Archives (sometimes university archives) do preserve whatever is on
paper, film or tape. The three dimension objects (costumes, furniture,
models...) or huge ones (cycloramas, curtains...) are a real problem that
can be solved only by museums which usually hesitate to get involved
besause they are difficult to preserve (mold, worms...).
There is a theatre museum in Germany and we came close to have one in
Montreal, where only McCord Museum collects some of these three dimension
memories (although most of them are not related to theatre). We should
indeed make efforts to create more of these theatre museums or help some
playhouses to preserve their memories.
Andre G. Bourassa <[log in to unmask]>
On Wed, 3 Jan 1996, Steve Urnowitz wrote:
> A thought about archiving and recording productions of early drama: Are there
> any guides for directors or production groups for ways of making their records
> of productions available?
> Prompt-books, director's or dramaturg's research files, costume designs,
> ty lists, actors' journals, set designs, production photographs, production
> eotapes, advertising copy, programs, budgets . . . any or all of these would
> ovide guidance for future producers and aids to visualization and study by
> lars, players, and students of the drama.
> What to save? Handy guides to lively videotaping of plays? Website
> e to link stuff to stuff? I have a video of Heywood's Play of the Four PP
> ing on my shelf gathering dust. What to do?
> Steve Urkowitz, English, CCNY