MS Thr 478

American Shakespeare Theatre. American Shakespeare Theatre plays and prompt books, 1956-1982: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University

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Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Thr 478
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: American Shakespeare Theatre.
Title: American Shakespeare Theatre plays and prompt books,
Date(s): 1956-1982.
Quantity: 1 collection (4.5 linear feet (9 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Prompt books and production scripts from American Shakespeare Festival Theatre and Academy productions.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

92-93.000, 2004MT-131.

Processing Information:

This finding aid describes a small portion of the collection; the remaining items are unprocessed and contain administrative files, board minutes, correspondence, performance diaries, photographs, press files, and production material.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.
This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

American Shakespeare Theatre Plays and Prompt Books, 1956-1982 (MS Thr 478). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

The American Shakespeare Festival Theatre and Academy was conceived in 1950 by Lawrence Langner. It was later incorporated in Connecticut as a not-profit organization. A theatre was opened in 1955, and the house opened with Julius Caesar. Beginning in 1959 special spring performances for students were initiated. As interest and the quality of production waned, non-Shakespearean plays were added to the programs. The name of the organization was shortened in 1972 to the American Shakespeare Theatre. The theatre saw fewer and fewer productions, most critical and public failures. Bankruptcy followed. In 1988 the property was reincorporated as the American Festival Theatre.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by title.

Scope and Contents

Prompt and production scripts from American Shakespeare Theatre productions by William Shakespeare, but also including non-Shakespearean plays by T.S. Eliot, Bernard Shaw, Sophocles, Giuseppe Verdi, Thornton Wilder and William Wycherley.

General

This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

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