Guide to the Ensemble Theatre archives PA Mss 47

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UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Collections
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, California, 93106-9010
Phone: (805) 893-3062
Email: special@library.ucsb.edu; URL: http://www.library.ucsb.edu/special-collections
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Title: Ensemble Theatre archives
Identifier/Call Number: PA Mss 47
Contributing Institution: UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 7.0 linear feet (15 document boxes, 1 flat oversize box, 12 videocassettes, 2 flat files)
Date (inclusive): 1979-2002
Abstract: Organizational records of the Ensemble Theatre of Santa Barbara, including administrative and production files, as well as press releases, playbills, clippings, and photographs.
Physical location: SRLF (Boxes 1-9) Annex 2 (Box 10) and Series IV. PA.2013.011 (Boxes 1-6)
Language of Materials: The collection is in English.
creator: Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara.

Access Restrictions

The Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Ensemble Theatre Archives, PA Mss 47. Department of Special Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Ensemble Theatre, October 2002.

Organizational History

In 1979, a group of local actors and designers teamed up to present a production of George Bernard Shaw's classic comedy, Candida, at the assembly hall at Trinity Episcopal Church located at Micheltorena and State Streets. The response they received from the audience over two weekends of performances inspired the troupe to produce two more shows that year, Stoppard's The Real Inspector Hound and Shaw's A Pound On Demand, and thus, the Ensemble Theatre was created.
It wasn't until 1981 that the company moved to its current location at 914 Santa Barbara Street. The site, the Alhecama Theatre, is part of the Presidio State Park, which is run by the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation. The theatre, which is over 80 years old, was named after the four daughters of Alice and Max Schott, who donated the land and the surrounding buildings for community use. The first two letters of each daughter's first name was used to create the theatre name (AL-HE-CA MA. - Alice, Helen, Catherine and Mary).
During the 1985-86 season, Robert Grande-Weiss, took over the helm of Artistic Director, and has subsequently led the company to its current success. Mr. Grande-Weiss is responsible for selecting plays and the overall artistic philosophy of the company. Under his leadership, and that of Managing Director, Patricia Baldwin, Ensemble Theatre Company has experienced tremendous growth, and is proving to be an invaluable cultural resource to the community.
--Ensemble Theatre Web Site (http://www.ensembletheatre.com/history.html)

Scope and Contents

Organizational records of the Ensemble Theatre of Santa Barbara, including administrative and production files, as well as press releases, playbills, clippings, and photographs. Series III and Series IV contain duplicate and supplemental material.

Arrangement

The collection consists of the following series: Series I, Administrative files; Series II, Videotapes; Series III, Production files; Series IV, PA.2013.011.
Note that many of the production files in Series IV cover, and supplement, the same productions listed in Series III. No attempt has been made to weed duplicate material.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Clippings.
Community theater -- California -- Santa Barbara
Photographs
Playbills
Theaters -- California -- Santa Barbara
Videotapes

 

Administrative files Series I

Scope and Contents

Series I, Administrative files, contains administrative files from the theater. The files are not complete, and only represent a portion of the probable material. Represented are newsletters, general publicity and brochures. There are no meeting minutes, or Board of Directors' files and aggregate financial information.
Box-folder 9: 1

Administrative files, misc.

Box-folder 9: 2

Advisory board steering committee, 1992

Box-folder 9: 3, Box 10

Awards

Box-folder 9: 4

Benefits

Box-folder 9: 5

Children's outreach

 

Clippings and Publicity

Box-folder 9: 6

1985-86

Box-folder 9: 7

1986-87

Box-folder 9: 8

1987-88

Box-folder 9: 9

1988-89

Box-folder 9: 10

1989-90

Box-folder 9: 11

1990-91

Box-folder 9: 12

1991-92

Box-folder 9: 13

1992-93

Box-folder 9: 14

1993-94

Box-folder 9: 15

1994-95

Box-folder 9: 16

1995-96

Box-folder 9: 17

1996-97

Box-folder 9: 18

1997-98

Box-folder 9: 19

1998-99

Box-folder 9: 20

1999-2000

Box-folder 9: 21

2000-01

Box-folder 9: 22

Community Outreach

Box-folder 9: 23

Finance reports, 1989-1990

Box-folder 9: 24

Newsletters

Box-folder 9: 25

Performance Licenses

Box-folder 9: 26

Production History

Box-folder 9: 27

Photographs, misc.

Box-folder 9: 28

Tax Exemptions

Box-folder 9: 29

Theatre History

Box-folder 9: 30

Web page

 

Videotapes Series II

Scope and Contents

Series II, Videotapes, contains a tape of a one play, production outtakes, interviews with staff on the local news as well as copies of commercials and PSAs produced by the theatre.
Item V836/VHS

Evans, Gretchen, Interview, n.d.

Item V837/VHS

Key News, circa 1991

Item V838/VHS

Medea, 2/28/1996

Item V839/UM

Production Outtakes (three productions), n.d.

Item V840/VHS

Weiss, Robert, Interview , 8/16/1995

Item V841/VHS

White tie & tales, 19-Jul-99

 

Commercials and PSAs

Item V842/VHS

Birds of a Feather, n.d.

Item V843/VHS

Little Foxes, 11/3/1995

Item V844/VHS

Picasso at the Lapin Agile, 12/3/1999

Item V845/VHS

PSAs, 4/24/2000

Item V846/VHS

Treasure Island Ticket Giveaway, n.d.

Item V847/VHS

Velveteen Rabbit, n.d.

 

Production Files Series III

Scope and Contents

Series III, Production files consists of files, arranged chronologically, for all shows produced by the Ensemble Theatre from 1979 to the present (at the time the collection was acquired). Files include financial information, photographs, newspaper clippings, programs and other information.
Box-folder 1: 1

Tartuffe, 1980

Box-folder 1: 2

Ladyhouse Blues, May 8-June 13, 1981

Box-folder 1: 3

She Stoops to Conquer, Nov 5-Dec 12, 1981

Box-folder 1: 4

The Fox, Feb 4-Mar 13, 1982

Box-folder 1: 5

The Glass Menagerie, Mar 26-Apr 24, 1982

Box-folder 1: 6

The Tavern, May 14-June 19, 1982

Box-folder 1: 7

Lone Star, July 15-Aug 28, 1982

Box-folder 1: 8

Of Mice and Men, Sept 22-Oct 30, 1982

Box-folder 1: 9

Talley's Folly, 1982

Box-folder 1: 10

Confessions of an Irish Rebel, Jan 14-Jan 16, 1983

Box-folder 1: 11

Twelfth Night, Feb 2-Mar 19, 1983

Box-folder 1: 12

Gin Game, Mar 30-Apr 30, 1983

Box-folder 1: 13

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf, May 13-June 18, 1983

Box-folder 1: 14

The Real Inspector Hound/After Magritte, July 1-Aug 6, 1983

Box-folder 1: 15

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Sept 16-Oct 22, 1983

Box-folder 1: 16

The Little Sister, Nov 4-Dec 3, 1983

Box-folder 1: 17

Midsummer Night's Dream, 1984?

Box-folder 1: 18

Mass Appeal, Mar 23-Apr 10, 1984

Box-folder 2: 1

Sherlock Holmes and the Curse of the Rajah's Treasure, 1984

Box-folder 2: 2

Uncle Vanya, Sept 12-Oct 20, 1984

Box-folder 2: 3

Crimes of the Heart, Oct 31-Dec 8, 1984

Box-folder 2: 4

The Importance of Being Earnest, Jan 9-Feb 16, 1985

Box-folder 2: 5

Extremities, Feb 27-Apr 6, 1985

Box-folder 2: 6

Dracula: The Pursuit of the Undead, Apr 27-May 25, 1985

Box-folder 2: 7

Bleacher Bums, Sep 18-Oct 26, 1985

Box-folder 2: 8

No Se Paga? No Se Paga!, Nov 6-Nov 23, 1985

Box-folder 2: 9

A Christmas Carol, Dec 12-Dec 15, 1985

Box-folder 3: 1

Top Girls, Jan 10-Feb 8, 1986

Box-folder 3: 2

True West, 1986

Box-folder 3: 3

American Buffalo, 8/1/1986

Box-folder 3: 4

Fallen Angels, July 9-Sept 13, 1986

Box-folder 3: 5

A Lesson from Aloes, Sept 26-Nov 1, 1986

Box-folder 3: 6

A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking, Nov 21-Dec 20, 1986

Box-folder 3: 7

Great Big Little Show, 1986

Box-folder 3: 8

Two by Moliere, Jan 16-Feb 28, 1987

Box-folder 3: 9

Justus, Feb 21-Feb 28, 1987

Box-folder 3: 10

Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, 1987

Box-folder 3: 11

Fifth of July, Apr 3-May 16, 1987

Box-folder 3: 12

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, May 29-June 27, 1987

Box-folder 3: 13

Table Manners, July 10-Sept 5, 1987

Box-folder 3: 14

Trifles and Other American Tales, Aug 3-Aug 4, 1987

Box-folder 3: 15

A Critic and His Wife, Sept 18-Oct 31, 1987

Box-folder 3: 16

On the Verge, Nov 6-Dec 19, 1987

Box-folder 3: 17

Romeo and Juliet, Jan 22-Feb 27, 1988

Box-folder 3: 18

Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, Mar 11-Apr 25, 1988

Box-folder 4: 1

Ulysses in Nighttown, May 6-June 18, 1988

Box-folder 4: 2

Blithe Spirit, July 8-Aug 21, 1988

Box-folder 4: 3

The Old Jew/Out Comes Butch, Aug 15-Aug 30, 1988

Box-folder 4: 4

O'Keeffe, 9/11/1988

Box-folder 4: 5

Mrs. California, Oct 14-Dec 10, 1988

Box-folder 4: 6

The Imaginary Invalid, Jan 20-Mar 18, 1989

Box-folder 4: 7

Vincent, Feb 6-Feb 15, 1989

Box-folder 4: 8

Neon Psalms, Mar 24-Apr 1, 1989

Box-folder 4: 9

House of Blue Leaves, Apr 19-June 10, 1989

Box-folder 4: 10

Orphans, June 11-June 16, 1989?

Box-folder 4: 11

Shooting Stars, July 14-Sept 9, 1989

Box-folder 4: 12

Benefit with Dame Judith Anderson, 11/5/1989

Box-folder 5: 1

For the Use of the Hall, Oct 13-Dec 9, 1989

Box-folder 5: 2

Scapin's Scandals, Jan 19-Mar 17, 1990

Box-folder 5: 3

A Day from Diane, Mar 23-Mar 31, 1990

Box-folder 5: 4

The Homecoming, Apr 27-June 16, 1990

Box-folder 5: 5

Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, July 13-Sept 8, 1990

Box-folder 5: 6

Death of a Salesman, Oct 12-Dec 1, 1990

Box-folder 5: 7

The Rivals, Jan 18-Mar 9, 1991

Box-folder 5: 8

Ote, Chiquitin, and the Devil, Feb 16-Feb 18, 1991

Box-folder 5: 9

The Granny (La Nona), Mar 29-Apr 20, 1991

Box-folder 5: 10

The Alto Part, May 10-June 22, 1991

Box-folder 5: 11

Bullshot Crummond, July 12-Sept 7, 1991

Box-folder 6: 1

A Streetcar Named Desire, Sept 27-Nov 11, 1991

Box-folder 6: 2

Blue Horses, Oct 14-Nov 2, 1991

Box-folder 6: 3

Mr. Pickwick's Christmas, Nov 28-Dec 22, 1991

Box-folder 6: 4

Arms and the Man, Jan 17-Mar 1, 1992

Box-folder 6: 5

Gertrude Stein and a Companion, Mar 20-Apr 20, 1992

Box-folder 6: 6

Serenading Louie, May 8-June 21, 1992

Box-folder 6: 7

The Cocktail Hour, July 10-Sept 6, 1992

Box-folder 6: 8

The Rose Tattoo, Oct 9-Nov 15, 1992

Box-folder 6: 9

The Impotance of Being Earnest, Jan 29-Mar 21, 1993

Box-folder 6: 10

The Road to Mecca, Apr 9-May 22, 1993

Box-folder 6: 11

Light Up the Sky, July 2-Aug 29, 1993

Box-folder 7: 1

Marvin's Room, Oct 1-Nov 14, 1993

Box-folder 7: 2

Painting Churches, Dec 3, 1993-Jan 2, 1994

Box-folder 7: 3

Our Country's Good, Feb 18-Mar 20, 1994

Box-folder 7: 4

Lettice and Lovage, Apr 29-May 29, 1994

Box-folder 7: 5

What the Butler Saw, July 8-Aug 14, 1994

Box-folder 7: 6

The Heiress, Oct 21-Nov 24, 1994

Box-folder 7: 7

The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society's Production of a Christmas Carol!, Dec 7-Dec 31, 1994

Box-folder 7: 8

A Perfect Ganesh, Feb 3-Mar 5, 1995

Box-folder 7: 9

Oleanna, Mar 10-Mar 26, 1995

Box-folder 7: 10

The Loman Family Picnic, May 5-June 4, 1995

Box-folder 7: 11

Hay Fever, July 7-Aug 13, 1995

Box-folder 7: 12

The Little Foxes, Oct 20-Nov 19, 1995

Box-folder 7: 13

Holiday Memories, Dec 8-Dec 31, 1995

Box-folder 7: 14

Medea, Feb 9-Mar 10, 1996

Box-folder 7: 15

All in the Timing, Apr 12-May 12, 1996

Box-folder 7: 16

No Man's Land, May 17-June 2, 1996

Box-folder 8: 1

Lips Together, Teeth Apart, July 12-Aug 18, 1996

Box-folder 8: 2

Sight Unseen, Oct 11-Nov 10, 1996

Box-folder 8: 3

The Real Inspector Hound/After Magritte, Dec 6-Dec 29, 1996

Box-folder 8: 4

Traveler's Sonata, 12/15/1996

Box-folder 8: 5

The Illusion, Jan 31-Mar 2, 1997

Box-folder 8: 6

The Substance of Fire, Apr 4-May 4, 1997

Box-folder 8: 7

Castaway, May 23-June 8, 1997

Box-folder 8: 8

My Fair Lady, June 6-June 29, 1997

Box-folder 8: 9

Sylvia, July 4-Aug 3, 1997

Box-folder 8: 10

An Inspector Calls, Oct 10-Nov 9, 1997

Box-folder 8: 11

Kindertransport, Oct 19-Nov 2, 1997

Box-folder 8: 12

A Life in the Theatre, Dec 5, 1997-Jan 4, 1998

Box-folder 8: 13

The Secret Rapture, Feb 13-Mar 15, 1998

Box-folder 8: 14

Indiscretions, May 1-May 31, 1998

Box-folder 8: 15

Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, June 26-July 26, 1998

Box-folder 8: 16

Face the Music, Aug 28-Aug 29, 1998

Box-folder 8: 17

A Delicate Balance, Oct 9-Nov 8, 1998

Box-folder 8: 18

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, 10/1/1998

Box-folder 8: 19

The Game of Love and Chance, Dec 4, 1998-Jan 3, 1999

Box-folder 8: 20

The End of the Day, Feb 5-Mar 7, 1999

Box-folder 8: 21

Echoes and Answers, 3/1/1999

Box-folder 8: 22

Master Class, Apr 2-May 2, 1999

Box-folder 8: 23

The Starting Point Series: Trains, Empress of Eden, and Sincerity Forever, May 10-May 20, 1999

Box-folder 8: 24

Private Lives, June 25-July 25, 1999

Box-folder 8: 25

How I Learned to Drive, Feb 4-Mar 5, 2000

 

PA.2013.011 Series IV

Scope and Contents

This addition to the collection consists of production files (including photographs) arranged by date, press releases, playbills, posters, and clippings.
Many of these production files cover the same productions listed in Series III, consisting of supplemental, and possibly duplicate, material.
 

1979-1986

Box 1

Bleacher Bums

 

A Christmas Carol [slides]

 

A Christmas Carol [prints]

 

Top Girls [slides]

 

Top Girls [prints]

 

Fallen Angels [slides]

 

Index and missing tabs

 

1985-1988

 

Ulysses in Nightmare

 

A Critic and His Wife

 

Romeo and Juliet

 

Come Back to Me Five and Dime Jimmy Dean

 

Index and missing tabs

 

1986-1987

 

A Lesson from Aloes [slides]

 

A Lesson from Aloes [prints]

 

A Coupla White Chicks Sittin' Around Talkin' [slides]

 

Two by Moliere [slides]

 

Two by Moliere [prints]

 

Fifth of July [slides]

 

Fifth of July [prints]

 

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf

 

Table Manners [slides]

 

Table Manners [prints]

 

Neon psalms [slides]

 

Neon psalms [prints]

 

Justus

 

Danny and the Deep Blue Sea

 

Index and missing tabs

 

1988-1989

 

Mrs. California [slides]

 

Mrs. California [negatives]

 

Imaginary Invalids

 

House of Blue Leaves [slides]

 

House of Blue Leaves [prints]

 

Shooting Stars [slides]

 

Shooting Stars [prints]

 

Orphans

 

Index and missing tabs

 

1989-1990

Box 2

For The Use of the Hall [slides]

 

For the Use of the Hall [prints and negatives]

 

Scapin's Sandals [slides]

 

Scapin's Sandals [prints and negatives]

 

The Homecoming [slides]

 

The Homecoming [prints and negatives]

 

Musical Comedy Murders 1940 [slides]

 

Musical Comedy Murders 1940 [prints]

 

Index and missing tabs

 

1990-1991

 

Death of a Salesman [slides]

 

Death of a Salesman [prints]

 

The Rivals [slides]

 

The Rivals [prints]

 

The Granny [slides]

 

The Granny [prints]

 

The Alto Part [slides]

 

The Alto Part [prints]

 

Bullshot Crummond [slides]

 

Bullshot Crummond [prints]

 

Index

 

1991-1993

 

The Rose Tattoo [slides]

 

The Rose Tattoo [prints and negatives]

 

A Farndale Christmas Carol [slides]

 

A Farndale Christmas Carol [prints and negatives]

 

The Importance of Being Ernest [slides]

 

The Importance of Being Ernest [prints and negatives]

 

The Road to Mecca

 

Part 1 Index

 

On the Verge

 

ETC Changes of Heart

 

A Streetcar Named Desire [slides]

 

A Streetcar Named Desire [prints and negatives]

 

Mr. Pitwick's Christmas [slides]

Box 3

Mr. Pitwick's Christmas [prints and negatives]

 

Arms and the Man [slides]

 

Arms and the Man [prints and negatives]

 

Gertrude Stein and a Companion [slide]

 

Gertrude Stein and a Companion [prints and negatives]

 

Serenading Louie

 

The Cocktail Hour

 

Part 2 Index

 

1993-1994

 

Marvin's Room [slides]

 

Marvin's Room [prints and negatives]

 

Painting Churches [slides]

 

Painting Churches [prints and negatives]

 

Our Country's Good [slides]

 

Our Country's Good [prints and negatives]

 

Lettice and Lovage [slides]

 

Lettice and Lovage [prints and negatives]

 

What the Butler Saw [slides]

 

Index and missing tabs

 

1994-1995

 

The Heiress [slides]

 

The Heiress [prints and negatives]

 

A Farndale Christmas Carol [slides]

 

A Farndale Christmas Carol [prints and negatives]

 

Oleanna [slides]

 

Oleanna [prints and negatives]

 

The Loman Family Picnic

 

Hay Fever [slides]

 

Hay Fever [prints and negatives]

 

Index and missing tabs

 

1995-1996

 

The Little Foxes [slides]

 

The Little Foxes [prints and negatives]

 

Holiday Memories [slides]

Box 4

Holiday Memories [prints and negatives]

 

Medea [slides]

 

Medea [prints and negatives]

 

All in the Timing [slides]

 

No Man's Land [slides]

 

No Man's Land [prints and negatives]

 

Lips Together, Teeth Apart [slides]

 

Lips Together, Teeth Apart [prints and negatives]

 

Index and missing tabs

 

1996-1997

 

Sight Unseen [slides]

 

The Real Inspector Hound/After Magritte [slides]

 

The Real Inspector Hound/After Magritte [prints and negatives]

 

The Illusion [slides]

 

The Illusion [prints and negatives]

 

The Substance of Fire [slides]

 

The Substance of Fire [prints and negatives]

 

Castaway [slides]

 

Sylvia [slides]

 

Index and missing tabs

 

1997-1998

 

An Inspector Calls [slides]

 

A Life in the Theatre [slides]

 

A Life in the Theatre [prints]

 

The Secret Rapture

 

Indiscretions

 

Jacques Brel Alive and Well and Living in Paris

 

Kindertransport

 

Index and missing tabs

 

1998-1999

 

Miscellaneous Photos

 

A Delicate Balance [slides]

 

The Game of Love and Chance [slides]

 

End of the Day [slides]

Box 5

Master Class [slides]

 

Private Lives [prints and negatives]

 

Index and missing tabs

 

1999-2000

 

Cripple of Inishman [slides]

 

Picasso at the Lapin Agile [slides]

 

Picasso at the Lapin Agile [prints and negatives]

 

How I Learned to Drive [prints and negatives]

 

Trains [slides]

 

As Bees in Honey Drown [slides]

 

As Bees in Honey Drown [prints and negatives]

 

Index and tabs

 

The Aspen Papers

 

Art

 

A Doll's House

 

Collected Stories

 

Collected Stories

 

Young Playwrights

 

Index and tabs

 

Oversize

Flat-file 21-16

Stills

Flat-file 21-16

Posters

 

Press releases

 

1991

 

1992-1993

 

1994

 

1995

 

1996

Box 6

1997

 

1998

 

Miscellaneous

 

Playbills

 

1989-1990

 

1990-1991

 

1991-1992

 

1994-1995

 

1995-1996

 

1996-1997

 

1997-1998

 

1998-1999

 

1999-2000

 

2000-2001

 

2001-2002

 

2002-2003

 

2003-2004

 

2004-2005

 

Miscellaneous

 

Cilppings

 

2001-2004