Entries Tagged as 'Theatre'

Monday, June 26th, 2017

Edison Bulb in the Spotlight

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the exhibition Open House 75: Houghton Staff Select on display in the Edison and Newman Room from May 8 – August 19, 2017. Theater visionary Edward Gordon Craig foretold a future when all the elements of performance—including lights—would play their parts as well as […]

Monday, June 12th, 2017

Spending Time with Tennessee

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the exhibition Open House 75: Houghton Staff Select on display in the Edison and Newman Room from May 8 – August 19, 2017. In the fall of 1954 Tennessee Williams was desperate for a hit. After the meteoric successes of The Glass Menagerie and […]

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Collections Now Available for Research: June 2017

Houghton Library is pleased to announce that the following collections now have descriptive finding aids and are available for research in the library’s reading room. American Repertory Theatre Records, 1979-2012 (MS Thr 1605) – processed by Adrien Hilton, Jennifer Lyons, and Dale Stinchcomb Fredric Woodbridge Wilson Collection of Costume Designs for Theater, Musical Comedy, Pantomime […]

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 […]