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Inventory of the Circle in the Square Photographs,
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  • Administrative History
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms
  • Access
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing Information
  • Preferred Citation
  • Publication Rights

  • Creator: Circle in the Square (Theater)
    Title: Circle in the Square Photographs
    Date: 1952
    Extent: 0.2 linear feet
    Abstract: The Circle in the Square Theatre was founded in 1951 in New York City by Paul Libin, Theodore Mann, and Jose Quintero. The collection contains fifty-four photographs depicting the 1952 Circle in the Square production of Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke, directed by Jose Quintero.
    Physical location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.
    Repository: University of California, Davis. General Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Davis, California 95616-5292
    Collection number: MC037
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English.

    Administrative History

    The Circle in the Square Theatre was founded in 1951 in New York City by Paul Libin, Theodore Mann, and Jose Quintero. It opened on February 2, 1951 with a revival of Richardson and Berney's Dark of the Moon. Productions included revivals of Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke in 1952, Truman Capote's The Grass Harp in 1953, and Arthur Hayes's The Girl on the Via Flaminia in 1954.
    In 1960 the demolition of the building forced the company to move to the former New Stages Theatre, at 159 Bleecker Street, where they opened on January 8 with Our Town. In 1972, the Circle in the Square moved to 1633 Broadway. The theatre closed as a producing entity in 1998, however, it continues to host productions.
    Sources:
    Hartnoll, Phyllis. The Oxford Companion to the Theatre. New York: Oxford University Press, 1983.
    "History of Circle in the Square: The Theatre," Circle in the Square Theatre School web site.  Accessed August 25, 2008.

    Scope and Content

    The collection contains fifty four 8x10 black and white photographs of the 1952 Circle in the Square production of Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke, directed by Jose Quintero. For this production, Geraldine Page played Alma and Lee Richardson played John. Forty three photographs are of scenes and characters in the production and eleven photographs are of scenes in the dressing room, in front of the house before the opening, and during the opening night party. Also included are seven 8x10 contact sheets of those photographs. Each photograph has the handstamp of the photographer on the reverse: Hugh Bell or Barbara Kerr and Justin Kerr.

    Arrangement of the Collection

    The collection is arranged into two series: Playbill and Photographs.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Circle in the Square (Theater)
    Williams, Tennessee, 1911-1983. Summer and smoke
    Stage photography
    Theater--New York (State)--New York

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired from R. Stoddard in 1980.

    Processing Information

    Sara Gunasekara processed these papers and created and encoded this finding aid.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Circle in the Square Photographs, MC037, Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright is protected by the copyright law, chapter 17, of the U.S. Code. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.