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MS Thr 667

Brown, Lewis. Lewis Brown costume designs, 1964-1997: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: pf, b
Call No.: MS Thr 667
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Brown, Lewis.
Title: Lewis Brown costume designs
Date(s): 1964-1997.
Quantity: 5 linear feet (20 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Original costume design drawings by American costume designer Lewis Brown.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

1996-1997.071. Gift of Lewis Brown; received: 1996 December - 1998 April.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Lewis Brown Costume Designs, 1964-1997 (MS Thr 667). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

See also, Harvard Theatre Collection: Theatrical Set Designs (pfMS Thr 200) for Lewis Brown. The Italian straw hat-spinster aunt : costume design, 1971.
Lewis Brown costume design drawings are also held by the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.

Biographical / Historical

Lewis Brown was born in Stockton, California on October 4, 1928, raised in Santa Monica and was a graduate of Santa Monica High School. He graduated from U.C.L.A. in 1951 with a BA fine arts degree and continued for two years in graduate work in the Theater Arts Department. He served in the army and then went to work for NBC television, designing a large number of well-known shows between 1955 and 1964.
He moved to New York City from California in the mid-1950s. He made his New York design debut at City Ballet with Medea in 1958. Mr. Brown's first Broadway production came in 1967 with the production of Marat/Sade. His other Broadway shows included: Jimmy Shine (1968), Fire! (1969), A Flea in Her Ear (1969), Mule Bone (1991) and The Government Inspector (1994). Mr. Brown also designed the off Broadway production of The Dream on Monkey Mountain (1971). Since 1980 he designed extensively at The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego for these productions: Resurrection Blues (2007), The Constant Wife (2006), As You Like It (2004), Julius Caesar (2003), Rounding Third (2003), Faith Healer (2002), The Taming of the Shrew (2002), Cymbeline (1999), The Merry Wives of Windsor (1999), Paramour (1998), Henry IV (1995), The Way of the World (1994), The Merchant of Venice (1991), Hamlet (1990), Our Town (1990), And a Nightingale Sang… (1990), Measure for Measure (1989), Coriolanus (1988), Antony & Cleopatra (1987), Intimate Exchanges (1987), Othello (1984), and Rashomon (1980), among others. Mr. Brown also designed extensively at other regional theatres such as Seattle Repertory, Guthrie Theater, Stratford Festival, ACT and Arizona Theatre Company. He won a number of awards for his designs over the years, including a Drama-Logue Award for Candide (1995) and a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Cyrano de Bergerac (1973).
Lewis Brown died in January of 2011 and posthumously was awarded the TDF/Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award in April of 2011. Source: www.tdf.org and HTC curatorial file.
From Lewis Brown's 1996 résumé (see item (333) below):


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Scope and Contents

330 costume design drawings in acrylic, crayon, gesso, graphite, ink, and watercolor on paper. Not all Lewis Brown-associated productions are represented in this collection. Productions include ballets, plays, operas, musicals, television programs, and motion pictures. Most drawings are signed, dated, and annotated by Lewis Brown, and all but a few arrived encased between plastic and cardboard, and were secured with masking tape around the edges. A few drawings have sketches on the cardboard backing and some include cloth swatches attached to the plastic or to the drawing. Many have price tags affixed to them.
Includes drawings for productions for: American Conservatory Theater, American Playhouse Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Cleveland Opera, Ethel Barrymore Theatre (New York, N.Y.), Guthrie Theater, Los Angeles Music Center Opera, Lyceum Theatre (Organization : New York, N.Y.), National Broadcasting Company, New York City Opera, Old Globe Theatre (San Diego), Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre (Washington, D.C.), and United Artists (Firm).
Titles of productions represented include: Casanova's homecoming, Candide, Holy blood and crescent moon, Faust, Mule bone, Don Giovanni, Comedy of errors, Hamlet, Henry IV, Marat/Sade, Measure for measure, Merchant of Venice, Midsummer night's dream, Tempest, Falstaff, Our town, Valdez is coming, and many others.
Also includes one Brown-related theater program for Camille for a 1980 production at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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