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Neighborhood Playhouse costume and set designs

Neighborhood Playhouse costume and set designs, 1916-circa 1931.
Crowley, Alice
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Box 1Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Vim 2010-056 Box 1Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 2Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Vim 2010-056 Box 2Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre


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  • Bloch, Ernest, 1880-1959.
  • Davidson, Jo, 1883-1952.
  • De Weerth, Ernest.
  • Oenslager, Donald, 1902-1975.
  • Peck, Esther.
2 boxes (approximately 101 drawings) : col.; 39 x 50 cm. or smaller.
These designs for theatrical productions of the Neighborhood Playhouse are primarily costume designs, with a few set designs. Shows represented include Everybody's husband by Gilbert Cannan, 1919; Harlequinade by Harley Granville-Barker and Dion Calthrop, 1921; The mummer's revel and The masque of the apple, music by Kurt Schindler, 1931 with costume designs possibly by Esther Peck; Night at an inn by Lord Dunsany, 1916; Pinwheel by Francis Edward Faragoh, 1927 with sketches and notes by Donald Oenslager; and The player queen by William Butler Yeats, 1923 with costume designs probably by Alexander Koiransky. Ballets represented in the collection are La boutique fantasque, music by Ottorino Respighi, 1920 with costume designs probably by Esther Peck; Petrouchka, music by Igor Stravinsky, 1916; Royal fandango by Gustavo Morales, 1921 with costume designs and 1 set design by Ernest de Weerth; and 1 costume design for Le tricorne, 1922 "after Picasso's design for a costume for the ballet." There is 1 set design by Jo Davidson of the Wailing Wall for the symphonic drama Israel by Ernest Bloch, 1928. There are also several unidentified costume and set designs.
  • Costume design drawings.
  • Set design drawings.
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  • Alice Lewisohn Crowley
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*T-Vim 2010-056
Crowley, Alice, collector.
Neighborhood Playhouse costume and set designs, 1916-circa 1931.
Alice Lewisohn Crowley was born in New York City in 1883, a daughter of Leonard Lewisohn. With her sister Irene Lewisohn, she established the Neighborhood Playhouse on Grand Street in 1915, a theater and teaching facility for dance and drama. By 1920, professional actors had replaced the amateur troupe of children and adults, and the Playhouse became known for its avant-garde productions. The neighborhood theater closed in 1927. In 1928, Alice Lewisohn Crowley, Irene Lewisohn and Rita Wallach Morgenthau established The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, still in operation in New York City. Crowley died in 1972 in Zurich at the age of 88.
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Bloch, Ernest, 1880-1959. Israel. Composer
Davidson, Jo, 1883-1952.
De Weerth, Ernest. Artist
Oenslager, Donald, 1902-1975. Artist
Peck, Esther.
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*T-Vim 2010-056
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