Entries Tagged as 'Theatre'

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Most Creative: John Lithgow’s Harvard Years

It’s been a year of milestones for actor and Harvard alum John Lithgow, who this week celebrates his 50th class reunion. Last April, he was fêted with the 2017 Harvard Arts Medal at the kick-off of Arts First, the annual festival of student creativity he helped launch 25 years ago. Self-portrait as Winston Churchill in […]

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

New on OASIS in May

Four finding aids for newly cataloged collections have been added to the OASIS database this month: Processed by Michael Austin: José María Castañé Collection of Photographs by Agustí Centelles, circa 1936-1939 (MS Span 181)   Minimally Processed by Adrien Hilton: George Antheil Papers, circa 1950-1953 (MS Thr 1601)   Processed by Irina Klyagin: Elena Bonner […]

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

John Lithgow: Actor as Artist

Exhibit opens showcasing ‘Trial & Error’ star’s talent for drawing as well as drama. Halfway through his freshman year, John Lithgow set his sights on a summer residency at the artist colony in Skowhegan, Maine. Hoping to give his son’s application an edge, John’s father arranged a private interview with the painter Ben Shahn, a formidable […]

Monday, March 13th, 2017

New on OASIS in March

Below are the finding aids for twelve new or newly cataloged collections in the OASIS database. Processed by: Michael Austin José María Castañé collection of 20th-century conflict papers. Autographed portraits of military leaders, circa 1937-1968 (MS Span 177) Processed by: Adrien Hilton Carl Peirce papers, 1883-1907 (MS Thr 1580) Collection of correspondence and ephemera of […]

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

An Actress Prepares

A promptbook I’ve been working on recently, The Amber Heart, by Alfred Calmour (1857?-1912), is bound in tan leather wrappers with its title stamped in gold on cover and spine. Inside, the covers are decorated with gorgeous red-violet marbled endpapers edged with intricate gold stamping. The book resides in a quarter tan calf and cloth […]

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Climbing that career ladder

Ah, patronage.  That special arrangement, in which a composer or author contacts someone in High Places, and asks them to lend their name (and/or their money) to a publication. No less a luminary then Blackadder has struggled with its complexities. Scholars today are particularly interested in those little dedications often found at the head of […]

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Washington the Great, Chief of the Columbians

Alfred the Great drove the invading Danes out of England and coins from his reign dub him “King of the English” in tribute to this victory. In the centuries following his death, he gained a reputation as the monarch who did much to create not only the new nation of England, but also the mythology […]

Friday, January 6th, 2017

John Adams on Shakespeare, or As You Dislike It

Another year of Shakespeare has drawn to a close. This week on Broadway the curtain came down on the hit show Something Rotten! whose song “I Hate Shakespeare” offered the closest thing to a respite from the past year’s tempest of fulsome tributes. Those weary of the much ado can take heart: the next anniversary […]

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

LIGHTS, [camera], action!

Sometimes, working with the vast resources of the Ward Collection brings up more questions than it answers. Recently while scanning some libretto volumes for “key content,” I ran across some intriguing illustrations in Le theatre italien de Gherardi, a collection of 55 comedies and scenarios performed in Paris by the Comédie-Italienne (one of the precursors […]

Monday, November 7th, 2016

But wait, there’s more: Many faces of Hawaiian Butterfly

Our recent Hidden Collections sheet music project has continued to produce treasures from the Historical Sheet Music Collections of Houghton and the Harvard Theatre Collection. (Yes, as Susan Sarandon would say in Bull Durham, we need a nickname.) We have now identified 29 different issues of Hawaiian Butterfly. Even as familiar with the vagaries of […]