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Decades Ball: The 1900s

calendar iconMonday, May 8, 2023


Monday, May 8, 2023

The Metropolitan Club

One East Sixtieth Street

New York City


The tenth annual Decades Ball takes up the years 1900 to 1910. The evening features renowned actors and musicians performing signature works from the decade—and celebrates the fifteenth anniversary of Lapham’s Quarterly.



Griffin Dunne



Edward Jay Epstein

Alexandra and Louis Rose

Deborah and Bill Ryan



David Cannadine

Recipient of the 2023 Janus Prize




Actor Tovah Feldshuh (Funny Girl, The Walking Dead, Scenes from a Marriage) reads Virginia Woolf, from Moments of Being


MacArthur Fellow Reginald R. Robinson performs two ragtime classics


Actor Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future, Addams Family) reads Mark Twain, from “The War Prayer”


Actor F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus, The White Lotus) reads Anton Chekhov, from his notebook and C.P. Cavafy, “Waiting for the Barbarians”


Actor Krystal Joy Brown (Hamilton) reads Charlotte Perkins Gilman, from “We as Women” and sings George M. Cohan, “Give My Regards to Broadway”



6:30 pm: Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres

7:30 pm: Dinner with words and music

1900s Costume or Festive Dress




To purchase tickets, please click here, email, or call the Decades Ball office at (212) 590-6875.


We are pleased to offer free virtual access to the Decades Ball. Click here to receive access to the livestream and a link to watch the event at your convenience. You can also become a supporter at the $50, $300, or $1,000 levels and receive special gifts from Lapham’s Quarterly and our sponsors.



The Acquavella Family

Shelley Ambrose and Douglas Knight

Melissa Ballate

Anouk and Larry Berger

Bloomberg Philanthropies

Jessica Hairston and Andrew M. Davenport

Jackie and Nick Drexel

Francis M. Flynn

Bob Gould

The William and Mary Greve Foundation

Agnes Gund

Lucy Young Hamilton

Carla Hendra

Frederick J. Iseman

Carla Hendra

Ben Jealous

Linda Karshan

 Lisa Atkin and Tony Kiser

Carmella R. Kletjian

Monica and Raymond A. Lamontagne

Lisa and Christopher Lloyd

The Honorable and Mrs. Earle I. Mack

Win McCormack 

The New York Physicians Foundation, Inc.

Diana Prince

Elizabeth “Lisette” Prince

Daniel Rose

Benjamin M. and Donna Rosen

Francesco Scattone

Janet Schwartz

Sarah and David R. Stack

Maggie and Amor Towles

Dr. Samuel Waksal




Tito’s Handmade Vodka

Brooklyn Born Chocolate


Lark Fine Foods



The Decades Ball is the annual gala benefit presented by Lapham’s Quarterly, bringing together friends and readers, celebrated writers and performers, and devoted patrons of the magazine. Guests are treated to musical performances and readings from the decade in the limelight, a menu featuring period food and drink, and rousing company the New York Times has compared to “dedicated revelers at a Gatsby party.” The evening provides Lapham’s Quarterly with the core support necessary to carry on the work of the magazine and its educational programming.


This “stirring night” (Wall Street Journal) has in the past featured performances by Angel Blue, Glenn Close, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Hall, Tom Hanks, Kevin Kline, Christopher Lloyd, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary-Louise Parker, and Sam Waterston.


Click here to watch the 2022 Decades Ball.


To view photos from previous Decades Balls, click below.



An image from the 1920s ballAn image from the 1950s ballAn image from the 1870s ballAn image from the 1780s ballAn image from the 1910s ball

The tenth annual Decades Ball takes up the years 1900 to 1910 and celebrates the fifteenth anniversary of Lapham’s Quarterly.