Inventory of the Bay Area Playwrights Festival Collection

Sara Gunasekara
Department of Special Collections
General Library
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA 95616-5292
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Email: speccoll@ucdavis.edu
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Creator: Bay Area Playwrights Festival
Title: Bay Area Playwrights Festival Collection
Date (inclusive): 1976-1993
Extent: 4.4 linear feet
Abstract: Founded by Robert Woodruff in 1976, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival is an annual event focusing on writing and workshops led by eminent playwrights. The collection contains festival materials including scripts, promotional materials, photographs, audio tapes, and video recordings from 1976-1993.
Physical location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.
Repository: University of California, Davis. General Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
Davis, California 95616-5292
Collection number: D-078
Language of Material: Collection materials in English.

Administrative History

Founded by Robert Woodruff in 1976, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival is an annual event focusing on writing and workshops led by eminent playwrights.

Scope and Content

The collection contains festival materials including scripts, promotional materials, photographs, audio tapes, and video recordings from 1976-1993.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is arranged in five series: Scripts, Promotional Materials, Correspondence, Photographs, and Audiovisual Materials.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Bay Area Playwrights Festival--Archives
Drama festivals--San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.)
Theater--United States--20th century
American drama--20th century

Access

Collection is open for research.

Processing Information

Sara Gunasekara processed this collection and created and encoded this finding aid with assistance from student employee Michelle Xie.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Norah Holmgren in 1994.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Bay Area Playwrights Festival Collection, D-078, 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 1980-1993

Physical Description: 2 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically by author.
Box 1:1

Barroga, Jeannie. Sistersoul & Talk - Story undated

Box 1:2

Bernstein, Paul. Looking in the Dark For & Standing Water, The Empty Chair undated

Box 1:3

Bourne, Michael. The Irishman undated

Box 4:22

Bosakowski, Phil undated

Box 1:4

Bowne, Alan. Beirut undated

Box 1:5

Chafee, Claire. Even Among These Rocks 1992

Box 2:19-20

Cohen, Bennett; Wellman, John; Condon, Contance. Phantom Nation undated

Box 1:6

Conboy, Roy. When El Cucui Walks 1992

Box 1:7

Cruz, Nilo. Night Train to Bolina 1992

Box 1:8

Dillon, Millicent. She is in Tangier 1989

Box 1:9

Ehn, Erik. Clubhouse Rules (How Teenagers Bury Their Dead) undated

Box 1:10

Epstein, Martin. 3 Variations on the Theme of Pain 1983

Box 1:11

Foster, Rick. Time for Chamanna's Dream, The Bluest Eye & Elsie's Kitchen 1982-1989

Box 1:12

Garner, Terry. Agreement with The Festival for Westward Ho! undated

Box 1:13

Garrison, Dyke. Shall We Dance? 1991

Box 1:14

Gray, Amlin. Mickey's Teeth undated

Box 1:15

Green, Patricia. The Rats of Whifflisburg 1993

Box 1:16

Groner, Cary. The Sword, The Hand 1991

Box 1:17

Guerrero, Susan. Ray and Sis 1988

Box 1:18

Haratani, Richard. Inner Life 1991

Box 1:19

Harrington, Laura. Night Luster 1985

Box 1:20

Hill, Gary Leon. "Watch Your Back" 1992

Box 1:21

Holmgren, Norah. The Evening Sky; Sylvie, The Grammar of Dreams & If I'm Traveling On a Moving Train undated

Box 1:22

Holmgren, Norah. The Grammar of Dreams undated

Box 1:23

Huang, David Henry. Jan Ken Po undated

Box 1:24

Jenkin, Len. The Fortune Teller & The Country Doctor undated

Box 1:25

Kessler, Scott. Last Stair and Stumble 1991

Box 1:26

Kurtti, Casey. The Women of the Plaza 1985

Box 1:27

Lewis, Carter W. An Asian Jockey In Our Midst 1992

Box 1:28

Lim, Genny. Bitter Cane undated

Box 1:29-30

Linney, Romulus. A Woman Without A Name, Pops & April Snow undated

Box 1:31

Marshland, B.K.. The Question of Hu 1992

Box 1:32

McAnuff, Des. Clippings, reviews undated

Box 1:33

McCutchen, Heather L.. Alabama Rain & Baby Shower 1989-1992

Box 1:34

Meyer, Marlane. Lon Shaw 1993

Box 1:35

Moore, Cynthia. Twin undated

Box 2:1

Nelson, Richard. The Return of Pinocchio undated

Box 2:2

O'Keefe, John. Shimmer undated

Box 2:3

Orlock, John undated

Box 2:4

Oyamo (Charles F. Gordon). Old Black Joe 1984

Box 2:5

Powerll, J. Dakota. 25 Fish in Dogpatch undated

Box 2:6-7

Rivers, Susan. Overnight Lows & Letters to Mohammed 1985-1986

Box 2:8

Robinson, John. Pyramid Man: A Science Fiction Play 1985

Box 2:9

"Sam Shepard," The Christian Science Monitor 1980 December 24

Box 2:10

Shron, Marina. The Guest 1989

Box 2:11

Talen, Bill. The Gambler 1984

Box 2:12

Valdez, Daniel. Screen Plays: An Experiment in Video Theatre 1985

Box 2:13

Weston, Mark. 1948: An Evening With George Orwell 1987

Box 2:14-15

Wilson, Erin Cressida. Cruise Control & Cross-Dressing 1986

Box 2:16-17

Youngblood, Shay. Movie Music: A Comic Drama & Square Blues 1992

Box 2:18

List of scripts and writers undated

 

Series 2. Promotional Materials 1976-1993

Physical Description: 0.8 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Contains press releases, brochures, newsclipping, and programs from the Festival. The materials are generally arranged in chronologically order.
Box 3:1

Press: Festival I 1976

Box 3:2

Press: Festival III 1980

Box 3:3

Advertisements: Festival III 1980

Box 3:4

Articles & Information: Workshops, Festival IV 1981

Box 3:6

Press: Festival IV 1981

Box 3:7

Objective & Budget: Festival IV 1981

Box 3:8

PR Material: Festival IV 1981

Box 3:9

Press: Festival V 1982

Box 3:10

Workshops: Festival V 1982

Box 3:11

Student Handbook: Festival V 1982

Box 3:12

Letter, flier & article: Festival V 1982

Box 3:13

Brochure and Press Releases: Festival VI 1983

Box 3:14

Press: Festival VI 1983

Box 3:15

Programs: Festival VII 1984

Box 3:16

Brochures, Press Release, Press: Festival VII 1983

Box 3:17

Proposals & Press: Especially for Science Fiction on the Stage undated

Box 3:18

Press Releases, Press: Festival VIII 1984

Box 3:19-20

Brochures: Festival VIII 1984

Box 3:21

Press: Festival VII 1983

Box 3:22

Brochures, Press Releases: Festival IX 1986

Box 3:23

Press: Festival XI 1988

Box 3:24

Programs: Festival IX 1986

Box 3:25

Critics Conference 1986

Box 3:26-27

Information: Bay Area composer Librettist Opera Studio 1987

Box 3:28

Press Releases, Brochures, Programs: Festival X 1987

Box 3:29

Press: Festival X 1987

Box 3:30

Press: Festival XI 1988

Box 3:31

Information: Festival XII, Reading Series 1989

Box 3:32

Budget: Festival XI 19888

Box 3:33

Press Releases, Brochures: Festival XII 1989

Box 4:20

Press: The Other Voice's Writing Workshop, Festival XII 1989

Scope and Content Note

Also contains correspondence and photographs.
Box 3:34

Press: Festival XII 1989

Box 3:35

Programs: Festival XIII 1990

Box 3:36

Brochures: Festival XIII 1990

Box 3:37

Brochures, PR: Festival XIV 1991

Box 3:38

Programs: Festival XV 1992

Box 3:39

Newsletter, Calendar of Events: Festival XVI 1993

Box 3:40

Newsletters: Re: Write undated

Box 3:41

Book: California Theatre Annual 1983

 

Series 3. Correspondence 1979-1988

Physical Description: 0.2 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Contains a small amount of correspondence, which is arranged alphabetically by correspondent.
Box 3:42

Abels, Lynne undated

Box 3:43

Becker, Alma undated

Scope and Content Note

Also contains photographs.
Box 3:44

Brosius, Peter 1986 August 25

Box 3:45

Chaikin, Joseph 1979-1982

Box 3:46

Dunn, Thomas G. 1982-1986

Box 3:47

Foster, Nick 1981-1982

Box 3:48

Fries, Kenny undated

Box 4:1

Garner, Terry undated

Box 4:2

Gotanda, Philip Kan 1986 August 21

Box 4:3

Gray, Amlin undated

Box 4:4

Harper, Bill 1984

Box 4:5

Hedley, Bob 1986 September 15

Box 4:6

Hebert, Julie 1987

Box 4:7

Howe, Tina undated

Box 4:8

Hunt, Hunt and Michelle Swanson 1985

Box 4:9

Leverett, Jim 1982

Box 4:10

Lim, Jenny undated

Box 4:11

Mosakowski, Susan undated

Box 4:12

Myskewski, Nik 1988 December 8

Box 4:13

Pitman, Robert W. 1988 August 16

Box 4:14

Trapani, Sal 1986 September 15

Box 4:15

Weller, Michael 1986 March 15

Box 4:16

Woodruff, Robert 1980-1986

Scope and Content Note

Also contains photographs.
Box 3:5

Invited Writers for Festival IV 1981

 

Series 4. Photographs 1983-1989

Physical Description: 0.4 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Contains photographs and contact sheets which are arranged chronologically.
Box 4:17

Festival VI 1983

Box 4:18

Festival IX 1986

Box 4:19

Festival X 1987

Box 4:21

Festival XII 1989

Box 4:23

Silva, Chris undated

Box 4:24

Swanson, Michelle undated

Box 4:25

White, Richard E.T. 1986

Box 4:26

Miscellaneous undated

 

Series 5. Audiovisual Materials 1981-1983

Physical Description: 1 linear foot

Scope and Content Note

Contains audiocassettes, videocassettes and reel to reel tapes. Arranged alphabetically by title.
Box 5

Bay Area Playwrights Festival IV, videocassette 1981

Box 5

Bay Area Playwrights Festival VI, videocassette 1983

Box 5

The Gambler, sound recording tapes undated

Box 5

Interviews, videocassette undated

Box 5

Jan Ken Po, sound recording tape undated

Box 5

John O'Keefe Workshop, Theatre Stupid & Pie & Selzer, videocassette undated

Box 5

Leary Runthrough, videocassette undated

Box 5

Light Show, videocassette undated

Box 5

Making Carthage Yellow, videocassette undated

Box 5

Noon Reading - 'Aquarium,' Alma Becker Workshop & Actor, Writer, Director Collaboration Workshop, videocassette undated

Box 5

Night Luster, videocassette undated

Box 5

Old Black Joe, sound recording tape undated

Box 5

Pops, Three Variations on the Theme of Pain, videocassette undated

Box 5

Primary Colors, sound recording tape undated

Box 5

Robert Woodruff, sound recording tape undated

Box 5

Stateline, videocassette undated

Box 5

Student Interviews, videocassette undated

Box 5

Student projects, videocassette undated

Box 5

Student projects, videocassette undated

Box 5

Student projects, videocassette undated

Box 5

SURF Overnight Lows, audiocassette undated

Box 5

Various, videocassette undated

Box 5

Workshops, videocassette undated

Box 5

Writing for the Rainbow, audiocassette undated

Box 5

Jan Ken Po, sound recording tape undated