Scope and arrangement
The Circle Repertory records are predominantly a script collection. Scripts are divided into produced and unproduced. Produced scripts are arranged by season and further divided into major productions, projects-in-progress, and special events. In most cases there are several drafts, which may include annotated and prompt scripts. This collection is an important source of material on Lanford Wilson, Circle Repertory’s founder and resident playwright. The collection documents creative output and equally the business of running a theater company.
The collection contains a great amount of production material such as prop lists, costume plots, scene breakdowns, stage diagrams, lighting and sound plots, and cues that may be of interest. Also, there are a good number of production photographs.
The collection contains papers that illustrate the practical business of running a theater company such as literary office reports, meeting minutes, and guidelines.
The collection contains very little correspondence or other personal information about the founders, members, writers, directors, or actors.
The Circle Repertory Company records are arranged in twelve series:
- 1969 - 199412 boxes
Administrative Files include correspondence to and from company members, internal documents pertaining to the running of the company, literary office reports demonstrating the business of that office, and the meeting minutes of various boards and departments within the company.
- 1969 - 199671 boxes
Produced Scripts are organized chronologically by season. Within a given season, there may be further division into major productions, projects-in-progress and special events. There are often several consecutive drafts of a script, annotation and prompt scripts. The collection is not a complete record of the history of Circle Repertory productions.
- 1931 - 1994216 boxes
Categorization in Unproduced Scripts does not necessarily imply that the script was rejected. Rather, “unproduced” covers all submitted scripts, some of which were produced on a smaller scale in the Playwright’s Lab series, Friday Readings or Extended Readings series. As in the case of produced scripts, there are often annotated and consecutive drafts for a given script.
- undated1 box
Other Writings include film scripts, poems, short stories, and an interview possibly used as research or submitted.
- 1977 - 1995 and undated6 boxes
Script Development papers consist of production materials for the Circle Repertory Company Lab and Reading series, as well as script evaluation reports written by staff members.
- 1965 - 1995 and undated45 boxes
Production Material includes one or more of the following items for each production: cast list, contact sheets, scene breakdowns, schedules, set drawings, prop lists, sound plots and cues, lighting plots and cues, costume plots, costume drawings, press releases and reviews, and financial papers.
- 1981 - 1990 and undated3 boxes
Tours & Festivals papers include production material, expense reports, and travel and accommodation information.
- 1959 - 1994 and undated13 boxes
The Press series is made up of press books compiled by Circle Repertory’s communication department, loose clippings, and press releases.
- 1969 - 19918 boxes
Legal and Financial Papers include expense records, insurance papers, tax papers, royalty statements, contracts, proposals, and agreements.
- Sub-series 1 - Financial Papers, 1969-1991
- Sub-series 2 - Contracts, 1973-1989 and undated
- Sub-series 3 - Organizations, 1970-1988 and undated
- 1974 - 19934 boxes
One or more unique published program for a production was maintained with the collection, as well as flyers announcing Lab and Reading series events.
- 1969 - 1993 and undated30 boxes
Photographs are divided by material type including: prints, slides, negatives and contact sheets. The majority of the series is made up of production photographs with a few non-production photographs of company, casts, parties, and benefits at the end.
- 1974 - 1992 and undated6 boxes
Oversized Material includes plans and plots, posters, production photographs, and reviews for display in a lobby.
- Sub-series 1 - Press Books, 1979-1994 and undated
- Sub-series 2 - Loose Clippings, 1959-1990 and undated
- Sub-series 3 - Press Releases, 1972-1991 and undated