The Drama Book Shop Takes Home the 2011 Tony Award for Excellence in the Theatre

PlayBlog   The Drama Book Shop Takes Home the 2011 Tony Award for Excellence in the Theatre "I had no idea there was a category for us," confesses Allen Hubby, who, with Rozanne Seelen, runs the Drama Book Shop at 250 West 40th Street.


Truth to tell, there isn’t—but the Tony Awards committee had seen fit to dole an honorary statuette earlier this month to one of its favorite theatrical hangouts, a book store that has been in business since the Shop set up shop in 1917 in the offices of the Drama League and peddled books in the Broadway theatres.

It became a separate business in 1923 and, says Hubby, “had several locations on 52nd Street as midtown kept on growing and they kept tearing down townhouses. In 1980, we moved to 48th and 7th and were there till 2001, when we moved here.”

The Arthur Seelen Theatre, named for the store’s late kingpin, is a black-box basement theatre where book parties and free readings are held. Most recent events: the launch for Freud’s Last Session and an excerpt reading from the two Weller wars above (plus a third domestic skirmish, Do Not Disturb).

Mark H. Dold and Martin Rayner in Freud's Last Session:

Freud

- Harry Haun

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