Inventory of the Albee Directs Albee Collection

Sara Gunasekara
Department of Special Collections
General Library
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA 95616-5292
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Creator: Albee Directs Albee
Title: Albee Directs Albee Collection
Date (inclusive): 1976-1979
Extent: 1.2 linear feet
Abstract: The Albee Directs Albee project was a forty week international tour of universities and arts centers throughout the United States, South Korea, and Japan, during which Edward Albee, Pulitzer Prize winning American dramatist, directed the troupe in presenting eight of his one-act plays. The collection contains scripts, promotional materials, photographs, and reel-to-reel recordings relating to the production.
Physical location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.
Repository: University of California, Davis. General Library. Department of Special Collections.
Davis, California 95616-5292
Collection number: D-131
Language of Material: Collection materials in English.

History

The Albee Directs Albee project was a forty week international tour of universities and arts centers throughout the United States, South Korea, and Japan, during which Edward Albee directed the troupe in presenting eight of his one-act plays. The tour commenced on August 27, 1978 at the State University of New York, Stony Brook and was completed on June 15, 1979 at the Urban Centre in Hong Kong.
The eight plays, all one-acts, were divided into three performances: I. The Zoo Story and The American Dream, II. Fam and Yam, The Sandbox, and Box and Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse Tung, and III. Counting the Ways and Listening. The plays were directed by Albee while the project was produced by Mark Hall Amitin. The company of actors included: Eileen Burns, Catherine Bruno, Patricia Kilgarriff, Wyman Pendleton, and Stephen Howe.
Edward Albee (1928- ), Pulitzer Prize winning American dramatist, began writing plays at age thirty. His first play was The Zoo Story, which was awarded the Vernon Rice Award. He is best known for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1962), his first full-length drama. Albee was awarded the Gold Medal in Drama from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1980, and in 1996 received the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts. In 2005 he was awarded the special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Scope and Content

Scripts, promotional materials, photographs, and reel-to-reel recordings relating to the forty week tour of the Albee Directs Albee Project.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is arranged in four series: Scripts, Promotional Materials, Reel-to-Reel Recordings, and Photographs.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Albee, Edward, 1928---Archives.
American drama--20th century
Theater--United States
One-act plays

Access

Collection is open for research.

Processing Information

Sara Gunasekara processed this collection and created and encoded this finding aid.

Acquisition Information

Acquired from Mark Hall Amitin in 1981.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Albee Directs Albee Collection, D-131, Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis.

Publication Rights

Copyright is protected by the copyright law, chapter 17, of the U.S. Code. 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, General Library, University of California, Davis as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Collection Contents

 

Series 1. Scripts 1978-1979

Physical Description: 4 folders
Box 1:1

Programs I., II., and III.: Working Scripts 1978-1979

Box 1:2

Program I.: Rehearsal Script 1978-1979

Box 1:3

Program II.: Rehearsal Script 1978

Box 1:4

Technical information accompanying scripts 1978-1979

 

Series 2. Promotional Materials 1976-1979

Physical Description: 4 folders

Scope and Content Note

Contains news clippings, press releases, and a poster.
Box 1:5

Clippings 1976-1979

Scope and Content Note

Contains clippings of interviews with Edward Albee and reviews and publicity about the performances.
Box 1:6

Clippings 1977-1979

Scope and Content Note

Contains clippings of interviews with Edward Albee and reviews and publicity about the performances.
Box 1:7

Poster 1978-1979

Box 1:8

Press releases, clippings 1977-1979

 

Series 3. Reel-to-Reel Recordings 1978-1979

Physical Description: 2 reel-to-reel tapes
Box 2:1

Program II: Cues from Box and Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse Tung 1978?

Box 2:2

Program II: Cues from The Sandbox and Box and Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse Tung 1978 August

 

Series 4. Photographs 1978-1979

Physical Description: 0.8 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Contains prints and contact sheets of rehearsals and performances.
Arranged alphabetically by title.
Box 2:3

Albee, Edward undated

Physical Description: 1 print
Box 2:4-6

The American Dream undated

Physical Description: 3 prints
Box 2:7

The American Dream, Listening, at the Society of Performing Arts, Houston, Texas 1978 December

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet
Box 2:8-18

The American Dream, preview at the State University of New York, Stony Brook 1978

Physical Description: 10 prints and 1 contact sheet
Box 2:19

The American Dream, rehearsal at Columbia University 1978 August

Physical Description: 1 print
Box 2:20

The American Dream, The Zoo Story, at the Society of Performing Arts, Houston, Texas 1978 December

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet
Box 2:21

The American Dream, The Zoo Story, rehearsals at Columbia University; group photographs 1978 August

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet
Box 2:22-23

Box and Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse Tung 1978-1979

Physical Description: 2 prints
Box 2:24

Box and Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse Tung, The American Dream, preview at the State University of New York, Stony Brook 1978 September

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet
Box 2:25

Couting the Ways; Listening, at the Society of Performing Arts, Houston, Texas 1978 December

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet
Box 2:26

Fam and Yam, Sandbox, The Zoo Story, at the Society of Performing Arts, Houston, Texas 1978 December

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet
Box 2:27

Group shot of the cast 1978-1979

Physical Description: 1 print
Box 2:28-33

Listening, preview at the State University of New York, Stony Brook 1978 September

Physical Description: 5 prints and 1 contact sheet
Box 2:34

Passport photos for Pat Kilgariff, Stephen Rowe and Wyman Pendleton 1979

Physical Description: 3 prints
Box 2:35

Publicity photographs for various actors and actresses undated

Physical Description: 11 prints
Box 2:36-71, Box 3:1-39

Rehearsals at the State University of New York, Stony Brook 1978 August

Physical Description: 75 prints
Box 3:40

Sandbox, Box and Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse Tung, at the Society of Performing Arts, Houston, Texas 1978 December

Physical Description: 1 contact sheet
Box 3:41

Seoul, South Korea 1979

Physical Description: 11 prints
Box 3:42

Seoul, South Korea, official reception photos by the United States Embassy 1979

Physical Description: 7 prints
Box 3:43-56

The Zoo Story, preview at the State University of New York, Stony Brook 1978 September

Physical Description: 13 prints and 1 contact sheet
Box 3:57

The Zoo Story, rehearsal at Columbia University 1978-1979

Physical Description: 1 print