According to Playbill, after The Drama Book Shop announced that it was being forced out of its West 40th Street location due to rent increases, prominent playwrights throughout New York stepped up to support the store.
Lin-Manuel Miranda stopped by the shop to sign anything with his name on it. He also tweeted the news, which secured a large number of sales for the store.
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Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes and Obie Award winner Kristoffer Diaz later stopped by to sign copies of their plays as well. Even more appeared for an event to raise funds to relocate the shop in 2019. A Go Fund Me campaign is also collecting donations.
“The second the news went out, the theatre community stepped up and asked us what they could do. Several organizations, playwrights, actors, and patrons have asked us how they can help,” Store event manager Delphi Borich tells Playbill. “I’m not surprised in the least. It’s an incredible institution that has helped all of us develop our artistry in some form or another, and we’re so grateful to see this outpouring of love and appreciation for the shop.”
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