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Guide to the University Theatre Prompt Books 1933/1984

Overview of the Collection

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Dept. of Theatre

Title:

University Theatre Prompt Books

Dates:

1933-1984

Size:

12.00

Repository:

Northwestern University Archives

Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Abstract:

The prompt books for theatrical productions of Northwestern University's School of Speech include scripts for University Theatre productions, annotated for use by the prompter, along with sketches of the staging and other notes. Bound prompt books include most of the productions from number 50 (1933) through number 320 (1957).

Note:

Other Information:

For a history of the Northwestern University School of Speech’s University Theatre, Studio Theatre, and Theatre Workshops, see Lynn Miller Rein, Northwestern University School of Speech: A History ([Evanston, IL]: Northwestern University, 1981).

Historical Note

For a history of the Northwestern University School of Speech’s University Theatre, Studio Theatre, and Theatre Workshops, see Lynn Miller Rein, Northwestern University School of Speech: A History ([Evanston, IL]: Northwestern University, 1981).

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Corporate Name

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Dept. of Theatre

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). University Theatre

Topical Term

College theater--Illinois--Evanston

Administrative Information

Processing Information

Finding Aid Scanned and Reformatted: Andrew Green, October 2002.

Related Materials

Bound volumes of University Theatre Programs, University Archives, Room 110; University Theatre Production Records, 1934-1955, Series 20/20; University Theatre Photographs, 1928-1978, Series 20/48. For a chronological listing of University Theatre productions, see: General Files, School of Speech, Permanent Record of University Theatre Productions

Arrangement of Materials

Prompt books are organized numerically by production number (when known). The 104 bound prompt books have a volume number stamped on their spines; this volume number is the same as the number of the production. Boxes 1-12 hold unbound, foldered prompt books, also arranged by production number order; however, because of the order in which they were received by the University Archives, the dates run as follows: boxes 1-5, 1956-78; boxes 6-9, 1943-1951; boxes 10-12, 1964-1984.

Scope and Contents

The prompt books for theatrical productions of Northwestern University's School of Speech include scripts for University Theatre productions, annotated for use by the prompter, along with sketches of the staging and other notes.

Prompt books are organized numerically by production number (when known). The 104 bound prompt books have a volume number stamped on their spines; this volume number is the same as the number of the production. Bound prompt books include most of the productions from number 50 (1933) through number 320 (1957). The container list for the bound volumes includes play title, production number, dates staged, author, and director. Boxes 1-12 hold unbound, foldered prompt books, also arranged by production number order; however, because of the order in which they were received by the University Archives, the dates run as follows: boxes 1-5, 1956-78; boxes 6-9, 1943-1951; boxes 10-12, 1964-1984. The container list for the boxed prompt books shows the box and folder numbers, production number, title, and dates staged.

In some cases, there is no production number, either because it is not known or because the production was not part of the regular University Theatre series.

INVENTORY

Schneideman Productions 1956-1978

Boxes 1-5 of this series includes unbound prompt books for productions staged by Professor Robert Ivan Schneideman of the University Theatre from April 1956 to August 1978. The books are arranged chronologically by folder according to dates they were staged.

These records were transferred to the University Archives by Professor Robert I. Schneideman.

None

Ann Osborne, May 1980.

Box 1

Folder 1

The Infernal Machine

2/5-9/52

Note:

Production Number 271

Box 1

Folder 2

The Imaginary Invalid

5/18-23/54

Note:

Production Number 295

Box 1

Folder 3

Fashion

3/1-6/55

Note:

Production Number 302

Box 1

Folder 4

The Caucasian Chalk Circle

5/24-29/55

Note:

Production Number 304

Box 1

Folder 5

The Birds

Summer 1955

Note:

Production Number 305

Box 1

Folder 6

The White Devil

4/27-5/6/56

Note:

Production Number 313

Box 2

Folder 1

The Beggar's Opera

7/3-29/56

Note:

Production Number 315

Box 2

Folder 2

Mother Courage and her Children

7/4-26/57

Note:

Production Number 327

Box 2

Folder 3

Waiting for Godot

10/25-11/3/57

Note:

Production Number 329

Box 2

Folder 4

Time of Your Life

3/1-3, 8-10/57

Note:

Production Number 322

Box 2

Folder 5

The Servant of Two Masters

4/25-5/4/58

Note:

Production Number 333

Box 3

Folder 1

Lute Song

7/4-26/58

Note:

Production Number 338

Box 3

Folder 2

The Life of Galileo Galilei

11/21-22/58

Note:

Production Number 340

Box 3

Folder 3

Endgame

10/30-11/8/59

Note:

Production Number 349

Box 3

Folder 4

Danton's Death

11/16-17/62

Note:

Production Number 379

Box 3

Folder 5

The Recruiting Officer

5/22-30/65

Note:

Production Number 401

Box 3

Folder 6

The Entertainer

10/22-31/65

Note:

Production Number 405

Box 4

Folder 1

The Loser

10/20-29/67

Note:

Production Number 423

Box 4

Folder 2

The Marriage of Mr. Mississippi

5/22-6/1/69

Note:

Production Number 438

Box 4

Folder 3

Don Juan or The Love of Geometry

7/10-8/6/71

Note:

Production Number 458

Box 4

Folder 4

U.S.A.

10/19-21/73

Note:

Production Number 475

Box 4

Folder 5

The Matchmaker

7/11-8/10/74

Note:

Production Number 482

Box 5

Folder 1

The Egg

10/20-23/77

Box 5

Folder 2

As You Like It

7/13-8/13/78

Addition 1 1943-1951

This addition to the University Theatre Prompt Books series includes unbound prompt books for productions dating between 1943-1951. Many of the productions were directed by Claudia Webster, Instructor of Dramatic Production, 1944-1952. The prompt books are arranged by production number (which follows the chronological order each production was staged).

This addition to the University Theatre Prompt Books series was acquired by the University Archives from Tom Roland, Director of Special Events on May 9, 1989 (Accession 89-71).

None.

James Andorfer, 10 May 1989.

Box 6

Folder 1

The Mistress of the Inn 3/3-5, 1943

3/3-5, 1943

Note:

Production Number 180

Box 6

Folder 2

The Affairs of Anatol

2/2-4, 1944

Note:

Production Number 189

Box 6

Folder 3

The Way of the World 4/26-29, 1944

4/26-29, 1944

Note:

Production Number 191

Box 6

Folder 4

The Male Animal

10/25, 1944

Note:

Production Number 197

Box 6

Folder 5

The Male Animal (cont'd)

10/25, 1944

Note:

Production Number 197

Box 6

Folder 6

Twelfth Night

2/26-3/3, 1945

Note:

Production Number 200

Box 7

Folder 1

Twelfth Night (cont'd)

2/26-3/3, 1945

Note:

Production Number 200

Box 7

Folder 2

Shadow & Substance

12/4-8, 1945

Note:

Production Number 209

Box 7

Folder 3

The Would-Be Gentleman

7/10-13, 1946

Note:

Production Number 210

Box 7

Folder 4

Blithe Spirit

5/28-31, 6/1, 1946

Note:

Production Number 213

Box 7

Folder 5

Blithe Spirit (cont'd)

5/28-31, 6/1, 1946

Note:

Production Number 213

Box 7

Folder 6

Murder in the Cathedral

2/4-8, 1947

Note:

Production Number 221

Box 7

Folder 7

Murder in the Cathedral (cont'd)

2/4-8, 1947

Note:

Production Number 221

Box 8

Folder 1

Arms and the Man

7/16-19, 1947

Note:

Production Number 224

Box 8

Folder 2

Arms and the Man (cont'd)

7/16-19, 1947

Note:

Production Number 224

Box 8

Folder 3

Dark of the Moon

5/18-22, 1948

Note:

Production Number 234

Box 8

Folder 4

Dark of the Moon (cont'd)

5/18-22, 1948

Note:

Production Number 234

Box 8

Folder 5

The Taming of the Shrew

2/1-5, 1949

Note:

Production Number 241

Box 9

Folder 1

The Rivals

5/17-21, 1949

Note:

Production Number 244

Box 9

Folder 2

The Rivals

5/17-21, 1949

Note:

Production Number 244

Box 9

Folder 3

The Inspector General

1/31-2/4, 1950

Note:

Production Number 251

Box 9

Folder 4

Doctor Knock

5/16-20, 1950

Note:

Production Number 254

Box 9

Folder 5

Doctor Knock

5/16-20, 1950

Note:

Production Number 254

Box 9

Folder 6

An Enemy of the People

1/30-2/3, 1951

Note:

Production Number 261

Box 9

Folder 7

An Enemy of the People

1/30-2/3, 1951

Note:

Production Number 261

Box 9

Folder 8

Blood Wedding

4/17/21, 1951

Note:

Production Number 263

Box 9

Folder 9

Blood Wedding

4/17/21, 1951

Note:

Production Number 263

Addition 2 1964-1984

This addition to the University Theatre Prompt Books series includes unbound prompt books for productions dating between 1964-1984. No University Theatre production number can be located in the prompt books. The addition is therefore arranged chronologically according to the date of stage production. Finding Aid Scanned and Reformatted: Andrew Green, October 2002

This addition to the University Theatre Prompt Books series was acquired by the University Archives from Robert Schneidemann, Dept. of Theatre and interpretation, on 30 May 1986 (Accession 86-86).

Duplicate prompt books from "The Caucasian Chalk Circle" and "Mother Courage and Her Children" were discarded.

None

James Andorfer, 16 May 1989.

Box 10

Folder 1

The Hostage

7/11-8/7, 1964

Note:

Production Number 394

Box 10

Folder 2

Three Sisters

1/28-2/6, 1972

Note:

Production Number 461

Box 10

Folder 3

The Good Person of Szechwan

1979

Box 10

Folder 4

The Good Person of Szechwan

1979

Box 10

Folder 5

The Good Person of Szechwan

1979

Box 10

Folder 6

The House of Blue Leaves

1979

Box 11

Folder 1

Hay Fever

1979

Box 11

Folder 2

Present Laughter

1981

Box 11

Folder 3

Royal Hunt of the Sun

1981

Box 11

Folder 4

Our Town

1983

Box 11

Folder 5

The Country Wife

1983

Box 12

Folder 1

The Country Wife (cont'd)

1983

Box 12

Folder 2

Antigone

1984

Bound Volumes

1

Maedchen in Uniform

7/18-21/33

Note:

Volume/Production Number 50

Christa Winslcxa

J.F. Baird

2

The Hairy Ape

10/18-20/33

Note:

Volume/Production Number 53

E. O'Neill

J.F. Baird

3

The London Merchant or The History of George Barnwell

Note:

Volume/Production Number 54

11/8-10/33

4

The Lady from the Sea

12/6,7,8

Note:

Volume/Production Number 55

Ibsen

G.H. Leverton

5

The Beggar's Opera

1/16-19/34

Note:

Volume/Production Number 56

Gay

G.H. Leverton

6

Under the Gaslight

3/6-8/34

Note:

Volume/Production Number 58

7

Much Ado About Nothing

4/23-27/34

Note:

Volume/Production Number 60 /63

Shakespeare

8

The School for Scandal

6/16,27-29/34

Note:

Volume/Production Number 62

Sheridan

C. Vance

9

Much Ado About Nothing

7/4-6/34

Note:

Volume/Production Number 63 /60

Shakespeare

10

As You Like It

4/23-27/35

Note:

Volume/Production Number 80

Shakespeare

11

Once in a Lifetime

10/23-25/35

Note:

Volume/Production Number 84

Kaufman & Hart

J. F. Baird

12

The Ticket-of-Leave Man

12/11-13/35

Note:

Volume/Production Number 86

Taylor

M. Hicks

13

Pillars of Society

1/15,16,17/36

Note:

Volume/Production Number 87

Ibsen

G.H. Leverton

14

The Experimentals and Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick

3/18-20/36

Note:

Volume/Production Number 89

Various authors and Lieut. B. Cormack

G.H. Leverton

15

King Henry the Fourth, I

4/22,23,24,25/36

Note:

Volume/Production Number 90

Shakespeare

J.F. Baird

16

Juno Paycock

3/17,18,19/37

Note:

Volume/Production Number 104/314

S. O'Casey

A. Ross

17

Twelfth Night

8/4,5,6/37

Note:

Volume/Production Number 105

Shakespeare

G.H. Leverton

18

Erasmus Montanus

5/19-21/37

Note:

Volume/Production Number 107, v. 2

19

Jeppe of the and the Hill

5/19,20,21/37

Note:

Volume/Production Number 107, v. 3

L. Holberg

G.H. Leverton

20

Hannele

11/17,18,19/37

Note:

Volume/Production Number 114/120

G. Hauptmann

G.H. Leverton

21

No More Peace

2/23,24,25/33

Note:

Volume/Production Number 116

E. Toller

G.H. Leverton

22

Measure for Measure

4/23,25,26,27/38

Note:

Volume/Production Number 118

Shakespeare

G.H. Leverton

23

Hannele

7/6,7,8,9/38

Note:

Volume/Production Number 120/114

G. Hauptmann

L. Mitchell

24

The Winter's Tale

3/3,4,5,6/38

Note:

Volume/Production Number 124

Shakespeare

L. Carra

25

The Cherry Orchard

7/12,13,14,15/39

Note:

Volume/Production Number 135

Chekhov

A. Krause

26

Our Town

7/26,27,28,29/39

Note:

Volume/Production Number 137

T. Wilder

L. Carra

27

Tonight at 8:30

10/25,26,27/39

Note:

Volume/Production Number 139

N. Coward

C. Vance

28

Family Portrait

4/10,11,12/40

Note:

Volume/Production Number 145

L. Coffee, W.J. Cowen

A. Krause

29

Pelleas and Melisande

7/10,11,12,13/40

Note:

Volume/Production Number 148

M. Maeterlinck

L. Mitchell

30

The Warrior's Husband

10/25,26/40

Note:

Volume/Production Number 153

J. Thompson

C. Ramsland

31

The Taming of the Shrew

2/26,27,28/41

Note:

Volume/Production Number 156/164

Shakespeare

C. Ramsland

32

The Three Sisters

4/2,3,4/41

Note:

Volume/Production Number 157

Chekhov

A. Krause

33

Fashion

5/7,8,9/41

Note:

Volume/Production Number 158

Anna Cora Mowatt

C. Ramsland

34

The Taming of the Shrew

3/6,7,8,9/41

Note:

Volume/Production Number 164/156

Shakespeare

C. Ramsland

35

The Tempest

11/12,13,14/41

Note:

Volume/Production Number 166

Shakespeare

L. Mitchell

36

The Wild Duck

4/15,16,17/42

Note:

Volume/Production Number 169

Ibsen

A. Krause

37

Kind Lady

6/30;7/1,2,3/42

Note:

Volume/Production Number 171

E. Chodorov

R. Kessler

38

Letters to Lucerne

11/4,5,6/42

Note:

Volume/Production Number 177

F. Rotter & A. Vincent

R. Kessler

39

Pygmalion

2/2,3,4/42

Note:

Volume/Production Number 178 (184)

G.B. Shaw

A. Krause

40

Personal Appearance

5/26,27,23/43

Note:

Volume/Production Number 182

L. Riley

R. Kessler

41

Pygmalion

6/28,29,30;7/l/43

Note:

Volume/Production Number 184 (178)

G.B. Shaw

A. Krause

42

Beggar on Horseback.

12/1,2,3,4/43

Note:

Volume/Production Number 188

G.S. Kauffman & M. Connelly

T. Skinner

43

Candida

7/5,6,7,8/1/1

Note:

Volume/Production Number 190, v. 1/190, v. 2

G.B. Shaw

A. Krause

44

Cry Havoc!

7/12,13,14,15/44

Note:

Volume/Production Number 194

A.R. Kenward

C. Webster

45

Spring Green

7/19,20,21,22/44

Note:

Volume/Production Number 195

F. Ryerson & C. Clements

T. Skinner

46

Is Life Worth Living?

7/26,27,28,29/44

Note:

Volume/Production Number 196

L. Robinson

E. Crowley

47

The Little Clay Cart

11/29,30;12/1,2/44

Note:

Volume/Production Number 198 (206)

K. Shudraka

E. Crowley

48

The Little Foxes

1/31;2/1,2,3/45

Note:

Volume/Production Number 199 (205)

L. Hellman

A. Krause

49

The Damask Cheek

4/25,26,27,23/45

Note:

Volume/Production Number 201

J. van Druten & L. Morris

E. Crowley

50

The Little Foxes

7/18,19,20,21/45

Note:

Volume/Production Number 205 (199)

L. Hellman

F. McKenna

51

The Little Clay Cart

7/25,26,27,28/45

Note:

Volume/Production Number 206 (198)

K. Shudraka

E. Crowley

52

Snafu

3/21,22/45

Note:

Volume/Production Number 207

L. Solomon & 1I. Buchman

T. Skinner

53

Squaring the Circle

11/6,7,3,9,10/45

Note:

Volume/Production Number 208

V. Kataev

A. Krause

54

The Would-Be Gentleman

2/5,6,7,8,9/46

Note:

Volume/Production Number 210

Moliere

C. Webster

55

The Far-Off Hills

3/5,6,7,8,9/46

Note:

Volume/Production Number 211

L. Robinson

E. Crowley

56

Noah

4/30;5/1,2,3,4/46

Note:

Volume/Production Number 212 (217)

A. Obey

E. Crowley

57

Blithe Spirit

7/2,3,5,6/46

Note:

Volume/Production Number 214

N. Coward

C. Webster

58

Noah

7/24,25,26,27/46

Note:

Volume/Production Number 217 (212)

A. Obey

E. Crowley

59

Death Takes a Holiday

7/30,31/46

Note:

Volume/Production Number 218

A. Cassella

W. Gahagan & F. McKenna

60

Soldier's Wife

11/5,6,7,8,9/46

Note:

Volume/Production Number 219

R. Franken

E. Crowley

61

Julius Caesar

12/3,4,5,6,7/46

Note:

Volume/Production Number 220

Shakespeare

L. Mitchell

62

The Great Big Doorstep

3/4,5,6,7,8/47

Note:

Volume/Production Number 222 (225)

F. Goodrich & A. Hackett

E. Crowley

63

The Circle

4/22,23,24,25,26/47

Note:

Volume/Production Number 223 (228)

W. Somerset Maugham

A. Krause

64

Arms and the Man

5/20,21,22,23,24/47

Note:

Volume/Production Number 224

G.B. Shaw

C. Webster

65

The Great Big Doorstep

7/2,3,4,5/47

Note:

Volume/Production Number 225 (222)

F. Goodrich & A. Hackett

E. Crowley

66

The Circle

7/23,24,25,26/47

Note:

Volume/Production Number 228 (223)

W. Somerset Maugham

F. McKenna

67

Years Ago

11/4,5,6,7,8/47

Note:

Volume/Production Number 229 (238)

R. Gordon

E. Crowley

68

Volpone

12/2,3,4,5,6/47

Note:

Volume/Production Number 230, v. 1/230, v. 2

Ben Johnson

L. Mitchell

69

Papa is All

3/14,15,16,17/48

Note:

Volume/Production Number 232

P. Greene

E. Crowley

70

The Flies

4/20,21,22,23,24/48

Note:

Volume/Production Number 233

J-P. Sartre

A. Krause

71

Years Ago

7/28,29,30,31/43

Note:

Volume/Production Number 238 (229)

R. Gordon

T. Cloak

72

You Touched Me

11/2,3,4,5,6/48

Note:

Volume/Production Number 239

T. Williams & D. Windham

E. Crowley

73

All My Sons

3/1,2,3,4,5/49

Note:

Volume/Production Number 242

A. Miller

E. Crowley

74

Androcles and the Lion

7/27,28,29,30/49

Note:

Volume/Production Number 248

G.B. Shaw

A. Krause

75

The Winslow Boy

11/1,2,3,4,5/49

Note:

Volume/Production Number 249

T. Rattigan

E. Crowley

76

Macbeth

11/29,30;12./1,2,3/49

Note:

Volume/Production Number 250 (256)

Shakespeare

L. Mitchell

77

The Playboy of the Western World

2/28;3/1,2,3,4/50

Note:

Volume/Production Number 252 (258)

J.M. Synge

E. Crowley

78

The Sea Gull

4/18,19,20,22/50

Note:

Volume/Production Number 253

Chekhov

A. Krause

79

Macbeth

7/12,13,14,15/50

Note:

Volume/Production Number 256 (250)

Shakespeare

L. Mitchell

80

The Playboy of the Western World

7/26,27,28,29/50

Note:

Volume/Production Number 258 (252)

J.M. Synge

T. Cloak

81

The Closing Door

10/31;11/1,2,3,4/50

Note:

Volume/Production Number 259

A. Knox

E. Crowley

82

The Alchemist

11/28,29,30;12/1,2/50

Note:

Volume/Production Number 260

Ben Johnson

L. Mitchell

83

The Play's the Thing

2/27,28;3/1,2,3/51

Note:

Volume/Production Number 262

F. Molnar

E. Crowley

84

Heartbreak House

5/15,16,17,18,19/51

Note:

Volume/Production Number 264 (268)

G.B. Shaw

A. Krause

85

Tartuffe

7/11,12,13,14/51

Note:

Volume/Production Number 266

Moliere

L. Mitchell

86

An Enemy of the People

7/18,19,20,21/51

Note:

Volume/Production Number 267, v. 1/267, v. 2

Ibsen

W. Wagner

87

Heartbreak House

7/25,26,27,28/51

Note:

Volume/Production Number 268 (264)

G.B. Shaw

T. Cloak

88

The Royal Family

10/30,31;11/1,2,3/51

Note:

Volume/Production Number 269

G.S. Kaufman & E. Ferber

E. Crowley

89

Billy Budd

11/27,28,29,20;12/1/51

Note:

Volume/Production Number 270

L.O. Coxe & R. Chapman

A. Krause

90

Yes Is for a Very Young Man

3/4,5,6,7,8/52

Note:

Volume/Production Number 273

G. Stein

E. Crowley

91

Man and Superman

5/27,28,29,30,31/52

Note:

Volume/Production Number 275

G.B. Shaw

J. O'Shea

92

The Glass Menagerie

10/28,29,30,31;11/1/52

Note:

Volume/Production Number 280

T. Williams

E. Crowley

93

Doctor Faustus

11/21,22/52

Note:

Volume/Production Number 281

C. Marlowe

L. Mitchell

94

Ring Round the Moon

1/27,28,29,30,31

Note:

Volume/Production Number 282

Jean Anouilh

95

The Yellow Jacket

2/24,25,26,27,28/53

Note:

Volume/Production Number 284

Hazelton & Benrimo

E. Crowley

96

Hedda Gabler

4/21,22,23,24,25,27,28,29/53

Note:

Volume/Production Number 285

Ibsen

W. Wegner

97

The Breadwinner

10/27,28,29,30,31/53

Note:

Volume/Production Number 290

M. Somerset Maugham

E. Crowley

98

Coriolanus

11/20,21/53

Note:

Volume/Production Number 291

Shakespeare

A. Krause

99

Barefoot in Athens

10/26,27,28,29,30/54

Note:

Volume/Production Number 299

M. Anderson

E. Crowley

100

Romeo and Juliet

11/19,20/54

Note:

Volume/Production Number 300

Shakespeare

101

Uncle Vanya

2/1,2,3,4,5,6/55

Note:

Volume/Production Number 301

Chekhov

102

Oedipus at Colonus

3/3,4,5,10,11,12/56

Note:

Volume/Production Number 311

Sophocles

L. Mitchell

103

Juno and the Paycock

5/18-20,25-27/56

Note:

Volume/Production Number 314 (104)

S. O'Casey

104

Hay Fever

11/2-4,9-11/56

Note:

Volume/Production Number 319

N. Coward

105

Peer Gynt

11/22,23/57

Note:

Volume/Production Number 320

Ibsen

A. Krause