|Size:||1 linear foot in two boxes, includes 37 audio cassettes and 4 reel-to-reel audio recordings|
|Repository:||Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, 400 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60605|
|Immediate source of acquisition:||Recordings were made by Chicago Public Library.|
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|Finding aid author:||Original author unknown. Updated and ingested into ArchivesSpace by Sarah Zimmerman, 2022.|
Chicago Public Library put on a series of 25 lectures and panel discussions devoted to the history and development of theater in Chicago. The programs were held jointly by the Lake View Branch of Chicago Public Library and the CPL/Cultural Center, and made possible in part through grants from the Illinois Humanities Council and Illinois Arts Council.
Biographical / Historical
During the period October 1981 to April 1982 the Chicago Public Library put on a series of lectures and panel discussions devoted to the history and development of theater in Chicago. The programs were held jointly by the Lake View Branch of Chicago Public Library and the CPL/Cultural Center. The programs were made possible in part through grants from the Illinois Humanities Council and Illinois Arts Council.
The series consisted of 25 scheduled lectures and panel discussions which presented a “comprehensive history of the development of the unique trends in Chicago Theater.” The series was recorded, and recordings are available for further research.
Scope and Contents
The Chicago on Stage Lecture Series includes recordings from events hosted jointly by the Lake View Branch of Chicago Public Library and the CPL/Cultural Center in 1981 and 1982. The majority of the recordings were converted to audio cassette sometime in the 1990s. There are multiple copies for some presentations, and some partial recordings for others. Four recordings: Development of the Art Theater Movement by James F. Coakley, Specialized Theater in Chicago by Anne Thurman, Off-Loop and Regional Theater by June Pyskacek and Early TV by Fred MacDonald remain in their original reel-to-reel audio format. There are no known recordings of the lecture Chicago Theater Influences American Theater by Yuri Rasovsky nor for the panel discussion The Critics and Their Influence on Chicago Theater
Recordings are arranged chronologically by presentation / recording date.
- Chicago Public Library
- Illinois Arts Council
- Illinois Humanities Council
- Theater – Illinois – Chicago – History – Sources.
- Theater – History – Sources.
|Box 1||Recording 1-2||Lecture: Theater on the Frontier by Arthur Bloom (2 copies)||1981 October 5|
|Box 1||Recording 3-4||Lecture: The 1885 Season by Jane Stedman (2 copies)||1981 October 12|
|Box 1||Recording 5-8||Lecture: Part I, 19th Century Drama in Chicago and Part II, John Blake Rice Company in Chicago by Arthur Bloom (2 copies)||1981 October 19|
|Box 2||Recording 41||Lecture: Development of the Art Theater Movement by James F. Coakley||1981 October 26|
|Box 1||Recording 9-10||Lecture: Yiddish Theater in Chicago by Danny Newman (2 copies)||1981 November 2|
|Box 1||Recording 11-14||Lecture: Chicago’s Neighborhood and Ethnic Theaters by Gertrude Grisham, Stuart Hecht and Alfred Staraumanis (in two parts) (2 copies)||1981 November 9|
|Box 1||Recording 15-16||Lecture: Radio Theater by Fred MacDonald (2 copies)||1981 November 16|
|Box 1||Recording 17-18||Lecture: Early Films and Chicago Theater by William Grisham (2 copies)||1981 November 23|
|Box 1||Recording 19-20||Lecture: WPA Movement by Patrick Schmitt (2 copies)||1981 November 30|
|Box 1||Recording 21-22||Lecture: Vaudeville & Burlesque by Robert Brubaker||1981 December 7|
|Box 1||Recording 23-24||Lecture: Opera in Chicago by Jane Stedman (2 copies)||1981 December 14|
|Box 1||Recording 25-26||Lecture: Second City and Improvisational Theater by Jeff Sweet (2 copies)||1981 December 21|
|Box 1||Recording 27-28||Lecture: Women’s and Gay Theater in Chicago by Linda Walsh Jenkins (2 copies)||1982 January 18|
|Box 2||Recording 29||Lecture: Black Theater in Chicago by Edward Robinson||1982 January 25|
|Box 2||Recording 40||Lecture: Specialized Theater in Chicago by Anne Thurman||1982 February 1|
|Box 2||Recording 30||Panel Discussion: Artistic Directors Look to the Future||1982 February 22|
|Box 2||Recording 31||Panel Discussion: Playwrights Evaluate Local Theater||1982 March 1|
|Box 2||Recording 32||Panel Discussion: The Role of the Director||1982 March 8|
|Box 2||Recording 33||Panel Discussion: Acting in Chicago||1982 March 15|
|Box 2||Recording 34-35||Panel Discussion: Technical Aspects of Chicago Theater (2 copies)||1982 March 22|
|Box 2||Recording 36-37||Panel Discussion: Future Support for Chicago Theater: Funding, Audience Development, etc.||1982 April 5|
|Box 2||Recording 39||Lecture: Early TV by Fred MacDonald||1982 April 12|
|Box 2||Recording 38||Lecture: Off-Loop and Regional Theater by June Pyskacek||1982 April 19|