Scope and arrangement
The collection consists of producer's files for two shows: Lillian, which opened at the Cleveland Playhouse in 1985, moved to the Kennedy Center and then opened on Brodway in January 1986 and S. J. Perelman in Person, which premiered in 1988. Most of the material is for Lillian and consists of producer's correspondence, contracts and notes; scripts; production materials; publicity including photos, programs and clippings; and financial materials consisting of budgets, bills, receipts and account summaries. Of particular interest are the letters by Lillian Hellman to Ann Shanks, and Hellman's autobiographical writings and transcripts of interviews with her. The series for Perelman is smaller and contains a stage manager's script, producer's correspondence, contracts, notes, production materials and publicity.
The Ann Shanks papers are arranged in two series:
- 1979-19893 boxes
Producer's files for Lillianwhich opened at the Cleveland Playhouse in October 1985 before moving to the Kennedy Center and then opening on Brodway in January 1986 contain correspondence, contracts, notes, scripts, publicity and finanacial materials. Includes letters by Lillian Hellman and Zoe Caldwell to Ann Shanks as well as playwright's research materials including autobiographical writings by Lillian Hellman and transcripts of interviews with her.
- 197?-19961 box (.25 linear feet
The one-man play by Bob Shanks was directed by Ann Shanks and starred Lewis J. Stadlen as S. J. Perelman.