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Robert Patrick papers

Title
Robert Patrick papers, circa 1940-1984.
Author
Patrick, Robert, 1937-
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Box 1Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1978-006 Box 1Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 2Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1978-006 Box 2Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 3Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1978-006 Box 3Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 4Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1978-006 Box 4Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 5Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1978-006 Box 5Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 6Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1978-006 Box 6Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 7Mixed materialSupervised useIn transit*T-Mss 1978-006 Box 7Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 8Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1978-006 Box 8Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 9Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1978-006 Box 9Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 10Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1978-006 Box 10Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 11Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1978-006 Box 11Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 12Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1978-006 Box 12Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 13Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1978-006 Box 13Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 14Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1978-006 Box 14Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 15Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1978-006 Box 15Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 16Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1978-006 Box 16Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 17Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1978-006 Box 17Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 18Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1978-006 Box 18Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 19Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1978-006 Box 19Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 20Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1978-006 Box 20Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre

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Description
22 linear ft. (42 boxes)
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Scripts.
  • Production materials.
  • Musical texts.
Note
  • Sound recordings separated to the Rodgers and Hammerstein archive of Recorded Sound, New York Public Library.
Access (note)
  • Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Biography (note)
  • Robert Patrick, a founding father of the off-off Broadway scene and major contributor to the growth of gay theater, was born Robert Patrick O'Connor on August 27, 1937 in Kilgore, Texas.
Indexes/Finding Aids (note)
  • Finding aid available in repository and on Internet.
Call Number
*T-Mss 1978-006
Author
Patrick, Robert, 1937-
Title
Robert Patrick papers, circa 1940-1984.
Restricted Access
Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Summary
While the papers of Robert Patrick span several decades, the majority of the collection was created from 1975-1979. The heart of the collection is the production materials (including many photographs) from the numerous productions of Patrick's works. Kennedy's children is particularly well represented in all of its international incarnations. Among many others, The Haunted Host, Mercy Drop, My Cup Ranneth Over and T-shirts all have openly homosexual themes and each contributed to the growth of gay theater. The scripts are heavily annotated and can provide insight into the playwright's working process. Patrick wrote about his involvement with the birth of off-off Broadway and gay theater in various articles, that can be found in the Articles sub-series, including a folder solely regarding Caffe Cino. Additionally, the Press sub-series contains interviews that elaborate on his history of unwavering support of alternative theater, gay theater, and gay rights. Other than some of the correspondence and photographs, this collection contains very little personal material.
The collection includes extensive correspondence from the novelist Mary Renault, producer Claire Donner, contemporary playwrights Geraldine Aron, Daniel Curzon, Mark Edwards, John Glines, William Houck, Loretta Lotman, Ross MacLean and Doric Wilson (including a typescript of his play Ever After), actors Magie Dominic, Walter Michael Harris and Harry Hart-Browne and writers on gay and off-off Broadway theater Aaron Fricke, Ezra Goldstein, Blaise Koch and Mark Milstein.
Biography
Robert Patrick, a founding father of the off-off Broadway scene and major contributor to the growth of gay theater, was born Robert Patrick O'Connor on August 27, 1937 in Kilgore, Texas. He came to New York City in 1961, and was soon presenting his work at Caffe Cino, a coffee house that was also a pioneering off-off Broadway theater. Patrick's first play, The Haunted Host, proved to be a breakthrough in gay theater. Over the next ten years his plays were produced over 130 times in a variety of underground theaters (like La Mama and the Old Reliable Theatre Tavern). In 1973 Patrick was nominated for a record five Obies. The same year, the Clark Center mounted the first production of Kennedy's Children. In 1974 this play began a two-week run at the King's Head Pub Theatre in Islington, England which was extended several times and eventually moved to a theater in London's West End. International productions quickly followed, including one on Broadway at the Golden Theatre. Throughout the 1970s and into 1980s Patrick continued to write at a feverish pace, while simultaneously traveling to see his works produced. He often gave guest lectures, directed, or in other ways personally helped with productions around the world.
From 1979 to 1982 Patrick wrote a regular column about off-off Broadway for the theatrical paper Other Stages. In 1990 he directed his last play in New York, Hello, Bob, about his experiences with Kennedy's Children. Patrick settled in California in 1993. In 1994 he published Temple Slave about the origins of off-off Broadway. Patrick received the Robert Chesley Award for Lifetime Achievement in Gay Theatre in 1997. He continues to write and is living in Los Angeles.
Indexes
Finding aid available in repository and on Internet.
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Occupation
Dramatists.
Added Author
Aron, Geraldine, 1941-
Curzon, Daniel.
Dominic, Magie, 1944-
Donner, Claire.
Edwards, Mark R.
Fricke, Aaron.
Glines, John.
Goldstein, Ezra, 1948-
Harris, Walter Michael, 1951-
Hart-Browne, Harry, 1952-
Houck, William R., Jr.
Koch, Blaise.
Lotman, Loretta.
MacLean, Ross.
Milstein, Mark.
Patrick, Robert, 1937- Haunted host.
Patrick, Robert, 1937- Kennedy's children.
Patrick, Robert, 1937- My cup ranneth over.
Patrick, Robert, 1937- T-shirts.
Renault, Mary.
Wilson, Doric, 1939-2011.
Wilson, Doric, 1939-2011. Forever after.
Caffe Cino.
La Mama Experimental Theatre Club.
Research Call Number
*T-Mss 1978-006
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