David Gaard Theatrical Works Coll2008-072

Finding aid prepared by Michael C. Oliveira
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives
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Title: David Gaard theatrical works
Identifier/Call Number: Coll2008-072
Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 5.0 linear feet.
Date (inclusive): circa 1966-2007
Abstract: Scripts and screenplays of original theatrical works and adaptations for the stage and screen by David Gaard, alone and in collaboration with others, together with some production and performance materials, including contracts, set designs, e-mails, schedules, flyers, postcards, programs, and reviews.
General Physical Description note: 3 records boxes, 1 archives half-carton, and 1 oversized box.
creator: Gaard, David, 1945-2012

Access

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Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

Box #, folder #, David Gaard theatrical Works, Coll2008-072, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

Acquisition Information

Gift of David Gaard per deeds of gift dated December 29, 2001, February 22, 2005, and November 20, 2007.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Michael C. Oliveira, December 2008.
Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Biography

David Gaard was born April 4, 1945, in Duluth, Minnesota. He graduated from high school early, just after his 16th birthday. He attended the University of Minnesota; however his participation in Vietnam War protests, a role in a university theater production, and an active social life left little time for his studies. In the autumn, he left school and stayed in Minneapolis, obtaining a role in a community theater production. When the show closed, he convinced his parents of his need to "find himself", and with their blessings he left for Los Angeles.
He found a number of positions through the California State Employment Office, including one with a Hollywood casting agency. Gaard also found bit parts in various stage productions through Minnesotan connections. His work and social life continued to leave little time to complete projects; after leaving a group sales position, Gaard returned to writing. For three months, he focused on writing through each afternoon, allowing time in the evening for his social life. By early 1967, he had completed his first play, Lee Foster. After receiving positive feedback from friends, he relocated to New York City to sell his play.
In the city he found a "dark and depressing studio apartment in the bowels of Hells Kitchen", a job, and within a month met his future partner, M. Sanford Kaplan, a married graduate anthropology student at New York University. While Kaplan sought to overcome his ambivalence about his future, Gaard returned to writing. By the autumn of 1968, Gaard had completed the play, And Puppy Dog Tails, and he and Kaplan were living together. The play previewed in September, only months after the Stonewall riots, and ran successfully through January 1970 in New York, and through that summer in San Francisco. The following year, Bill Murray played a part in a Chicago production.
Off-Off Broadway, with its understanding of the counter culture of which Gaard and Kaplan were a part, was booming. Gaard continued writing and Kaplan continued his graduate work, including a trip to Bali in the early 1970s. They arranged to meet in Nepal; during the trip Gaard purchased a script for Sun Yu's play The Women's Representative. He adapted the play and it was performed in New York. This changed the fortunes of Mr. Sun and led to Gaard's trip to the People's Republic of China a decade later.
In New York City, Gaard's works were been performed at The Old Reliable and The Extension; he adapted works for Richard Schechner's Performance Group and was a founding member of the Nighthouse Company. In 1975, Gaard and Kaplan left New York for Northern California. With the advent of AIDS, "the whimsical world of And Puppy Dog Tails had turned into a vicious frightening mad dog". They sold their telecom business, relocated to Woodstock, New York, and Gaard returned to writing in the early 1990s.
In 1994, the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SSDC) selected one of his plays for a reading of new works at Lincoln Center. In the following years Gaard worked with avant-garde troupes such as GAil GAtes et al, Gorilla Repertory Theatre Company, The International WOW, and New York Fringe Festival. The New Jersey Public Library selected his play, Made for Each Other, for their AIDS awareness series in 1996; however, library officials closed the play during the opening night intermission.
Gaard continued with several success productions at the HERE Arts Center. He garnered the Audience Favorite Award for his production of All's Well That Ends Well at the 2000 New York Fringe Festival. Gaard lived in New York, New York with his life companion of 45 years, until his death in March 2012.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection contains original and adapted works of playwright David Gaard, written alone and in collaboration with others, including his long-term partner, M. Sanford Kaplan. The materials include proposals, treatments, drafts, scripts, and screenplays for developed and undeveloped projects. The production project files contain a variety of production and promotional documentation, including scripts, set designs, e-mails, schedules, flyers, postcards, programs, and reviews. The collection consists of three series (1) Original Works, (2) Adaptations and Productions, and (3) Personal and Miscellaneous.

Index

Bausch, Richard, 1945-
Brecht, Bertold, 1898-1956
Carroll, Lewis, 1832-1898
Cummins, Robert
Ionesco, Eugene, 1909-1994
Kaplan, M. Sanford
Kingsley, Sidney, 1906-1995
Lentsch, Bill
Muldowney, Dominic, 1952-
Peterson, John
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616
Sophocles, 496 BCE-406 BCE
Swenson, Swen, 1932-
Weill, Kurt, 1900-1950
Yu, Sun, 1900-

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Gay dramatists
Gay theater
Screenplays
Scripts (documents)
Stage adaptations
Treatments (documents)

 

Original Works Series 1: circa 1966-2004

Physical Description: 67.0 folders.

Series Scope and Content

The Original Works Series consists of works for stage and/or screen written by Gaard, alone or in collaboration with his partner, M. Sanford Kaplan. The series consists of proposals, treatments, and production and promotional materials, including scripts, set designs, schedules, flyers, postcards, programs, and reviews. The plays are organized alphabetically title. Gaard's first completed play, Lee Foster was performed as The Acme Novelty Company; another early Gaard play, Swing to the Right was performed as The Day They Gave Babies Away.
 

About Bernard Carlton 1999

Physical Description: 6.0 folders.
Box-folder 1 : 1-5

Early script with notes, revised scripts, promotion materials, and reviews 1999

Physical Description: 5.0 folders.
Box-folder 5 : 1 (Oversize)

Promotional materials and reviews 1999

Box-folder 1 : 6

The Acme Novelty Co., Script 1971

Box-folder 1 : 7-8

And Puppy Dog Tails, Scripts and promotional materials 1974-1975

Physical Description: 2.0 folders.
Box-folder 1 : 9

As Tears Go By, Script 1999

 

Befriending Beau 2000-2002

Physical Description: 3.0 folders.
Box-folder 1 : 10-12

Scripts, screenplay, production and promotional materials, and reviews 2000-2002

Physical Description: 2.0 folders.
Box-folder 5 : 2 (Oversize)

Promotional materials, ticket sale reports, and reviews 2000

Box-folder 1 : 13

Cocaine Before Chapel, Early script circa 1985

Box-folder 1 : 14

The Day They Gave Babies Away, Revised Script circa 1973

Box-folder 1 : 15-16

eXs, Script, promotional materials, and reviews 2001

Physical Description: 2.0 folders.
Box-folder 1 : 17

The Fabulous Ten O'Clock Scholar, Scripts 1999-2003

Box-folder 1 : 19-20

Flash!!, Scripts by David Gaard and M. Sanford Kaplan 1997

Physical Description: 2.0 folders.
Box-folder 1 : 21-22

Fog Over Frisco, Synopsis, sample dialogue, screenplay 1995

Physical Description: 2.0 folders.
Box-folder 1 : 23-24

The Ghost of Sergeant Pepper, Synopsis, outline of screenplay and novel, and three sample chapters 1994

Physical Description: 2.0 folders.
Box-folder 1 : 25

Gramercy Park Dot Com, Project outline circa 1997

Box-folder 1 : 26-28

High Crimes and Treason, Synopsis and scripts 1995-2002

Physical Description: 3.0 folders.
Box-folder 2 : 1

Hook, Line, and Sinker, Screenplay rough draft 1998

Box-folder 2 : 32

Later Than Spring, Rough draft and script 1994

Box-folder 2 : 2

Lee Foster, Script circa 1966

 

Made for Each Other 1996-1998

Physical Description: 6.0 folders.
Box-folder 2 : 3-6

Scripts, production materials, and reviews 1996-1998

Physical Description: 4.0 folders.
Box-folder 5 : 3 (Oversize)

Reviews 1996-1998

Box-folder 4 : 1

Photographs - Publicity Stills 1997

Box-folder 2 : 7-8

Made for Each Other, Screenplay by David Gaard and M. Sanford Kaplan 1998

Physical Description: 2.0 folders.
Box-folder 2 : 9-10

The Marilyn Project, Script 1974, 2004

Box-folder 2 : 11

Mother's Day, Treatment by David Gaard and M. Sanford Kaplan 1999

 

Power Strokes 1999-2001

Physical Description: 4.0 folders.
Box-folder 2 : 12-13

Working script, production and promotional materials, and reviews 1999-2001

Physical Description: 2.0 folders.
Box-folder 5 : 4 (Oversize)

Ticket sale reports and reviews 2000

Box-folder 4 : 2

Photographs - Casting Headshots 1999-2000

Box-folder 2 : 14

Praire Light, Script circa 1982

Box-folder 2 : 15-17

The Sailor, Home from the Sea, Script, production and promotional materials, and reviews 1999-2000

Physical Description: 3.0 folders.
Box-folder 2 : 18-20

Shadow Boy, Script 2001

Physical Description: 3.0 folders.
 

Sheets 1997-1998

Physical Description: 5.0 folders.
Box-folder 2 : 21-24

Production and promotional materials and draft and revised scripts by David Gaard and M. SanfordKaplan 1997-1998

Physical Description: 4.0 folders.
Box-folder 5 : 5 (Oversize)

Reviews 1998

Box-folder 2 : 25

Something Evil, Synopsis rough draft circa 1995

Box-folder 2 : 26

Steve Adams and the the Curse of the Vindictive Heart, Cast List circa 1973

Box-folder 2 : 27

Swing to the Right, Script 1969

Box-folder 2 : 28

The Talent for Deception, Script, production proposal, and synopsis circa 1995

Box-folder 1 : 18

The Ten O'Clock Scholar (working title), Script rough draft 1999

Box-folder 2 : 29

Thursday's Child, Rough draft circa 1995

Box-folder 2 : 30-31

Young and Deadly, Script 1998-1999

Physical Description: 2.0 folders.
 

Adaptations and Productions Series 2: 1973-circa 2005

Physical Description: 27.0 folders.

Series Scope and Content

The Adaptations and Productions Series consists of theatrical works and screenplays adapted, directed, or produced by Gaard. The series consists of proposals, treatments, along with production and promotional materials such as scripts, set designs, schedules, flyers, programs, and reviews. The plays are organized alphabetically by performance title.
Box-folder 3 : 1

Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Caroll, produced by M. Sanford Kaplan and David Gaard, Script 1997

 

All's Well That Ends Well, by William Shakespeare, conceived and adapted by David Gaard 2000

Physical Description: 5.0 folders.
Box-folder 3 : 2-5

Treatment, script, production and promotional materials, and reviews 2000

Physical Description: 4.0 folders.
Box-folder 5 : 6 (Oversize)

Promotional material and reviews 2000

 

Antigone, by Sophocles, adapted by David Gaard and M. Sanford Kaplan 1996

Physical Description: 2.0 folders.
Box-folder 3 : 6

Modellbuch for a mixed media production 1996

Box-folder 5 : 7 (Oversize)

Set sketches 1996

Box-folder 3 : 7

The Battle for Brennan Street, from a story by Robert Cummins, by David Gaard and M. Sanford Kaplan, Screen treatment circa 1985

 

Dead End, by Sidney Kingsley, directed by David Gaard 2001

Physical Description: 3.0 folders.
Box-folder 3 : 8-9

Script and promotional materials 2001

Physical Description: 2.0 folders.
Box-folder 5 : 8 (Oversize)

Reviews 2001

Box-folder 3 : 10

The Flowroom, by John Peterson, directed by David Gaard, Production and promotional materials 1999

Box-folder 3 : 11

It's Enough to Make you Sick, 3 plays directed by David Gaard and Bill Lentsch, Flyer 1973

Box-folder 3 : 12-13

The Killer, by Eugene Ionesco, directed by David Gaard, Proposal, script, and production and promotional materials 2001

Physical Description: 2.0 folders.
Box-folder 3 : 14

The Last Good Time, based on a novel by Richard Bausch, play by David Gaard, Script 1987

Box-folder 3 : 15

A Midsummer Night's Dream, by William Shakespeare, produced by M. Sanford Kaplan and David Gaard, Program 1997

Box-folder 3 : 16

Mother Courage, by Bertold Brecht, translated by Ralph Manheim, edited by David Gaard and Richard Schechner, Script 1974

Box-folder 3 : 17

Much Ado About Nothing, by William Shakespeare, Proposal by David Gaard circa 2005

 

Two Gentlemen of Verona, by William Shakespeare 2001

Physical Description: 4.0 folders.
Box-folder 3 : 18-20

Treatment for an environmental production, conceived and directed by David Gaard 2001

Physical Description: 3.0 folders.
Box-folder 5 : 9

Promotional material and reviews 2001

Box-folder 3 : 21-22

Wars, Whores, and Tin Pan Alley, text by Bertold Brecht, music by Kurt Weill and Dominic Muldowney, conceived and adapted by David Gaard and Swen Swenson, Scripts and programs 1986

Physical Description: 2.0 folders.
Box-folder 3 : 23

The Women's Representativeby Sun Yu, adapted by David Gaard, Script 1973

 

Personal and Miscellaneous Series 3: 1994-2007

Physical Description: 9.0 folders.

Series Scope and Content

The Personal and Miscellaneous Series consists of various biographical and miscellaneous materials relating to Gaard's personal and professional life. The biographical information consists of autobiographical notes written for performances and to document the materials in his collection; it also includes Gaard’s personal recollection of the production of the PRIDE Newsletter, forerunner of the Advocate. The Clippings file consists of newspaper clipping which may have been considered for concept development. The Correspondence File includes e-mail and letters not directly related to a work, other performance programs, and loose performance materials. The GAle GAtes et al. file documents several performances of the company. The spiral bound notebooks includes various incomplete titled works and acts, including A Sky Full of Moon, The Ghost of Sergeant Pepper, Those are Revolting Queens., Dakota Visitor, About Leonard Carrington, and Midnight in Marrakech.
Box-folder 3 : 24

Biographical information 1999-2007

Box-folder 5 : 10 (Oversize)

Clippings 1992-2000

Box-folder 3 : 25

Correspondence 1993-2002

Box-folder 5 : 11 (Oversize)

Fringe Festival programs and newspapers 1997-2001

Box-folder 3 : 26

GAle et GAtes et al. 1996

Box-folder 3 : 27-29

Spiral Bound notebooks circa 1990-circa 1997

Physical Description: 3.0 folders.
Box-folder 4 : 3

Photographs and a slide from an unknown performance circa 1998