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Collection Inventory

Series I. Personal File, 1953-1969

Scope and Content Notes:

The first series of this collection includes correspondence, 1953-69, clippings, photographs, and miscellaneous memorabilia. Correspondence is chiefly personal, but includes items pertinent to Bucks County Playhouse and/or Michael Ellis Productions. Also includes one folder of Dorothy P. White’s miscellaneous memorabilia relating to Michael Ellis.


Box 1
Folder 1 Short biographies, 1965-1969
Folder 2 Correspondence, 1953, 1962-1964
Folder 3-5 Correspondence, 1966-1968
Folder 6 Correspondence - No dates
Folder 7 Correspondence - Kozak, Schwartz Co. regarding personal accounts, 1966-1969
Folder 8 Correspondence - Settlement of mother’s estate, 1967
Folder 9 Clippings - Chiefly during residence in Bucks County
Folder 10 Ellis' article on summer theatre
Folder 11 Miss Bucks County Pageant books, 1971-1973
Folder 12 Miscellaneous memorabilia
Folder 13 Dorothy P. White papers - Miscellaneous
Folder 14 Photographs - Michael Ellis

Series II. Early Stage Career, 1937-1946

Scope and Content Notes:

Michael Ellis as performer, apprentice, director. Materials include programs, newspaper clippings, etc. beginning with the Atelier Players, program, Paris, 1938, “presented by Mayer Abrahamson.” Includes summer theatres in the U.S., 1939-40; My Sister Eileen tour, 1942; U.S. Army, 1943; and his first Broadway appearance, in The Duchess of Malfi in 1946. See the scrapbook in the oversized materials series for Michael Ellis' first professional stage appearance, 1941, and additional material on My Sister Eileen. See scripts series for the Nothing but the Truth playscript, directed by Ellis in Paris in 1938.

Folder 15 Atelier Players - Paris program, 1937-1938
Folder 16 Cohasset Summer Theatre - Programs, 1939
Folder 17 Wilkes Barre - Summer Programs, 1940
Folder 18 My Sister Eileen - Sob Sister Sentinel and publication of the Eastern Company…on Tour, 1942
Folder 19 Army miscellaneous, 1943
Folder 20 Duchess of Malfi Ellis as Silvio on Broadway, 1946
Folder 21 Soldier Show, 1947
Folder 22 Metropolitan Players programs

Series III. Broadway Stage Manager, 1946-1958

Scope and Content Notes:

Includes the Finian’s Rainbow file (programs, reviews, correspondence, photographs, etc.) and the first night program for The Body Beautiful. Michael Ellis' stage manager’s books for The Body Beautiful and Magnolia Alley are filed in the Scripts series. The papers contain no record of Alive and Kicking, 1950, or Diamond Lil, 1951, for which Ellis was also stage manager.


Box 2
Folder 1 Finian’s Rainbow - Programs, 1946-1947
Folder 2 Finian’s Rainbow - Publicity reviews
Folder 3 Finian’s Rainbow - Correspondence, 1947-1948
Folder 4 Finian’s Rainbow - Opening night telegrams
Folder 5 Finian’s Rainbow - Performers photographs
Folder 6 Finian’s Rainbow - Show recording photographs
Folder 7 Finian’s Rainbow - Unidentified photographs
Folder 8 Finian’s Rainbow - Miscellaneous materials
Folder 9 Body Beautiful - Broadway Theatre, Jan 23, 1958

Series IV. Bucks County Playhouse, 1954-1975

Scope and Content Notes:

For the most part this series' materials are chiefly from the eleven year period, 1954 through 1964, but incomplete, when Ellis was owner-director of the Playhouse. Includes correspondence, local publications, clippings, financial records, etc., 1948-75. Includes one folder of correspondence, 12 items, concerns Frances Farmer, 1956-57. Bucks County materials are also located in other series of these Papers: see Series VIII and IX for Bucks County productions later considered for, or produced in, New York; Bucks Country scripts in Series X; additional material in scrapbooks 5-6, Series XII.

Folder 10 Miscellaneous correspondence and related papers, 1948-1974
Folder 11 Correspondence - Frances Farmer, 1956-1957
Folder 12 Production list, 1954-1962
Folder 13 Newspaper clippings
Folder 14 Crucial Year for Mike Ellis - “by Marguerite Karaczan - In Bucks County Traveler, May 1957
Folder 15 20th Anniversary, 1959
Folder 16 The Buff: The Magazine of Little Theatre, 1963-1969
Folder 17 Directors’ meetings minutes and related papers, 1963-1969
Folder 18 25th Anniversary, 1964
Folder 19 Bucks County Arts Foundation, 1966-1968
Folder 20 St. John Terrell - Playhouse founder photograph
Folder 21 Miscellaneous materials

Box 3
Folder 1 Sales agreements and lease, 1948-1975
Folder 2 Financial statements and lease, 1948-1969
Folder 3 Taxes and related correspondence

Series V. Michael Ellis Productions, 1964-1970

Scope and Content Notes:

This series contains a miscellaneous and incomplete record of Ellis’ production company. Includes material not specific to single productions including correspondence, casting, staff applications, financial records, etc.

Folder 4-6 Correspondence, 1964-1970
Folder 7 Correspondence and memoranda
Folder 8 Correspondence - Nat Debin (Lenny-Debin), 1966
Folder 9 Correspondence - Derek Glynne, 1965-1969
Folder 10 Correspondence - Kozak, Schwartz Co., 1966-1967
Folder 11 Correspondence - Leslie Lee, 1965-1966
Folder 12 Correspondence - Fred O’Donovan, 1967
Folder 13 Correspondence - Kenneth Schwartz, 1966-1967
Folder 14 Correspondence - American Cancer Society, Judy Holliday Fund
Folder 15 Correspondence - Channel 13 Fifth Birthday Celebration, 1967
Folder 16 Correspondence - Dartmouth College, 1966-1967
Folder 17 Correspondence - Notre Dame 1968 Sophomore National Literary Festival, 1967-1969
Folder 18 Correspondence - Office supplies, 1966-1967

Box 4
Folder 1 Casting - Applications and resumes
Folder 2 Casting - Client lists
Folder 3 Casting - Miscellaneous
Folder 4 Casting - Photographs
Folder 5 League of New York Theatres, 1965-1966
Folder 6 League of New York Theatres, 1967-1968
Folder 7 Scripts - Rejections
Folder 8 Scripts - Traffic lists
Folder 9 Staff applications - Costume designers
Folder 10 Staff applications - Producers and directors
Folder 11 Staff applications - Secretaries
Folder 12 Staff applications - Set and lighting designers
Folder 13 Staff applications - Stage managers
Folder 14 Staff applications - Assistants
Folder 15 Staff applications - Miscellaneous
Folder 16 Labor regulations - Miscellaneous

Box 5
Folder 1 Theatre and stock company directories, New York Drama critics list
Folder 2 Theatrical services
Folder 3 Miscellaneous
Folder 4-5 Bank statements, 1965-1978
Folder 6-9 Checkbook stubs, 1968-1978

Box 6
Folder 1-5 Bills, 1966-1970
Folder 6 Insurance - policies and correspondence
Folder 7 Investors - Correspondence, 1966-1969
Folder 8 Investors - Lists
Folder 9 Investors - Miscellaneous
Folder 10 Taxes - Miscellaneous, 1966-1970

Series VI. Parker Playhouse, 1975-1976

Scope and Content Notes:

Miscellany pertaining to Michael Ellis’ final year (1975-1976) as manager of Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Folder 11 Parker Playhouse materials, 1975-1976

Series VII. Magician, 1985

Scope and Content Notes:

This series contains a few programs, through 1985, that include Ellis as a performing magician.

Folder 12 Magician programs

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

Series IX. Plays Considered for Production, 1958-1967

Scope and Content Notes:

In this series are nineteen plays, arranged alphabetically. Only five of the plays have files of any consequence: Beer Island - production cancelled; Daphne in Cottage D - Ellis withdrew as co-producer; Line - NY production plans dropped; The Name of the Game - NY production plans dropped twice; What Did We Do Wrong - Ellis withdrew before NY production. Among the 14 plays remaining are Mask and Gown, cross-country tour co-produced by Ellis, begun after the Bucks County production; Twelve Angry Men, world premiere at Bucks County; and Wait a Minim, in which Mary Ellis was an investor. Some plays were only considered because of a friend’s involvement. In some cases, Ellis' involvement is not clear.

Subseries 1. Beer Island,


Box 23
Folder 1 Correspondence - Miscellaneous, 1966-1967
Folder 2 Correspondence - Shelley Berman, 1966-1967
Folder 3 Correspondence - Kirk Douglas, 1966
Folder 4 Correspondence - Van Heflin, 1966-1967
Folder 5 Correspondence - Prospective directors
Folder 6 Correspondence - Legal, 1966-1968
Folder 7 Budget
Folder 8 Casting - Agency submissions
Folder 9 Casting - Interviews
Folder 10 Casting - Miscellaneous lists
Folder 11 Casting - Photographs A-K
Folder 12 Casting - Photographs L-Z
Folder 13 Casting - Readings schedules
Folder 14 Casting - Understudies
Folder 15 Contracts - Miscellaneous correspondence and basic production contract form
Folder 16 Props
Folder 17 Script notes and comments
Folder 18 Miscellaneous
Folder 19 Beer Company - Investors' correspondence,
Folder 20 Beer Company - Investors' offering circular and Partnership Agreement form,

Subseries 2. Daphne in Cottage D Daphne Company, 1967


Box 24
Folder 1 Correspondence - Miscellaneous, 1965-1968
Folder 2 Correspondence - Martine Bregman, 1965-1967
Folder 3 Correspondence - Edward Chodorov, 1965-1966
Folder 4 Correspondence - Opening night benefit at the Hopkins Center, 1966
Folder 5 Correspondence - Postponement of production
Folder 6 Advertising and publicity
Folder 7 Bills
Folder 8 Budget
Folder 9 Casting - Correspondence
Folder 10 Casting - Submissions and readings
Folder 11 Casting - Photographs
Folder 12 Miscellaneous
Folder 13 Daphne Company - Miscellaneous bank records
Folder 14 Daphne Company - Miscellaneous financial records
Folder 15 Daphne Company - Investors correspondence

Series X. Scripts

Scope and Content Notes:

There are thirty-nine titles arranged alphabetically in this series. Includes scripts of Ellis productions and other plays in which he had some interest of varying degree. Various titles appear in several versions, of which the most interesting is S.J. Perelman’s The Beauty Part (6 versions, final version not included). Of eight stage manager’s books included, two are Ellis' - The Body Beautiful and Magnolia Alley.

Subseries 1. The Advocate

Folder 16 Early version - Before I Sleep
Folder 17 Revised Final script, August 1963

Box 27
Folder 1 The American Dame: A Play/Out - Docudrama by Philip C. Lewis
Folder 2 Angela: A Comedy in Three Acts - Script precedes summer tryout, by Sumner Arthur Long, 1968

Subseries 2. The Beauty Part

Folder 3 Earliest version - Mimeo
Folder 4 Earliest version with extensive penciled revisions and substitute leaves
Folder 5 Typescript incorporating holograph revisions of folder 4 version
Folder 6 “Old Act I” - A further revision of version 3 (Folder 5). Carbon typescript
Folder 7 Revised Act I - A further revision of version 4 (Folder 6). Typescript
Folder 8 “1st revision, Act I only – Old Act II” - Carbon typescripts
Folder 9 Final complete version - Carbon typescript
Folder 10 Final complete version as above - Mimeo
Folder 11 “Pages removed from Perelman script” - written on sheet appended to 1st page. Mimeo / typescript
Folder 12 Typescript leaves with revisions or substitute leaves - Some revisions are incorporated in the 1963 Samuel French edition

Subseries 3. Beer Island: A Play in Three Acts


Box 28
Folder 1-2 Copies 1 and 2

Subseries 4. The Body Beautiful

Folder 3 Stage manager’s book (Ellis) - Revised October 15, 1957, with holograph note on cover: revision 11-26-57

Subseries 5. Ceremonies in Dark Old Men: A Play in Two Acts

Folder 4-5 Copies 1 and 2
Folder 6 Stage manager’s book

Subseries 6. Come Blow Your Horn: A Comedy

Folder 7 Copy 1

Box 29
Folder 1 Copy 2

Subseries 7. Courtin’ Time: A Musical Comedy

Folder 2 Version 1
Folder 3 Version 2 with holograph revisions
Folder 4 Version 3 with stage manager’s book
Folder 5 Version 4

Subseries 8. Daphne in Cottage D: A Play in Three Acts

Folder 6-7 Versions 1 and 2 - Order not determined

Subseries 9. Edgar and Alice

Folder 8 Five Star Final - Louis Weitzenkorn as played at the Cort Theatre in New York, January 1931

Subseries 10. The Girl in the Freudian Slip

Folder 9 Version 1

Box 30
Folder 1-2 Version 2
Folder 3 Version 3 - Florida script, March 20, 1967
Folder 4-5 Version 4

Subseries 11. Half In Earnest: A Musical Adaptation of the Importance of Being Earnest…

Folder 6 Typescript with holograph and typed revisions and notes

Box 31
Folder 1 I’ll Always Remember Miss Whatsername: A Romantic Comedy - Patrick Lawrence

Subseries 12. Jenny Kissed Me: A Comedy in Three Acts

Folder 2 Stage manager’s book

Subseries 13. The Last Dance (with title: Strange Anniversary)

Folder 3 Stage manager’s book
Folder 4 Line: A Play in Two Acts - Fourth Draft by Israel Horovitz, 1968
Folder 5 The Magistrate - Arthur Wing Pinero

Subseries 14. Magnolia Alley

Folder 6 Stage manager’s book (Ellis)
Folder 7 The Marriner Method…A Comedy - Otis Bigelow
Folder 8 The Mask - H.M. Harwood?

Subseries 15. The Mirror Under the Eagle: A Conversation Piece


Box 32
Folder 1 First draft – Revise to p. 72
Folder 2 Version 2 with sub-title - A play-out, 1958

Subseries 16. Mrs. Gibbon’s Boys: A Comedy

Folder 3 Typescript with holograph revisions

Subseries 17. The Name of the Game

Folder 4-5 Early version as Remember Sweet Alice
Folder 6-7 Version 2, November 20, 1965
Folder 8 Version 3 as The Name of the Game

Box 33
Folder 1 Version 3 - Copy 2
Folder 2 Version 4, January 1967
Folder 3 Version 5 - Stage manager’s script

Subseries 18. Nothing but the Truth: A Comedy in Three Acts

Folder 4 Samuel French acting edition - Stage manager’s copy directed by Ellis at American Church in Paris, April 1938

Subseries 19. The Paisley Convertible: A Comedy

Folder 5-7 Early version - as Early to Bed, 1966
Folder 8 As The Paisley Convertible - Copy 1, December 27, 1966

Box 34
Folder 1 As The Paisley Convertible - Copy 2

Subseries 20. A Perfect Frenzy: A Farce Comedy

Folder 2 Stage manager’s book for Bucks County 15th Anniversary show

Subseries 21. The Play’s the Thing

Folder 3 Stage manager’s book

Subseries 22. Pueblo: A Play

Folder 4 First draft, April 1, 1970

Subseries 23. Remember Sweet Alice

Folder 5 Rollo: A Play in Three Acts - Adapted by Felicity Douglas

Subseries 24. Sweet Eros and Witness

Folder 6-7 Final version
Folder 8 Stage manager’s book

Subseries 25. Twelve Angry Men


Box 35
Folder 1-2 Ellis' translation from the French translation for Bucks County - with some stage directions
Folder 3 French translation: Douze hommes en colere - in L’Avant-scene 184

Subseries 26. A Ton of Bricks: A New Comedy

Folder 4-5 Version 1, September 1961
Folder 6 Version 2 - Revision, May 1962
Folder 7 Version 3 - Revision, July 1962
Folder 8 We Call to Mind: A Docudrama - Philip C. Lewis

Subseries 27. What Did We Do Wrong? A New Comedy

Folder 9-10 Copies 1 and 2
Folder 11 Script changes - Loose pages
Folder 12 Which Way the Wind: Docudrama… - Philip C. Lewis, c.1959

Box 36
Folder 1 A Whiff of Melancholy: A Play in Three Acts - James W. Andres, 1961

Subseries 28. Whoever Finds This Bottle

Folder 2 Version C
Folder 3 Version 2
Folder 4 Possible final version - Mimeo

Subseries 29. You Never Know: Musical version of Candlelight

Folder 5 Partial typescript - Samuel French edition of Candlelight included

Series XI. Sheet Music

Scope and Content Notes:

Included in this series are scores for The Beauty Part and Half in Earnest. Also includes miscellaneous songs, several from Two’s Company, several in more than one version.


Box 37
Folder 1 The Beauty Part - Score
Folder 2 The Beauty Part - Bass and Percussion
Folder 3 Half in Earnest - Score for Act I
Folder 4 Half in Earnest - Score for Act II
Folder 5 Half in Earnest - Score for Act III
Folder 6 Half in Earnest - Percussion
Folder 7-8 Miscellaneous songs - Titles A-P

Box 38
Folder 1 Miscellaneous songs - Titles R-Z

Series XII. Scrapbooks, 1954-1956

Scope and Content Notes:

Six scrapbooks cover Michael Ellis’ early productions, The Last Dance, The Play’s the Thing and Jenny Kissed Me, and the early years at the Bucks County Playhouse, 1954-56. The majority of the scrapbooks contain programs, correspondence, and newspaper clippings. See also additional materials series and oversized material for other scrapbooks.

Folder 2 The Last Dance - Chiefly press clippings, 1947-1948
Folder 3-4 The Play’s the Thing - Chiefly press clippings, 1948

Box 39
Folder 1 The Play’s the Thing and Jenny Kissed Me, 1948-1949
Folder 2-3 Bucks County Playhouse, 1954-1956

Box 40
Folder 1-3 The Beauty Part - Includes clippings and correspondence, 1961-1963

Box 41
Folder 1-2 Come Blow Your Horn - Includes clippings and correspondence, 1960-1964
Folder 3 The Advocate - Chiefly clippings, 1962-1963

Box 42
Folder 1 Daphne in Cottage D and The Paisley Convertible, 1966-1967
Folder 2 Absence of a Cello - Chiefly clippings and correspondence, 1963-1966
Folder 3 The Girl in the Freudian Slip and What Did We Do Wrong? - Chiefly clippings, 1966-1967

Box 43
Folder 1 Ceremonies in Dark Old Men , Sweet Eros/Witness , Angela, and Who’s Happy Now?, 1968-1969

Series XIII. Oversize Miscellany, 1941-1942

Scope and Content Notes:

The oversize materials in this series are mostly posters, mostly organized by production, A-Z. Also includes a large scrapbook covering Flight to the West (Yardley Theatre, week of Sept. 29, 1941, Michael Ellis’ first Equity performance), other early programs, and a significant amount of materials for the production of My Sister Eileen, Eastern Company tour, 1941-42.


Box 44
Folder 1 The Advocate - Mounted Group W newspaper, set designs, and poster at Anta Theater in New York
Folder 2 Angela - Poster for the Music Box in New York
Folder 3 Ceremonies in Dark Old Men - Two signs
Folder 4 Come Blow Your Horn - Posters
Folder 5 Courtin’ Time - Broadside for Nixon Theatre in Pittsburgh
Folder 6 The Girl in the Freudian Slip - Prototype for poster
Folder 7 The Play’s the Thing - Photograph of Ellis, James Russo, and Faye Emerson also autographed clipping Faye Emerson to “Jimmy”
Folder 8 Sweet Eros and The Witness - Poster at Gramercy Arts in New York
Folder 9 SUAC (Student Union Academic Commission) presents Mike Ellis - Poster
Folder 10 Come Blow Your Horn - Page from Life magazine laminated on wood
Folder 11 Scrapbook - Including Flight to the West at the Yardley Theatre and chiefly My Sister Eileen's Eastern Company tour, 1941-1942
Folder 12 Loose photos from scrapbook above

Series XIV. Addition, 1960-1981

Scope and Content Notes:

The Kozak Schwart records are the official accounting records for two theatrical limited investment companies formed by Michael Ellis for the production of two plays: Come Blow Your Horn, Broadway, 1961 (Kentwood Company), and Absence of a Cello, Broadway 1963 (Cello Company). The Kentwood Company records date from its formation in 1960 through its dissolution in 1981, but are not complete. The first five years of Cello Company history are also missing; records for 1968-81 are fairly complete. Records for both companies include Statements of Company Condition; correspondence, which contains little of substance; Limited Partnership Agreements; Partners’ Share Lists; tax returns; bank statements; and royalty statements. Not all years are represented by the same types of documents within the collection.

Subseries 1. Kentwood Company, 1960-1981

Scope and Content Notes:

The series is organized into four parts: the original Limited Partnership Agreement (1 folder), Statements of Company Condition, 1963-1981 (1 folder), correspondence, chiefly regarding location of partners who had moved, 1971-82 (2 folders), and the chronological history of the company, 1960-81, including individual partner and company tax returns (United States, New York State, and New York City), bank statements, and royalty statements (41 folders).


Box 45
Folder 1 Original Theatrical Partnership Agreement, 1960
Folder 2 Statements of Company Condition, 1963-1981
Folder 3-4 Correspondence, 1971-1982
Folder 5 Tax returns, 1961
Folder 6-7 Tax returns - Partners’ Share List, 1963-1964
Folder 8-11 Partners’ Share List - Miscellaneous, 1966-1969

Box 46
Folder 1-3 Partners’ Share List - Miscellaneous, 1970-1972
Folder 4 Individual partner tax returns, 1972
Folder 5 Partners’ Share List - Bank statements and miscellaneous, 1973

Box 47
Folder 1 Individual partners’ tax returns, 1973
Folder 2 Partners’ Share List - Miscellaneous, 1974
Folder 3 Cancelled checks and royalty statements, 1973-1975
Folder 4 Partners’ Share List - Tax returns and miscellaneous, 1974
Folder 5 Bank statements, 1974
Folder 6 Individual partners’ tax returns, 1974

Box 48
Folder 1 Check stubs, 1971-1975
Folder 2 Tax returns and bank statements, 1975
Folder 3 Partners’ Share List - Tax returns and miscellaneous, 1975
Folder 4 Individual partners' tax returns, 1975
Folder 5 Partner’s Share List - Returned partner tax forms and miscellaneous, 1976
Folder 6 Individual partners’ tax returns, 1976

Box 49
Folder 1 Partners’ Share List - Returned partner tax forms and miscellaneous, 1976
Folder 2 Individual partners’ tax returns, 1977
Folder 3 Partners’ Share List - Bank and royalty statements, 1977
Folder 4 Returned partner tax forms and distribution checks, 1977

Box 50
Folder 1 Individual partner tax return - Bank statements and cancelled checks, 1978
Folder 2 Partners’ Share List - Tax forms, 1979
Folder 3 Individual partner’s tax returns, 1979
Folder 4 Partnership Identification Data form - Tax information and miscellaneous, 1979
Folder 5 Tax forms - Partnership Identification Data form and financial statements, 1980

Box 51
Folder 1 Cancelled checks, 1980
Folder 2 Individual partner tax returns, 1980
Folder 3 Company worksheets - Miscellaneous, 1980
Folder 4 Individual partner tax returns, 1981

Box 52
Folder 1 Copy of the Theatrical Limited Partnership Agreement - Partners’ Share List and miscellaneous, 1981
Folder 2 Individual partner tax returns, 1981
Folder 3 Returned partner tax forms and distribution checks, 1981

Subseries 2. Cello Company, 1968-1981

Scope and Content Notes:

Organized similarly as the Kentwood Company subseries, except that the original Limited Partnership Agreement is missing, including: Statements of Company Condition, 1968-78 (1 folder), correspondence, 1978-83 (2 folders), chronological history of the company, 1968-81 (27 folders).

Folder 4 Statements of Company Condition, 1968-1978
Folder 5-6 Correspondence, 1978-1983
Folder 7 Tax forms - Cancelled checks and other statements, 1968
Folder 8-9 Partners’ Share List - Tax materials and bank statements, 1969-1970

Box 52
Folder 1 Partners’ Share List - Tax materials and bank statements, 1971
Folder 2 Individual partners’ tax returns, 1972
Folder 3 Partners’ Share List - Bank and royalty statements, 1972
Folder 4 Returned partner tax forms, 1972
Folder 5 Individual partners’ tax returns, 1973
Folder 6 Partners’ Share List - Tax forms and statements, 1973
Folder 7 Returned partner tax forms, 1972

Box 53
Folder 1 Individual partners’ tax returns, 1974
Folder 2 Returned partner tax forms - Cancelled / blank checks, 1975
Folder 3-4 Individual partners’ tax returns, 1975-1976
Folder 5 Tax forms and financial statements, 1976

Box 54
Folder 1 Individual partners’ tax returns, 1977
Folder 2 Returned partner tax forms - Statements and correspondence, 1977
Folder 3 Individual partners’ tax returns, 1978
Folder 4 Tax returns - Returned partner tax forms and financial statements, 1978
Folder 5 Individual partners’ tax returns, 1978

Box 55
Folder 1 Individual partners’ tax returns, 1979
Folder 2 Partnership Identification Data form - Financial statements and correspondence, 1979
Folder 3 Individual partners’ tax returns, 1980
Folder 4 Partnership Identification Data form - Tax returns and royalty statements, 1980

Box 56
Folder 1 Individual partners’ tax returns, 1981
Folder 2 Final Partnership Identification Data form - Tax returns and royalty statements, 1981
Folder 3 Checkbook of stubs and unused checks, 1981