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Machado de Assis (1839-1908), “The Wizard of Cosme Velho” from Rio de Janeiro, has been widely revered by American writers from Susan Sontag to Woody Allen and was a contemporary of Mark Twain and Henry James. He came closer, perhaps, then any other writer to transforming reading itself into an act of Theatre.

As his star is now on the rise over North America, Group .BR invites you for a thrilling introduction to his distinctive spell at The Players on November 19th at 7:30 PM. We'll present a reading of two short stories read and translated by Todd Conner. The reading will be followed by a discussion lead by Mila Burns.

November 19th | 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

At The Players Club

Gramercy Park South, New York, NY

You must reserve your spot in advance


Business casual attire

** This is a donation-based event **



Guest Actors

Andressa Furletti, Debora Balardini, Fabiano Costaprado,

Josanna Vaz and Sandro Isaack


Daniela Blini, Katia Bandeira de Mello-Gerlach, and Todd Conner

Moderated by Mila Burns

About The Players

We were very honored to be invited to present some Machado de Assis' short stories at The Players Club, but why does this matter so much?

The Players Club was founded in 1888 by America’s foremost actor of the 19th century, Edwin Booth, and remains today the social epicenter for performing artists and patrons of the Arts from around the world. Booth purchased a Gothic Revival-style mansion facing Gramercy Park to transform it into a club "for the promotion of social intercourse between the representative members of the dramatic profession and the kindred professions of literature, painting, sculpture and music, and the patrons of the arts." 


More than 130 years later, the tradition continues and it is the first time Brazilian literature will be presented at this prestigious club. Be there as we make history! 

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