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“Injunction Granted” now playing at the Metropolitan Playhouse

On the NYMASA blog, Ellen Gruber Garvey recommends “Injunction Granted” currently playing:

“The Metropolitan Playhouse, which specializes in reaching back for interesting revivals, is reviving a WPA Living Newspaper from 1937. The last one of these  they did was excellent. Passing the word along.
Ellen Gruber Garvey”



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Injunction Granted 

 “[The] vaudeville-style production is always entertaining and never pedantic….most persuasive and still rousing after all these years.” – Victor Gluck


“Far from a subtle play, it sometimes seems an urgent and unfortunately resonant one….Metropolitan is a collective bargain.” – Alexis Soloski

The audience

“Wonderful! Just wonderful!”
“Amazing”  ~ “Excellent”
“A delightful surprise” ~ “Triumph …. what an achievement” –

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Photos:  Ed Forti, Jacob J. Goldberg Photography, Lois Segman, Johanna Wilson
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Capital v. Labor

A living newspaper from 1937 tracing the battle for fair  wages, decent working conditions, and the right to organize, from the Dutch West India Company to US Steel.

The third in Metropolitan’s jubilant celebration of these social dramas created by the WPA, in the spirit ofPower and One Third of a Nation, this time with tumbling, music and clowns!

Plus a special coda, bringing the play into the next century.






220 E 4th Street
New York, NY
Injunction Granted

Through June 28th

Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30 pm
Sundays at 3 pm
Wednesday (6/24) Saturdays (6/20 & 27) at 3pm

Talkbacks after Sunday matinées.


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Nathaniel P. Claridad*
Lorinne Lampert*
Cliff Miller*
Kendall Rileigh*
Alex Roe
Perri Yaniv*

STAGE MANAGER Heather Olmstead
COMPOSER Michael Kosch
SET Alex Roe
LIGHTING Christopher Weston
COSTUME Rachael Kosch
ACROBATICS Kendall Rileigh
RESEARCH Jonathan Soffer
PUBLICITY John Capo Public Relations

*These actors and stage manager appear courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.
Injunction Granted is an AEA Approved Showcase


By Subway:
To 2nd Avenue

To 8th Street

To Bleecker Street

By Bus:

M14 A (14th Street to Avenue A)
M9 (Avenue B)
M15 (1st & 2nd Avenue)

By Car:

If you are coming by car, be sure to leave time to find parking!

We cannot seat latecomers, as doing so means crossing the stage.

Most weeknights and weekend days, parking may be found on the street. On weekend evenings, the streets get crowded.

Houston and Essex Public parking in a guarded lot is available on Avenue A (which becomes Essex Street) just south of Houston.

Essex and Delancey
A municipal garage is also located several blocks farther down Essex, near Delancey.

This production is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York state Legislature.This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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Photos: Week 1, Day 5

Friday, June 19, 2015

New York City College of Technology

Park Row

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Photos: Week 1, Day 4

Thursday, June 18, 2015

New York City College of Technology


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Fires on Newspaper Row

After our Park Row tour this afternoon, I began thinking about how often fires consumed publishing sites during the midcentury and how this ordeal was a major concern for editors, writers, and subscribers. I know from my research on Robert E. Bonner’s New York Ledger that the building housing the Ledger on 48 Ann St. burned down in 1860, taking with it a number of letters and manuscripts only five years after the paper’s debut. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle provided a list of the “principal sufferers” affected by the fire (see figure 1). The story was also covered by The Times (see figure 2). I found another example in the January 4, 1860 issue of The Tribune, a short blurb about a fire that consumed a “Paper Warehouse Removal” company owned by Buckley, Brother & Co. (see figure 3). Although these are just a couple of examples, such fires were very common and many publishing houses were anxious about losing their businesses to fires, an anxiety insurance agencies and contractors capitalized on. For example, in the April 11, 1860 issue of The Times  an advertisement appeared for iron and hardware (see figure 4). The company maintains that their iron is fireproof and the same type used to build the structures housing The Times, The Tribune, as well a number of banks in the city. This ad’s audience is clearly the publishing houses. It’s interesting to learn that these fires generated so much business in New York City.

Times Fire (figure 1)

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Times Fire (figure 2)

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Warhouse Fire (figure 3)

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Fire Proof Iron add (figure 4)

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Showering Jean Cole w. 1812 Bank Notes

Jean Cole & Bank Notes

Jean Cole & Bank Notes

During walking tour of Melville’s Seaport a stop at Wall St. & Broad St. In front of Federal Hall, formerly the Federal Reserve. An augmented reality app delivered via smart phone inserts period 1812 bank notes into scene. Created by public historian Kathleen Hulser and locative code artist Steve Bull, this War of 1812, project brought archival images into public space. They appear with GPS coordinates with the free Junaio app on the “Cutter v. Smuggler 1813” channel and work on tablets, iPhones and androids. This is a way to activate period image doing history on the hoof. You can take a photo like this which layers period source on site with current scene and person.

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Photos: Week 1, Day 3

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Baruch College

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Genius Scan: PDF Scanner

Those of you who are photographing archival materials with your smartphones or tablets might find the Genius Scan app on iTunes helpful. Genius Scan allows you to turn images into PDFs and transfer files to Google Drive, Dropbox, and a number of other online depositories. There is even an option called OCR (optical character recognition) that transcribes your PDFs, making then keyword searchable. Here is a link to the app:

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