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Theatre Collection Manuscripts and Prompt Books Featured in Exhibition at the Grolier Club

Madame Celeste as Miami, The Huntress of the Mississippi, in The Green Bushes; or, A Hundred Years Ago, drama by John Bladwin Buckstone. Watercolor by James Warren Childe, ca. 1846.

March 26, 2002 -- Over the last 100 years the Harvard Theatre Collection of Houghton Library has acquired countless rare materials that document the performing arts: the manuscript of Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband, the prompt book to the original production of Thornton Wilder's Our Town, the account book for the theatre in Lincoln's Inn Fields. These treasures and others are on exhibit in New York at the Grolier Club through April 27. The Play's the Thing: Theatrical Manuscripts and Prompt Books from the Harvard Theatre Collection, illuminates the creative journey of the play as it moves from written to spoken word.

"The exhibition is centered around the literary aspect of theatre, as shown in the manuscripts and prompt books. These items are paired with photographs, play bills, scene designs, and other materials, demonstrating how resources in such a large collection can be combined by researchers to give more insight into the many aspects of a production," said Fredric Woodbridge Wilson, Curator of the Harvard Theatre Collection.

Marking the 100-year anniversary of the Harvard Theatre Collection, the exhibition highlights its development by featuring items that helped establish it as one of the world's largest and most diverse performing arts collections. The exhibition includes materials from two of the earliest performing arts donor, Robert Gould Shaw, Class 1869, and Evert Jansen Wendell, Class 1882.

The exhibition is open to the pubic, without charge, Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, through April 27 at the Grolier Club, 47 East 60th Street.


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