Guide to the Robert A. Potter Plays

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Guide to the Robert A. Potter Plays

Collection number: PA Mss 10

Department of Special Collections

Davidson Library

University of California, Santa Barbara
Processed by:
Pearl Ko, Zachary Liebhaber
Date Completed:
2/24/2011
Encoded by:
Zachary Liebhaber
© 2011 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Robert A. Potter plays
Dates: 1959-2009
Collection number: PA Mss 10
Creator: Potter, Robert A.
Collection Size: 9 linear feet (20 document boxes).
Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Abstract: The collection includes typescripts of 29 original plays and 17 adaptations by Robert A. Potter (1934-2010), political activist, poet, playwright and professor of Drama at UCSB. Also included are reviews, programs, clippings, production photos, publicity and music.
Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

Use of the collection is unrestricted.

Publication Rights

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

Robert A. Potter plays. PA Mss 10, Department of Special Collections, University Libraries, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Robert A. Potter (original acquistion 1994, second addition 2010).

Scope and Content of Collection

Included in the collection are multiple drafts of many of the plays and adaptations. Reviews, programs, clippings, production photos, publicity and music have been filed with the original works whenever possible.

Arrangement

Organized into the following series: I. Original Plays; II. Adaptations; III. Miscellaneous.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Dramatists
Plays


Collection Contents

 

Series I. Original Plays

Box 1: 1

Finding guide and list of plays produced by Potter--working draft (10/3/99)

Box 1: 2

Fifteen Signs of the Apocalypse, 1978

Box 1: 3

In a Pig's Eye, 1972

Box 1: 4

Just Across the Border, 1981

Box 1: 5

The Sea Lion, 1983

Box 1: 6

The Vision of Children, 1980

Box 1: 7

Where is Sicily, 1969

Box 2: 1

Amusia, 1999

Box 2: 2

Amusia (production script), 1999

Box 2: 3

Amusia (background, press clippings), 1999

Box 2: 4

Amusia (festivities), 1999

Box 2: 5

Amusia (music), 1999

Box 2: 6

Amusia (production script), 2007

Box 2: 7

Amusia (programs), 1999

Box 2: 8

Amusia (publicity), 1999

Box 3: 1

Baby

Box 3: 2

Baby (background, clippings), 1966

Box 3: 3

Bedtime Story, 1992

Box 3: 4

Bedtime Story (stage directions), 1992

Box 3: 5

Bedtime Story (third draft), 1993

Box 3: 6

Bird of Paradise, 1996

Box 3: 7

Butterfly Summer, 1960

Box 3: 8

The Famous Tug of War, 1959

Box 3: 9

Fifteen Signs of the Apocalypse, 1978

Box 3: 10

Fifteen Signs of the Apocalypse (production material), 1978

Box 4: 1

A Fine and Private Place (first draft), 1990

Box 4: 2

A Fine and Private Place, 1991

Box 4: 3

A Fine and Private Place (reviews, programs, cards), 1991

Box 4: 4

Ilyria, 1977

Box 4: 5

Imaginary Music, 1999

Box 4: 6

In a Pig's Eye (copy 1), 1972

Box 4: 7

In a Pig's Eye (copy 2), 1972

Box 5: 1

In a Pig's Eye (copy 3), 1972

Box 5: 2

In a Pig's Eye (production script), 1975

Box 5: 3

Just Like Life (background, production)

Box 5: 4

Just Like Life, 1993

Box 5: 5

The Labyrinth (first draft), 1985

Box 5: 6

The Labyrinth (copy 1), 1985

Box 5: 7

The Labyrinth (copy 2), 1985

Box 6: 1

The Lady in the Labyrinth (background, design)

Box 6: 2

The Lady in the Labyrinth, 1988

Box 6: 3

The Lady in the Labyrinth (May 1988, script 7)

Box 6: 4

The Lady in the Labyrinth (script 4), 1988

Box 6: 5

The Lady in the Labyrinth (1988 production script)

Box 6: 6

The Lady in the Labyrinth (RAP production script), 1989

Box 6: 7

The Lady in the Labyrinth (March 1989 revision)

Box 7: 1

The Lady in the Labyrinth (May 1989, #12)

Box 7: 2

The Lady in the Labyrinth (first stage workshop), 1989

Box 7: 3

The Lady in the Labyrinth (UCSB Winter 1989 production)

Box 7: 4

The Lady in the Labyrinth (publicity)

Box 7: 5

The Lady in the Labyrinth (reviews, articles)

Box 7: 6

The Lady in the Labyrinth (sound)

Box 8: 1

Last Days of Empire, 2007

Box 8: 2

Last Days of Empire (background, notes)

Box 8: 3

Last Days of Empire (music)

Box 8: 4

Last Days of Empire (press clippings)

Box 8: 5

The Last Liberal (1.0), 2005

Box 8: 6

The Last Liberal (1.1), 2005

Box 8: 7

The Last Liberal (press clippings)

Box 8: 8

The Man in the Middle

Box 8: 9

Morning Song, 2000

Box 8: 10

My Scrape with the CHP and Other Ten Minute Plays (Four plays: My Scrape with the CHP (1999); Waveplay (1999); Remiehzla's Disease (1997, never completed); Boxing on the Radio)

Box 9: 1

Mutt's Monologue (From the Space Between the Stars), 1993

Box 9: 2

Saint Barbara in the Flesh, 1995

Box 9: 3

A Seagull on the South Shore (After Chekhov)

Box 9: 4

The Sea Lion, 1981

Box 9: 5

The Sea Lion (March 1982)

Box 9: 6

The Sea Lion (July 1982)

Box 9: 7

The Sea Lion (November 1982)

Box 9: 8

The Sea Lion (December 1982, copy 1)

Box 10: 1

The Sea Lion (December 1982, copy 2)

Box 10: 2

The Sea Lion, 1983

Box 10: 3

The Sea Lion (March 1987)

Box 10: 4

The Space Between the Stars, 2003

Box 10: 5

The Space Between the Stars (production photos), 2003

Box 10: 6

Universe City, 1974

Box 11: 1

The Vision of Children, 1978

Box 11: 2

The Vision of Children, 1980

Box 11: 3

Where is Sicily? (first draft), 1969

Box 11: 4

Where is Sicily? (copy 1), 1969

Box 12: 1

The Wind Dancers, 1981

Box 12: 2

The Wind Dancers (notes), 1987

Box 12: 3

The Wind Dancers (script, notes), 1987

Box 12: 4

The Wind Dancers, 1987

 

Series II. Adaptations

Box 13: 1

Brechtian Variations (The Private Life of the Master Race) (Bertolt Brecht), 1994

Box 13: 2

Faust: An Entertainment (Johann Goethe), 1982

Box 13: 3

Faust: An Entertainment (Johann Goethe) (background, notes)

Box 13: 4

Faust: An Entertainment (Johann Goethe) (production)

Box 13: 5

Fiorenza (Thomas Mann), 1975

Box 13: 6

Fiorenza (Thomas Mann) (background, notes)

Box 13: 1

King Johan (John Bale) (1964 Bristol production), 1964

Box 14: 2

King Johan (John Bale) (notes)

Box 14: 3

La Celestina (Fernando de Rojas), 1987

Box 14: 4

La Celestina (Fernando de Rojas) (illustrations, notes), 1987

Box 14: 5

La Celestina (Fernando de Rojas) (third draft), 1990

Box 15: 1

The Left Hand of God (Jose Saramago) (1.0), 2007

Box 15: 2

The Left Hand of God (Jose Saramago) (2.0), 2009

Box 15: 3

The Left Hand of God (Jose Saramago) (2.0, unbound, notes, additions), 2009

Box 15: 4

The Left Hand of God (Jose Saramago) (2.1), 2009

Box 15: 5

The Left Hand of God (Jose Saramago) (unbound script)

Box 15: 6

The Left Hand of God (Jose Saramago) (background, notes)

Box 15: 7

The Left Hand of God (Jose Saramago) (letters)

Box 16: 1

The Left Hand of God (Jose Saramago) (first draft, notes)

Box 16: 2

The Left Hand of God (Jose Saramago) (notes)

Box 16: 3

The Left Hand of God (Jose Saramago) (work in progress)

Box 16: 4

Life is a Dream (Calderon de la Barca), 1997

Box 16: 5

Life is a Dream (Calderon de la Barca) (script, clippings), 1997

Box 16: 6

Life is a Dream (Calderon de la Barca) (script, clippings), 1997

Box 16: 7

Life is a Dream (Calderon de la Barca) (third draft), 1997

Box 16: 8

Life is a Dream (Calderon de la Barca) (background), 1997

Box 16: 9

Lost Posadas (Brian Hansen), 2007

Box 17: 1

Man's Desire and Fleeting Beauty (Unknown, 16th century Dutch) (notes, music, programs)

Box 17: 2

Man's Desire and Fleeting Beauty (Unknown, 16th century Dutch) (Cambridge production), 1984

Box 17: 3

The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare), 1993

Box 17: 4

The Miser (Moliere), 1965

Box 17: 5

Mother Courage (Bertolt Brecht), 1979

Box 17: 6

Mother Courage (Bertolt Brecht) (revision, programs), 1998

Box 17: 7

Mother Courage (Bertolt Brecht), 1998

Box 18: 1

Mother Courage (Bertolt Brecht) (clippings)

Box 18: 2

Mother Courage (Bertolt Brecht) (music)

Box 18: 3

Panhandle (Walter Davis), 1972

Box 18: 4

Panhandle (Walter Davis) (background, notes, music), 1972

Box 18: 5

Queen Margaret of England (Shakespeare), 1976

Box 18: 6

Queen Margaret of England (Shakespeare) (Act I), 1977

Box 18: 7

Queen Margaret of England (Shakespeare) (Act II), 1977

Box 18: 8

Queen Margaret of England (Shakespeare), 2000

Box 18: 9

Queen Margaret of England (Shakespeare) (Act I Rewrite), 2000

Box 18: 10

Queen Margaret of England (Shakespeare) (Act I second draft), 2000

Box 19: 1

Queen Margaret of England (Shakespeare) (Act II second draft), 2000

Box 19: 2

Queen Margaret of England (Shakespeare) (November 2000 first draft)

Box 19: 3

Queen Margaret of England (Shakespeare) (December 2000 second draft)

Box 19: 4

Queen Margaret of England (Shakespeare) (2001 notes, revision, redux)

Box 19: 5

Queen Margaret of England (Shakespeare) (notes, Act I revision), 2001

Box 19: 6

Queen Margaret of England (Shakespeare) (RAP production script), 2001

Box 19: 7

Queen Margaret of England (Shakespeare) (2001 revision)

Box 19: 8

Queen Margaret of England (Shakespeare) (August 2001 revision)

Box 19: 9

The Tragicall History of the Tapioca Misanthropa (Walter Davis)

Box 19: 10

Volpone (Ben Jonson), 1978

Box 1: 8

Fiorenza (Thomas Mann)

Box 1: 9

Queen Margaret of England (Shakespeare), 1976

 

Series III. Miscellaneous

Box 20: 1

Robert Potter: Playwriting 1978-88. Excerpts from Ten Years Work (Mother Courage (1979); The Vision of Children (1980); Just Across the Border (1982); The Sea Lion (1983); The Wind Dancers (1987); The Lady in the Labyrinth (1988))

Box 20: 2

Opera Projects (The Parakeet; The Man of the Future)

Box 20: 3

Potter Plays Misc Clippings