Each of the inductees will be commemorated with a fine-art portrait that will become part of The Players’ permanent collection. The unveiling will be part of a fundraising dinner at the Booth mansion at 16 Gramercy Park South.
Honorees include playwright Edward Albee; actors Ethan Hawke, Martha Plimpton and Jack Klugman; actor and drag legend Charles Busch; cabaret star Steve Ross; actor Fritz Weaver; actor Brian Murray; journalist Jerry Tallmer; and astronaut Scott Carpenter, who celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first orbit of Earth this year. Posthumous inductees include Clark Gable, Janet Leigh, Sidney Lumet and Augustus Saint-Gaudens.
The night will feature a performance by K.T. Sullivan as well as speeches from Judith Ivey, Kate Mulgrew, Jim Brochu and Sherrill Milnes.
"These members are a fine representation of the mission of The Players and The Players Foundation for Theatre Education," said executive director John Martello in a statement. “Each of these Players has made a lasting impact on the entertainment industry and its followers. The Hall of Fame is how we honor them.”
Last year’s honorees included Jerry Stiller, Eli Wallach, Anne Jackson and Judith Malina; producer and playwright Robert Brustein; former mayor of New York City David Dinkins; and journalist Nat Hentoff. Hall of Fame tickets are available for $125 general admission, $200 VIP seating (a portion of the ticket price is tax deductible to extent by law); RSVP at (212) 475-6116.
In 1888, Edwin Booth, America’s pre-eminent Shakespearean actor, and 15 other incorporators, including Mark Twain and General Tecumseh Sherman, founded The Players. Its purpose: “The promotion of social intercourse between members of the dramatic profession and the kindred professions of literature, painting, architecture, sculpture and music, law and medicine, and the patrons of the arts.”