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Theatre Guild technical drawings and other production materials

Title
Theatre Guild technical drawings and other production materials, circa 1925-1953.
Author
Theatre Guild.
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Box 1Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Vim 1978-007 Box 1Offsite

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Description
.21 linear feet (1 box )
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Ground plans.
  • Set design drawings.
  • Sheet music.
  • Technical drawings.
Biography (note)
  • Originally established in 1919, the Theatre Guild began as an independent theatrical production company dedicated to developing new American works, as well as to bringing the best of contemporary British and European drama to New York audiences.
Indexes/Finding Aids (note)
  • Collection guide available in repository and on internet.
Call Number
*T-Vim 1978-007
OCLC
181590928
Author
Theatre Guild.
Title
Theatre Guild technical drawings and other production materials, circa 1925-1953.
Summary
The Theatre Guild technical drawings and other production materials primarily consist of miscellaneous technical drawings and other items documenting various productions put on by the Theatre Guild, mainly during the 1920s and 1930s. The contents of the individual files on productions vary, but may include ground plans or stage plans, and light and/or property plots. The collection also contains a few examples of music that was used in productions, including Chrysalis (1932) and Caprice (1928). Among those plays represented are works by Eugene O'Neill, including Ah, Wilderness! (1941 revival) and Days Without End (1934), as well as George Bernard Shaw's Androcles and the Lion (1925), Arms and the Man (1925), and The Doctor's Dilemma (1927). Among the other productions included are Philip Barry's The Philadelphia Story (1939), Sidney Howard's They Knew What They Wanted (1924), and William Inge's Picnic (1953).
Biography
Originally established in 1919, the Theatre Guild began as an independent theatrical production company dedicated to developing new American works, as well as to bringing the best of contemporary British and European drama to New York audiences. From 1919 through 1939, a governing board principally composed of six key members (Theresa Helburn, Lawrence Langner, Philip Moeller, Lee Simonson, Maurice Wertheim, and Helen Westley) guided the operations of the Guild. Among the many highlights of these years were productions of works by American playwrights, including Maxwell Anderson, S. N. Behrman, Sidney Howard, Eugene O'Neill, and Robert E. Sherwood. During this period, the Guild also presented the world premieres of several plays by George Bernard Shaw and became his American agent. In its earliest days, however, the Guild relied mainly upon works by European writers, commissioning translations or adaptations of plays by such diverse authors as Karel Capek, Henrik Ibsen, and Ferenc Molnár. During the 1930s, internal division within the Guild led to the development of competing, splinter groups, such as the Group Theatre and The Playwrights' Company, and, ultimately, the reorganization of the Guild itself. By 1939, the Theatre Guild had become a leaner organization, with Langner and Helburn replacing the board and now functioning as co-directors. Buoyed by the financial success of the musical, Oklahoma! (1943), the Guild would begin several initiatives during the 1940s to reach a broader audience. Among these efforts were the implementation of a national subscription theater service and the regular broadcast of a radio program, The Theatre Guild on the Air (1945). In 1953, the radio program was transformed into a television show, The United States Steel Hour. This prize-winning anthology series was broadcast for twelve seasons. During the 1960s, the Guild grew increasingly involved with international touring and became a pioneer in arranging travel tours for its subscribers. By the 1970s, however, the Guild rarely produced any shows for the Broadway theater, although its corporate identity continued to exist in some form. In 1975, it launched the Theatre At Sea cruises, an annual offering, which continues to the present day.
Indexes
Collection guide available in repository and on internet.
Location of Other Archival Materials
See also Theatre Guild Archive in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
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Anderson, Maxwell, 1888-1959.
Behrman, S. N. (Samuel Nathaniel), 1893-1973.
Howard, Sidney Coe, 1891-1939.
O'Neill, Eugene, 1888-1953.
Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950.
Barry, Philip, 1896-1949. Philadelphia story.
Howard, Sidney Coe, 1891-1939. They knew what they wanted.
Inge, William. Picnic.
O'Neill, Eugene, 1888-1953. Ah, wilderness!
O'Neill, Eugene, 1888-1953. Days without end.
Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950. Androcles and the lion.
Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950. Arms and the man.
Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950. Doctor's dilemma.
Research Call Number
*T-Vim 1978-007
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