Theater luminaries Barbara Cook, Irene Worth, Zoe Caldwell and Paula Vogel will appear as part of the New York Public Library of the Performing Arts 1998-9 season of free public programs. All the events will take place in the Great Hall of Greenwich Village's Cooper Union (7 E. 7th St.), and admission is free.
Irene Worth will present two programs. The first, "A Tribute to Ellen Terry," will take place on Oct. 26. Worth will perform excerpts of parts which made the 19th-century actress a star. On Nov. 2, Worth - -the original star of T.S. Eliot's The Cocktail Party-- will perform "Rehearsing with Mr. Eliot," featuring selections from the play and reminisces about working with the famous poet.
Zoe Caldwell will take the stage Nov. 9. The four-time Tony winner will talk about her career and perform scenes from her most acclaimed roles.
Finally, playwright Paula Vogel will talk about her career on Jan. 11, 1999. Vogel is the author of How I Learned to Drive and The Baltimore Waltz, among other works. She won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for the former. For information on the series, call (212) 870-1630.
-- By Robert Simonson