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A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) records, 1909-1989

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Contemporary Theatre (Seattle, Wash.)
Title
A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) records
Dates
1909-1989 (inclusive)
Quantity
95.66 cubic feet
Collection Number
2118
Summary
Seattle theater presenting contemporary plays
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections.
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

Open to all users, but access to some records restricted. Contact Special Collections for more information.

Languages
English

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Historical NoteReturn to Top

A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) was founded in 1965 by Gregory A. Falls. The purpose of ACT was to present professional, contemporary theater--"to produce the important plays of our times, now while they have particular meaning and impact." The production policy was to present a variety of contemporary plays, using many different theater artists. ACT has an unusual record of educational-professional theater integration with over one hundred students and twenty-five educators involved in ACT productions from 1965-1972. In the second year, ACT included a children's theater. A Young Act Company (YAC), another part of ACT, began as a touring company, but evolved into a stationary repertory theater. The most active period in ACT's history began in 1973 with the appointment of Andrew Witt as General Manager. In the 1980s, ACT evolved from a summer season program to a year round theatre with its own buildings.

Songworks was a project to develop new music for the stage. The performances were used as a showcase for rising artists and songwriters.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Correspondence, minutes, reports, long range planning, fundraising, subject series, playscripts, financial records, committee files, press releases.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The creator's literary rights have been transferred to the University of Washington Libraries except for Accession No. 2118-021.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Accession No. 2118-001: A Contemporary Theatre records, 1965-1977Return to Top

20.00 cubic feet

Scope and Content: Correspondence, general files, financial records, reports, notes, subscription records, programs, lists, related papers.

Restrictions on Access: Access restricted: For terms of access, contact Special Collections.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Materials authored by ACT may be quoted for publication.

Acquisition Info: Donated by ACT, 11/27/1972.

Accession No. 2118-009: A Contemporary Theatre records, 1975-1980Return to Top

7.00 cubic feet

Scope and Content: Correspondence, minutes, reports, financial records, general files, subject series.

Restrictions on Access: Access restricted: For terms of access, contact Special Collections.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Materials authored by ACT may be quoted for publication.

Acquisition Info: Donated by ACT, 12/1/1980.

Accession No. 2118-010: A Contemporary Theatre records, 1975-1980 (bulk 1978-1979)Return to Top

2.00 cubic feet

Scope and Content: Production books, budget files, engagement calendars.

The bulk is production books from the 1978 and 1979 seasons. The rest of the material is all from Gregory Falls.

Restrictions on Access: Access restricted: For terms of access, contact Special Collections.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Materials authored by ACT may be quoted for publication.

Acquisition Info: Donated by ACT, 1/1/1981.

Accession No. 2118-011: A Contemporary Theatre records, 1972-1980 (bulk 1974-1979)Return to Top

10.00 cubic feet (10 boxes)

Scope and Content: Correspondence, financial records, minutes, general files.

Restrictions on Access: Access restricted: For terms of access, contact Special Collections.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Materials authored by ACT may be quoted for publication.

Acquisition Info: Donated by ACT, 1/19/1982.

Accession No. 2118-012: A Contemporary Theatre records, 1965-1981 (bulk 1976-1981)Return to Top

3.28 cubic feet

Scope and Content: Correspondence, annual reports, programs, photocopied reviews, general files.

Restrictions on Access: Access restricted: For terms of access, contact Special Collections.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Materials authored by ACT may be quoted for publication.

Acquisition Info: Donated by ACT, 4/7/1982.

Accession No. 2118-013: A Contemporary Theatre records, 1975-1983Return to Top

approximately 1.08 cubic ft (3 boxes)

Scope and Content: Financial records, correspondence, scripts, reports of Play Readers.

Personal files of Gregory A. Falls, ACT Artistic Director. About half of the material concerns finance and budgeting, especially for ACT's financial crisis in 1982 when layoffs occured for the first time.

Play scripts included are: "The Pushcart War" - first working version for 1980; "The Odyssey" by Gregory A. Falls and Kurt Beattie, ca. 1978, presented in 1979; "Catholics" by Brian Moore; "Ballymurphy" by Michael Neville; "The Greeks Part 1 : the War" and "The Greeks Part 2 : the Gods".

Restrictions on Access: Access restricted: For terms of access, contact Special Collections.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Materials authored by ACT may be quoted for publication.

Acquisition Info: Donated by Greg Falls, 4/13/1983.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1 2118-013
Correspondence
1976-1980
2 2118-013
Financial records
Restrictions on Access: Access restricted.
1980-1982
1 2118-013
Reports of play readers
1980-1983
1 2118-013
Gregory Falls' engagement calendar
1980-1981
Subject series
Box
1 2118-013
Building campaing
1980
1 2118-013
Backstage/Cabaret
1977-1981
1 2118-013
Prospective Directors
1977-1981
Box
3 2118-013
Playscripts
Scope and Content: The Pushcart War; The Odyssey by Gregory A. Falls and Curt Beattie; Catholics by Brian Moore; Ballymurphy by Michael Neville; The Greeks Part 1: The War/Part 2: The Gods

Accession No. 2118-014: A Contemporary Theatre records, 1978-1981 (bulk 1981)Return to Top

1.14 cubic feet (2 boxes)

Scope and Content: Correspondence, minutes, brochures and mailings, press releases, auditions and casting.

Bulk of this accession is brochures, mailings, P.R. from 1981 season, and papers of Gregory Falls for 1981.

Subject Series in main body of accession include establishment of the Star Store in 1981.

Restrictions on Access: Access restricted: For terms of access, contact Special Collections.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Materials authored by ACT may be quoted for publication.

Acquisition Info: Donated by ACT, 6/16/1983.

Accession No. 2118-015: A Contemporary Theatre records, 1965-1971Return to Top

2.00 cubic feet (2 boxes)

Scope and Content: Minutes, financial records and correspondence, committee files.

This accession is a mixture of the files of Walter Walkinshaw, the attorney for ACT, as well as Secretary of the Board of Directors, and of ACT material he has collected. It includes the original incorporating documents, when Gregory Falls owned ACT privately, and early Board minutes.

Restrictions on Access: Access restricted: For terms of access, contact Special Collections.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Materials authored by ACT may be quoted for publication.

Acquisition Info: Donated by Walter Walkinshaw, 8/3/1983.

Accession No. 2118-016: A Contemporary Theatre records, 1981-1983Return to Top

1.61 cubic feet

Scope and Content: Subject series, which include correspondence.

This accession includes the files of Gregory Falls, ACT Artistic Director, and his activities in League of Resident Theatres.

Restrictions on Access: Access restricted: For terms of access, contact Special Collections

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Materials authored by ACT may be quoted for publication.

Acquisition Info: Donated by Greg Falls, 8/22/1983.

Accession No. 2118-017: A Contemporary Theatre production books and prompt scripts, 1982-1983Return to Top

.95 cubic foot

Scope and Content: Production books including prompt scripts.

Books for the 1982 productions are "Da", "Five x Five", "Fridays", "The Gin Game", "The Greeks - the Gods", "The Greeks - the War", "Waiting for the Parade". Books for the 1983 productions are "Crimes of the Heart", "The Dining Room", "The Dresser."

Restrictions on Access: Access restricted: For terms of access, contact Special Collections.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Materials authored by ACT may be quoted for publication.

Acquisition Info: Donated by ACT, 8/24/1983.

Accession No. 2118-018: A Contemporary Theatre records, 1968-1983Return to Top

8.00 cubic feet (18 boxes)

Scope and Content: Minutes of Board of Directors, 1968-1974; financial records, production books, reviews, and other related files, 1972-1983. Production books have been listed singly on the Container List. Box 8 contains photographs (marked by flags) and tape recordings of performances of the Songworks subgroup.

Restrictions on Access: Access restricted: For terms of access, contact Special Collections.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Materials authored by ACT may be quoted for publication.

Acquisition Info: Donated by ACT, 1/20/1984.

Accession No. 2118-019: A Contemporary Theatre records, 1965-1984Return to Top

4.00 cubic feet

Scope and Content: Historical and organizational features, correspondence, statistics, publicity, production books; 1965-1984. Organizational features include a list of all plays produced by ACT during its first 15 years, 1965-1979, and a summary of performance and attendance statistics, 1965-1983.

Restrictions on Access: Access restricted: For terms of access, contact Special Collections.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Materials authored by ACT may be quoted for publication.

Acquisition Info: Donated by ACT, 2/11/1985.

Accession No. 2118-020: A Contemporary Theatre records, 1968-1986Return to Top

2.55 cubic feet (4 boxes)

Scope and Content: Correspondence, minutes, financial records, budgets, reports, news releases, other record series. Accession includes Gregory Falls' correspondence 1984 A-Z.

Restrictions on Access: Access restricted: For terms of access, contact Special Collections.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Materials authored by ACT may be quoted for publication.

Acquisition Info: Donated by ACT, 7/15/1986.

Accession No. 2118-021: A Contemporary Theatre play scripts from Young Act Company, 1909-1985Return to Top

6.00 cubic feet

Scope and Content: Play scripts. The entire accession is a Young Act Company subgroup. Some of the plays were written by local playwrights.

Restrictions on Access: Access restricted: For terms of access, contact Special Collections.

Records stored offsite; advance notice required for use.

Some material stored offsite; advance notice required for use.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights retained. Contact repository for details.

Rights are retained by playwrights.

Acquisition Info: Donated by ACT, 3/13/1987.

Accession No. 2118-022: A Contemporary Theatre records, 1979-1986Return to Top

2.00 cubic feet (2 boxes)

Scope and Content: Correspondence, minutes, reports of house manager, reports of play readers, grants, subject series. Includes Gregory Falls' correspondence 1985 A-Z.

Restrictions on Access: Access restricted: For terms of access, contact Special Collections.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Material authored by ACT may be quoted for publication.

Acquisition Info: Donated by ACT, 2/23/1987.

Accession No. 2118-023: A Contemporary Theatre records, 1971-1986Return to Top

4.00 cubic feet

Scope and Content: Correspondence, fundraising, financial records, reports, project and planning files, grants and grant proposals, subject series.

Restrictions on Access: Access restricted: For terms of access, contact Special Collections.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Material authored by ACT may be quoted for publication.

Acquisition Info: Donated by ACT, 6/3/1987.

Accession No. 2118-024: A Contemporary Theatre records, 1979-1986Return to Top

4.00 cubic feet

Scope and Content: Correspondence, minutes, reports, long range planning, fundraising, subject series. Accession includes Gregory Falls' 1986 correspondence A-Z.

Restrictions on Access: Access restricted: For terms of access, contact Special Collections.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Material authored by ACT may be quoted for publication.

Acquisition Info: Donated by ACT, 6/30/1988.

Accession No. 2118-025: A Contemporary Theatre records, 1974-1987Return to Top

2.55 cubic feet

Scope and Content: Correspondence, minutes, financial records, reports, committee files, subject series. Accession includes Gregory Falls' 1987 correspondence A-Z. Box 3 contains a folder titled "Cumulative Lists of Plays Produced".

Restrictions on Access: Access restricted: For terms of access, contact Special Collections.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Materials authored by ACT may be quoted for publication.

Acquisition Info: Donated by ACT.

Accession No. 2118-026: A Contemporary Theatre records, 1978-1987 (bulk 1983-1986)Return to Top

1.15 cubic feet

Scope and Content: Organizational features, correspondence, scattered minutes, financial records, budgets, reports, clippings. The bulk of the accession is Young Act Company records; seems to be files of Susan Trapnell Moritz with some other files mixed in.

Restrictions on Access: Access restricted: For terms of access, contact Special Collections.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Materials authored by ACT may be quoted for publication.

Acquisition Info: Donated by ACT, 4/26/1989.

Accession No. 2118-027: A Contemporary Theatre records, 1965-1988 (bulk 1976-1987)Return to Top

2.55 cubic feet

Scope and Content: Correspondence, minutes, financial records, grants and grant applications, production files, newsletters, subject series.

Restrictions on Access: Access restricted: For terms of access, contact Special Collections.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Material authored by ACT may be quoted for publication.

Acquisition Info: Donated by ACT, 2/16/1990.

Accession No. 2118-028: A Contemporary Theatre records, 1981-1989Return to Top

.67 cubic foot

Scope and Content: Correspondence, grants and grant proposals, financial records, fundraising, photocopy originals (especially of mailings), brochures, lists, ephemera, subject series.

Subject series include some more material about ACT's 20th Anniversary celebration in 1984.

Restrictions on Access: Access restricted: For terms of access, contact Special Collections.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Material authored by ACT may be quoted for publication.

Acquisition Info: Donated by ACT, 10/18/1991.