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Location: pf, b
Call No.: MS Thr 667
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Brown, Lewis.
Title: Lewis Brown costume designs
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.
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.
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):
- Early experience:
- ___1949-1950 Lester Horton Dance Theater, costume designer and stage manager.
- ___1950 Turnabout Theater, stage manager.
- ___1955-1956 NBC-TV Hollywood, staff costume designer.
- ___1958-1964 NBC-TV New York, staff costume designer.
- ___1970-1983 Another World, NBC New York.
- ___1980-1982 Texas, NBC.
- ___1990 An Enemy of the People, KCET/American Playhouse.
- ___1991-1992 Loving, New York.
- Motion pictures:
- ___1955 Hot Blood.
- ___1969 Husbands.
- ___1970 Valdez is Coming.
- ___1970 I Walk the Line.
- ___1968 Jimmy Shine.
- ___1991 Mule Bone.
- ___1994 The Government Inspector.
- Center Theater Group, Los Angeles, California:
- ___1968 The Miser.
- ___1969 Chemin de Fer.
- ___1970 Idiot's Delight.
- ___1970 The dream on Monkey Mountain.
- ___1972 Henry IV.
- ___1973 Cyrano de Bergerac.
- ___1995 Candide.
- Stratford Festival, Stratford, Ontario, Canada:
- ___1971 An Italian Straw Hat.
- ___1988 My Fair Lady.
- ___1989 Kiss Me Kate.
- The Shakespeare Theater, Washington, D.C.:
- ___1992 Measure for Measure.
- Seattle Reperatory Theater, Seattle, Washington:
- ___1987 The Caucasian Chalk Circle.
- ___1988 The Tempest.
- Old Globe Theater, San Diego, California:
- ___1979 The Comedy of Errors.
- ___1984 Electra.
- ___1984 Rashmon.
- ___1984 Othello.
- ___1985 Fallen Angels.
- ___1985 Richard III.
- ___1986 Tartuffe.
- ___1986 Much Ado About Nothing.
- ___1987 Intimate Exchanges.
- ___1987 Antony and Cleopatra.
- ___1987 There's One in Every Marriage.
- ___1988 Coriolanus.
- ___1989 Measure for Measure.
- ___1990 Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill.
- ___1990 And a Nightingale Sang.
- ___1990 Hamlet.
- ___1991 The Merchant of Venice.
- ___1994 The Way of the World.
- ___1995 Much Ado about Nothing.
- ___1995 Henry IV.
- Arizona Repertory Theater, Tucson, Arizona:
- ___1985 The Learned Ladies.
- ___1987 The Matchmaker.
- Minnesota Theater Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota:
- ___1964 Henry V.
- ___1964 The Glass Menagerie.
- ___1965 RIchard III.
- ___1965 The Caucasian Chalk Circle.
- ___1966 The Dance of Death.
- ___1967 Harper's Ferry.
- ___1973 Becket.
- ___1975 A Streetcar Named Desire.
- ___1977 A Moon for the Misbegotten.
- ___1977 She Stoops to Conquer.
- ___1977 La Ronde.
- ___1977 Catsplay.
- ___1980 Wild Oats.
- ___1980 Camille.
- New York Shakespeare Festival, Central Park, New York:
- ___1961 Richard III.
- Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. and national tour:
- ___1978 The Last of Mrs. Cheyney.
- American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco, California:
- ___1967 The Crucible.
- ___1967 Twelth Night.
- ___1967 Thieves' Carnival.
- ___1968 A Flea in her Ear.
- ___1958 Medea. New York City Ballet.
- ___1962 Incubus. Robert Joffrey Ballet.
- ___1959 Fidelio. NBC Opera.
- ___1961 Boris Godunov. NBC Opera.
- ___1962 The Love of Three Kings. NBC Opera.
- ___1963 Amahl and the Night Visitors. NBC Opera.
- ___1967 American National Opera Company. American National Opera Company.
- ___1969 The House of the Dead. National Education Television Opera Theatre.
- ___1971 The Queen of Spades. National Education Television Opera Theatre.
- ___1972 The Trial of Mary Lincoln. National Education Television Opera Theatre.
- ___1976 Of Mice and Men. Holland Festival, Amsterdam.
- ___1981 La Fanciulla del West. Netherlands Opera, Amsterdam.
- ___1982 La Fanciulla del West. Deutsche Oper-Berlin.
- ___1985 Casanova's Homecoming. Minnesota Opera/ New York City Opera.
- ___1985 La Fanciulla del West. Opera North, Leeds, England.
- ___1988 A Midsummer Night's Dream. Music Center Opera, Los Angeles.
- ___1989 Holy Blood and Crescent Moon. Cleveland Opera.
- ___1992 A Midsummer Night's Dream. Music Center Opera, Los Angeles (revised).
- ___1993 Don Giovanni. Opera Theater of St. Louis.
- ___1994 Faust. Music Center Opera, Los Angeles.
- ___1996 Faust. Chicago Lyric Opera.
- ___1964 Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. One man show.
- ___1965 Plattsburg College of the State University of New York.
- ___1968 Wright Hepburn Gallery, London.
- ___1971 Imago Gallery, San Francisco. One man show.
- ___1978 Television Academy of Arts and Sciences, New York.
- ___1983 Third Eye Gallery, Glasgow. One man show.
- ___1984 Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences, Los Angeles.
- ___1987 Prague Quadrennial.
Arranged into the following series:
- I. Costume design drawings (ca. 51 x 38 cm.)
- II. Costume design drawings (56 x 38 cm.)
- III. Other materials
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.