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Charles Playhouse Collection, 1945-2003 | Boston Public Library Archival and Manuscript Finding Aid Database

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Collection Overview

Title: Charles Playhouse Collection, 1945-2003Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates: 1957-1995

Collection Identifier: MS 5071

Primary Creator: Sugrue, Francis, 1927-

Extent: 50.0 Cubic Feet

Arrangement:

Arranged into 9 series:

1. Administrative Records, 1958-1993

2. Legal and Financial, 1957-1995

3. Correspondence

4. Physical Plant, 1958-1995

5. Production Material, 1957-1998

6. Publicity, n.d., 1957-2003

7. Photographs, 1947-2003

8. Audio-Visual, 1945-1993

9. Related Material, 1958-2003

Date Acquired: 00/00/2009

Subjects: Charles Playhouse (Boston, Mass.)., Sugrue, Francis, 1927-., Theater -- Massachusetts -- Boston., Theater management -- Massachusetts -- Boston.

Forms of Material: Blueprints., Clippings., Financial statements., Letters., Photographs., Playbills., Posters., Scrapbooks., Theater programs.

Languages: English

Abstract

This collection dates from 1945-2003 (bulk 1957-1995) and documents  the history of the Charles Playhouse under the tenure of Frank Sugrue.  With its mission to present serious theater, the Charles Playhouse quickly distinguished itself in the Boston theater scene upon its opening and maintained this distinction throughout the years by providing many “firsts” to Boston audiences.  In particular, this collection documents the beginnings and daily operations of the theatre and its various onsite restaurants and clubs, as well as the premieres, notable plays, famous actors, and other cultural enrichments that it brought to the city.  Records consist of correspondence, financial statements, blueprints, scrapbooks, and programs. Photographs, playbills, production materials, news clippings, posters and other publicity materials are also included.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection dates from 1945-2003 (bulk 1957-1995) and documents the history of the Charles Playhouse under the tenure of Frank Sugrue.  In additon, it also documents the work of Artistic Director Michael Murray, who served in that postion (and as Co-Producer) from 1958-1968. From the beginning, the Charles Playhouse distinguished itself in the Boston theater scene and maintained this distinction throughout the years by providing many “firsts” to Boston audiences.  In particular, this collection documents the beginnings and daily operations of the theater and its various onsite restaurants and clubs, as well as the premieres, notable plays, famous actors, and other cultural enrichments that it brought to the city.

In November 1958, the Charles Playhouse opened at 76 Warrenton Street with Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh.  With its mission to present serious theater, the Charles continued to expose theatergoers to the most important playwrights of the time and often staged controversial works. For example, Edward Bond's political parable Narrow Road to the Deep North had its national premiere at the Charles Playhouse in November 1969.  One of the most influential productions was Vinnette Carroll and Micki Grant's protest musical Don’t Bother Me, I Can't Cope.  This play, which examined the African-American experience, opened in June 1976 at a time when race relations in Boston were strained but became the Charles's longest running and highest grossing musical.  Another notable production, Shear Madness is still playing at the Charles in 2012 and is the longest running non-musical play in American theater history.

The Charles Playhouse also launched the careers of several well-known actors.  Olympia Dukakis, a founding member of the Actor's Company (which became the Charles), appeared in every production from 1957-1959.  Jane Alexander (1964) and Jill Clayburgh (1967) began their professional careers there, as members of the Charles's Resident Acting Company.  Al Pacino starred in the 1967 productions of America Hurrah and Awake and Sing.  He returned to the Charles, as both a director and actor, for 1970s performances of Rats and The Indian Wants the Bronx, as well as Arturo Ui.

Important “firsts” that the Charles brought to Boston are Musical Theatre for Children and the comedy club.  Musical Theatre for Children debuted during the 1964-65 Season and ran continuously for seven years.  In March 1974, the Charles opened Boston's first comedy club, The Cabaret, which featured Jay Leno.  Additionally, the Charles hosted many Boston premieres, including Jean Anouilh's drama Poor Bitos, which opened in November 1965 and provided Bostonians with both high quality, modern theater and an introduction to well-known Canadian actor Eric House.

Along with its notable accomplishments, this collection also documents the beginnings and daily operations of the theatre and its various onsite restaurants and clubs from 1958-1995.  This includes the organizational and policy changes that the Charles underwent – moving from a theater with a resident acting company to one who used visiting performers to, finally, becoming a booking house.  The planning and implementation of capital development plans, benefits and subscription campaigns are also chronicled as are staff positions and operating procedures.  Particularly prevalent are records of the many bars, restaurants and clubs which took up residence at the Charles through the years.  Among them are The Playhouse Restaurant, the Comedy Connection, the Lunch Club and Late Club, and Roberta's ShowBiz Cafe.

Of special note are the Charles's 10th and 30th Anniversary celebrations.  For the 10th Anniversary (1966-67), the Charles refurbished the Playhouse interior and original company members, namely Olympia Dukakis and Edward Zang, returned to the stage for an ambitious season which featured a production of Shakespeare's Hamlet.  In November 1988, the Charles Playhouse celebrated the 30th Anniversary with commemorative events, including a Gala Ball with guest of honor Jane Alexander, a special encore performance of the repeat hit Jacques Brel.

In addition, this collection conveys The Charles Playhouse's role in Boston's Theatre District as well as in national theatre organizations.  The Charles participated in many of Boston's cultural events designed to expose the public to the arts, including the Boston Arts Festival (1959, 1963), WinterFest (1966-67) and Summerthing (1968-70).  Through membership in civic organizations, such as the Theatre District Association, and involvement with numerous city task forces, including the Mayor's Task Force on Urban Theatres, the Charles and its management were an influential part of the Theatre District's redevelopment from the late 1970s-1980s.  For example, the Charles participated in the planning process with the Boston Redevelopment Authority and also, for a time, was charged with redevelopment of one of the empty land parcels (C2).

The collection contains playbills, scripts, stage plans and set designs, cast lists, contracts, financial statements, correspondence, blueprints, renovation plans, and scrapbooks. Photographs, posters, press releases, artwork, advertisements and news clippings are also included.

Collection Historical Note

Biographical Note

Frank Sugrue, co-founder, producer and, eventually, owner of the Charles Playhouse was the major force behind the Charles from 1958-1995.  His love of theater began in1945, while serving as a Marine in Tientsin, Republic of China.  Assigned to the Stateside Theatre, Mr. Sugrue was responsible for staging shows to entertain the troops stationed in Tientsin.  When the Charles Street Playhouse opened in 1957, Mr. Sugrue, then a young lawyer, quickly became a regular attendee and, soon after, its producer and co-founder, thus turning a hobby into a successful career.  His dedication was recognized in 1980 when he received the Grand Bostonian Award for “contribution to the quality of life in the city through the performing arts during a 25-year period.”  After many successful years in Boston, Mr. Sugrue sold the Playhouse to Jon Platt in 1995.

Historical Note

The Charles Playhouse (originally called the Charles Street Playhouse) was started in 1957 by a group of Boston University theater department graduates known as the Actor's Company.  Located in a loft above 54 Charles Street, the Charles's premiere performance was a double bill of Jean Paul Sartre's No Exit and Tennessee Williams's This Property is Condemned.  The company, including Olympia Dukakis, John Heffernan, and Edward Zang, garnered a tremendous following and, within a year, the Charles had outgrown its location. In 1958, now with a permanent Producer (Frank Sugrue) and Artistic Director (Michael Murray), the Charles moved to 76 Warrenton Street and inaugurated this new era with a critically acclaimed production of Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Commeth. As Artistic Director, Mr. Murray chose and cast each play, enlisted experienced designers, and directed the majority of the productions. Moreover, he brought in the poet Anne Sexton as a resident artist, and in the early sixties, he developed the idea of a resident company to play in a season of plays—Jane Alexander, Al Pacino, Jill Clayburgh, Ned Beatty and Linda Lavin were part of that company in different years. In addition, Mr. Murray was the public face of the organization and articulated the Playhouse’s philosophy. He started the Charles Playbook, a journal with pieces by local scholars, and “Sunday at Six”, a regular discussion with actors and audiences. His work at the Charles won him the Rodgers and Hammerstein Award for Having Done the Most for the Theater in Boston.

The building at 76 Warrenton Street, designed by the American architect Asher Benjamin (1773-1845), was constructed in 1838 as the Fifth Universalist Church and had many iterations through the years, among them the first synagogue in Boston, a speakeasy, and various nightclubs and casinos.  In 1980, 76 Warrenton Street was placed on the National Register for Historic Places in recognition of its being an Asher Benjamin-designed church.

From its inception, the Charles Playhouse sought to create a unique identity among Boston’s theaters.  It was the first regional theater in New England when the concept was still little known in the United States, and it introduced the world’s most influential playwrights to Boston audiences.  While the Charles underwent many organizational changes and faced many challenges over the years, it consistently found new ways to distinguish itself and enrich the cultural life of Boston.  Throughout the years, the Charles's contributions continued: as a beginning for famous actors; as an introduction to the arts through programs such as Musical Theatre for Children and the Living Stage; as the  ground-breaking venue which hosted numerous Boston premieres, notable productions and Boston's first comedy club; and as the home of “Shear Madness,” the longest running non-musical play in American theatre history.

From its opening, the Charles Playhouse was a vital part of Boston’s Theatre District.  Not only was it the sole regional professional theater in the city, it also participated in many cultural events designed to expose the public to the arts, including the Boston Arts Festival, WinterFest and Summerthing.  Through membership in civic organizations such as the Theatre District Association and the League of Boston Theaters, as well as involvement with various city task forces during the district’s redevelopment, the Charles and its management helped the Theatre District evolve into a vibrant cultural area. After many successful years in Boston, Mr. Sugrue sold the Playhouse to Jon Platt in 1995. Beginning in 1995 and continuing through to 2012, the Charles has been home to the performance art troupe the Blue Man Group. The Charles is also home to the play Shear Madness, which has been running at the theater since its premier in 1980.

Subject/Index Terms

Charles Playhouse (Boston, Mass.).
Sugrue, Francis, 1927-.
Theater -- Massachusetts -- Boston.
Theater management -- Massachusetts -- Boston.

Administrative Information

Repository: Boston Public Library Archival and Manuscript Finding Aid Database

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions:

Items in this collection may be subject to copyright restrictions. The Boston Public Library does not hold copyright on the material in this collection. Researchers are responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations that hold copyright.

When reproducing material from this collection please include the credit line "Courtesy of the Trustees of the Boston Public Library/ Rare Books."

Physical Access Note: This collection is housed off-site and requires a 2 business-day advance notice for retrieval. Please consult the Rare Books Department for further information.

Acquisition Method: Donated to the Boston Public Library by Frank Segrue in 2009.

Preferred Citation: Charles Playhouse Collection, MS 5071. Rare Books and Manuscripts Department, Boston Public Library. Courtesy of the Trustees of the Boston Public Library/Rare Books.

Processing Information: Finding aid written by Melissa Hulse, September 2010.


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[Series 6: Publicity, 1957-2003],
[Series 7: Photographic Images, 1957-1995],
[Series 8: Audio-Visual Material and Memorabilia, 1945-1994],
[Series 9: Related Material, 1958-2003],
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Series 5: Production Material, 1957-1995Add to your cart.
This series details the productions staged at the Charles, from initial planning up through performances. Organized into four sub-series: A). Playbills; B). Production Details; C). Un-produced Scripts; and D). Show Research. Also see OV box 33 for additional material.
Sub-Series A: Playbills, 1957-1998Add to your cart.
Consists of playbills, playbill inserts, and playbill proofs. Also see OV box 33 for additional material.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 17: This Property is Condemned, No Exit, The Iceman Cometh, 1957 – 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 18: The Crucible, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Epitaph for  George Dillon, January-December 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Children of Darkness, Death of a Salesman, A Streetcar Named Desire, Waiting for Godot, Waltz of the Toreadors, January-December 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 20: The Diamond Rattler, May 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 21: All My Sons, Cocktail Party, Krapp’s Last Tape, No Exit, The Chairs, The Maids, The Fantasticks, The Prodigal, February-December 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 22: You Never Can Tell, Uncle Vanya, The Autumn Garden,Threepenny Opera, Hedda Gabler, February–December 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Little Mary Sunshine, Oh Dad Poor Dad, January – February 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Candida, The Hostage, Rhinoceros, The Boys from Syracuse, April-December 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Man and Superman, Six Characters, Glass Menagerie, A Touch of the Poet, The Rivals, She Loves Me, February-December 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 26: The Madwoman of Chaillot, The Plough and The Stars, The Lover, The Collection, The Miser, Poor Bitos, Major Barbara, February–December 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Galileo, The Inspector General, The Tiger, The Typists, Love for Love, The Balcony, Hamlet, January–December 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Mother Courage, Oh! What a Lovely War, Inadmissible Evidence, January–May 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 29: America Hurrah, Awake and Sing, 3 Bags Full (The 9 O’clock Mail, Madness of Lady Bright, Dutchman), September–December 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Room Service, View from the Bridge, Waiting for Godot, January–April 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Look Back in Anger, The Bacchae, The Millionairess, September–December 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Everything in the Garden, The Rehearsal, Anything Goes, January–March 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 33: The Iceman Cometh, Narrow Road to the Deep North, A Flea in her Ear, September–December 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Antigone, Jungle of Cities, Rats/The Indian, Jacques Brel, January–April 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Jacques Brel, In 3 Zones, June–October 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Jacques Brel, Dames at Sea, The Fantasticks (Hotel Somerset), February–September 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,Fortune and Men’s Eyes, January-December 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 38: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, November 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 39: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, June 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 40: El Grande de Coca-Cola, Moon Children, Jacques Brel, March–June 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Lenny, Jacques Brel, The Next Move, October–December 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 42: The Next Move, Lenny, January–March 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Wild Stunt Show, Arturo Ui, The Fantasticks, March–April 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Arturo Ui, Jacques Brel, Wild Stunt Show, May–July 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Jacques Brel, Sizwe Banzi is Dead / The Island, Diamond Studs, August–September 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 46: Wild Stunt Show, Diamond Studs, Godspell, September–November 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 47: Wild Stunt Show, The Club, Calvin Coolidge Follies, November–December 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 48: The Little Prince, Godspell, Slow Dance on the Killing Ground, I Am a Woman, The Haunted Host, January–March 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 49: Maggie, Slow Dance on the Killing Ground, The National, Mime Theatre, Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope, March-May 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope, The Drunkard, July–August 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 51: Don’t Bother Me, Knock Knock, August–December 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 52: Knock Knock, The Proposition Revue, January–February 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 53: P.S. Your Cat is Dead, Knock Knock, Jacques Brel, March–April 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 54: Me and Bessie, Jacques Brel, Emma, May–July 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 55: Me and Bessie, The Price, Portland’s a Piece ‘A Cake, Nightclub Cantata, July–October 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 56: The Fantasticks, Nightclub Cantata, The Real Inspector Hound, October–December 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 57: The Club, Vanities, January–February 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 58: Give ‘Em Hell Harry, Decline & Fall, Mamet Plays, May–August 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 59: Decline & Fall, Mamet Plays, What’s a Nice Country, This Was Burlesque, September–December 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 60: Jim Bailey, Madhouse Company of London, Not at the Palace, February 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 61: The Shadow Box, March–May 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 62: Great American Backstage Musical, Night Excursions, Slap Happy, Side by Side by Sondheim, June-September 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 63: Side by Side by Sondheim, Bosoms & Neglect, Magic to Do, October–December 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 64: Shear Madness, Magic to Do, Gemini, January–February 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 65: Shear Madness, Gemini, Mar–April 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 66: Scrambled Feet, Shear Madness, April-June 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 67: Shear Madness, The Last Minstrel Show, Betrayal, Transcendental Love, August–October 1980Add to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Betrayal, Shear Madness, A Christmas Carol, October-December 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Jacques Brel, Jim Bailey, Brendan Behan, January-March 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Z’ Appenin’, That’s All the Love I Got, April-June 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Something’s Brewin’ In Gainesville, Man of Crete, Death of a Salesman, Man and Superman, June-December 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley, November 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Man and Superman, I Am Boston, A Coupla White Chicks, February-March 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 7: A Coupla White Chicks, Three Penny Opera, Cole, April-September 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Cole, Snoopy, A Christmas Carol, October-December 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Godspell, Brendan Behan, Tom Foolery, January-November 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Shear Maddness, Mass Appeal, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All, Tom Foolery, January-December 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All, Shear Madness, January-April 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All, The Fantasticks, April-September 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Greater Tuna, Shear Madness, October-December 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Little Shop of Horrors, A…My Name is Alice, January-November 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Little Shop of Horrors, Shear Madness, January-August 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Ian McKellen Acting Shakespeare, Nunsense, Shear Madness, September-October 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Nunsense, Shear Madness, January-May 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Nunsense, Shear Madness, July-October 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Nunsense, August 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Nunsense, Bye Bye Birdie, September-December 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Shirley Valentine, Together Again, At Wit’s End, Ain’t Misbehavin', January-August 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 22: A Closer Walk, Shear Madness, February-July 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 23: A Closer Walk, Real Live Brady Bunch, Shear Madness, August-October 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Real Live Brady Bunch, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, October-December 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Shear Madness, Design for Murder, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Jim Bailey, Beau Jest, January-October 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 26: An Unfinished Song, Shear Madness, Slice of Saturday Night, Blue Man Group, January-October 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Blue Man Group, Shear Madness, 1996, 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 28: From Beyond the Grave, The Indian Wants the Bronx, n.d.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series B: Production Details, 1959-1995Add to your cart.
Arranged chronologically. Contains contracts, show  budgets, audition lists, cast lists and contact sheets, set and costume designs, props, scripts, music scores, prompt books, rehearsal schedules, and notes. Also see OV box 33 for additional material.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Cast Biographies: Narrow Road to the Deep North, October 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Cast Biographies: One Wish to Broadway, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Cast and Staff Lists, 1959-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Cover Proof and Text Copy: Man and Superman, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 32a: General, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Mock Up, 1962-1963 Season, 1962-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Musical Theatre for Children, 1964-1971, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Proofs: Magic To Do, Transcendental Love, A Christmas Carol, 1979-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Playbills: Annotated (3 folders), 1959-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Playbills: Annotated, 1959-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Playbills: Annotated, 1959-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Playbill Inserts, 1960-1991Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Sample and Specs: Me and Bessie, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Special Performances, 1964-1993, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Text Copy: General, 1964-1965, 1969, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Text Copy: Give 'Em Hell Harry, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Text Copy and Mock Ups: Musical Theatre for Children, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Text Copy: The Hostage, September 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 46: Text Copy: The Plough and the Stars, March 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 47: The Iceman Cometh, November-December 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 48: The Crucible, Our Town, April-May 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 49: 3 Folk Sing, May 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Moon for the Misbegotten, November-December 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 51: Children of Darkness: Costume Designs, February 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 52: A Streetcar Named Desire, September-October 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 53: Waltz of the Toreadors, All My Sons, December 1960-February 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 54: The Cocktail Party, No Exit, Krapp's Last Tape, March-June 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 55: The Prodigal (Boston Arts Festival), June 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 56: The Great God Brown, October 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 57: The Chairs, The Maids, December 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 58: The Fantasticks, December 1961-January 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 59: Autumn Garden, Threepenny Opera, April, October 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 60: Little Mary Sunshine, December 1962-January 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 61: Hedda Gabler, Oh Dad Poor Dad, Candida, November 1962, January-April 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 62: Hedda Gabler: Script, November 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 63: The Hostage: Script, James Kenney, October-November 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 64: Rhinoceros, November-December 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 65: The Boys from Syracuse, November 1963-January 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 66: Man and Superman, January-March 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 67: Six Characters in Search of an Author, February-March 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 68: Six Characters in Search of an Author: Script, February-March 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 69: The Glass Menagerie, April-May 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 70: Does Poppy Live Here?, November 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 71: She Loves Me, December 1964-January 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 72: Madwoman of Chaillot, January-February 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 73: Valentine, September 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 74: The Miser: Script, Ronald Bishop, September-November 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 75: The Miser: Script, Terrence Currier, September-November 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 76: Galileo: Script, Barry Michlin, January-February 1966Add to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 1: America Hurrah: Background Images, “TV” Act, September-October 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Room Service, Hogan’s Goat, December 1967-February 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Threepenny Opera (Summerthing), August 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Anything Goes, March-April 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Anything Goes: Scripts, March-April 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 6: The Iceman Cometh, Narrow Road to the Deep North, August-October 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Jacques Brel, April-October 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 8: In 3 Zones, October 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 9: In 3 Zones: Script, October 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 10: In 3 Zones: Script- Howard Rosenstone, October 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 11: In 3 Zones: Projector Cues, October 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 12: In 3 Zones: Prompt Book, October 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 13: In 3 Zones: Sound Cue Book, October 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Jacques Brel (Hotel Somerset), October 1970- November 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 15: The Proposition, December 1970-January 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 16: The Thirteen Clocks (Children’s Theatre), January 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, February-March 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Fortune and Men’s Eyes (ATMA), March 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 19: One Wish to Broadway, March-April 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Dames at Sea (Hotel Somerset), 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Dames at Sea: Script, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Oh, Coward! (Hotel Somerset), 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 23: The Fantasticks (Hotel Somerset), 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 24: September Song (Hotel Somerset), March 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 25: The Real Inspector Hound, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 26: The Real Inspector Hound: Script, 1973, December 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 27: That Championship Season, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Theatre Company of Boston Series, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 29: El Grande de Coca-Cola, February-April 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Lenny, October 1974-July 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 31: The Proposition Revue (Next Move), December 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Cabaret Bookings, 1974-1975, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 33: The Fantasticks, March-April 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Madhouse Company of London, Wild Stunt Show, June-October 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Boccaccio, August 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Haunted Host, February 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Sizwe Banzi, The Island, August 1975-October 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Banananoff Bunch, September 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Young Country, September-October 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Diamond Studs (2 folders), October 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Diamond Studs, October 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Snoopy!!!, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Tuscaloosa’s Calling Me…But I’m Not Going, February 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 44: I Am a Woman, March 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Slow Dance on the Killing Ground, April 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 46: National Mime Theatre, April 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 47: Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope: Music Book, June 1976-January 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 48: Knock Knock, December 1976-January 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 49: The Proposition, February 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 50: P.S. Your Cat is Dead, March 1977 - May 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 51: Me and Bessie, July-August 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 52: Nightclub Cantata, September-October 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 53: The Club, September-November 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 54: Vanities, February-March 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 55: Give ‘Em Hell Harry, June 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 56: The Tennis Game, July-August 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 57: Mamet Plays: Sexual Perversity, Duck Variations, August 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 58: What’s a Nice Country Like You Doing in a State Like This?  (2 folders), October-November 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 59: What’s a Nice Country Like You Doing in a State Like This?, October-November 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 60: A Life in the Theatre, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 61: Silly Buggers, 1978-April 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 62: Slap Happy, January 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 63: The Shadow Box, March-May 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 64: The Great American Backstage Musical, August 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 65: Shear Madness, January 1980-1991Add to your cart.
Folder 66: Magic to Do, January-February 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 67: Gemini, February-March 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 68: Comedians, July 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 69: The Last Minstrel Show, August–October 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 70: Betrayal, October-November 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 71: A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley, November–December 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 72: Oh Me, Oh My, Oh Youmans, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 73: Bent, May-June 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 74: Somethin’s Brewin’ in Gainesville, May-July 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 75: That’s All the Love I Got (Original Title Beloved Enemies), June-July 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 76: Man of Crete, August–September 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 77: Death of a Salesman, October–November 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 78: A Christmas Carol, December 1981Add to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 1: A Christmas Carol (2 folders), November-December 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 2: A Christmas Carol, November-December 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Man and Superman, December 1981-February 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 4: I Am Boston (Boston Youth Theater), February 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking, March 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Threepenny Opera (2 folders), April-May 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Threepenny Opera, April-May 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Cole, September-October 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Snoopy!!!, November-December 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 10: A Christmas Carol, November-December 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 11: A Christmas Carol: Script, Schedule, Notes, Jess Cain, November-December 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Tomfoolery, September 1983-January 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Mass Appeal, July-August 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 14: The Fantasticks, May-October 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Greater Tuna, September 1985-January 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 16: The Foreigner, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Chippendales, July-August 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Ian McKellen Acting Shakespeare, September-October 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Nunsense, September 1987-July 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Jacques Brel (30th Anniversary), November 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Kill the Messengers, December 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Pump Boys and Dinettes, January 1992-April 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Together Again, May 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 24: A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, January-February 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 25: The Best of Patsy Cline, January 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Beau Jest, August–October 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 27: An Unfinished Song, January-May 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Slice of Saturday Night, March-June 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Turkey Soup, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Jacques Brel (3 folders), n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Jacques Brel, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Jacques Brel, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 33: The Bistro Car, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Edith Piaf, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 35: A Christmas Carol, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 36: A Christmas Carol: Scripts (2), n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Unidentified Props, n.d.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series C: Submitted and Unproduced Scripts, 1959-1995Add to your cart.
Arranged chronologically.  Includes scripts that were never staged at the Charles Playhouse.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Once Around the Block, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Visions of Sugar Plums, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 40: The Life of Lady Godiva, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 41: The Ledge, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Two if by Sea, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Red Square, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 45: The Justice Box, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 46: The World’s Greatest Play, 1970Add to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Independence Night, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 2: The Great White House H-Bomb Caper, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Flatbush Tosca, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Mr. President, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 5: New Faces of 1776, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Dime Novel, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Ballad of a Black Piano (a.k.a. Of Piano Blues and Tin Kazoos), 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Rubyfruit Jungle, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 9: The Swing, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 10: The Eighties-God Help Us, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 11: I Only Just Got Here Myself, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 12: The Office Murders, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Perfect Pictures, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Say Good night, Gracie, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Transcendental Exercises, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Who is Fairest of Us All?, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Witchcraft in the City of Angels, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Worl’ Do For Fraid, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 19: The Last Act, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 20: The Last Train Home, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Skeletal Remains, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 22: The Window Washer (2 folders), 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 23: The Window Washer, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Visit to a Small Planet, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Perfect Love, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Slattery’s Misfortune (2 folders), 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Slattery’s Misfortune, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 28: My Corner of Boston, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 29: The William, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Have Mercer!, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 31: The Young Man from Atlanta, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Ballots Up!, n.d.Add to your cart.
Box 12Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Boo Hoo, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Brer Rabbit, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Charlie Boy, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 4: The Family, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 5: The Frothinghams, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Irma La-Douce, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Lemonade, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Many With Terraces, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Men Die, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Passengers, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Piggy Bank Rag, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 12: The Protoplasmic Kiss, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 13: The Rise and Fall of a President, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Rose, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Sharon’s Grave, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Shelter, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Straight Up, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Voices, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 19: The Woolgatherer, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 20: The Yale Game, n.d.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series D: Show Research, 1959-1994Add to your cart.
Arranged chronologically.  Includes audience studies, news clippings, magazine articles, playbills, notes, and publicity packages. Also see OV box 33 for additional material.
Box 12Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Audience Research, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Staging Productions at Chateau de Ville, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Show Research (5 folders), 1959-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Show Research, 1959-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Show Research, 1959-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Show Research, 1959-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Show Research, 1959-1975Add to your cart.
Box 13Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Show Research (19 folders), 1976-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Show Research, 1976-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Show Research, 1976-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Show Research, 1976-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Show Research, 1976-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Show Research, 1976-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Show Research, 1976-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Show Research, 1976-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Show Research, 1976-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Show Research, 1976-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Show Research, 1976-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Show Research, 1976-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Show Research, 1976-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Show Research, 1976-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Show Research, 1976-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Show Research, 1976-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Show Research, 1976-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Show Research, 1976-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Show Research, 1976-1989Add to your cart.
Box 14Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Show Research (4 folders), 1990-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Show Research, 1990-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Show Research, 1990-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Show Research, 1990-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Comedy, 1978, 1984-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Flashcards, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Musical Theatre for Children, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Newspaper Clippings (5 folders), 1968-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Newspaper Clippings, 1968-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Newspaper Clippings, 1968-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Newspaper Clippings, 1968-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Newspaper Clippings, 1968-1994Add to your cart.

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