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Mark Taper Forum Scripts: Finding Aid
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Historical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Mark Taper Forum Scripts
    Dates (inclusive): 1967-
    Collection Number: mssMark Taper Forum scripts
    Creator: Mark Taper Forum (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Extent: Approximately 4000 items in 349 boxes.
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2129
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This collection consists primarily of photocopies of scripts for plays performed at the Mark Taper Forum and the Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, California, from 1967 onward, as well as production files, programs, and a set of periodicals related to the dramatic arts. In addition to the Mark Taper Forum, the collection includes plays from other Center Theatre Group theaters including The Improvisational Theatre, New Theatre for Now, and The Lab.
    Language: English.

    Conditions of Use

    The scripts cannot be copied or published for any reason.

    Access

    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Mark Taper Forum Scripts, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Provenance

    Ongoing gift of the Mark Taper Forum, 1967-

    Historical Note

    The Mark Taper Forum, part of the Center Theater Group which also includes the Ahmanson and the Kirk Douglas Theater, is a non-profit arts institution dedicated to theater production. The theater opened in Los Angeles, California, in 1967 and is known for its development of new plays and voices for the theatre. Located at the Performing Arts Center (formerly The Music Center) in downtown Los Angeles, the Taper has received virtually every theatrical award including the 1977 special Tony for theatrical excellence. It is one of America's top regional theatres, and a number of the plays presented on and off-Broadway and across the country began at the Taper. The Taper and the Ahmanson have presented a variety of theatrical productions, including drama, comedies, musicals, classic revivals, and world-premieres. The Kirk Douglas theater, an intimate venue, opened in 2002.

    Scope and Content

    This collection consists primarily of photocopies of scripts for plays performed at the Mark Taper Forum and the Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, California, from 1967 onward, as well as production files, programs, and a set of periodicals related to the dramatic arts. In addition to the Mark Taper Forum, the collection includes plays from the following Center Theatre Group theaters and programs: the Ahmanson, the Kirk Douglas Theater, Itchey Foot, Improvisational Theatre Project/Performing for Los Angeles Youth (ITP/PLAY), TaperLab, Next Step, New Theater For Now (NTFN), New Work Festival (NWF), Readings Workshops and Special Events (RWSE), Taper Radio Program, and Taper, Too.
    Plays

    The bulk of this collection consists of photocopies of scripts, with new scripts are added to the collection at the conclusion of each season. The play facsimiles sometimes include multiple drafts of plays, with and without autograph notes. Some published plays are also included. The photocopies are from the archive of the Mark Taper Forum and the Center Theatre Group.; the originals are maintained by the Center Theater Group.
    Because the plays have been collected over a period of years, they have no single clear arrangement. The first group of plays, representing seasons from 1967-1984, is arranged alphabetically by author. More plays were added beginning in 1985 through 1997 and the plays are then arranged largely chronologically by season and thereafter alphabetically by author. Due to a break in collection, another large section of plays is not arranged chronologically by season, but is arranged wholly by author. These plays overlap with seasonally arranged plays from 1985-1997 and cover the same time period. Seasonal arrangement resumes with the 1997-98 season. There are also two boxes of oversize materials: Box 43 and Box 296.
    Production Files

    The production files consist of original and photocopied materials and include research, notes, reviews, scripts and script changes, production notes and program materials. The files are in their original order and maintain their original file names. Where folders were part of a larger file, a series title is included on the folder, followed by a colon and the folder title. No other arrangement or indexing of this series has been done.
    Periodicals

    This series contains a group of approximately 125 issues of periodicals chiefly related to the dramatic arts and theater, including a run of The Drama Review from 1962 to 2004.
    Programs

    This series contains more than 150 programs. The programs are arranged chronologically.

    Arrangement

    The materials are arranged intellectually in the following series:
    • I. Plays (Boxes 1-296, 330-349)
      • Plays, 1967-1984, arranged by season (Boxes 1-43)
      • Plays, 1985-1997, arranged by season (Boxes 44-78)
      • Plays, 1985-1997, plays arranged alphabetically by author (Boxes 79-158)
      • Plays, 1997-2007, arranged by season (Boxes 159-296)
      • Plays, 2008-ongoing, arranged by season (Boxes 330-349)
    • II. Production Files (Boxes 297-312)
    • III. Periodicals (Boxes 313-321)
    • IV. Programs (Boxes 323-329)

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

    Subjects

    Mark Taper Forum (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Drama -- Periodicals.
    Theaters -- California -- Los Angeles.

    Forms/Genres

    Scripts (documents) -- California -- Los Angeles -- 20th century.
    Scripts (documents) -- California -- Los Angeles 21st century.