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Subseries 2.1
Scripts, 1963-2014
Boxes 6 - 2 and 46-47; OP 1

Scope and Content Note

The subseries consists of scripts written by Paul Carter Harrison from 1963-2014 and includes play scripts, screenplays, teleplays, and radio plays. The subseries also documents Harrison's numerous collaborations with other artists, including composers and musicians such as Buster Davis, Julius Hemphill, T.S. Galloway, and Clyde S. Batton; the writer Odie Hawkins; and the director Gilbert Moses. Play scripts contain typescript drafts, synopses, notes, and performance files of Harrison's plays, musicals, and operas, including Ameri/Cain Gothic, Anchorman, Doctor Jazz, Doxology Opera/The Doxy Canticles, Goreé Crossing, The Great MacDaddy, and Tabernacle. Typescripts of the plays often include annotations by Harrison and others. Material for works such as Doxology Opera/The Doxy Canticles and Goreé Crossing includes original manuscript scores, printed scores, sheet music, and lyric sheets.

Many of Harrison's plays, including The Great MacDaddy, combine elements of African mythology and ritual with American traditions such as jazz to highlight unique elements of African American culture and history. Other plays examine specific moments in African American history. For example, Ameri/Cain Gothic takes place in a room at the Lorraine Motel on the day Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. Harrison's work also experiments with technological boundaries, for example Doxology Opera/The Doxy Canticles incorporating Philip Mallory Jones' multi-media animation into set design and story-telling.

The subseries also contains typescripts, synopses, and treatments of films for which Harrison wrote screenplays. Among these, are Lord Shango (1975) about a Yoruban priest who returns from the dead to combat Christianity in his African village and Youngblood (1978) the story of a fifteen year old boy who joins a street gang in Los Angeles, California. There are also drafts of screenplays and other material for numerous unproduced films, including A Change is Gonna Come, a biopic about singer/musician Sam Cooke. There are also teleplay typescripts for Getting to Know Me, the 1980 children's series about African folklore and the unproduced program Uptown Strutter's Ball. There is also one typescript radio play, Chatham Village.

Arrangement Note

Arranged by script type, then in alphabetical order.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Printed or manuscript music in this collection that is still under copyright protection and is not in the Public Domain may not be photocopied or photographed. Researchers must provide written authorization from the copyright holder to request copies of these materials.

Play scripts
Box Folder Content
6 1 Abercrombie Apocalypse, notes, research, and production information, circa 1974-1979
6 2 Abercrombie Apocalypse, synopses, no date
6 3 Abercrombie Apocalypse, typescripts, no date [1 of 2]
46 5 Abercrombie Apocalypse, typescripts, no date [2 of 2]
6 4 Abercrombie Apocalypse, typescripts, 1981
6 5 Abercrombie Apocalypse, typescripts, 1982
6 6 Abercrombie Apocalypse, typescripts, circa 1983
6 7 Abercrombie Apocalypse, typescripts, 1983
6 8 Americain Gothic, Act 1 partial typescript, circa 1977
6 9 Americain Gothic, typescripts, circa 1977 [1 of 5]
6 10 Americain Gothic, typescripts, circa 1977 [2 of 5]
6 11 Americain Gothic, typescripts, circa 1977 [3 of 5]
7 1 Americain Gothic, typescripts, circa 1977 [4 of 5]
7 2 Americain Gothic, typescripts, circa 1977 [5 of 5]
7 3 Ameri/Cain Gothic, press list, circa 1985
7 4 Ameri/Cain Gothic, stage manager's script, circa 1985
7 5 Ameri/Cain Gothic, typescripts, circa 1985 [1 of 3]
7 6 Ameri/Cain Gothic, typescripts, circa 1985 [2 of 3]
7 7 Ameri/Cain Gothic, typescripts, circa 1985 [3 of 3]
7 8 Anchorman, lyric sheets, no date
7 9 Anchorman, manuscript scores, no date [1 of 2]
OP1 2 Anchorman, manuscript scores, no date [2 of 2]
7 10 Anchorman, manuscript scores by Julius Hemphill, no date Julius Hemphill, no date
7 11 Anchorman, page proofs, circa 1988
8 1 Anchorman, performance file, ETA Creative Arts Foundation (Chicago, Illinois), 1999 [1 of 2] [includes annotated script] ETA Creative Arts Foundation (Chicago, Illinois), 1999 [1 of 2] [includes annotated script]
8 2 Anchorman, performance file, ETA Creative Arts Foundation (Chicago, Illinois), 1999 [2 of 2]
8 3 Anchorman, performance file, Schaeffer Theater, circa 1989 [1 of 2] Schaeffer Theater, circa 1989 [1 of 2]
8 4 Anchorman, performance file, Schaeffer Theater, circa 1989 [2 of 2] [includes 1986 Oliver Lee Jackson set design] Oliver Lee Jackson set design]
8 5 Anchorman, sheet music and printed scores, no date
8 6 Anchorman, typescripts, 1982 [1 of 3]
8 7 Anchorman, typescripts, 1982 [2 of 3]
8 8 Anchorman, typescripts, 1982 [3 of 3]
9 1 Anchorman, typescripts, 1982 [4 of 4]
9 2 Anchorman, typescripts, 1998
9 3 Borders, typescript, circa 1989 [See also variant title: Anchorman] Anchorman]
46 6 Carnival Rapture, correspondence and other supporting materials, 2005-2006
46 7 Carnival Rapture, notes and research, circa 2006-2008
46 8 Carnival Rapture, original Carnival Messiah typescript and rewrites by Geraldine Connor, circa 2005 Carnival Messiah typescript and rewrites by Geraldine Connor, circa 2005
46 9 Carnival Rapture, synopsis, circa 2005
46 10 Carnival Rapture, synopsis, circa 2008
46 11 Carnival Rapture, typescripts, 2008
9 4 The Death of Boogie Woogie, production and cast list, no date [photocopy]
9 5 The Death of Boogie Woogie, sheet music, 1976
9 6 The Death of Boogie Woogie, typescripts, circa 1975 [1 of 4]
9 7 The Death of Boogie Woogie, typescripts, circa 1975 [2 of 4]
9 8 The Death of Boogie Woogie, typescripts, circa 1975 [3 of 4]
9 9 The Death of Boogie Woogie, typescripts, circa 1975 [4 of 4]
9 10 Deejay Tonite, lyric sheets, 1979
9 11 Deejay Tonite, notes, circa 1970s
10 1 Deejay Tonite, research, circa 1976-1979
10 2 Deejay Tonite, synopsis, circa 1979
10 3 Deejay Tonite, typescripts, circa 1979 [1 of 2]
10 4 Deejay Tonite, typescripts, circa 1979 [2 of 2]
10 5 Dixie Pike, research, circa 1989-1991
10 6 Dixie Pike, synopses, no date
10 7 Dixie Pike, typescript, 1990
10 8 Doctor Jazz [with Buster Davis], lyric sheets, circa 1974 Buster Davis], lyric sheets, circa 1974
10 9 Doctor Jazz [with Buster Davis], notes, no date
10 10 Doctor Jazz [with Buster Davis], production information, 1974
10 11 Doctor Jazz [with Buster Davis], synopses, no date
10 12 Doctor Jazz [with Buster Davis], typescripts, circa 1974
10 13 Doctor Jazz [with Buster Davis], typescripts, circa 1975 [1 of 2]
10 14 Doctor Jazz [with Buster Davis], typescripts, circa 1975 [2 of 2]
46 12 Doxology Opera/The Doxy Canticles, creation/performance budget, Atlanta, Georgia, 2014
11 1 Doxology Opera/The Doxy Canticles, manuscript scores, no date
11 2 Doxology Opera/The Doxy Canticles, notes, no date
11 3 Doxology Opera/The Doxy Canticles, original visual and computer graphic concepts by Philip Mallory Jones, 1997-2001 [1 of 2] Philip Mallory Jones, 1997-2001 [1 of 2]
11 4 Doxology Opera/The Doxy Canticles, original visual and computer graphic concepts by Philip Mallory Jones, 1997-2001 [2 of 2]
11 5 Doxology Opera/The Doxy Canticles, performance questions and problems, no date
11 6 Doxology Opera/The Doxy Canticles, printed score, no date [photocopy] [1 of 4]
11 7 Doxology Opera/The Doxy Canticles, printed score, no date [photocopy] [2 of 4]
11 8 Doxology Opera/The Doxy Canticles, printed score, no date [3 of 4]
11 9 Doxology Opera/The Doxy Canticles, printed score, no date [4 of 4]
46 13 Doxology Opera/The Doxy Canticles, printed score, annotated, no date
12 1 Doxology Opera/The Doxy Canticles, production file, 1994-2001
12 2 Doxology Opera/The Doxy Canticles, research, circa 1990-2000 [1 of 2]
12 3 Doxology Opera/The Doxy Canticles, research, circa 1990-2000 [1 of 2]
12 4 Doxology Opera/The Doxy Canticles, synopsis, no date
12 5 Doxology Opera/The Doxy Canticles, typescripts, no date
12 6 Doxology Opera/The Doxy Canticles, typescripts, 1994 [1 of 2]
47 1 Doxology Opera/The Doxy Canticles, typescripts, 1994 [2 of 2]
12 7 Doxology Opera/The Doxy Canticles, typescripts, 1996 [1 of 3]
12 8 Doxology Opera/The Doxy Canticles, typescripts, 1996 [2 of 3]
47 2 Doxology Opera/The Doxy Canticles, typescripts, 1996 [3 of 3]
12 9 Doxology Opera/The Doxy Canticles, typescripts, circa 2001
47 3 Doxology Opera/The Doxy Canticles, typescripts, 2001
12 10 Doxology Opera/The Doxy Canticles, typescripts, adjustments for concert version, circa 2001
13 1 Doxology Opera/The Doxy Canticles, typescripts, partial, no date
13 2 The Experimental Leader, typescript, no date [See also variant title: The Leader] The Leader]
13 3 Folly 4 Two (Folie Á Deux), typescripts and notes, 1963-1964 [See also variant title: Interface] Folie Á Deux), typescripts and notes, 1963-1964 [See also variant title: Interface]
13 4 Goreé Crossing, manuscript piano-vocal score, no date
13 5 Goreé Crossing, manuscript score [photocopy], 1993
13 6 Goreé Crossing, manuscript score, T.S. Galloway arrangement, no date [1 of 2] T.S. Galloway arrangement, no date [1 of 2]
13 7 Goreé Crossing, manuscript score, T.S. Galloway arrangement, no date [2 of 2]
13 8 Goreé Crossing, partial sheet music for trumpet and clarinet, T.S. Galloway arrangement, no date [annotated]
13 9 Goreé Crossing, "Poppadah" lyrics, 1996
13 10 Goreé Crossing, printed conductor's score, Clyde S. Batton arrangement, 1995 Clyde S. Batton arrangement, 1995
13 11 Goreé Crossing, printed conductor's score [annotated], Clyde S. Batton arrangement, 1995
14 1 Goreé Crossing, sheet music, Clyde S. Batton arrangement, 1995 [1 of 3]
14 2 Goreé Crossing, sheet music, Clyde S. Batton arrangement, 1995 [2 of 3]
14 3 Goreé Crossing, sheet music, Clyde S. Batton arrangement, 1995 [3 of 3]
14 4 Goreé Crossing, song list, no date
14 5 Goreé Crossing, typescripts, 1990
14 6 Goreé Crossing, typescripts, 1992
14 7 Goreé Crossing, typescripts, 1996 [1 of 2]
14 8 Goreé Crossing, typescripts, 1996 [2 of 2]
14 9 The Great MacDaddy, typescripts, circa 1972 [1 of 4]
15 1 The Great MacDaddy, typescripts, circa 1972 [2 of 4]
15 2 The Great MacDaddy, typescripts, circa 1972 [3 of 4]
15 3 The Great MacDaddy, typescripts, circa 1972 [4 of 4]
47 4 The Great MacDaddy, typescripts, 2009
15 4 Happy Hour, typescripts, no date [1 of 2]
15 5 Happy Hour, typescripts, no date [2 of 2]
15 6 Happy Hour, typescripts, 1986
15 7 Happy Hour, typescripts, 1988
15 8 Interface, typescripts, 1980
15 9 The Leader, typescripts, 1963 and no date
15 10 Pavane for Aphrodite, typescripts, circa 1964 [See also variant title: Pavane for a Dead-Pan Minstrel] Pavane for a Dead-Pan Minstrel]
15 11 Pavane for a Dead-Pan Minstrel, typescript, circa 1964-1965 [variant title: Pavane for Aphrodite] Pavane for Aphrodite]
16 1 Pawns, typescript, 1963
16 2 The Post Clerks, typescript, 1963
16 3 ...Rhyme nor Reason, typescripts, no date
16 4 Soul on Ice, Act I partial typescript, no date
16 5 Soul on Ice, narrative description, no date
16 6 Soul on Ice, typescripts, no date [1 of 3]
16 7 Soul on Ice, typescripts, no date [2 of 3]
16 8 Soul on Ice, typescripts, no date [3 of 3]
16 9 Tabernacle, typescript, circa 1966
16 10 Tophat, typescripts, no date
16 11 Tophat, typescripts, 1980 [bound with Interface] Interface]
16 12 Tophat, typescripts, no date [bound with Pavane for a Dead-Pan Minstrel] Pavane for a Dead-Pan Minstrel]
Screenplays
17 1 Abandoned, synopsis, no date
17 2 The Abduction of Ms. Boyle, treatment, no date
17 3 Adam, correspondence and notes, 1991
17 4 Anchorman, circa 1985
17 5 A Change is Gonna Come, research and notes, no date
17 6 A Change is Gonna Come, treatments, no date [1 of 2]
17 7 A Change is Gonna Come, treatments, no date [2 of 2]
17 8 A Change is Gonna Come, typescripts, no date [1 of 2]
17 9 A Change is Gonna Come, typescripts, no date [2 of 2]
17 10 Cold Duck and Bon Bons, synopsis and treatments, circa 1972
17 11 Cold Duck and Bon Bons, typescripts, circa 1972
17 12 Crossroads, synopsis and treatment, no date
17 13 Eli's Games [with Odie Hawkins and Gilbert Moses], no date Odie Hawkins and Gilbert Moses], no date
18 1 French Jam, treatment, no date [with Richard Suskind] Richard Suskind]
18 2 The Girl Beneath the Lion, André Pieyre de Mandiargues, The Girl Beneath the Lion, no date [photocopy] André Pieyre de Mandiargues, The Girl Beneath the Lion, no date [photocopy]
18 3 The Girl Beneath the Lion, treatments, circa 1976
18 4 Glory, Glory, Lord Shango! [with S.S. Schweitzer], 1974 [1 of 2] S.S. Schweitzer], 1974 [1 of 2]
18 5 Glory, Glory, Lord Shango! [with S.S. Schweitzer], 1974 [2 of 2]
18 6 The Homestead, treatment, circa 1981 [based on the novel by K.A. Harrison] K.A. Harrison]
18 7 Interior Plot, research, 1982-1984
18 8 Interior Plot, treatments, no date
18 9 The Laughmaker, treatment, no date
18 10 The Laughmaker, typescript, no date
18 11 Mister Gilmore's Property, 1982
18 12 The Paper Caper, treatment, no date
18 13 A Portrait of Max, 1987
18 14 Salsa, 1989
19 1 Sundiata, Imogunla Alakoye, "Sundiata: The Lion Walks," 1980 Imogunla Alakoye, "Sundiata: The Lion Walks," 1980
19 2 Sundiata, Julia Hotton African history project material, 1980 Julia Hotton African history project material, 1980
19 3 Sundiata, meeting with Lansine Kaba notes, 1982 Lansine Kaba notes, 1982
19 4 Sundiata, notebook, no date
19 5 Sundiata, research, no date
19 6 Sundiata, typescripts, no date [1 of 3]
19 7 Sundiata, typescripts, no date [2 of 3]
19 8 Sundiata, typescripts, no date [3 of 3]
19 9 Victims of Circumstance, treatments, circa 1995
19 10 Youngblood, synopsis, circa 1978
19 11 Youngblood, crew list, circa 1978
19 12 Youngblood, typescripts, 1977 [1 of 2]
19 13 Youngblood, typescripts, 1977 [2 of 2]
19 14 Youngblood, typescripts, circa 1977-1978 [1 of 3]
19 15 Youngblood, typescripts, circa 1977-1978 [2 of 3]
19 16 Youngblood, typescripts, circa 1977-1978 [3 of 3]
Teleplays
20 1 Getting to Know Me, development correspondence and notes, 1979-1980
20 2 Getting to Know Me, typescripts, 1980 [1 of 2]
20 3 Getting to Know Me, typescripts, 1980 [2 of 2]
20 4 Uptown Strutter's Ball, development correspondence with Tony Batten, 1992-1993 Tony Batten, 1992-1993
47 5 Uptown Strutter's Ball, research and Tony Batten biographical sketch, circa 1992
20 5 Uptown Strutter's Ball, synopsis, circa 1992-1993
20 6 Uptown Strutter's Ball, treatments, circa 1992-1993 [1 of 2]
47 6 Uptown Strutter's Ball, treatments, circa 1992-1993 [2 of 2]
20 7 Uptown Strutter's Ball, typescript, circa 1992-1993
Radio plays
20 8 Chatham Village, 1982-1983
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