Guide to the Theater of the First Amendment records, 1990-2011

Theater of the First Amendment R0147


Published by George Mason University Libraries

Contact Information:

Fenwick Library (2FL)

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia 22030-4444

USA

Phone: (703) 993-2220

Fax: (703) 993-8911

Email: speccoll@gmu.edu

URL: http://sca.gmu.edu

Descriptive Summary

Repository George Mason University. Libraries.Special Collections Research Center.
Creator Theater of the First Amendment.
Title Theater of the First Amendment records
Date 1990-2011
Physical Characteristics 15.0 linear feet (26 boxes, 1 drawer)
Abstract The Theater of the First Amendment records consist of material on plays created by playwrights associated with the Theater of the First Amendment that were, in many cases, performed at the George Mason University Center for the Arts.
Collection Number R0147
Language English

Historical Information

The Theater of the First Amendment (TFA) was founded in 1990 by current George Mason University Professor Paul D'Andrea and operated until 2012. The TFA was a professional theater company that operated in Fairfax, Virginia and was in residence at George Mason University's Center for the Arts. Since its inception, the TFA produced nearly 44 full productions and a vast quantity of staged readings for new and aspiring playwrights to present their works. The productions created by the TFA have accumulated twelve Helen Hayes Awards and have been nominated thirty-seven times. Additionally, a number of the plays that originated at the TFA have been published, produced, broadcasted, and televised. The mission of the TFA was to discover, develop, and launch new thought-provoking plays. The TFA served as an artistic home to the next generation of playwrights and an incubator for new play development. The ultimate goal of Dr. D'Andrea and his colleagues was to turn the TFA into a nationally-recognized theater company that could launch local playwrights into the national spotlight. The Theater of the First Amendment's founder Dr. Paul D'Andrea currently resides as a Robinson Professor of Literature at George Mason University. Dr. D'Andrea earned a bachelor's degree from Harvard University in physics and later returned to Harvard to complete a doctorate degree in literature. Dr. D'Andrea experienced great success as a playwright and created many award winning plays including "The Trouble with Europe," "A Full Length Portrait of America" and "The Wonderful One-Hoss Shay." He has taught at Harvard, the University of Chicago, and the University of Minnesota. Currently, Dr. D'Andrea teaches courses on topics such as Renaissance art, philosophy and literature; views of gender from Aristophanes through "Much Ado about Nothing" to "Sex and the City"; the moral vision of contemporary drama; and Shakespeare. He has written screenplays and is interested in linking the humanities and the arts through contemporary media.

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Scope and Content

Series 1: Theater of the First Amendment records consists of twenty-six boxes that primarily contain play scripts created between 1990 and 2012.The plays included in this collection were created by playwrights associated with the Theater of the First Amendment and were, in many cases, performed at the George Mason University Center for the Arts. In addition to the play scripts, some folders contain various production materials and media items. These production materials include costume descriptions, stage directions and setup instructions, photographs, photographic negatives, VHS videotapes of productions, compact disks containing soundtracks for plays, proposed and accepted grants, and schedules for upcoming seasons.

Series 2: Set designs contains set designs by Jason Rubin for seven plays dating between 1992 and 2000.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged in two series:

Series 1: Theater of the First Amendment records, 1990-2011 (Boxes 1-26)
Series 2: Set designs, 1992-2000

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions on personal use. Permission to publish material from Theater of the First Amendment records must be obtained from Special Collections and Archives, George Mason University Libraries.

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Related Material

Special Collections Research Center holds many other theatre collections.

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Index Terms

Corporate Names:

Theater of the First Amendment.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Theater of the First Amendment records, #R0147, Special Collections and Archives, George Mason University Libraries.

Acquisition Information

Donated by George Mason University College of Visual and Performing Arts in August 2015. Set designs donated by Jason Rubin in August 2016.

Processing Information

Processing completed by Michael Hogan in May 2016. Set design processing completed by Cassie Vay in late Summer 2016. EAD markup completed by Michael Hogan in May 2016, revised by Elizabeth Beckman in October 2016.

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Contents List

Series 1: Theater of the First Amendment records, 1990-2011 (Boxes 1-26)
Box Folder
1 1 "Faces": Pre-Theater of the First Amendment , 1990-1991
2 Federal Theater Project News Clippings and Festival Programs, 1990-1991
3 Indian Love Call, 1990-1991
4 Proposals for the 1990-1991 Season, 1990-1991
5 Sheet Music, 1990s
Folder 1 of 2
6 Sheet Music, 1990s
Folder 2 of 2
7 Theater of the First Amendment Play Script Series, 1990-1991
Box Folder
2 1 Theater of the First Amendment Play Script Series, 1991
2 Proposals , 1991-1992
3 Spiele '36, 1991-1992
4 Halcyon Days, 1992
5 In Living Color, 1992
6 Dreams of a Common Language, 1993-1994
7 Theater of the First Amendment Play Script Series, 1993
Box Folder
3 1 Carrier, 1993-1994
2 Theater of the First Amendment: Press Clippings, 1993-1995
Folder 1 of 3
3 Theater of the First Amendment: Press Clippings, 1993-1995
Folder 2 of 3
4 Theater of the First Amendment: Press Clippings, 1993-1995
Folder 3 of 3
5 If I Could Stop On A Dime, 1994-1995
Folder 1 of 3
6 If I Could Stop On A Dime, 1994-1995
Folder 2 of 3
7 If I Could Stop On A Dime, 1994-1995
Folder 3 of 3
Box Folder
4 1 If I Could Stop On A Dime: Sheet Music, 1994-1995
2 Faulkner's Bicycle, 1995-1996
3 Wonderful One-Hoss Shay, 1995-1996
4 The Wonderful One-Hoss Shay, 1996
5 Sweet Ike, 1996
6 Things That Break, 1996-1997
Box Folder
5 1 TigerTigerTiger, 1997-1998
Folder 1 of 2
2 TigerTigerTiger, 1997-1998
Folder 2 of 2
3 Blue Rooms, 1997-1998
4 Blue Rooms: Prompt Book, 1997-1998
5 Crystal, 1997-1998
6 Grimm Tales , 1998-1999
Box Folder
6 1 Mating Cries, 1998-1999
2 Mating Cries, 1998-1999
3 Doctor Faustus , 1998-1999
4 Doctor Faustus, 1998
5 Doctor Faustus Production Slides: Book 1 of 2, 1998-1999
Folder 1 of 2
6 Doctor Faustus Production Slides: Book 1 of 2, 1998-1999
Folder 2 of 2
Box Folder
7 1 Doctor Faustus Production Slides: Book 2 of 2, 1998-1999
Folder 1 of 2
2 Doctor Faustus Production Slides: Book 2 of 2, 1998-1999
Folder 2 of 2
3 Grimm Tales: Prompt Book, 1999
Folder 1 of 3
4 Grimm Tales: Prompt Book, 1999
Folder 2 of 3
5 Grimm Tales: Prompt Book, 1999
Folder 3 of 3
Box Folder
8 1 The Memorandum, 1999
2 Sing Down the Moon, 1999
3 Sing Down the Moon, 1999-2000
Folder 1 of 2
4 Sing Down the Moon, 1999-2000
Folder 2 of 2
5 Sing Down the Moon: Recording Draft, 1999-2000
6 The Sins of Sor Juana, 1999-2000
Box Folder
9 1 The Sins of Sor Juana, 1999-2000
Folder 1 of 3
2 The Sins of Sor Juana, 1999-2000
Folder 2 of 3
3 The Sins of Sor Juana, 1999-2000
Folder 3 of 3
4 Sing Down the Moon: Study Guide, 1999-2000
5 First Light Festival, 2000
Folder 1 of 2
6 First Light Festival, 2000
Folder 2 of 2
7 Perseus Bayou , 2000-2001
Folder 1 of 2
Box Folder
10 1 Perseus Bayou , 2000-2001
Folder 2 of 2
2 The Einstein Project, 2000
Folder 1 of 2
3 The Einstein Project, 2000
Folder 2 of 2
4 First Light 2000 Scripts: We Miss You by Karen Evans, Monster by Derek Nguyen, 2000
5 Lift: Icarus and Me Study Guide, 2000s
6 Bee-Luther-Hatchee, 2001-2002
Box Folder
11 1 Nathan the Wise: Produced, October, 2001
2 Mississippi Pinocchio, 2001-2002
3 Kennedy Center/Millenium Stage: All Performances, 2001
4 Nathan the Wise VHS, 2001
5 Nathan the Wise VHS, 2001
Box Folder
12 1 Nathan the Wise, 2001-2002
2 Injunction Granted, 2001
3 Bee-Luther-Hatchee, 2001
4 Perseus Bayou, 2001
Box Folder
13 1 Perseus Bayou: Study Guide, 2002-2003
2 Perseus Bayou: The Search for the Cajun Medusa by Mary Hall Surface and David Maddox, 2002
3 Perseus Bayou Remount: Prompt Book, 2002-2003
4 First Light 2002 Scripts: Mariela in the Desert by Karen Zacarias, Savaging Edgardo for God by Ernest Joselovitz, The Forgetting by Melinda Adamz, The Last Pharaoh by Wagdi Zeid, 2002
Folder 1 of 3
5 First Light 2002 Scripts: Mariela in the Desert by Karen Zacarias, Savaging Edgardo for God by Ernest Joselovitz, The Forgetting by Melinda Adamz, The Last Pharaoh by Wagdi Zeid, 2002
Folder 2 of 3
6 First Light 2002 Scripts: Mariela in the Desert by Karen Zacarias, Savaging Edgardo for God by Ernest Joselovitz, The Forgetting by Melinda Adamz, The Last Pharaoh by Wagdi Zeid, 2002
Folder 3 of 3
Box Folder
14 1 Nathan the Wise, 2002
2 Mississippi Pinocchio, 2002
3 Children of War, 2002-2003
4 Perseus Bayou-Remount, 2002-2003
5 First Light 2002: Prompt Book, 2002
Folder 1 of 2
6 First Light 2002: Prompt Book, 2002
Folder 2 of 2
7 Sing Down the Moon-Remount, 2002-2003
Box Folder
15 1 Sing Down the Moon: Prompt Book, 2003
Folder 1 of 2
2 Sing Down the Moon: Prompt Book, 2003
Folder 2 of 2
3 Grants Received, 2003
Folder 1 of 4
4 Grants Received, 2003
Folder 2 of 4
5 Grants Received, 2003
Folder 3 of 4
Box Folder
16 1 Grants Received, 2003
Folder 4 of 4
2 Sing Down the Moon Remount: Prompt Book, 2003
Folder 1 of 2
3 Sing Down the Moon Remount: Prompt Book, 2003
Folder 2 of 2
4 Mississippi Pinocchio, 2003
Folder 1 of 4
5 Mississippi Pinocchio, 2003
Folder 2 of 4
6 Mississippi Pinocchio, 2003
Folder 3 of 4
7 Mississippi Pinocchio, 2003
Folder 4 of 4
Box Folder
17 1 Nathan the Wise: Prompt Book, 2003-2004
Folder 1 of 2
2 Nathan the Wise: Prompt Book, 2003-2004
Folder 2 of 2
3 First Light 2003 Scripts: Telemaca by Mary Hall Surface & Dacid Maddox, The Three Muskateers by Bette Cassatt, The Million Dollar Fight by D.W. Gregory, 2003
Folder 1 of 2
4 First Light 2003 Scripts: Telemaca by Mary Hall Surface & Dacid Maddox, The Three Muskateers by Bette Cassatt, The Million Dollar Fight by D.W. Gregory, 2003
Folder 2 of 2
5 Perseus Bayou, 2003
Box Folder
18 1 The Odyssey of Telemaca, 2003-2004
2 Words at Night: Stories from Life-Staged Reading, 2003-2004
3 Nathan the Wise Staged Reading at UMD, 2003-2004
4 The Waverly Gallery: Staged Reading, 2003-2004
5 The Sequence-Staged Reading, 2004-2005
Box Folder
19 1 Open the Door, Virginia!, 2004-2005
Folder 1 of 3
2 Open the Door, Virginia!, 2004-2005
Folder 2 of 3
3 Open the Door, Virginia!, 2004-2005
Folder 3 of 3
4 The Odyssey of Telemaca: CD, 2004
5 First Light Scripts: The Treehouse by Gwydion Suilebhan, The World of Others by Catherine Trieschmann, Open the Door, Virginia by Diane McIntyre and Olu Dara, 2004
Box Folder
20 1 The Odyssey of Telemaca: Prompt Book, 2004
Folder 1 of 3
2 The Odyssey of Telemaca: Prompt Book, 2004
Folder 2 of 3
3 The Odyssey of Telemaca: Prompt Book, 2004
Folder 3 of 3
4 Nathan the Wise Staged Reading at CFA, 2004-2005
5 TFA at Old Town Hall-All Scripts, 2004-2006
Box Folder
21 1 Open the Door, Virginia!, 2005
2 Lift: Icarus & Me: Prompt Book, 2005-2006
3 Lift: Icarus & Me , 2005-2006
4 Three Hotels, 2005
Folder 1 of 2
5 Three Hotels, 2005
Folder 2 of 2
6 Contact Sheets and Information, 2000s
Box Folder
22 1 Open the Door, Virginia! By Dianne McIntyre, 2005
2 First Light 2005 Scripts: Happy Birthdays by Diane Ney, 1-800-Nervous by Barry Berkey, Blue Devil Slip by Kim Eagan, Ulysses by Dan Wright, Two-Bit Taj Mahal by paul D'Andrea, 2005
3 Words at Night, 2006
4 First Light 2006 Scripts: Violets by Owen Allen, One for Love by Kate Parkin, 2006
5 First Light: All Festivals, 2007
Folder 1 of 2
6 First Light: All Festivals, 2007
Folder 2 of 2
7 The Warrior by Jack Gilhooley, 2007
Box Folder
23 1 TFA: First Light Festival, 2008
2 Festival, 2008
Folder 1 of 3
3 Festival, 2008
Folder 2 of 3
4 Festival, 2008
Folder 3 of 3
5 Mariela In the Desert, June, 2008
6 Boxes by Sarah Congress, 2008
Box Folder
24 1 Mariela In the Desert, 2008
Folder 1 of 2
2 Mariela In the Desert, 2008
Folder 2 of 2
3 Mariela In the Desert, 2008
4 Death of the Fourth Estate, 2008
5 Two-Bit Taj Mahal, 2008
6 Two-Bit Taj Mahal, 2008
7 Dirty Pictures by D.W. Gregory , 2008
Box Folder
25 1 Arts at Mason, 2008
Folder 1 of 2
2 Arts at Mason, 2008
Folder 2 of 2
3 Alexander Hamilton is Dead, late 2000s
4 First Light, 2009
Folder 1 of 2
5 First Light, 2009
Folder 2 of 2
6 Mason Summer Festival, 2009
Folder 1 of 2
7 Mason Summer Festival, 2009
Folder 2 of 2
8 Mother Jones Project, 2011
9 24, 7, 365, 2011
Box Folder
26 1 Stay Prompt Book, 2011
Folder 1 of 2
2 Stay Prompt Book, 2011
Folder 2 of 2
3 24, 7, 365, Winter 2011
4 Live Wire, 2011
Folder 1 of 2
5 Live Wire, 2011
Folder 2 of 2
6 Live Wire, Spring 2011
7 Reserved Signs, undated
Series 2: Set designs, 1992-2000
Box Folder
Map Case Sweet Ike , July 18, 1996
24 designs by Jason Rubin
Crystal , September 9, 1997
20 designs by Jason Rubin
The Memorandum, June 10, 1999
12 designs by Jason Rubin
Lady From The Sea, July 4, 2000
30 designs by Jason Rubin
John Gabriel Borkman, June 12, 1995
11 designs by Jason Rubin
Dr. Faustus, June 3, 1998
25 designs by Jason Rubin
Cellophane Xerox June 14, 1992
1 design, 8 pages by Jason Rubin
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