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read on how Sid Eden doubled the
size of Chicago's Lonergan Library...
AEA Chicago's Lonergan Library Doubles in Size With Donation
from Actor/Director/Producer Sidney Eden
"Invaluable Resource" for Chicago Actors
4000 Volumes added to Ray Lonergan Memorial Library
Lonergan Memorial Library in Chicago has received an "extraordinary"
donation of over 4000 volumes from actor/director/playwright and
producer Sidney Eden. The gift was reported by Iris Lieberman and
Joe Bowan, members of Chicago's Lonergan Library Committee, and
Kathryn V. Lamkey, Equity's Central Regional Director.
The Memorial Library was founded in 1986, following
the death of the great character actor, teacher and life-long Equity
member, Ray Lonergan. His family donated the Chicago actor's extensive
personal collection of books, anthologies, history, and scripts
(including Fireside Theatre selections), to form the core of a free
lending library for the use of Equity members. A committee was subsequently
formed by his friends and colleagues to catalog the collection,
and solicit financial support to get the library off the ground.
According to Lieberman, the Library has helped hundreds of actors
over the years, who have access to materials which are not found
in any other Chicago library or collection.
Most recently, a remarkable donation, which will double
the size of the collection, came from Sidney Eden, a New York actor,
director and producer who lived and worked in Chicago
Eden's extensive collection includes several first
editions, biographies and other rare material, which will be available
for reference-use only. For example, there is a complete collection
of all of the writings of George Jean Nathan, the famous New York
theatre critic; a complete 10-volume collection of "The 100 Lost
American Plays" (Indiana University); 250 cassettes of recorded
plays, including every Shakespeare drama; and various books and
publications about design, production, and criticism. There are
also nearly 2000 scripts as well as sheet music going back as far
as the 1900's.
Camilla Hawk, a friend of Eden's who is helping the
committee, praised his "generosity," adding that "Sidney has always
felt that the actors should come first. This is a true gift to all
Eden, who is originally from Chicago, but now resides
in Manhattan Plaza on Manhattan's West Side, has had a distinguished
and multi-faceted career spanning five decades. As an actor, he
appeared on and Off-Broadway in ARE YOU NOW, OR HAVE YOU EVER BEEN?
and created the role of Leonard Poetry in Lenny Barry's SITCOM at
the St. Nicholas Theatre Company. He has directed over 50 stock
and regional theatre productions including GUYS AND DOLLS, starring
Alan Alda and HIGH BUTTON SHOES, with Larry Parks and Betty Garrett,
as well as productions at the Goodman Theatre, the Cleveland Playhouse
and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He is particularly proud of his
Tony-nominated production of Eugene O'Neill's HUGHIE, starring Ben
Gazzara, which opened in Chicago at the First Chicago Center, and
came to Broadway in 1973. He also produced and presented tours of
WHEN YOU COMIN' BACK, RED RYDER? starring Mark Medoff, and A RAISIN
IN THE SUN, starring Claudia McNeil, Raymond St. Jacques, Gloria
Foster, Gail Fisher and Al Freeman, Jr. Eden studied with Jose Ferrer,
Jose Quintero and John Cassavettes.
Eden has written several plays and has also written
for the VILLAGE VOICE. He covered the theatre for "Broadway Magazine"
on NBC TV's "Tempo," and is in much demand as an acting coach and
teacher with his course, "Acting for Non-Actors." Realizing one
of his life-long dreams, Sidney recently compiled and recorded his
first CD, "Then and Now," a collection of jazz vocals featuring
Zoot Sims, Clark Terry, Jimmy Raney, Joe Albany, Richard Davis and
Mel Lewis. For more information, visit www.sideden.com.
Lieberman notes that with the Eden donation, Chicago
AEA now has one of the largest collections of theatre books in the
Windy City, with many periodicals and original manuscripts. Items
may be borrowed and returned without charge and scripts may be used
for rehearsals or auditions. The catalogue is on computer which
can be accessed in the office, for easy reference and title searches.
Reminder: the new Chicago AEA office is at 125 South Clark Street
in the South Loop.
The Chicago Lonergan Library Committee is currently
looking for volunteers and donations (which are tax deductible through
the Actors' Fund) to maintain, repair, update and catalogue the
collection. Checks may be made payable to the "Ray Lonergan Memorial
Library" c/o Actors' Equity, 125 South Clark Street, Chicago, IL,
60603. For further information, contact, Elizabeth Reyes at 312-641-0393.
To see the article online at Actors Equity.about
Sid's donation see Theatre
IN CELEBRATION OF ACTOR'S EQUITY 100 YEAR ANIVERSARY
Read the article "Sidney Eden In Union, Strength" on the AEA web site.