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Guide to the Department of Theater Studies Records, circa 1968-2004

Summary

The Department of Theater Studies at Duke University offers courses on the critical evaluation, writing and performance of dramatic works. The department seeks to promote an artistic culture at Duke by bringing professional theatrical performances to campus. The Department of Theater Studies records is composed of administrative materials and records related to both departmental and professional performances staged at Duke.

Collection Details

Record Group
UA.25.40.0002
Title
Department of Theater Studies Records
Date
circa 1968-2004
Creator
Duke University. Department of Theater Studies
Extent
6.5 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

The Department of Theater Studies Records, 1969-2002 contains correspondence, planning documents, slides, photographs and audiovisual materials related to the administration of the department. The collection also includes materials from a diverse array of student and faculty theater productions. The Department of Theater Studies Records also contains correspondence, planning documents, clippings, promotional materials, slides, photographs, audiovisual materials and electronic records from professional productions brought to campus through the Theater Previews series.

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warning Access to the Collection

For a period of twenty-five years from the origin of the material, permission in writing from the office of origin and the University Archivist is required for use of administrative records. After twenty-five years, records that have been processed may be consulted with the permission of the University Archivist.

Use of audiotapes and videotapes from this collection requires the creation of reference copies. Reference copies for some materials may have been made, and if a reference copy exists, it is noted in this finding aid. To arrange for the creation of reference copies of other items, please contact University Archives staff. Although these recordings are now stored in a stable environment, their condition and playback quality is unknown.

Electronic records in this collection have been migrated to a library server and digital use copies can only be accessed onsite in the Rubenstein Library Reading Room. To request access, please contact a reference archivist before coming to use these records.

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Copyright for official university records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], in the Deptartment of Theater Studies Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

1. Departmental Materials, 1968-2004

The Departmental Materials series contains academic and administrative materials produced by the Drama Program and the successive Department of Theater Studies. The materials have been organized into two subseries. The Administration subseries includes departmental records and the Performances subseries is comprised of materials related to student and faculty productions.

Performances, 1968-2004

The Performances subseries features materials from productions staged by students and faculty including playbills, slides, photographs, and visual materials in betacam and VHS format. Performances featured in this subseries include Hamlet, Servant of Two Masters, Second Shepard, Noel Coward Revue, Kaspar, Noises Off, and many others. The collection also includes slides from various Duke Players productions organized chronologically between the years 1968-1986.

Use of audiotapes and videotapes from this collection requires the creation of reference copies. Reference copies for some materials may have been made, and if a reference copy exists, it is noted in this finding aid. To arrange for the creation of reference copies of other items, please contact University Archives staff. Although these recordings are now stored in a stable environment, their condition and playback quality is unknown.

Duke Players undated, 1 of 2
Box 1
Folder 1
Duke Players undated, 2 of 2
Box 1
Folder 2
Duke Players, 1968
Box 1
Folder 3
Duke Players, 1969-1970
Box 1
Folder 4
Duke Players, 1971
Box 1
Folder 5
Duke Players, 1 of 2, 1972
Box 1
Folder 6
Duke Players, 2 of 2, 1972
Box 1
Folder 7
Duke Players, 1973-1974
Box 1
Folder 8
Duke Players, 1 of 2, 1974
Box 1
Folder 9
Duke Players, 2 of 2, 1974
Box 1
Folder 10
Duke Players, 1975
Box 1
Folder 11
Duke Players, 1 of 2, 1976
Box 1
Folder 12
Duke Players, 2 of 2, 1976
Box 1
Folder 13
Duke Players, 1 of 2, 1977
Box 1
Folder 14
Duke Players, 2 of 2, 1977
Box 1
Folder 15
Duke Players, Pre-1985
Box 1
Folder 16
Duke Players, 1986
Box 1
Folder 17
Duke Players, 1987
Box 1
Folder 18
Duke Players, 1988
Box 1
Folder 19
Duke Players, 1989
Box 1
Folder 20
Kaspar
Box 1
Folder 21
Madwoman, 1972
Box 1
Folder 22
Misc. Slides
Box 1
Folder 23
Misc. Photos, 1 of 2
Box 1
Folder 24
Misc. Photos, 2 of 2
Box 1
Folder 25
Summer, 1976
Box 2
Folder 1
Circus Cervantes, 1987
Box 2
Folder 2
World Premiere Festival, 1989
Box 2
Folder 3
Aresnic and Lace, 1989
Box 2
Folder 4
WPFA, 1992
Box 2
Folder 5
MacBeth, 1989
Box 2
Folder 6
Stagedoor, 1989
Box 2
Folder 7
Medal of Honor, 1989
Box 2
Folder 8
Hamlet, 1989
Box 2
Folder 9
OCRG, 1990
Box 2
Folder 10
The Trojan Woman, 1990
Box 2
Folder 11
He Who Gets Slapped, 1991
Box 2
Folder 12
Three Cuckholds
Box 2
Folder 13
Cymbeline, 1992
Box 2
Folder 14
Mad Dog Blues, 1992
Box 2
Folder 15
World Premiere Festival, 1991
Box 2
Folder 16
Servant of Two Masters, 1990
Box 2
Folder 17
Noel Coward Revue, 1990
Box 2
Folder 18
Butterfly's Evil Spell, 1991
Box 2
Folder 19
World Premiere Festival, 1990
Box 2
Folder 20
Second Shepard, 1990
Box 2
Folder 21
Duke Students
Box 2
Folder 22
Clippings
Box 2
Folder 23
20th Century Romance, 1992
Box 2
Folder 24
Playbills, 1986-2004
Box 2
Folder 25
Film Negatives
Box 2
Folder 36
KASPAR-Moby Dick, 11/10/1993
(betacam-sp)

Duke Drama, KASPAR: Tech/Dress, Moby Dick: Performance

Box 4
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0001
KASPAR, 11/10/1993
(betacam-sp)

Duke Drama, Cast Warm-Up w/Rafael

Box 4
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0002
KASPAR, 11/5/1993
(betacam-sp)
Box 4
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0003
Woman@Point Zero, 4/1/1994
(betacam-sp)

Play: Woman at Point Zero

Box 4
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0004
Sound Bites, 4/9/1994
(betacam-sp)

Drama Board

Box 4
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0005
Devon #1, 4/11/1994
(betacam-sp)
Box 4
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0006
Devon #2, 4/11/1994
(betacam-sp)
Box 4
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0007
Devon #3, 4/11/1994
(betacam-sp)
Box 4
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0008
Devon-Rehearse
(betacam-sp)
Box 4
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0009
Noises Off!
(betacam-sp)

Richard Riddell, 5:00 Meeting in Schaffer

Box 4
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0010
Noises Off!, 2/23/1994
(betacam-sp)
Box 4
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0011
Measure for Measure, 2/13/1995
(betacam-sp)

Duke Drama

Box 4
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0012
Measure + Apartment, 2/13/1995
(betacam-sp)

Duke Drama

Box 4
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0013
Model Apt, 2/13/1995
(betacam-sp)

Duke Drama

Box 4
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0014
Measure for Measure, 2/21/1995
(betacam-sp)

Duke Drama, Backstage/Rehearsal

Box 4
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0015
Measure for Measure, 2/21/1995
(betacam-sp)

Duke Drama, Backstage/Rehearsal

Box 4
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0016
Measure for Measure, 2/24/1995
(betacam-sp)

Duke Drama, Performance

Box 4
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0017
Measure for Measure, 2/24/1995
(betacam-sp)

Duke Drama

Box 4
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0018
Measure for Measure, 2/24/1995
(betacam-sp)
Box 4
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0019
Model Apt, 2/15/1995
(betacam-sp)

Duke Drama

Box 4
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0020
Epworth Balcony + Contese, 3/15/1995
(betacam-sp)

Duke Drama

Box 4
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0021
Kendra Drama Video, 3/20/1995
(betacam-sp)
Box 4
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0022
Lighting Class, Richard Riddell, 3/21/1995
(betacam-sp)

Duke Drama

Box 4
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0023
Richard Riddell, Eptarions, West's Class, 3/21/1995
(betacam-sp)

Duke Drama

Box 5
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0024
Wests Class, Stoners Class, 3/22/1995
(betacam-sp)

Duke Drama

Box 5
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0025
Stoner's Class, Hanni Int., 3/22/1995
(betacam-sp)

Duke Drama

Box 5
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0026
Hanni Int., Dave's Shop, 3/22/1995
(betacam-sp)

Duke Drama

Box 5
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0027
Dave's Shop, David Wainer Int., 3/23/1995
(betacam-sp)

Duke Drama

Box 5
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0028
David Wainer Int. ,B-Roll, 3/23/1995
(betacam-sp)

Duke Drama

Box 5
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0029
Manny Class
(betacam-sp)
Box 5
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0030
McAuliffe-Class
(betacam-sp)
Box 5
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0031
Nan Kohan, 5/5/1995
(betacam-sp)

Duke Drama, London Footage

Box 5
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0032
Sounds Dangerous, 9/27/1990
(betacam-sp)

Tape 1

Box 5
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0033
Sounds Dangerous, 9/23/1990
(betacam-sp)

Tape 1

Box 5
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0034
Sounds Dangerous-Dress Rehearsal, 9/27/1990
(betacam-sp)

Tape 1

Box 5
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0035
Sounds Dangerous-Dress Rehearsal, 9/29/1990
(betacam-sp)

Tape 2

Box 5
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0036
Sounds Dangerous, 11/8/1990
(betacam-sp)

Chris-Nick-pickups

Box 5
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0037
Sounds Dangerous
(betacam-sp)

Extra Scenes

Box 5
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0038
Tom Story, 3/7/1995
(betacam-sp)

Duke Drama, B-Roll

Box 5
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0039
Contesse+ Walking Shot, 3/15/1995
(betacam-sp)

Duke Drama, 2:00 apt on tape after Drew's walk

Box 5
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0040
Taku,Gazebo, 3/15/1995
(betacam-sp)

Duke Drama

Box 5
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0041
Bavaziota Creme, Gertrude, 4/14/1995
(betacam-sp)
Box 5
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0042
Theater Cutaways, 11/29/1993
(betacam-sp)
Box 5
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0043
Theater #1
(betacam-sp)

Interviews: David , Jen, Public: Sammy Leonard

Box 5
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0044
Theater #2
(betacam-sp)
Box 5
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0045
Helen, 12/2/1999
(VHS)

Duke Players, 1:40:00, Finished and Edits by Cable 13

Box 5
Video-cassette UA254002-Hi8-0001
Theater #3
(betacam-sp)
Box 6
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0046
Theater #4
(betacam-sp)
Box 6
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0047
Theater #5
(betacam-sp)
Box 6
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0048
Theater #6
(betacam-sp)
Box 6
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0049
Zoe Caldwell
(betacam-sp)
Box 6
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0050
Gusso/Sharp/Vasquez
(betacam-sp)
Box 6
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0051
Unlabled
(1/4-inch)

Performance footage for NY

Box 6
Audio-reel UA254002-RR-0001
Unlabled
(1/4-inch)
Box 6
Audio-reel UA254002-RR-0002
Unlabled
(1/4-inch)
Box 6
Audio-reel UA254002-RR-0003
Unlabled
(1/4-inch)
Box 6
Audio-reel UA254002-RR-0004
Bob Hope Les Brown Tribute
(VHS)
Box 6
Video-cassette UA254002-VHS-0002
Duke Drama Program
(VHS)

North Carolina Now

Box 6
Video-cassette UA254002-VHS-0006
Production Photos 1
Box 7
Folder 1
Production Photos 2
Box 7
Folder 2
Production Photos 3
Box 7
Folder 3
Production Photos 4
Box 7
Folder 4
Production Photos 5
Box 7
Folder 5
Production Photos 6
Box 7
Folder 6
Production Photos 7
Box 7
Folder 7
Production Photos 8
Box 7
Folder 8
Production Photos 9
Box 7
Folder 9
Production Photos 10
Box 7
Folder 10
Posters, 2011-2015
Oversize-folder 1
Posters, 2016-2017
Oversize-folder 2
Posters, 2018-2019 and undated
Oversize-folder 3
Playbills, 2010-2018
Box 9

Administration, 1993-2002

The Administration subseries consists of correspondence, reports, clippings and other records related to the management of the Theater Studies department. These materials highlight efforts in the 1980s by program director David Ball to grow the national reputation of Duke Drama by recruiting prominent faculty and renovating theater facilities. Also included are planning documents, reports and informational interviews regarding the evolution from Drama Program to the formal Theater Studies department in 1990s.

Planning Documents, 1994-2000
Box 2
Folder 26
New Drama Center, 2000
Box 2
Folder 27
Duke News Service, 1993-1996
Box 2
Folder 28
DUMC- Cultural Affairs, 1999
Box 2
Folder 29
Audit: Interviews, 1999
Box 2
Folder 30
Audit: People to Interview, 1999
Box 2
Folder 31
Communications Plan, 1999
Box 2
Folder 32
Communications Plan: Notes, 1999
Box 2
Folder 33
Internships, 1997-1999
Box 2
Folder 34
Groundbreaking, 2002
Box 2
Folder 35
Course Listings
Box 3
Folder 1
Flyers
Box 3
Folder 2
Theater Studies Undergraduate Guide, 2011-2012
Box 9
Diploma Ceremony Program, 2016
Box 9
Fliers, undated
Box 9

2. Theater Previews, 1988-2001

The Theater Previews series contains materials from professional performances staged at Duke. Materials include playbills, clippings, promotional materials, slides, and photographs for individual productions. The series also contains video formats such as VHS and beta-cam, audio materials such as audio-cassettes and reel tape as well as electronic records. The series also features administrative records including correspondence with producers, financial and box office information, promotional strategies, and an internal program evaluation.

Use of audiotapes and videotapes from this collection requires the creation of reference copies. Reference copies for some materials may have been made, and if a reference copy exists, it is noted in this finding aid. To arrange for the creation of reference copies of other items, please contact University Archives staff. Although these recordings are now stored in a stable environment, their condition and playback quality is unknown.

Electronic records in this collection have been migrated to a library server and digital use copies can only be accessed onsite in the Rubenstein Library Reading Room. To request access, please contact a reference archivist before coming to use these records.

One-Thousand Clowns:Slides, 2001
Box 2
Folder 37
Lucifer's Child, 1990-1991
Box 2
Folder 38
R.Crumb Comix, 1990
Box 2
Folder 39
Broadway Preview Series, 1990-1991
Box 3
Folder 3
Expenses
Box 3
Folder 4
Miscellaneous
Box 3
Folder 5
Misc. Clippings
Box 3
Folder 6
Resources
Box 3
Folder 7
Producer's Letter/Mailing, 1990-1991
Box 3
Folder 8
Ted Snowden Productions
Box 3
Folder 9
Correspondence, 1990-1991
Box 3
Folder 10
Correspondence, 1991-1992
Box 3
Folder 11
Program Analysis
Box 3
Folder 12
1492
Box 3
Folder 13
Calamity Jane, 1992
Box 3
Folder 14
Camp Logan, 1991
Box 3
Folder 15
Carbondale Dreams, 1991
Box 3
Folder 16
Dennis the Menance, 1991
Box 3
Folder 17
Lucifer's Child, 1991
Box 3
Folder 18
Lucifer's Child: Contract and Financial Information, 1991
Box 3
Folder 19
Lucifer's Child: Clippings, 1991
Box 3
Folder 20
A Thousand Clowns, 1 of 2, 2001
Box 3
Folder 21
A Thousand Clowns, 2 of 2, 2001
Box 3
Folder 22
A Thousand Clowns T-shirt, 2001
Box 8
Paper Dolls, 2002
Box 3
Folder 23
R. Crumb Comix, 1990
Box 3
Folder 24
Shimada: Paul Berkowsky, Richard Seider, 1991
Box 3
Folder 25
Van Johnson: Alan Foshko
Box 3
Folder 26
A Week in the Woods, 1988
Box 3
Folder 27
You Touched Me: Tennessee Williams, 1991
Box 3
Folder 28
Misc
Box 3
Folder 29
Misc Clippings
Box 3
Folder 30
Playbills
Box 3
Folder 31
Laughter on 23rd Floor
(betacam-sp)

Discussion@Cafe

Box 6
Video-cassette UA254002-Bcam-0052
Columbus 1492

Duke Univesity MCU

Box 6
Audio-cassette UA254002-CS-0001
Tom Selleck: Regis
(VHS)

Discovering America, Christopher Bishop

Box 6
Video-cassette UA254002-VHS-0003
News Segments on A Thousand Clowns
(VHS)
Box 6
Video-cassette UA254002-VHS-0004
News Segments on A Thousand Clowns (Copy 2)
(VHS)

WNCN-NBC17 (2 segments); WRAL-TV5; WRAZ-Fox 50; WTVD-ABC 11

Box 6
Video-cassette UA254002-VHS-0004
Kudzu Musical, 2/17/1998
(VHS)

WNCN-NBC17 (2 segments), WRAL-TV5, WRAZ-Fox 50, WTVD-ABC 11

Box 6
Video-cassette UA254002-VHS-0005
Kudzu T-shirt, 1998
Box 8
A Thousand Clowns
Electronic Record (Master File) : UA254002-OP-0001.iso

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Historical Note

In 2001, the Drama Studies program at Duke University was reorganized into the Department of Theater Studies. The Department of Theater Studies provides students with opportunity to critically study theatrical works and stage dramatic productions. In the 1980s the department strove to extend its national reputation by recruiting David Ball from Carnegie Mellon University. Ball served as director of the program from 1985-1991 and recruited many prominent faculty members to join the department. In 1992, Ball was replaced by Richard Riddell who oversaw the creation of the Theater Studies department and the continued growth of the program and the improvement of theater facilities. The Theater Studies Department sponsors a student organization, the Duke Players, who contribute to productions and promote theater studies among the student body. The Duke Players also create an original "Orientation Show" for incoming freshman and stage a lab production each semester. The department also collaborates with the Music and Dance departments and with student groups such as Hoof'N'Horn and Duke Improv.

In 1986, Duke collaborated with Broadway producer Emanuel Azenberg to create the Broadway Previews series. Under the management of the Department of Theater Studies, professional theater productions were staged at Duke's Page Auditorium before they moved to Broadway. The series was intended to promote artistic culture in the Durham area and give Duke students an opportunity for internships with theater professionals. The series featured many prominent actors including Jack Lemmon in A Long Day's Journey into Night (1986), Sam Waterston in A Week in the Woods (1988), Mikhail Baryshnikov in Metamorphosis (1989), Julie Harris in Lucifer's Child (1991) and Tom Selleck in A Thousand Clowns (2001). In the 1990's the Broadway Previews series was renamed Theater Previews and continues to bring professional productions to campus today.


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Processing Information

Processed by: Elizabeth J. Hannigan, September 2015

Accession UA2019.0020 added by Tracy M. Jackson, March 2019.