- Harms, Carl, 1910-
- Call number
- *T-Mss 1997-022
- Physical description
- .25 linear feet. (1 box)
- Preferred Citation
- Putnam County Playhouse scrapbook, Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library
- Billy Rose Theatre Division
- Access to materials
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The Putnam County Playhouse scrapbook, compiled by Carl Harms, is a record of plays produced at the Playhouse from 1946-1949. Programs, production photographs, and clipping make up the collection. Among the young actors appearing with the company were Lee Marvin, Larry Arrick, Mike Nichols and Isabel Sanford. Of special interest are notes by Carl Harms stating that actress/director/teacher Osceola Archer may have been the first African-American director in summer stock.
Carl Harms, actor, appeared in many of the Putnam County Playhouse productions. He joined the Equity Stock Committee in 1947 and became involved in almost every aspect of Actors' Equity Association.
The Putnam County Playhouse was an offshoot of Trial Stages, Inc., which was formed in 1940 by a group of Broadway actors for the purpose of performing non-royalty plays at a minimum cost for clubs' and service organizations' benefit performances. One of the few cooperative ventures endorsed by Actors Equity, the group toured in and around Manhattan. In 1946, Trial Stages produced its first summer season at the Putnam County Playhouse in Mahopac, New York.
Source of acquisitionHarms, Carl, 06/--/97
Using the collection
LocationBilly Rose Theatre Division
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
40 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023-7498