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IUPUI University Theatre Records, 1968-1996


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ABSTRACT

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, University Theatre existed from 1968 to 1993 under the direction of Drs. J. Edgar and Dorothy Webb, during which more than 98 full-length theatrical productions were presented. Originating in the basement of the Marott Building at 902 N. Meridian Street, the theatre was moved to the Mary Cable Building on the main campus in 1981. Beginning in 1976, touring productions of children’s theatre provided full-length, fully-staged and costumed plays for school- age children throughout central Indiana. In 1983, Dr. Dorothy Webb initiated a national children’s theatre playwriting competition, which is ongoing and now known as the Waldo M. and Grace C. Bonderman IUPUI National Youth Theatre Playwriting Competition. University Theatre was closed in 1993 because of heavy budget cuts sustained by the School of Liberal Arts and a theatre major was no longer offered by IUPUI.

The records consist of materials related to the University Theatre productions, the Children’s Theatre productions, the National Youth Playwriting Competition and Symposium, grants awarded and administrative records.

ACCESS

These records are open to the public without restriction. The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproduction of copyrighted material.

PREFERRED CITATION

Cite as: IUPUI. School of Liberal Arts. University Theatre Records, 1968-1996, Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives, University Library, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.

ACQUISITION

IUPUI University Theatre Department. A93-45. June, 1993

 

Processed by Barbara J. Mondary, December 1997.

HISTORICAL NOTE

In the Fall semester of 1967, Dr. J. Edgar Webb, who was then commuting from Bloomington, Indiana while completing requirements for his doctorate at Indiana University, and Dr. David Burns, an assistant professor of speech and theatre at IUPUI, began planning the construction of a theatre in the basement of the Marott Building at 902 N. Meridian Street. The proposed space had previously functioned as a home economics laboratory, and earlier, as a swimming pool. At the time, the only theatre class taught was Dr. Webb’s class in Introduction to Theatre and Acting I.

Dr. Dorothy Webb became a part-time faculty member in 1968 and the curriculum was expanded to include Stagecraft, Directing I, Acting II and History of the Theatre. That November, with Dr. J. Edgar Webb directing, A Streetcar Named Desire became the first production on the new stage.

In 1971, Lunch ‘n Munch presentations were initiated. For the next four years during the month of December and free to the public, directing class students staged their work of one-act plays at noon in the Hidaway Cafeteria of the Blake Street Library. Between 1974 and 1983, dinner theatre was presented in the Union Building under the financial sponsorship of the Lecture and Convocations Committee.

In 1976, the Webbs began to offer touring productions of children’s theatre which provided full-length, fully staged and costumed plays for school-age children throughout central Indiana. The touring plays also offered study guides to the plays and a chance for interaction with the actors in order to provide an educational opportunity for both the students and teachers which could then be used in the classroom.

In 1981, University Theatre was moved to the Mary Cable Building, located on the main campus of IUPUI. The move more than doubled the space available for productions.

In 1984, Dr. Dorothy Webb began the biennial IUPUI National Children’s Theatre Playwriting Competition and Symposium which is ongoing and now named the Waldo M. and Grace C. Bonderman IUPUI National Youth Theatre Playwriting Competition. Her contributions made Dr. Webb a nationally recognized leader in the Children’s Theatre Association of America. In 1992, she received the Sara Spencer Award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education which honors artistic theatre practice of long duration and wide recognition. When given to an individual, the award recognizes meritorious achievement in the field of theatre for young audiences. It has been awarded only five times to individuals since its founding in 1978. In 1997, Dr. Webb was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre for her work in advancing theatre for young audiences.

In 1991, the School of Liberal Arts sustained heavy budget cuts and could no longer support University Theatre which lost two staff members, the business director and the technical director. However, with student activity money and residual ticket money from previous productions, the students continued theatrical productions at a rate of one show per semester instead of the usual two shows.

Citing fiscal restraints, university administration informed students who were majoring in theatre that they had two years to complete their degrees. Substantial cuts in the curriculum were made and the number of courses offered was cut by one third. The department moved from the Mary Cable Building to offices on the third floor of Cavanaugh Hall. Theatre courses were still offered, but the theatre major was eliminated from the Liberal Arts degree.

In 1993, University Theatre ceased operation. The final play was a reproduction of the first show produced by University Theatre in 1968, A Streetcar Named Desire. By the time of its closing, University Theatre had presented more than 98 productions.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

University Theatre Records consist of five series: University Theatre Productions, Children’s Theatre Productions, National Children’s Theatre Playwriting Symposium, Grants and Administrative. The records cover the period of time from the 1968 creation of University Theatre to its close in 1993, with the bulk of information focused on both adult and children’s plays presented by the theatre and the playwriting competition and symposium begun in 1983.

University Theatre Productions Files, 1968-1993, in chronological order, include information, memorabilia and photographs of the productions presented by University Theatre.

Children’s Theatre Productions Files, 1977-1990, also in chronological order, provide information regarding the theatre productions presented to school-age children and include study guides, photographs and touring information.

National Children’s Theatre Playwriting Symposium Records, 1985-1993, include information on the planning and presenting of the competitions and symposiums. In chronological order, the files include photographs and scripts of the winning plays.

Grant Files, 1977-1991, in chronological order, include applications, accounting and final reports of grants from such organizations as the Indiana Arts Commission, the Indiana Committee on the Humanities, Lilly Endowment and Melvin Simon & Associates.

Administrative Records, 1973-1995, in alphabetical order, contain information regarding administrative matters such as annual reports, correspondence and fundraising.


SERIES LIST

CONTENTS BOX FOLDER
University Theatre Productions Files    
  Streetcar Named Desire 1968 01 01
  Blithe Spirit 1969 01 02
  Slow Dance on the Killing Ground 1970 01 03
  Night Must Fall 1970 01 04
  Bus Stop 1971 01 05
  What Every Woman Knows 1971 01 06
  The Crucible 1972 01 07
  The Rainmaker 1973 01 08
  You Can’t Take It With You 1973 01 09
  Diary of Anne Frank 1973 01 10
  Hedda Gabbler 1973 01 11
  Theatre Season Brochure 1973-1974 01 12
  I Never Sang For My Father 1974 01 13
  Long Day’s Journey Into Night 1974 01 14
  The Glass Menagerie 1974 01 15
  A Lion in Winter 1975 01 16
  Rebels With A Cause 1975 01 17
  A Man for All Seasons 1976 01 18
  The Beautiful People 1976 01 19
  The Chalk Garden 1976 01 20
  Girl Crazy 1977 01 21
  Joan of Lorraine 1977 01 22
  See How They Run 1978 01 23
  The Promise 1978 01 24
  The Hollow 1978 01 25
  A Marriage Proposal / The Boor 1978 01 26
  A Doll House 1978 01 27
  Finishing Touches 1979 02 01
  Creation of the World and Other Business 1979 02 02
  The Quiltmaker 1979 02 03-05
  A Hatful of Rain 1980 02 06
  Theatre Season Brochure 1980-1981 02 07
  Barefoot in the Park 1980 02 08-09
  Hasty Heart 1980 02 10
  Nightwatch 1981 03 01
  The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds 1981 03 02
  Theatre Season Brochure 1981-1982 03 03
  Whose Life Is It Anyway (canceled) 1981 03 04
  Cerberus 1981 03 04-07
  The Children’s Hour 1982 03 08
  A View From The Bridge 1982 03 09
  The Subject Was Roses 1982 03 10
  Theatre Season Brochure 1982-1983 03 11
  Play It Again Sam 1982 03 12
  Dark of the Moon 1982 03 13
  The Owl and the Pussycat 1983 04 01
  The Rape of the Belt 1983 04 02
  Our American Cousin 1983 04 03-04
  Theatre Season Brochure 1983-1984 04 05
  The Three Musketeers 1983 04 06
  The Passion of Dracula 1983 04 07
  The Runner Stumbles 1983 04 08
  Liberty Taken 1984 05 01-04
  Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 1984 05 05
  Theatre Season 1984-1985 05 06
  Same Time Next Year 1984 05 07
  Fifth of July 1984 05 08
  A Raisin in the Sun 1985 06 01
  Misalliance 1985 06 02
  Theatre Season Brochure 1985-1986 06 03
  Working 1985 06 04
  Lu Ann Hampton Laverty Oberlander 1985 06 05
  Talking With 1985 07 01
  And a Nightingale Sang 1986 07 02
  Theatre Season Brochure 1986-1987 07 03
  Whose Life Is It Anyway 1986 07 04
  Family Sunrise 1986 07 05-06
  Master Harold and the Boys 1987 08 01
  1940's Radio Hour 1987 08 02
  Theatre Season Brochure 1987-1988 08 03
  Miss Firecracker Contest 1987 08 04
  The Bridge 1987 09 01-06
  The Miracle Worker 1988 10 01
  Theatre Season Brochure 1988-1989 10 02
  Towards Zero 1988 10 03
  Beyond the Horizon 1988 10 04
  Ladyhouse Blues 1989 10 05
  Theatre Season Brochure 1989-1990 10 06
  Rope 1989 10 07
  The Glass Menagerie 1990 11 01
  Good-bye Charlie 1990 11 02
  Theatre Season Brochure 1990-1991 11 03
  The Bad Seed 1990 11 04
  Look Homeward Angel 1991 11 05
  Coastal Disturbances 1991 11 06
  The Good Doctor 1991 11 07
  Mother Hicks 1992 11 08
  The Trickeries of Scapin 1992 11 09
  A Streetcar Named Desire 1993 11 10
Children’s Theatre Productions Files
  Reynard the Fox 1977 12 01-02
  Androcles and the Lion 1978 12 03
  A Toby Show 1979-1980 12 04
  The Land of the Dragon 1980 12 05
  The Mirrorman 1981 12 06-07
  Rumpelstiltskin 1981 12 08
  The Sleeping Beauty 1981 12 09
  Mean To Be Free 1982 13 01
  Step on a Crack 1982-1983 13 02
  Puppet Capers 1982-1983 13 03
  Cinderella 1984 13 04-06
  Ride a Blue Horse 1985 14 01
  The Magician’s Nephew 1985-1986 14 02
  The Arkansas Bear 1986-1987 14 03-06
  Huck Finn’s Story 1987-1988 15 01-05
  Androcles and the Lion 1988-1989 15 06
  Scraps the Ragtime Girl From Oz 1989-1990 15 07
  East of the Sun West of the Moon 1990 15 08
  Ride a Blue Horse 1990 15 09
National Children’s Theatre Playwriting Symposium Records
  Symposium 1985 "Setting Critical Standards" 16 01-02
  Hallelujah Hopscotch (winner) 16 03-09
  Symposium 1987 "Articulating Critical Standards"    
  Requests for applications 17 01
  Publicity 1986-1987 17 02
  Correspondence 1987 17 03
  Producers and Critics Panel 17 04
  Directors Panel 17 05
  Speeches 17 06
  Playwriters Panel 17 07
  Publishers Panel 17 08
  "Proceedings" contents 17 09
  "Proceedings" published 17 10
  Reservations 18 01
  Finances 18 02
  Becca (winner) 18 03-05
  Symposium 1989 "The Play and the Playwright"    
  General 18 06
  The Devil’s Orphan (winner) 18 07-08
  Symposium 1991 "The Play and the Playwright"    
  General 18 09
  Symposium 1993 "Spotlight on Process"    

 

General 18 10
Grant Files
  Indiana Arts Commission 1977-1982 19 01-02
  Indiana Committee for the Humanities 1983 19 03
  Indiana Arts Commission 1983-1984 19 04
  Indiana Committee for the Humanities 1984 19 05
  IUPUI Project Development Program 1984 19 06
  Indiana Committee for the Humanities 1984-1985 19 07
  McDonald’s Corporation 1984-1985 19 08
  Melvin Simon & Associates 1984-1985 19 09
  Target Stores 1984-1985 19 10
  Penrod Society 1985 19 11
  Lilly Endowment 1985 19 12
  Indiana Arts Commission 1985-1986 19 13-16
  Melvin Simon & Associates 1986 19 17
  Arthur Jordon Foundation 1986 19 18
  William C. Griffith Foundation Trust 1986 19 19
  Inland Container Corporation Foundation 1986 19 20
  Penrod Society 1986-1987 19 21
  Indiana Theatre Association 1986-1987 19 22
  IU President’s Council on Humanities/    
  Children’s Theatre Foundation 19 23
  Indiana Arts Commission 1986-1987 20 01-02
  IUPUI Project Development Program 1986-1987 20 03
  Indiana Committee for the Humanities 1987 20 04-05
  Indiana Arts Commission 1987-1988 20 06-12
  Junior League of Indianapolis 1988 20 13
  Indiana Committee for the Humanities 1988-1989 21 01
  Lilly Endowment 1988-1989 21 02
  Indiana Arts Commission 1988-1989 21 03-09
  IUPUI President’s Council on Humanities 1990-1991 21 10
Administrative Records
  Advisory Board Committee 1984-1990 22 01-02
  Annual Reports 1981-1991 22 03-10
  Awards 1985-1988 22 11
  Budgets 1988-1991 22 12
  Correspondence/Della Pacheco 1983-1984 22 13-14
  Correspondence/Della Pacheco 1984-1988 23 01-04
  Correspondence/Rene Trischler 1989-1991 23 05-07
  Children’s Theatre Tour 24 01
  Development Plan 1987 /Speech & Theatre Dept. 24 02
  Development Plan 1988/SLA with Theatre response 24 03
  Development Plan 1988-1989/ Theatre Dept. 24 04
  Fundraising/Donors 1985-1991 24 05-06
  Fundraising/1990 24 07
  Fundraising/Promenade of Players Benefit 1989 24 08-09
  Histories ca. 1983 24 10
  Legal Issues 1986 24 11
  Newsletters 1980-1986 25 01
  Physical Plant of Theatre 1973-1990 25 02-09
  Publicity 1983-1990 25 10-15
  Special Programs/Seminars 1979-1990 26 01-13
  Student Related Projects and Activities 1972-1995 27 01-07
  Technical Theatre Guidelines and Equipment 27 08-09
  Visiting Artists 27 10-14
  Webb, Dr. Dorothy/ Webb, Dr. J. Edgar General Information, some correspondence 27 15-17
  Miscellaneous programs, brochures, and posters 28  
Last updated by bburk on 03/24/2009