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Series VIII. Broadway and Off-Broadway Productions, 1948-1969

Scope and Content Notes:

The productions in this series are arranged chronologically, 1948-1969. Files range in size from Courtin’ Time, a single folder of photographs of the theatre marquee, Ceremonies in Dark Old Men, 42 folders, including programs, publicity, reviews, correspondence, company bills, budget, casting, contracts, photographs, etc., and the financial records of the investment company (A.K. company) including bank statements, financial statements, insurance records, investors correspondence and records and tax returns. Organization for each play is fairly similar, depending upon contents: Production history, i.e. programs, publicity, reviews; correspondence; other production information filed in alphabetical order; and financial records of the investment company, also in alphabetical order. Following is a list of the productions, each with name of investment company (if pertinent), New York opening date, and number of performances.

1. The Last Dance. January 27, 1948. 7 performances.

2. The Play’s the Thing. April 28, 1948. 244 performances.

3. Jenny Kissed Me. December 23, 1948. 20 performances.

4. Courtin’ Time. June 13, 1951. 37 performances.

5. Two’s Company. December 15, 1952. 91 performances.

6. Come Blow Your Horn. Kentwood Company. February 22, 1961. 617 performances.

7. The Beauty Part. Beautiful Company. December 26, 1962. 85 performances.

8. The Advocate. Advocate Company. October 14, 1963. 8 performances.

9. Absence of Cello. Cello company. September 21, 1964. 120 performances.

10. The Paisley Convertible. Happy Bed Company. February 11, 1967.

11. The Girl in the Freudian Slip. Slip Company. May 18, 1967. 4 performances.

12. Sweet Eros and Witness. B.B. Company. November 21, 1968. 78 performances.

13. Ceremonies in Dark Old Men. A.K. Company. April 28, 1969. Pocket Theatre. 320 performances.

14. Angela. Angela Company. October 30, 1969. 4 performances.

15. Who’s Happy Now? Precious Company, November 17, 1962. 32 performances.

Subseries 1. The Last Dance, 1948

Folder 13 Photographs and newspaper clippings

Subseries 2. The Play’s the Thing, 1948


Box 7
Folder 1 Programs, 1948
Folder 2 Publicity and reviews - New York production
Folder 3 Publicity - Central City
Folder 4 Photographs - New York production
Folder 5 Photographs - Central City publicity
Folder 6 Photographs - Original New York production, 1926
Folder 7 Miscellaneous

Subseries 3. Jenny Kissed Me, 1948

Folder 8 Programs, 1948, 1963
Folder 9 Publicity and reviews, 1948-1949
Folder 10 Photographs
Folder 11 Miscellaneous

Subseries 4. Courtin’ Time, 1952

Folder 12 Photographs - Theatre marquee

Subseries 5. Two’s Company, 1952

Folder 13 Correspondence and contract - Bette Davis, 1952-1953
Folder 14 Correspondence - Sammy Cahn, 1952-1953
Folder 15 Photographs - Theatre exterior

Subseries 6. Come Blow Your Horn, 1961

Folder 16 Bucks County production - Publicity and reviews, August 1960

Folder 17
Folder 18 Tryout in Philadelphia - Publicity and reviews February 2, 1961
Folder 18 New York production - Opening night program with publicity and reviews, February 1961
Folder 19 London production - Opening night program with publicity and reviews, February 1962
Folder 20 Correspondence - Miscellaneous, 1957-1962
Folder 21 Correspondence - Kozak, Schwartz Co., 1961-1978
Folder 22 Correspondence - Productions outside New York, 1961-1962
Folder 23 Photographs
Folder 24 Miscellaneous

Box 8
Folder 1-3 Kentwood Co. - Financial statements, 1963-1979
Folder 4 Kentwood Co. - Investors correspondence, 1960-1979
Folder 5 Kentwood Co. - Investors correspondence acceptances, 1960-1961
Folder 6 Kentwood Co. - Investors correspondence refusals, 1957-1961
Folder 7 Kentwood Co. - Investors lists
Folder 8-10 Kentwood Co. - Investors: Dorothy P. White file, 1963-1967
Folder 11 Kentwood Co. - Taxes and partnership returns, 1967-1968

Box 9
Folder 1 Kentwood Co. - Taxes and N.Y. State partnership returns, 1979
Folder 2 Kentwood Co. - Taxes and Federal partnership statements, 1979
Folder 3 Kentwood Co. - Taxes and U.S. and N.Y. partnership returns, 1980-1982

Subseries 7. The Beauty Part, 1962

Folder 4 Tryouts - Bucks County Program and reviews, 1961
Folder 5 Tryouts - New Haven program, 1962
Folder 6 Tryouts - Philadelphia program and reviews, December 1962
Folder 7 New York production - Program and reviews, December 1962
Folder 8 Correspondence - Miscellaneous, 1961-1963
Folder 9 Correspondence - S.J. Perelman (incl. Bucks County contracts), 1962-1966
Folder 10 Correspondence - Don Walker (composer)
Folder 11 Noel Willman (director) - Contract and miscellaneous, 1962
Folder 12 Noel Willman - Outstanding bills, 1963
Folder 13 Noel Willman - Foreign rights, 1961
Folder 14 Noel Willman - Legal, 1961-1963
Folder 15 Noel Willman - London production, 1961-1963

Box 10
Folder 1 Advertising
Folder 2 Advertising promotion phone record
Folder 3 Budget
Folder 4 Casting - Correspondence
Folder 5 Casting - Miscellaneous
Folder 6 Casting - Photographs
Folder 7 Contracts - Miscellaneous correspondence
Folder 8 Contracts - Edmund Anderson (associate producer)
Folder 9 Contracts - Actor’s Equity
Folder 10 Contracts - Stagehands
Folder 11 Contracts - Theatres
Folder 12 Photographs
Folder 13 Staff applications
Folder 14 Stage manager’s book - Without script
Folder 15 Tickets - New York preview
Folder 16 Tickets - Opening night requests
Folder 17 Tickets - Opening night assignments
Folder 18 Tickets - Group sales
Folder 19 Beautiful Company - Bank statements and cancelled checks, 1961-1963

Box 11
Folder 1 Beautiful Company - Financial statements, 1962-1963
Folder 2 Beautiful Company - Prospective investors correspondence
Folder 3 Beautiful Company - Investors correspondence
Folder 4 Beautiful Company - Investors lists and Limited Partnership Agreement form
Folder 5-6 Beautiful Company - Investors assignments
Folder 7 Beautiful Company - Investors Dorothy P. White file
Folder 8 Beautiful Company - Pennsylvania Securities Commission
Folder 9 Beautiful Company - Royalties
Folder 10 Beautiful Company - Taxes, 1962

Subseries 8. The Advocate, 1963


Box 12
Folder 1 Productions - Bucks County Playhouse program and reviews, June 1962
Folder 2 Productions - Meineola Playhouse program and reviews September 1963
Folder 3 Productions - ANTA Theatre program and reviews, October 14, 1963
Folder 4 Correspondence - Miscellaneous, 1962-1963
Folder 5 Correspondence - Abner D. Klipstein, 1963
Folder 6 Correspondence - Tom O’Connor, Committee for the Vindication of Sacco and Vanzetti
Folder 7 Correspondence - Charles G. Thompson
Folder 8 Estimated operating budget
Folder 9 Company Director
Folder 10 Contracts - Robert Noah (director)
Folder 11 Photographs
Folder 12 Playscript in Theatre Arts with photographs and various drafts of article by Ellis and William Hammerstein, November 1963
Folder 13 TV production - Miscellaneous
Folder 14 Newspaper clippings - Sacco and Vanzetti
Folder 15 Advocate Company - Investors Dorothy P. White file, 1962-1963
Folder 16-17 Advocate Company - Limited Partnership Agreement with Mary Ellis

Subseries 9. Absence of Cello, 1963

Folder 17 Production publicity and reviews
Folder 18 Correspondence, 1963-1970
Folder 19 Correspondence - London and Paris productions, 1964-1968
Folder 20 Estimated operating budget
Folder 21 Film rights
Folder 22 Miscellaneous materials
Folder 23 Cello Company - Financial statements and correspondence, 1964-1977
Folder 24 Cello Company - Investors correspondence and partnership distributions

Box 13
Folder 1 Cello Company - Investors Dorothy P. White file
Folder 2-3 Cello Company - Taxes, 1965-1980

Subseries 10. The Paisley Convertible, 1967

Folder 4 New York production - Henry Miller Theatre Program, February 11, 1967
Folder 5 Publicity reviews
Folder 6 Correspondence - Miscellaneous, 1966-1967
Folder 7 Correspondence - Warren Berlinger, 1966
Folder 8 Correspondence - Harry Cauley
Folder 9 Correspondence - Actor’s Equity
Folder 10 Advertising
Folder 11 Bills
Folder 12 Box office statements
Folder 13 Budget
Folder 14 Casting - Correspondence and agency lists
Folder 15 Casting - Interviews and schedules
Folder 16 Casting - Photographs

Box 14
Folder 1 Company directory
Folder 2 Contracts and related correspondence - Alvin Colt
Folder 3 Contracts - James Hammerstein
Folder 4 Contracts - Jo Mielziner
Folder 5 Contracts - Cast
Folder 6 Contracts - Theatre
Folder 6 Contracts - Miscellaneous
Folder 8 Production schedules
Folder 9 Props, lighting, costumes, and ground plan
Folder 10 Tickets - Opening night
Folder 11 Happy Bed Company - Financial statements
Folder 12 Happy Bed Company - Insurance
Folder 13 Happy Bed Company - Prospective investors correspondence
Folder 14 Happy Bed Company - Investors correspondence
Folder 15 Happy Bed Company - Investors correspondence regarding reduction of capitalization
Folder 16 Happy Bed Company - Investors lists and Limited Partnership Agreements
Folder 17 Happy Bed Company - Taxes

Subseries 11. The Girl in the Freudian Slip, 1967


Box 15
Folder 1 Bucks County production as Linda Stone is Brutal reviews, May 18-31,1964
Folder 2 Productions - Various programs, 1967
Folder 3 Productions - Publicity and reviews
Folder 4 Correspondence - re Linda Stone is Brutal: Misc., 1963-1965
Folder 5 Correspondence - re Linda Stone is Brutal - Paul Ford, 1965
Folder 6 Correspondence - re Linda Stone is Brutal - David B. Silberman, 1963-1965
Folder 7 Correspondence - re Linda Stone is Brutal - Legal, 1964
Folder 8 Correspondence - Miscellaneous, 1964-1967
Folder 9 Correspondence - William F. Brown
Folder 10 Correspondence - Marc Daniels, 1964-1967
Folder 11 Correspondence - Arthur Godfrey, 1965-1967
Folder 12 Correspondence - James B. McKenzie, 1967
Folder 13 Correspondence - Russel Nype, 1967
Folder 14 Correspondence - Walter Slezak, 1966
Folder 15 Correspondence - Ethelyn R. Thrasher, 1966-1967
Folder 16 Correspondence - Opening night in New York City
Folder 17 Correspondence - Closing in New York City
Folder 18 Advertising for New York City
Folder 19 Booking agreements and related miscellany - Coconut Grove Playhouse and Booth Theatre
Folder 20 Budget
Folder 21 Casting - Correspondence
Folder 22 Casting - Miscellaneous
Folder 23 Casting - Photographs
Folder 24 Company directory
Folder 25 Contracts and related correspondence - Linda Stone is Brutal
Folder 26 Contracts and related correspondence - William F. Brown
Folder 27 Contracts and related correspondence - Miscellaneous

Box 16
Folder 1 Production schedules
Folder 2 Set designs
Folder 3 Tickets - Opening night requests and lists
Folder 4 Slip Company - Bank statements and cancelled checks
Folder 5 Slip Company - Insurance
Folder 6 Slip Company - Investors and potential investors correspondence
Folder 7 Slip Company - Investors, lists, and offering circular
Folder 8 Slip Company - Taxes

Subseries 12. Sweet Eros and Witness, 1968

Folder 9 Program - Gramercy Arts Theatre in New York City, 1968-1969
Folder 10 Reviews - Sweet Eros: Café Act IV production at International Experimental Theatre Festival at Brandeis University, August 1968
Folder 11 Publicity and reviews - Ellis’ New York production
Folder 12 Correspondence - Miscellaneous, 1968-1969
Folder 13 Correspondence - Legal, 1968-1970
Folder 14-17 Bills, 1968-1969

Box 17
Folder 1 Stage manager’s vouchers and petty cash records
Folder 2 Box office statements
Folder 3 Budget
Folder 4 Contracts and related correspondence - Terrence McNally (author)
Folder 5 Contracts and related correspondence - Actors Equity
Folder 6 Contracts and related correspondence - Designers, staff, and theatre
Folder 7 Photographs
Folder 8 Props and lighting cue sheets
Folder 9 Salary records - Workmen’s compensation forms
Folder 10 Miscellaneous - not financial
Folder 11-12 B.B. Company - Bank statements and cancelled checks, 1968-1969
Folder 13 B.B. Company - Checkbook stubs
Folder 14 B.B. Company - Financial statements
Folder 15 B.B. Company - Insurance
Folder 16 B.B. Company - Royalties
Folder 17 B.B. Company - Taxes

Subseries 13. Ceremonies in Dark Old Men, 1969


Box 18
Folder 1 Productions - Negro Ensemble Company at St. Marks Playhouse in New York City: Programs, reviews, and publicity, February 1969
Folder 2 Productions - Pocket Theatre in New York City (Ellis production), April 28, 1969
Folder 3 Productions - Ravinia Festival, August 20-31, 1969
Folder 4 Productions - Greater Hartford Jewish Community Center in West Hartford, Connecticut, November 3, 1969
Folder 5 Correspondence - Miscellaneous, 1969-1971
Folder 6 Correspondence - Lonne Elder (author), 1969
Folder 7 Correspondence - Legal
Folder 8 Actor's Equity
Folder 9 Advertising
Folder 10-15 Bills - Company bills, 1969

Box 19
Folder 1-5 Bills - Company bills, 1969-1970
Folder 6-8 Bills - Receipted bill A-K

Box 20
Folder 1 Bills - Receipted bill L-Z
Folder 2 Box office statements
Folder 3 Budget
Folder 4 Casting
Folder 5 Contracts and terminations - Actors and staff
Folder 6 Contracts - Rentals
Folder 7 Costume List
Folder 8 Photographs
Folder 9 Prop Lists
Folder 10 Royalty waivers
Folder 11 Stage manager’s daily reports
Folder 12 Miscellaneous
Folder 13-15 A.K. Company - Bank statements, 1969-1970

Box 21
Folder 1 A.K. Company - Financial statements, 1969-1970
Folder 2 A.K. Company - Insurance
Folder 3 A.K. Company - Investors, 1969-1980
Folder 4 A.K. Company - Taxes, 1969, 1977-1980

Subseries 14. Angela, 1969

Folder 5 Tryouts - Augusta Barn Theatre, August 1968
Folder 6 Tryouts - Adelphi University Little Theatre (as The Toy Boy)
Folder 7 Tryouts - Shubert in New Haven, October 1969
Folder 8 Tryouts - Wilbur in Boston, October 1969
Folder 9 New York production - Music Box, October 29, 1969
Folder 10 Correspondence - Miscellaneous, 1967-1969
Folder 11 Correspondence - Sumner Long (author), 1966-1968
Folder 12 Correspondence - Elliot Martin (co-producer), 1968-1969
Folder 13 Correspondence - Jack Ragotsky (director), 1968-1969
Folder 14 Correspondence - Legal, 1968-1969
Folder 15 Opening Night Telegrams
Folder 16 Budget
Folder 17 Casting - Correspondence
Folder 18 Casting - Miscellaneous
Folder 19 Casting - Photographs
Folder 20 Contracts and related correspondence
Folder 21 Script rewrites and comments
Folder 22 Angela Company - Financial statements, 1969
Folder 23 Angela Company - Investors and prospective investors
Folder 24 Angela Company - Miscellaneous

Subseries 15. Who’s Happy Now?, 1969


Box 22
Folder 1 Productions - Washington DC Theatre Club, (not ME’s production), March 1969
Folder 2 Village South Theatre - Program, publicity and reviews, 1969
Folder 3 Correspondence - Miscellaneous 1968-1970, 1979
Folder 4 Correspondence - Oliver Hailey (author) includes contract and partnership agreements
Folder 5 Correspondence - AAUW Juneau in Alaska, production photos and clippings, November 11, 1969
Folder 6 Correspondence - Opening night greetings
Folder 7 Bills - Stage manager’s
Folder 8 Bills - Miscellaneous
Folder 9 Box office statements
Folder 10 Casting
Folder 11 Contracts - Stanley Pager (director) and related correspondence
Folder 12 Contracts - Theatre and related correspondence
Folder 13 Contracts - Miscellaneous
Folder 14 Opening night tickets and press list
Folder 15 Miscellaneous non-financial materials
Folder 16 Precious Company - Bank statements and cancelled checks,
Folder 17 Precious Company - Financial statements
Folder 18 Precious Company - Insurance
Folder 19 Precious Company - Investors correspondence and Limited Partnerhsip Agreements
Folder 20 Precious Company - Taxes