Stormfield Theatre Records

Dates: 1983-1987
Size: 2 linear feet, 21 photographs, 13 oversize posters, 1 drawing
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, 400 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60605
Collection Number: Archives_SFT
Provenance: Donated by Terry McCabe, former Artistic Director of the Stormfield Theatre, in 1988
Access: No restrictions
Citation: When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is: Stormfield Theatre Records [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections, Chicago Public Library.

Historical Note

Stormfield Theatre was founded by Terry McCabe in spring 1983. Originally located above a florist at 6443 N. Sheridan Rd., Stormfield shared the space with another non-Equity company, the Commons Theatre. Stormfield's first production, Sixty Feet, Six Inches, was an original script by Chicago playwright James Harper. Setting the pattern for many of the shows that followed, Sixty Feet, Six Inches turned a profit as well as received rave reviews and a Jeff Citation Award.

In the five seasons that followed, Stormfield produced nine world premieres and received numerous Jeff Citations. Productions included original scripts such as Ross Lehman's Sons of Corl Gap, and his musical adaptation of The Gift of the Magi; John Logan's Never the Sinner; as well as classics by Beckett and Stanislaw Witkiewicz. In addition to Terry McCabe, Stormfield also featured some of Chicago's top directors: Tom Mula, Practical Theatre veteran Paul Barrosse and Body Politic's James O'Reilly each tried their hand. In 1986, after moving to the Edgewater Theater Center in the Edgewater Presbyterian Church (1020 W. Bryn Mawr), Stormfield established a Playwrights Ensemble consisting of John Logan, Clifton Campbell, and Ross Lehman. Although the Ensemble did not restrict the theater exclusively to these authors, presenting their plays became one of Stormfield's principle activities. In 1987, Stormfield's production of Logan's Hauptmann, starring Denis O'Hare, was invited to perform at the Edinburgh International Arts Festival, where it won a Fringe First Award. Stormfield's final production was a collaborative mounting with Pegasus Players of John Logan's Snow.

Stormfield disbanded in January 1988. McCabe stressed that the closing was due to a conviction that significant growth was not possible for a small non-Equity theater in Chicago. Stormfield left no financial deficit; remaining cash assets paid the season's debt and equipment was distributed to other non-for-profit theaters.

Scope and Content

The Stormfield Theatre records includes programs, promotional material, scripts, reviews and clippings, posters, photographs, and videotapes for productions mounted by the Stormfield Theatre, 1983-1987 as well as administrative and financial records. Significant productions represented include Hauptmann, Never the Sinner and Snow by John Logan

Arrangement/Series Description

The records of the Stormfield Theatre have been arranged into three series.

Series 1: Production History Files, 1983-1987, Boxes 1-2

This series consists of programs, press releases, scripts and other materials relating to individual productions, arranged chronologically by season. Also included in this collection are oversize posters and photographs, which while separated physically from the manuscript material, are noted with their respective productions and also listed at the end of the container list. Videotapes, also noted with their respective productions where available, have been removed to the Chicago Theater Videotape Collection.

Series 2: Administrative Files, 1983-1987, Box 3

This series includes Board of Director records, articles of incorporation and materials relating to artistic associations and memberships. Files are arranged by topic.

Series 3: Financial Files, 1983-1987, Boxes 3-4

This series includes box office reports, budgets and charitable contributions. Files are arranged by topic.

Related Materials

Subject Headings

  • Stormfield Theatre – Archives.
  • Logan, John.
  • Theaters – Illinois – Chicago.

Container List

Series 1: Production History Files, 1983-1987

Box 1 Folder 1 General. Clippings, promotional material, undated
Box 1 Folder 2 Sixty Feet, Six Inches by James Harper. [World Premiere]. Directed by Terry McCabe, sets by Roy Hine, lights by Ron Greene, costumes by Kerry Fleming. Light plot, 1983 April 14-May 29
Box 1 Folder 3 Sixty Feet, Six Inches. Program, 1983 April 14-May 29
Box 1 Folder 4 Sixty Feet, Six Inches. Promotional material, 1983 April 14-May 29
Box 1 Folder 5 Sixty Feet, Six Inches. Prompt script; marked with light and sound cues, and some line cuts and changes, 1983 April 14-May 29
Box 1 Folder 6 Sixty Feet, Six Inches. Reviews and clippings, 1983 April 14-May 29
Photo Box 1 Photo 1.1 Sixty Feet, Six Inches. 1 photograph, 1983 April 14-May 29
Oversize Folder 1 Sixty Feet, Six Inches. Poster, 1983 April 14-May 29
Box 1 Folder 7 My Sister in this House by Wendy Kesselman. [Chicago Premiere]. Directed by Tom Mula, sets and lights by Roy Hine, costumes by Marcia Le Boeuf. Program, 1983 November 23-1984 February 12
Box 1 Folder 8 My Sister in this House. Promotional material, 1983 November 23-1984 February 12
Box 1 Folder 9 My Sister in this House. Reviews and clippings, 1983 November 23-1984 February 12
Photo Box 1 Photo 1.2-1.4 My Sister in this House. 3 photographs, 1983 November 23-1984 February 12
Oversize Folder 1 My Sister in this House. Poster, 1983 November 23-1984 February 12
Box 1 Folder 10 Sons of Corl Gap by Ross Lehman. [World Premiere]. Directed by Terry McCabe, designed by Chris Matteky. Program, 1984 May 8-June 3
Box 1 Folder 11 Sons of Corl Gap. Promotional material, 1984 May 8-June 3
Box 1 Folder 12 Sons of Corl Gap. Prompt script; marked with line cuts and changes, 1984 May 8-June 3
Box 1 Folder 13 Sons of Corl Gap. Reviews and clippings, 1984 May 8-June 3
Photo Box 1 Photo 1.5-1.6 Sons of Corl Gap. 2 photographs, 1984 May 8-June 3
Oversize Folder 1 Sons of Corl Gap. Poster, 1984 May 8-June 3
Box 1 Folder 14 The Madman and the Nun by Stanislaw Witkiewicz, translated by Monique Barwicki. [World Premiere]. Directed by Terry McCabe, design concept by Jeff Bauer. Programs, 1984 September 6-October 21
Box 1 Folder 15 The Madman and the Nun. Promotional material, 1984 September 6-October 21
Box 1 Folder 16 The Madman and the Nun. Prompt script, 1984 September 6-October 21
Box 1 Folder 17 The Madman and the Nun. Reviews and clippings, 1984 September 6-October 21
Photo Box 1 Photos 1.7-1.10 The Madman and the Nun. 4 photographs, 1984 September 6-October 21
Oversize Folder 1 The Madman and the Nun. Poster, 1984 September 6-October 21
Box 1 Folder 18 Nativos by Clifton Campbell. [World Premiere]. Directed by Terry McCabe, sets by Matthew Owens and Donna Rae Durnan, lights by James Glossman, costumes by Chris Matteky. Program, 1985 March 26-May 26
Box 1 Folder 19 Nativos. Promotional material, 1985 March 26-May 26
Box 1 Folder 20 Nativos. Prompt script, 1985 March 26-May 26
Box 1 Folder 21 Nativos. Reviews and clippings, 1985 March 26-May 26
Photo Box 1 Photo 1.11 Nativos. 1 contact sheet, 1985 March 26-May 26
Oversize 1 Nativos. Poster, 1985 March 26-May 26
Box 1 Folder 22 Porchlife : Sons of Corl Gap by Ross Lehman and Elmo and June Confront Issues Much Larger than Themselves by Paul Barrosse. Directed by Terry McCabe and Paul Barrosse, set designs by Tom Larson, lighting and costume design by Chris Matteky. Program, 1985 June 12-August 24
Box 1 Folder 23 Porchlife : Sons of Corl Gap and Elmo and June Confront Issues Much Larger than Themselves. Promotional material, 1985 June 12-August 24
Box 1 Folder 24 Porchlife : Sons of Corl Gap and Elmo and June Confront Issues Much Larger than Themselves. Reviews and clippings, 1985 June 12-August 24
Box 1 Folder 25 Porchlife : Sons of Corl Gap and Elmo and June Confront Issues Much Larger than Themselves. Script, unmarked, 1985 June 12-August 24
Photo Box 1 Photos 1.12-1.13 Porchlife : Sons of Corl Gap and Elmo and June Confront Issues Much Larger than Themselves. 2 photographs, 1985 June 12-August 24
Oversize Folder 1 Porchlife : Sons of Corl Gap and Elmo and June Confront Issues Much Larger than Themselves. Poster, 1985 June 12-August 24
Box 1 Folder 26 Never the Sinner by John Logan. Directed by Terry McCabe, sets by Russ Borski, lights by Russ Borski and Mary Quinlan, costumes by Glenn Billings. Program, 1985 September 10-October 27
Box 1 Folder 27 Never the Sinner. Promotional material, 1985 September 10-October 27
Box 1 Folder 28 Never the Sinner. Reviews and clippings, 1985 September 10-October 27
Box 1 Folder 29 Never the Sinner. Script, unmarked, 1985 September 10-October 27
Oversize Folder 1 Never the Sinner. Poster, 1985 September 10-October 27
Box 2 Folder 1 The Gift of the Magi by Ross Lehman and Mark Weston. [World Premiere]. Directed by Terry McCabe, sets by Roy Hine, lights by Mary Quinlan, costumes by Kerry Fleming. Program, 1985 November 27-1986 January 5
Box 2 Folder 2 The Gift of the Magi. Promotional material, 1985 November 27-1986 January 5
Box 2 Folder 3 The Gift of the Magi. Reviews and clippings, 1985 November 27-1986 January 5
Box 2 Folder 4 The Gift of the Magi. Script, marked with line cuts and changes [Laura Donnelly's (Della) copy], 1985 November 27-1986 January 5
Photo Box 1 Photos 1.14-1.16 The Gift of the Magi. 2 photographs, 1 contact sheet, 1985 November 27-1986 January 5
Oversize Folder 1 The Gift of the Magi. Poster, 1985 November 27-1986 January 5
The Gift of the Magi by Ross Lehman and Mark Weston. Directed by Terry McCabe, sets by Roy Hine, lights by Mary Quinlan, costumes by Karry Fleming, with Jill Reznick, Dan Crowley, Laura Donnelly, Sean Baldwin and Kingsley Day. Video recording of a live performance, 1985 [See: Chicago Theater Videotape Collection #1.4]
Box 2 Folder 5 The Future adapted and directed by Paul Edwards. Designed by W.G. Campbell. Program, 1986 June 19
Box 2 Folder 6 The Future. Promotional material, 1986 June 19
Box 2 Folder 7 The Future. Reviews and clippings, 1986 June 19
Box 2 Folder 8 The Future. Script - marked with light cues, line cuts and changes, 1986 June 19
Photo Box 1 Photos 1.17-1.18 The Future. 2 photographs, 1986 June 19
Oversize Folder 1 The Future. Poster, 1986 June 19
Box 2 Folder 9 Krapp's Last Tape and Theatre II by Samuel Beckett. Directed by James O'Reilly, designed by Terry McCabe. Theatre II directed by Terry McCabe. Program, 1986 August
Box 2 Folder 10 Krapp's Last Tape and Theatre II. Reviews and clippings, 1986 August
Photo Box 1 Photo 1.19 Krapp's Last Tape and Theatre II. 1 contact sheet, 1986 August
Oversize Folder 1 Krapp's Last Tape and Theatre II. Poster, 1986 August
Box 2 Folder 11 Hauptmann by John Logan. [World Premiere]. Directed by Terry McCabe, sets by Christopher Allen, lights by Ellen E. Jones, costumes by Jerry Stauduhar. Program, 1986 September 13-November 19
Box 2 Folder 12 Hauptmann. Promotional material, 1986 September 13-November 19
Box 2 Folder 13 Hauptmann. Reviews and clippings, 1986 September 13-November 19
Box 2 Folder 14 Hauptmann. Script - marked with cuts and line changes, 1986 September 13-November 19
Photo Box 1 Photos 1.20-1.20a Hauptmann. 2 photographs (negative), 1986 September 13-November 19
Oversize Folder 1 Hauptmann. Poster, 1986 September 13-November 19
Hauptmann by John Logan. Directed by Terry McCabe, sets by Christopher Allen, lights by Ellen E. Jones, costumes by Jerry Stauduhar, with Denis O’Hare, Layne Beamer, Donna Powers, Wendy Lueker, Nicholas Kusenko, Jerry Bloom and Gary Brichetto. Video recording of a live performance, 1986 [See: Chicago Theater Videotape Collection #1.41]
Box 2 Folder 15 The Gift of the Magi by Ross Lehman and Mark Weston. Directed by Terry McCabe and Ross Lehman, sets by Roy Hine, lights by Mary Quinlan and Terry McCabe, costumes by Kerry Fleming. Program, 1986 November 29-December 28
Box 2 Folder 16 The Gift of the Magi. Promotional material, 1986 November 29-December 28
Box 2 Folder 17 The Gift of the Magi. Prompt script - marked with light cues, 1986 November 29-December 28
Box 2 Folder 18 The Gift of the Magi. Reviews and clippings, 1986 November 29-December 28
Oversize Folder 1 The Gift of the Magi. Poster, 1986 November 29-December 28
The Gift of the Magi by Ross Lehman and Mark Weston. Directed by Terry McCabe and Ross Lehman, sets by Roy Hine, lights by Mary Quinlan and Terry McCabe, costumes by Kerry Fleming, with Lynn Baber, Brian-Mark Conover, Stephanie Galfano, Rick Boynton and Rick Boynton. Video recording of a live performance, 1986 [See: Chicago Theater Videotape Collection #1.6]
Box 2 Folder 19 Emerald Tree Boa by Clifton Campbell. Directed by Terry McCabe, sets by Eve Cauley. lights by Ellen Jones, costumes by Laura Sandberg. Program, 1987 March 4-29
Box 2 Folder 20 Emerald Tree Boa. Promotional material, 1987 March 4-29
Box 2 Folder 21 Emerald Tree Boa. Reviews and clippings, 1987 March 4-29
Box 2 Folder 22 Emerald Tree Boa. Script, 1987 March 4-29
Photo Box 1 Photo 1.21 Emerald Tree Boa. 1 photograph, 1987 March 4-29
Oversize Folder 1 Emerald Tree Boa. Poster, 1987 March 4-29
Oversize Folder 2 Emerald Tree Boa. Set design, 1987 March 4-29
Emerald Tree Boa by Clifton Campbell. Directed by Terry McCabe, sets by Eve Cauley, lights by Ellen E. Jones, costumes by Lynn Sandberg, with Ellyn Duncan, Edward Blatchford, Karl Poffhoff, James Schneider, Lynda Foxman and Ellen Kohrman. Video recording of a live performance, 1987 [See: Chicago Theater Videotape Collection #1.7]
Box 2 Folder 23 Hauptmann by John Logan. Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Reviews and clippings, 1987 August
Box 2 Folder 24 Snow by John Logan. [World Premiere]. A joint production between Pegasus Players and Stormfield. Directed by Terry McCabe, sets by Eve Cauley, lights by Peter Gottlieb, costumes by Jeffrey Kelly, sound by Terry McCabe and John Logan. Program, 1987 October 7-November 8
Box 2 Folder 25 Snow. Promotional material, 1987 October 7-November 8
Box 2 Folder 26 Snow. Reviews and clippings, 1987 October 7-November 8
Box 2 Folder 27 Snow. Script - marked 'unproofed' working copy, 1987 October 7-November 8
Snow by John Logan. A joint production between Pegasus Players and Stormfield. Directed by Terry McCabe, sets by Eve Cauley, lights by, Peter Gottlieb, costumes by Jeffrey Kelly, sound by Terry McCabe and John Logan, with Jerry Bloom, Thomas Carroll, Morgan McCabe, Loren Rubin, Donna Powers, Ellen Kohrman, Miranda Danilorr, Stphanie Galfano, Randy Colborn, Gary Brichetto, Nicholas Kusenko, Ted Kamp, Chip Hess, Craig Bennett, Amy Jagodnik, Roger Lindsay and Bonnie Lucas. Video recording of a live performance, 1987   [See: Chicago Theater Videotape Collection #1.10]

Series 2: Administrative Records, 1983-1987

Board of Directors

Box 3 Folder 1 Board of Directors membership lists, 1983-1984
Box 3 Folder 2 Board of Directors meetings minutes and agendas, 1983-1987

Incorporation, State, and Federal Records

Box 3 Folder 3 Charitable Organization Laws and Registration Statement, 1983
Box 3 Folder 4 Articles of Incorporation, 1983
Box 3 Folder 5 Not-for-Profit Status, 1983-1986
Box 3 Folder 6 State of Illinois Employment forms, 1983-1987
Box 3 Folder 7 IRS Federal Tax Exemption forms, 1983-1987

Associations

Box 3 Folder 8 League of Chicago Theatres Retreat, 1987
Box 3 Folder 9 Chicago Artists Abroad press releases, 1987
Box 3 Folder 10 Pegasus Players co-production of Snow, 1987-1988

Promotional Materials

Box 3 Folder 11 Chicago Reader display ads, undated
Box 3 Folder 12 Stormfield Theatre brochure, 1983

Series 3: Financial Records, 1983-1987

Box Office Reports

Box 3 Folder 13 Box office reports, Sixty Feet, Six Inches by James Harper, 1983 April 14-May 29
Box 3 Folder 14 Box office reports, My Sister in this House by Wendy Kesselman, 1984 November 23-February 12
Box 3 Folder 15 Box office reports, Sons of Corl Gap by Ross Lehman, 1984 May 8-June 3
Box 3 Folder 16 Box office reports, The Madman and the Nun by Stanislaw Witkiewicz, translated by Monique Barwicki, 1984 September 6-October 21
Box 3 Folder 17 Reservation sheets, The Madman and the Nun, 1984 September 6-October 21
Box 3 Folder 18 Box office reports, The Gift of the Magi by Ross Lehman and Mark Weston. 1985 November 27-1986 January

Ticket Sales and Concessions

Box 4 Folder 1 Ticketron sales, 1984-1985
Box 4 Folder 2 Ticketron sales, 1986
Box 4 Folder 3 Miscellaneous ticket stubs, 1984-1986
Box 4 Folder 4 Theatre concession records, 1985-1986

Budgets and Financial Information

Box 4 Folder 5 Budgets, 1983-1984
Box 4 Folder 6 Budgets, 1985-1986
Box 4 Folder 7 Chart of Accounts, 1983
Box 4 Folder 8 Chart of Accounts, 1985 November 15
Box 4 Folder 9 Income/Expense records, 1983
Box 4 Folder 10 Financial Statements, 1985 October 31
Box 4 Folder 11 Financial Statements, 1985 November 31

Charitable Contributions to and by Stormfield Theatre

Box 4 Folder 12 Fundraiser records, 1983
Box 4 Folder 13 Donor List, 1983-1985
Box 4 Folder 14 Contributions by Stormfield Theatre to area groups, 1983-1987
Box 4 Folder 15 Grants, 1984-1987

Other Formats

Oversize Posters

Oversize Folder 1 Sixty Feet, Six Inches. Poster, 1983 April 14-May 29
Oversize Folder 1 My Sister in this House. Poster, 1983 November 23-1984 February 12
Oversize Folder 1 Sons of Corl Gap. Poster, 1984 May 8-June 3
Oversize Folder 1 The Madman and the Nun. Poster, 1984 September 6-October 21
Oversize 1 Nativos. Poster, 1985 March 26-May 26
Oversize Folder 1 Porchlife : Sons of Corl Gap and Elmo and June Confront Issues Much Larger than Themselves. Poster, 1985 June 12-August 24
Oversize Folder 1 Never the Sinner. Poster, 1985 September 10-October 27
Oversize Folder 1 The Gift of the Magi. Poster, 1985 November 27-1986 January 5
Oversize Folder 1 The Future. Poster, 1986 June 19
Oversize Folder 1 Krapp's Last Tape and Theatre II. Poster, 1986 August
Oversize Folder 1 Hauptmann. Poster, 1986 September 13-November 19
Oversize Folder 1 The Gift of the Magi. Poster, 1986 November 29-December 28
Oversize Folder 1 Emerald Tree Boa. Poster, 1987 March 4-29

Photographs

Photo Box 1 Photo 1.1 Sixty Feet, Six Inches. 1 photograph, 1983 April 14-May 29
Photo Box 1 Photo 1.2-1.4 My Sister in this House. 3 photographs, 1983 November 23-1984 February 12
Photo Box 1 Photo 1.5-1.6 Sons of Corl Gap. 2 photographs, 1984 May 8-June 3
Photo Box 1 Photos 1.7-1.10 The Madman and the Nun. 4 photographs, 1984 September 6-October 21
Photo Box 1 Photo 1.11 Nativos. 1 contact sheet, 1985 March 26-May 26
Photo Box 1 Photos 1.12-1.13 Porchlife : Sons of Corl Gap and Elmo and June Confront Issues Much Larger than Themselves. 2 photographs, 1985 June 12-August 24
Photo Box 1 Photos 1.14-1.16 The Gift of the Magi. 2 photographs, 1 contact sheet, 1985 November 27-1986 January 5
Photo Box 1 Photos 1.17-1.18 The Future. 2 photographs, 1986 June 19
Photo Box 1 Photo 1.19 Krapp's Last Tape and Theatre II. 1 contact sheet, 1986 August
Photo Box 1 Photos 1.20-1.20a Hauptmann. 2 photographs (negative), 1986 September 13-November 19
Photo Box 1 Photo 1.21 Emerald Tree Boa. 1 photograph, 1987 March 4-29

Set Designs

Oversize Folder 2 Emerald Tree Boa. Set design, 1987 March 4-29
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