Finding Aid to the Magic Theatre Records, 1967-1990

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Finding Aid to the Magic Theatre Records, 1967-1990

Collection number: BANC MSS 81/184 c

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
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Processed by Manuscripts Division staff; completed by Lisa de Larios and Kendra Willson.
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© 2016 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Magic Theatre records
Date: 1967-1990
Collection Number: BANC MSS 81/184 c
Creator: Magic Theatre
Extent: Number of containers: 12 cartons, 3 oversize boxes, 16 oversize folders, 1 volume, 2 tubes Linear feet: ca. 18 1 digital object (1 image)
Repository: The Bancroft Library.
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Abstract: The Magic Theatre records contain the administrative, production, financial, and publicity records of a theatre company that grew from a handful of graduate students to a well respected company known for its support of new theatrical works. The collection, which spans the period of John Lion's tenure as Artistic Director and General Director, includes corresondence, bylaws, manuscripts of writings and speeches, programs, posters, financial statements, and clippings. Includes documents relating to the relationship between the Magic Theatre and Sam Shepard, who followed Michael McClure as an important playwright for the company.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research, with the following exception: In Carton 6: Salary Surveys by the Theatre Communications Group are restricted.

Publication Rights

Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html .

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Magic Theatre records, BANC MSS 81/184 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

Alternate Forms Available

Digital reproductions of selected items are available.

Related Collections

Title: Magic Theatre Scripts,
Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 81/14 c

Material Cataloged Separately

  • Photographs have been transferred to Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library.
  • Videotapes/sound recordings have been transferred to the Microforms Collection of The Bancroft Library.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The Magic Theatre Scripts were received as part of the Magic Theatre Records, purchased by The Bancroft Library, via Serendipity Books, in three installments, in 1980, 1988, and 1990.

Funding

Funding for the 1980 acquisition provided by a gift from The Friends of The Bancroft Library, and with donations made in memory of Theodore R. Meyer. Funding for the 1988 and 1990 additions were provided by the Richard Henry Chabot Dieckmann Fund.

Organizational History

The Magic Theatre was founded in 1967 in Berkeley, Calif., with a production of Eugene Ionesco's, The Lesson, by a group of University of California, Berkeley graduate students, headed by John Lion, who had an interest in the newly emerging, avant-garde European playwrights, including Ionesco, Genet, and Beckett. They had no intention of starting a theatre, but with the success of The Lesson, the company moved into the Steppenwolf Bar on San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley, and began producing plays as the Magic Theatre, a name adopted from Hesse's novel, Steppenwolf.
European playwrights dominated the Magic Theatre's early productions, but these were soon augmented by American authors emerging from the political, social, and artistic ferment of the 1960s, including Leroi Jones, Michael McClure, and Sam Shepard. The work of the Magic Theatre reflected the social upheaval of the time, with the intention of presenting different aspects of a chaotic world without becoming polarized to one point of view. Magic Theatre's goal was to concentrate its efforts on newly scripted works, with the purpose of developing new playwrights and giving an alternative, experimental forum to established writers. They drew not only from the theatrical community but from the talents of people in many areas of the arts -- painters, sculptors, film makers, poets, musicians, and dancers, and deliberately represented no particular political point of view except that of free expression.
Over the past twenty-five years, the Magic Theatre was housed in some ten locations, not including touring bookings. There were several stints each at Steppenwolf and Mandrake's Bars in Berkeley. They also performed at the University Art Museum, and in a theatre the staff built in an old building at the corner of University and Shattuck Avenues until 1972, when the company moved permanently to San Francisco. It was located briefly in the Firehouse Theatre (now the Lumier Cinema), the Museum of Erotic Art (now defunct), the Intersection Theatre, and the Rose and Thistle Pub on California and Polk Streets. In 1977, the Magic Theatre finally moved to a permanent home at Fort Mason, and eventually built two playhouses of its own.
From the very beginning, John Lion assumed the role of general and artistic director, and brought the theatre from a group of college students with no base and no funding to become the Bay Area's leading producer of new plays. In 1976, Lion recruited the British theatre critic and essayist, Martin Esslin, as dramaturg. His early books on Brecht, the theatre of the absurd, and avant-garde European plays had been the strongest guidelines to the originators of the Magic Theatre.
Not every production at the Magic Theatre has been a smashing success. But the experimental theatre has witnessed an increasing number of subscribers and plays each year, and both local and national critics have been following their progress with much interest and acclaim.

Scope and Content

The Magic Theatre Records, 1967-1990, contain the administrative, production, financial, and publicity records of a theatre company that grew from a handful of graduate students to a well respected company known for its support of new theatrical works. The collection, which spans the period of John Lion's tenure as Artistic Director and General Director of Magic Theatre, includes correspondence, bylaws, manuscripts of writings and speeches, programs, posters, financial statements, and clippings. An extensive collection of scripts received with the company's archives have been separated from these records and are collected as Magic Theatre Scripts, 1966-1990 (BANC MSS 81/14 c).
The records of the Magic Theatre provide insight into how a theater company can survive and become established in financially difficult times, while maintaining the avant garde spirit of its original productions. For this reason, much of its financial records consist of grant applications and funding requests, while publicity records contain mostly information about ticket subscription campaigns. In the administrative files, correspondence documents the company's contact with playwrights, actors, and contractors concerning the theme of the plays, payment, and stage design, and along with the organizational files, present an overview of Magic's general operation, mission, and history. The artistic relationship between Magic Theatre and Sam Shepard, who followed Michael McClure as an important playwright for the company, is well documented. In its attempt to support other artists, Magic Theatre also sponsored exhibits of contemporary art in its lobby and hallways, took part in arts festivals, and sponsored interns and training programs.
The public reaction to Magic Theatre's plays was best reflected in the production files, which contains reviews of individual plays, and in the press reviews, which contains articles about the company. The collection also includes posters from many of Magic Theatre's productions from its earliest years until the early 1980's.

Container Listing

 

List of Files

 

SERIES 1: ADMINISTRATIVE RECORDS. 1968-1990.

Physical Description: Cartons 1-5; Carton 6, folders 1-12; Oversize Box 1, folders 1-4; Oversize folder 1, Tube 1

Content/Description

Divided into six sub-series: Correspondence, Organizational Files, John Lion's Files, Special Programs, Press Reviews, and Other Organizations. Correspondence includes general administrative correspondence, as well as General Director John Lion's letters to actors, playwrights, and others, and Production Manager Suresa Dundes' letters regarding scripts the company received. Organizational Files concern Magic Theatre's general operation, mission, and history. John Lion's Files contain his personal papers relating to his position as General Director of Magic Theatre, as well as to his other ventures in the theater world. Special Programs contains the papers related to exhibitions Magic Theatre sponsored in its lobby and hallways; special events the theatre took part in, including arts festivals and benefits; and the training programs and internships that the Magic Theatre sponsored with local colleges and universities. Press Reviews contains reviews of the Magic Theatre, as well as reviews and general information about playwrights and actors that worked with Magic Theatre, including an extensive collection of materials regarding Sam Shepard. Other Organizations includes information gathered by the Magic Theatre about other theatres, theater organizations, and art associations.
Contains correspondence, statements, clippings, contract agreements, speeches, notes and writings, and resumes.
 

CORRESPONDENCE. 1970-1990

carton 1, folder 1-3

Administrative Office 1974-88

carton 1, folder 4-13

General Director, John Lion 1970-90 undated

carton 1, folder 14-15

Production Manager, Suresa Dundes 1978-79

 

ORGANIZATIONAL FILES. 1971-1989

carton 1, folder 16

Bylaws undated

carton 1, folder 17

Master Plan outline [1982]

carton 1, folder 18-19

Statements of mission and goals 1977-87

carton 1, folder 20-23

Leases, Contracts, Agreements with Employees and Others 1977-84 undated

carton 1, folder 24-25

Management reference 1979-81

carton 2, folder 1-5

Board of Trustees 1981-89

carton 2, folder 6

Staff meetings 1983-87

carton 2, folder 7-9

Histories 1971-81 undated

carton 2, folder 10-35

Services contracted 1975-85

oversize-folder 1 C

Architectural plans for theater houses undated

oversize-tube 1

Floor plan study undated

 

JOHN LION'S FILES. 1972-1990

carton 2, folder 36-38

Writings and talks 1976-85

carton 2, folder 39

European trip 1984

carton 2, folder 40

Singapore trip 1987

 

Non-Magic Theatre Productions of Fool for Love

carton 2, folder 41-44

New York 1983-84

carton 2, folder 45

Japan 1984

carton 2, folder 46

Los Angeles 1984-85

carton 3, folder 1

International visitors 1973-88

carton 3, folder 2

Program ideas 1980-86

carton 3, folder 3

Working notes undated

carton 3, folder 4

Resumes, personal 1975-86

carton 3, folder 5

Publicity 1977-86

carton 3, folder 6-14

Script reading files 1979-90

carton 3, folder 15-25

Job applications, resumes received 1981-89

 

Administration

 

Public Relations

 

Production Managers

 

Playwrights

 

Directors

 

Actors

 

Actresses

 

Designers

carton 3, folder 26

Audition forms 1977

carton 3, folder 27-29

Rockefeller Foundation judging information 1984-88

carton 3, folder 30

Play script purchase receipts 1983-84

carton 3, folder 31

Stanford course papers 1979

carton 3, folder 32

Correspondence, personal 1972-90

 

SPECIAL PROGRAMS. 1973-1989

 

Lobby Exhibits

carton 4, folder 1

German Expressionists 1980-81

carton 4, folder 2

Benefit party on Landor's boat 1981

carton 4, folder 3

Photography by Theodore Shank 1981

oversize-box 1, folder 1

Exhibit postings 1981

carton 4, folder 4

Poster: California Art on the Road 1981

carton 4, folder 5

Glass Construction by Richard Weinberger 1982

carton 4, folder 6

Photography by A. Paul Carier 1982

carton 4, folder 7

Photography by Bennett Hall 1982

carton 4, folder 8

Venice Biennale architecture 1982

carton 4, folder 9

Photography by C. Will 1983

carton 4, folder 10

Quilts by Anne Carroll 1983

carton 4, folder 11

Photogram by Peter Goin 1983

carton 4, folder 12

Landscape Painting by Cherie Pinsky 1984

carton 4, folder 13

Exhibit press release list 1984-86

 

Special Events

carton 4, folder 14

Halloween fashion show and costume sale 1980-81

carton 4, folder 15

San Francisco Arts Festival 1981

carton 4, folder 16

San Francisco Summer Festival 1981-82

carton 4, folder 17

Bay Area Theatre Week 1982

carton 4, folder 18

Book signing party 1982

carton 4, folder 19

Liberty ship project, S.S. Jeremiah O'Brien 1982

carton 4, folder 20

"A Magic Night on the Town" 1984

carton 4, folder 21

San Francisco Fair 1985

carton 4, folder 22

Bay Area Playwrights Festival 1987

carton 4, folder 23

Invitations to benefit parties 1980-83

oversize-box 1, folder 2

Gala benefit party invitations 1984-85 undated

 

Training Programs and Internships

carton 4, folder 24

Techniques for Experimental Theatre 1973-74

carton 4, folder 25

Courses on acting and directing 1977

 

Symposia

carton 4, folder 26

Playwright and Contemporary Theatre 1985

carton 4, folder 27

Visions and Revisions 1989

 

Internships

carton 4, folder 28

UCLA Arts Magnet program 1979

carton 4, folder 29

Northwestern University 1980-81

carton 4, folder 30

Work Study/Teaching Requests undated

 

Work Study Programs

carton 4, folder 31

General information undated

carton 4, folder 32

University of San Francisco 1976-78

carton 4, folder 33

Youth work program 1980

carton 4, folder 34

City College of San Francisco 1981

carton 4, folder 35

University of California, Berkeley 1980-83

carton 4, folder 36

San Francisco State University 1980-81

 

PRESS REVIEWS. 1968-1988

carton 4, folder 37-42

Reviews of Magic Theatre 1968-88 undated

 

Reviews/General information on actors and playwrights:

carton 4, folder 43

Bauer, Wolfgang 1978-83

carton 4, folder 44

Benjet, Rosalyn 1981

 

Cohn, Ruby

oversize-box 1, folder 3

Book jacket mock-up undated

carton 4, folder 45

Coyote, Peter 1980-83

carton 4, folder 46

Esslin, Martin 1977-84

oversize-box 1, folder 3

Book jacket mock-up undated

carton 4, folder 47

Getty, Martine undated

carton 4, folder 48

Haynie, Jim 1976-88

carton 4, folder 49

Hébert, Julie 1985

carton 4, folder 50

Horovitz, Israel 1976

carton 4, folder 51

McClure, Michael 1976-87

carton 4, folder 52

O'Keefe, John E. 1982

carton 4, folder 53

Shank, Adele Edling 1980-86

oversize-box 1, folder 4

Book jacket mock-up undated

carton 4, folder 54-57

Shepard, Sam 1975-84

carton 5, folder 1-4

Shepard, Sam, includes: 1985-86

 

Magic Theatre production playbills for Shepard's The Right Stuff and Fool for Love, film promotional material

oversize-box 1, folder 4

Book jacket mock-up undated

carton 5, folder 5

Tong, Winston 1978-79

carton 5, folder 6

Wanshel, Jeff undated

 

OTHER ORGANIZATIONS. 1973-1990

carton 5, folder 7-10

Actors Equity Association 1973-83

carton 5, folder 11-12

American Arts Alliance 1978-79

carton 5, folder 13

American Conservatory Theatre 1979-80

carton 5, folder 14-15

American Theatre Critics Association 1980

carton 5, folder 16

Antenna Theatre of Sausalito 1982

carton 5, folder 17

Arts International 1985

carton 5, folder 18

Bay Area Art and Theatre Organization undated

carton 5, folder 19-20

Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle 1978-86

carton 5, folder 21

Berkeley Repertory Theatre 1980-86

carton 5, folder 22

Buffalo Show Company 1976-77

carton 5, folder 23

Business Committee for the Arts, Inc. 1984-86

carton 5, folder 24

California Theatre Council 1978-80

carton 5, folder 25

Circle Repertory Company 1976

carton 5, folder 26

The Distractions 1981

carton 5, folder 27

Eureka Theatre Company, Inc. 1981

carton 5, folder 28-34

Fort Mason Foundation 1976-84

carton 5, folder 35

The Foundation of the Dramatists Guild, Inc. 1985-87

carton 5, folder 36

Los Angeles Theatre Alliance 1980

carton 5, folder 37

Mabou Nines Performing Artservices, Inc. 1980

carton 5, folder 38

New Dramatists 1986

carton 5, folder 39

Off Off Broadway Alliance, Inc. undated

carton 5, folder 40

San Francisco Arts Advocates 1978-79

carton 5, folder 41

San Francisco Art Institute 1981

carton 5, folder 42

San Francisco Ballet 1979-84

carton 5, folder 43

San Francisco Charter Commission 1980

carton 5, folder 44

The San Francisco Performing Arts Center undated

carton 5, folder 45

San Francisco Theatre Magazine 1977

carton 5, folder 46

Santa Fe Festival Theatre 1980

carton 5, folder 47

Snake Theatre 1982

carton 5, folder 48-49

Soon 3 1975-84

carton 5, folder 50

Theatre Communications Center of the Bay Area 1981-85

carton 6, folder 1-8

Theatre Communications Group 1975-90

 

[Salary Surveys] **RESTRICTED** 1986-87

carton 6, folder 9

Theatre Institute at Storm King 1987-88

carton 6, folder 10

Theatre Library Association 1982

carton 6, folder 11

Theatre of Nations San Francisco 1986

carton 6, folder 12

Other theaters, miscellaneous 1979-87

 

SERIES 2: PRODUCTION FILES. 1967-1990.

Physical Description: Carton 6, folders 13-67; Cartons 7-8; Carton 9, folders 1-17; Oversize Box 2, folders 1-4; Oversize folders 2-8; v. 1

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by production season.

Content/Description

Contains programs, announcements, reviews, and clippings, along with biographical data and photographs of playwrights, actors, and actresses used to compile production brochures. Also includes sketches for stage design and drawings inspired by the productions. Production titles marked with an asterisk (*) indicate that a corresponding poster is included in Series 5: Publicity Posters.

Additional Note

An asterisk (*) indicates posters for these productions are included in Series 5: Publicity Posters.
 

1968 Season: 1968

carton 6, folder 13

The Lesson/ Jack, or, The Submission

carton 6, folder 14

The Gas Heart

carton 6, folder 15

Ubu Roi

 

1969 Season: 1969

carton 6, folder 16

The Dutchman

carton 6, folder 17

Gargoyle Cartoons:

 

The Cherub

 

* The Charbroiled Chinchilla:

 

The Pansy

 

Spider Rabbit

 

The Meatball

carton 6, folder 18

Miles Gloriosus

 

1970 Season: 1970

carton 6, folder 19

Strip Tease of Jealousy/ Madness of Lady Bright

carton 6, folder 20

Boticelli/ Witness

carton 6, folder 21

* La Turista

carton 6, folder 22

Gargoyle Cartoons:

 

* The Brutal Brontosaurus:

 

The Shell

 

The Authentic Life of Bruce Conner and Snoutburbler

 

Spider Rabbit

 

Appleglove

 

The Meatball

carton 6, folder 23

Sheriff Bill

 

1971 Season: 1971

carton 6, folder 24

* The Fish

carton 6, folder 25

* Four-in-One:

 

Stroganoff

 

Beau

 

Oppenheimer's Chair

 

The Growl

carton 6, folder 26

The Genuine Lunatic

carton 6, folder 27

Miles Gloriosus

carton 6, folder 28

The Taming of the Shrew

 

1972 Season: 1972

carton 6, folder 29

Polymorphous Pirates:

 

The Button

 

The Pussy

 

The Feather

carton 6, folder 30

Plastic Panic

carton 6, folder 31

The Great 200th Anniversary H-Bomb Crisis

carton 6, folder 32

* Chamber Piece

 

1973 Season: 1973

carton 6, folder 33

* Boxes

carton 6, folder 34

* auto-destruct

carton 6, folder 35

The Great American Sports Machine:

 

Ball Game

 

Donald Duck

 

Fans

 

Intermission

carton 6, folder 36

Jimmy Bean

carton 6, folder 37

The Beard/ Spider Rabbit

 

1974 Season: 1974

carton 6, folder 38

* Gorf

carton 6, folder 39

* American Vermilion

carton 6, folder 40

* Strike Zone:

 

Strike Zone

 

In the Beginning of the End

 

FooFoo Raw

 

Dream Girl Ballroom

 

Cindy's Dead

 

The Inspector

 

1975 Season: 1975

carton 6, folder 41

* The Death and Life of Jesse James

carton 6, folder 42

* Action/ Killer's Head

carton 6, folder 43

* Fear of Heights/ Sweet Eros/ Strip Tease of Jealousy

 

1976 Season: 1976

carton 6, folder 44

* AC/DC

carton 6, folder 45

* Two for the Tricentennial:

 

The Pink Helmet

 

The Grabbing of the Fairy

carton 6, folder 46

* Angel City

 

1976-1977 Season: 1976-1977

carton 6, folder 47

Sexual Perversity in Chicago/ Duck Variations

carton 6, folder 48

* Inacoma

carton 6, folder 49

* Alfred Dies

carton 6, folder 50

* Hospital

carton 6, folder 51

* Are You Lookin'?

 

1977-1978 Season: 1977-1978

carton 6, folder 52

Wolves

carton 6, folder 53

* The Wild Goose

carton 6, folder 54

* Minnie Mouse and the Tap-Dancing Buddha

oversize-folder 2 B

Stage plans

oversize-box 2, folder 1

Sketch inspired by production

carton 6, folder 55

* Home on the Range

oversize-box 2, folder 2

Stage plans

carton 6, folder 56

Shakespeare the Sadist/ Performance Landscape:

 

A Wall in Venice/ 3 Women/ Wet Shadows

carton 6, folder 57

Buried Child

carton 6, folder 58

Emigrés

carton 6, folder 59

Tongues

 

1978-1979 Season: 1978-1979

carton 6, folder 60

Two O'Clock Feeding

carton 6, folder 61

Uncommon Women and Others

carton 6, folder 62

The Red Snake

oversize-folder 3 B

Stage plans

carton 6, folder 63

Sight Lines

carton 6, folder 64

Magnetic Kisses

oversize-box 2, folder 1

Etching inspired by production

carton 6, folder 65

* Autobiography of a Pearl Diver

carton 6, folder 66

* The Barbecue

oversize-folder 4 C

Stage plans

carton 6, folder 67

* Suicide in Bb[B-Flat]

oversize-folder 5 B

Stage plans

 

1979-1980 Season: 1979-1980

carton 7, folder 1

* Josephine: The Mouse Singer

oversize-folder 6 B

Stage plans

carton 7, folder 2

Skywheels

oversize-folder 6 B

Stage plans

carton 7, folder 3

Emperor Norton

carton 7, folder 4

Proclamation by Dianne Feinstein

volume 1

Sheet music

carton 7, folder 5

Nightfall

oversize-folder 7 B

Stage plans

carton 7, folder 6

* Perfida

carton 7, folder 7

* All Night Long

carton 7, folder 8

Charles the Irrelevant

oversize-box 2, folder 1

Drawing for poster design

carton 7, folder 9

Taxes

carton 7, folder 10-12

* True West

carton 7, folder 13

Graphic Design for True West

oversize-folder 6 B

Stage plans

carton 7, folder 14

A Prelude to Death in Venice

carton 7, folder 15

Sister Susie Cinema

 

1980-1981 Season: 1980-1981

carton 7, folder 16

Winterplay

carton 7, folder 17

* Frankie and Johnnie: A True Story/The Saints of Father Lyons

carton 7, folder 18

The Man Who Killed the Buddha

carton 7, folder 19

* The Story/ Mr. Smith is Dying

carton 7, folder 20

Europa

oversize-box 2, folder 3

Stage plan

carton 7, folder 21

The Feeding

carton 7, folder 22

Memory Hotel

carton 7, folder 23

Seduced

 

1981-1982 Season: 1981-1982

carton 7, folder 24

Victims of War

carton 7, folder 25

Stuck

carton 7, folder 26

Passing Shots

carton 7, folder 27

Renaissance Radar

carton 7, folder 28

The Debt

carton 7, folder 29

Off Center/ Possum Song

carton 7, folder 30

Ghosts

carton 7, folder 31

* Fire at Luna Park

oversize-folder 8 B

Sketch inspired by production

carton 7, folder 32

Curse of the Starving Class

carton 7, folder 33

Obedience School

 

1982-1983 Season: 1982-1983

carton 7, folder 34

Sand Castles

carton 7, folder 35

Chucky's Hunch

carton 7, folder 36

Mt. Quad

carton 8, folder 1

* Secret Numbers

carton 8, folder 2-3

* Fool For Love

carton 8, folder 4

* Voodoo Automatic/ Red Rain

carton 8, folder 5

Singapore Sling

carton 8, folder 6

Sin, Sex and Cinema

carton 8, folder 7

Playing in Local Bands

 

1983-1984 Season: 1983-1984

carton 8, folder 8-9

The Grass House

carton 8, folder 10

Private Scenes

carton 8, folder 11-12

City Preacher

carton 8, folder 13-14

These Men

carton 8, folder 15-16

The Sister Joseph Memorial Gymnasium

carton 8, folder 17

Superstitions/ The Sad Lament of Pecos Bill on the Eve of Killing His Wife

carton 8, folder 18

Skaters

carton 8, folder 19

Cutting Canvas

carton 8, folder 20

Aupsices of Blackbirds

 

1984-1985 Season: 1984-1985

carton 8, folder 21

Geniuses

carton 8, folder 22

* Outcalls/Riptides

carton 8, folder 23

* War Horses

carton 8, folder 24

* The Couch

carton 8, folder 25

* Angel City

carton 8, folder 26

* Neon Psalms

carton 8, folder 27

Love in the Third Degree

 

1985-1986 Season: 1985-1986

carton 8, folder 28

Buried Child

carton 8, folder 29

Scar

carton 8, folder 30

Wild Indian

carton 9, folder 1

The Detective

carton 9, folder 2

Bully

carton 9, folder 3

Sharon and Billy

carton 9, folder 4

Honeymoon

carton 9, folder 5

Cooking Harry

carton 9, folder 6

3 x Me -- Playing with Dolls and Words and Music

 

1986-1987 Season: 1986-1987

carton 9, folder 7

Aunt Dan and Lemon

carton 9, folder 8

Visions of Beckett

carton 9, folder 9

Roshi

carton 9, folder 10

True Beauties

carton 9, folder 11

The Beard/ Spider Rabbit

carton 9, folder 12

Between East and West

carton 9, folder 13

The Man in the Nile at Night/ Performance Landscape:

carton 9, folder 13

A Wall in Venice/ 3 Women/ Wet Shadows

carton 9, folder 14

The Coyote Cycle

 

1988-1989 Season: 1988-1989

carton 9, folder 15

Apocalyptic Butterflies

 

1989-1990 Season: 1989-1990

carton 9, folder 16

Spoils of War

carton 9, folder 17

Stage sketches (unidentified) undated

oversize-folder 6 B

Stage sketches (unidentified) undated

oversize-box 2, folder 4

Costume sketches [for Talk Radio ?] undated

 

SERIES 3: FUNDING AND FINANCIAL RECORDS. 1972-1988.

Physical Description: Carton 9, folders 18-57; Carton 10, folders 1-37

Content/Description

Divided into two sub-series: Funding Requests and Financial Records. The first, arranged alphabetically by agency or company, deals primarily with Magic Theatre's applications for grants from various funding sources, in which are summarized its mission, goals, achievements, and budget. The second, though incomplete, provides additional insights into Magic Theatre's financial management and fund raising activities.
Contains grant, loan and credit application forms and related documents, financial statements, budgets and financial analysis, letters of acknowledgement, and clippings.
 

FUNDING REQUESTS. 1972-1988

carton 9, folder 18-20

Funding Requests 1980-84

carton 9, folder 21

American Broadcasting Company 1980-81

carton 9, folder 22

American Express Company 1979

carton 9, folder 23

Arthur Anderson & Company 1984

carton 9, folder 24

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation 1976

carton 9, folder 25

Atari, Inc. 1981-82

carton 9, folder 26

California Arts Council 1976-77

carton 9, folder 27

Columbia Broadcasting System, Inc 1980-84

carton 9, folder 28

Citicorp (USA), Inc. 1980-83

carton 9, folder 29

Coopers and Lybrand 1984

carton 9, folder 30

Exxon Corporation 1983

carton 9, folder 31

Fidelity Savings & Loan Association 1979

carton 9, folder 32

Fireman's Fund Insurance Company Foundation 1980-83

carton 9, folder 33

Ford Foundation 1974-76

carton 9, folder 34

Foremost and McKeeson Foundation, Inc. 1977-78

carton 9, folder 35-39

Foundation for the Extension and Development of the American Professional Theatre 1974-86

carton 9, folder 40

Golden Grain Macaroni Company 1984

carton 9, folder 41

Gulf & Western Foundation 1983

carton 9, folder 42-43

Hotel Tax Board of San Francisco 1975-80

carton 9, folder 44

Industrial Indemnity Company 1984

carton 9, folder 45

Irwin Charity Foundation [1984]

carton 9, folder 46

Jewett Foundation 1984

carton 9, folder 47

Louis R. Lurie Foundation 1976-77

carton 9, folder 48-54

National Endowment for the Arts 1972-1987

carton 9, folder 55

Neighborhood Arts Program National Organizing Committee 1979

carton 9, folder 56

Philip Morris, Inc. 1983-84

carton 9, folder 57

Potlach Corporation 1979-81

carton 10, folder 1-4

Rockefeller Foundation 1973-83

carton 10, folder 5

S.H. Cowell Foundation 1977

carton 10, folder 6-7

San Francisco Foundation 1976-89

carton 10, folder 8

Shubert Foundation 1976-77

carton 10, folder 9

Sohio Petroleum Company 1981-85

carton 10, folder 10

Twentieth Centruy-Fox Productions 1980-82

carton 10, folder 11

United California Bank Foundation 1981

carton 10, folder 12

Union Oil Company of California Foundation 1985

carton 10, folder 13

United Vintners, Inc. 1981-83

carton 10, folder 14

Utah International 1981

carton 10, folder 15

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation 1976 1988

carton 10, folder 16

Wilsey Foundation 1984-85

carton 10, folder 17

Zellerbach Family Fund 1978-80

carton 10, folder 18-20

Reference notes for grant applications 1979-87

 

FINANCIAL RECORDS. 1973-1988

carton 10, folder 21

Financial statements 1976-82 1986

carton 10, folder 22

Financial planning study 1986

carton 10, folder 23-27

Budget and financial analysis 1974 1978-88

carton 10, folder 28-29

Credit applications 1978-82 1988

carton 10, folder 30-32

Loans and grants 1973-80

carton 10, folder 33

Membership research reference undated

carton 10, folder 34

Clippings regarding funding 1984

carton 10, folder 35-37

Acknowledgements of contributions 1975-85

 

SERIES 4: PUBLIC RELATIONS AND MARKETING. 1973-1988.

Physical Description: Carton 10, folders 38-40; Cartons 11-12; Oversize Box 1, folder 5

Content/Description

Contains subscription brochures, background material, and other ephemera from ticket subscription campaigns, along with public relations material in the form of advertisements, ticket promotions, and donations of tickets and other items. Also includes materials from the press office and the Magic Theatre newsletter, as well as clippings and advertisements collected by the press office.
carton 10, folder 38-40

Subscription campaigns 1973-80

carton 11, folder 1-32

Subscription campaigns 1981-86

carton 12, folder 1-11

Subscription campaigns 1986-88 undated

 

Public relations

carton 12, folder 12-13

General information 1978-86

carton 12, folder 14-16

Advertisements 1977-85

carton 12, folder 17-19

Ticket promotions 1984-85 undated

oversize-box 1, folder 5

Ticket coupon and voucher mock-ups 1985-86

carton 12, folder 20-23

Ticket donations 1980-87

carton 12, folder 24

Other donations 1980

carton 12, folder 25-26

Press office 1982-86

carton 12, folder 27-31

Newsletter compilation 1980-85

 

SERIES 5: PUBLICITY POSTERS, 1969-1987. undated

Physical Description: Oversize Box 3, folders 1-5; Oversize Folders 9-16; Tube 2

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by production season.

Content/Description

Divided into three sub-series: General Publicity, By Production, and Miscellaneous. Includes subscription and production posters of the Magic Theatre as well as posters from other theatres. Production titles listed in Series 2: Production Files are marked with an asterisk (*) to indicate the existence of these corresponding posters.
 

GENERAL PUBLICITY. 1977-1987 undated

oversize-folder 9 B

Magic Theatre posters

oversize-box 3, folder 1

Magic Theatre posters

oversize-folder 10 C

Magic Theatre postings

oversize-box 3, folder 2-3

Magic Theatre postings

 

BY PRODUCTION. 1969-1983 undated

 

Season: 1969

oversize-box 3, folder 4

Charbroiled Chinchilla

 

Season: 1970

 

La Turista

 

The Brutal Brontosaurus

 

Season: 1971

 

The Fish

 

Four-In-One

 

Season: 1972

 

Chamber Piece

 

Season: 1973

 

Boxes

 

auto-destruct

 

Season: 1974

 

Gorf

oversize-folder 11 B

American Vermilion

oversize-box 3, folder 4

Strike Zone

 

Season: 1975

 

The Death and Life of Jesse James

 

Action/ Killer's Head

oversize-folder 11 B

Fear of Heights/ Sweet Eros/ Strip Tease of Jealousy

 

Season: 1976

oversize-box 3, folder 4

AC/DC

 

Two for the Tricentennial

 

Angel City

 

Season: 1976-1977

 

Inacoma

 

Alfred Dies

 

Hospital

 

Are You Lookin'?

 

Season: 1977-1978

oversize-folder 11 B

The Wild Goose

 

Minnie Mouse and the Tap-Dancing Buddha

 

Home On The Range

 

Season: 1978-1979

oversize-box 3, folder 4

Autobiography of a Pearl Diver

 

The Barbeque

 

Suicide in B b[B-Flat]

 

Season: 1979-1980

 

Josephine: The Mouse Singer

oversize-folder 15 C

Perfida

oversize-box 3, folder 4

All Night Long

oversize-tube 2

True West

 

Season: 1980-1981

oversize-box 3, folder 4

Frankie and Johnnie

 

The Story

 

Season: 1982-1983

 

Secret Numbers

oversize-folder 11 B

Fool for Love

oversize-folder 33B

Fool for Love (poster). 1983 BANC MSS 81/184 c

Additional Note

This material was selectively digitized from a larger resource or collection.
oversize-folder 15 C

Voodoo Automatic

 

MISCELLANEOUS. undated

 

Promotional postings from production photos

oversize-folder 12 C

Outcalls/ Riptides

 

War Horses

 

Angel City

 

Neon Psalms

oversize-box 3, folder 4

Scar

foversize-folder 13 C

Promotional posting for Sharon and Billy

oversize-folder 14 C

Promotional posting for Sharon and Billy signed by cast

oversize-folder 15 C

Promotional postings from other production companies, including:

oversize-box 3, folder 5

Asian Resource Gallery (art exhibit)

 

Eureka Theater

 

Giraffe Theater

 

Grupo Contadores de Estorias

 

New Performance Consortium

 

San Francisco Internation Theater Festival

 

Savoy Tivoli

 

Soon 3

 

The Communications Group (book jacket)

 

North Light Repertory Company

oversize-folder 16 C

Miscellaneous Posters

 

Freud, Sigmund

 

Jung, Carl

 

Bear Spirit, Daniel O. Stolpe

 

Audio-Visual Collection

 

PHONOTAPES

phonotape 2760 C : 1

Joseph Chaikin, "The War in Heaven"

Physical Description: (1 cassette)
phonotape 2760 C : 2

Copland, "Billy the Kid" and "Fanfare of the Common Man," and "5 Madrigals -- Suggestions for Spider Rabbit Vision"

Physical Description: (1 cassette)
phonotape 2760 C : 3

Sheilah Glover and Nina Wise, "Singing My Mother to Sleep," 1984

Physical Description: (1 cassette)
phonotape 2760 C : 4

Music and sound design by Barney Jones and Jim McKee, Earwax Productions. ca. 1986

Physical Description: (1 cassette)
 

MOTION PICTURES

reel 778 D

Josef Hartmann (director) and Z. A. Sokolovic (playwright), "Kill Hamlet," 12' excerpt by Maria Ginoux

Physical Description: (1 VHS tape)
reel 779 C

Unidentified

Physical Description:
Dimensions: (16 mm)