entertaining coffee table tome is a tribute to those hardy souls who put themselves on the line eight times a week."
-David Rosenberg, The NORWALK Hour

"Crammed with great archival pics and dramatic goings on off-stage. Makes for fun reading and lively discussions among those who love theater, and it's a great overview for newbies, too."
-Frank Rizzo, HARTFORD COURANT

"Performance of the Century is a handsome and finely researched project, as entertaining as it is informative."
-Howard Shapiro, WWFM CLASSICAL RADIO NETWORK

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