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Subseries 5.2
Scripts and sheet music, 1954-2014
Boxes 201 - 206

Scope and Content Note

The subseries consists of scripts and sheet music from circa 1954-2014 including scripts for television shows, films, theatrical plays and musicals, dances, and ceremonies in which Carmen de Lavallade performed or created. Synopsys, treatments, outlines, correspondence, and production and research materials accompany some scripts. Production materials include production and rehearsal schedules, cast lists, and director's notes. Many scripts contain hand-written annotations.

Files that contain dance works with scripted elements include The Creation (circa 1972-2014), Willie’s Ladies Sing the Blues (circa 1996-2007), and The Vagabond (circa 1993). Files with scripts for Paradigm, the performance group co-founded in 1996 by de Lavallade, Gus Solomon, Jr., and Dudley Williams, include Archy and Mehitabel (circa 2008), Credo (1999), Lamps (circa 2009), Psalms (1999), and Texture (2005). Credo and Psalms were choreographed, written, and costumed by Geoffrey Holder.

Drafts, outlines, and treatments for works authored or choreographed by de Lavallade include the musical Manhattan Tower Views (1998-2006), co-written with Margot Astrachan, and the play For Old Times' Sake, co-written with Hope Clark. The libretto Romulus Hunt (1993) and the musical Sugar Hill (circa 1990-1992) were staged or choreographed by de Lavallade.

Many scripts are accompanied by correspondence from colleagues discussing production logistics including letters and notes from the founder of White Barn Theatre (Westport, Connecticut), Lucille Lortel (Enchanted Isle of Yew, 1987); talent coordinator for The New Voice, Lauren Richman (1980); and playwright Lonnie Carter who attributed the idea for Bleach (undated) to de Lavallade. There are several telegrams wishing de Lavallade success with the opening of House of Flowers (1954) and post-performance thank you cards from co-workers.

The series also includes sheet music for Eleanora's Cabaret (undated), sang by de Lavallade; Porgy and Bess (undated); Carmen Jones (circa 1954); and Tribute to Janet Collins (circa 2010), a collaborative production with composer Jane Ira Bloom.

Arrangement Note

Arranged in alphabetical order by title.

Processing Note

The archivist kept various document types together to reflect the donor's original arrangement. Scripts identifiable as used by de Lavallade's are arranged in this subseries, while all scripts of unknown ownership are arranged in the Geoffrey Holder papers (subseries 6.2, scripts). The titles of several unlabeled scripts have been identified by the archivist.

Box Folder Content
201 1 2 Days in New York, 2010 September
201 2 The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God, with program, contact sheet, music, and dramaturgical packet, 2005 June
201 3 "Am I Blue?," with correspondence, 1974 April
201 4 Archy and Mehitabel, with correspondence and tech schedule, circa 2008 and undated
201 5 Bernice and brotherspeak, with correspondence, 2006 September 5 and undated brotherspeak, with correspondence, 2006 September 5 and undated
201 6 The Big House, circa 1970
201 7 Bleach, undated
201 8 Blood Moon, undated
201 9 Bolden!, script revisions, 2007 June 13
201 10 Bravo! Bravo!, with correspondence, 1972 May
201 11 Caribè, with correspondence, 1988 February-March
201 12 Carmen Jones, circa 1954
201 13 The Clean House, Yale Repertory Theatre, Yale University (New Haven, Connecticut), 2004 June 9
201 14 The Clean House, Yale Repertory Theatre, Yale University (New Haven, Connecticut), 2004 September 23
201 15 The Clean House, Yale Repertory Theatre, Yale University (New Haven, Connecticut), circa 2004
201 16 The Clean House, Yale Repertory Theatre, Yale University (New Haven, Connecticut), production notes, 2004 August
201 17 The Creation, circa 1972-2014
205 -- The Creation, and Nobody, large print, undated Nobody, large print, undated
201 18 Credo and Psalms, 1999 Psalms, 1999
201 19 Die Soldaten, opera synopsis and script, with publicity, rehearsal schedule, and staging diagram, 1981-1982
201 20 The Doll Plays, partial script, circa 2002
201 21 Dreams of Clytemnestra, 1989
201 22 The Dreams of Clytemnestra, with production materials, 1989 August-September
201 23 Eleanora's Cabaret, undated
201 24 The Enchanted Isle of Yew, 1987 July
201 25 The Enchanted Isle of Yew, 1987
201 26 The Enchanted Isle of Yew, drafts, 1987
201 27 The Enchanted Isle of Yew, third drafts, 1987
201 28 The Enchanted Isle of Yew, with correspondence, drawings, programs, and reviews, 1987 July
201 29 Evening Primrose, with correspondence, music, and production materials, 2010 September-October
201 30 Film Festival, 1984
201 31 For Old Times' Sake, treatments, with Writers Guild of America (Los Angeles, California) registration, 1988 August
201 32 Four to Four, with correspondence, program, and publicity, 1974-1985
201 33 Giselle, dramaturgical packet, undated
201 34 Hang on to Me, with correspondence and music, circa 1984
201 35 Harmon and Ruth, undated
201 36 Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First One Hundred Years, 1998 December 7 [1 of 2]
201 37 Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First One Hundred Years, 1998 December 7 [2 of 2]
201 38 The House of Bernarda Alba, correspondence, production materials, and reviews, 2004 December-2005 February
202 1 The House of Bernarda Alba, with music, 2004
202 2 House of Flowers, circa 1954
202 3 House of Flowers, correspondence, 1954 December 30
202 4 House of Flowers, lyrics and music, "Tango," and "A Sleepin' Bee," circa 1991
202 5 House of Flowers, with cast list, rehearsal schedule, and photograph, 1990-1991
202 6 House of Flowers, with note page, circa 1990
202 7 House of Flowers, with revisions, 1990-1991 January
206 1 "In Memory of Marie A." and "Ballad of Sexual Slavery," undated
202 8 Island Memories: Mama N. and Mama F., with program, 1991
202 9 Jersey Girls, 1991 May 13-29
202 10 Josephine Baker: Her Life in Fashion, 1981 March 10
202 11 Lamps, circa 2009
202 12 The Last American Dixieland Band, 1994 January
202 13 The Last American Dixieland Band, with notes and program, 2001 November 16
202 14 Lear, circa 1973
202 15 The Lie of the Lair, undated
202 16 Love and Magic in Mama's Kitchen, draft, 1982 November 16
202 17 Madame De..., circa 1980s-1990s
202 18 Maggie's Seein' Wonderful Things, 1988
202 19 Manhattan Tower Views, circa 2001-2004
202 20 Manhattan Tower Views, 2006 February 16 [1]
202 21 Manhattan Tower Views, 2006 February 16 [2]
202 22 Manhattan Tower Views, goals and outlines, 1999 May and undated
202 23 Manhattan Tower Views, research and title pages, 2004 August and undated
202 24 Manhattan Tower Views, with correspondence, 1998 October
202 25 Manhattan Tower Views, with correspondence and song list, 2001-2005
206 2 "Music in America," undated
202 26 Negerinde!: The First Bad Sojourns of Young Miss Truth, The New York Slave, with correspondence, 1974 September 16
202 27 Neva White and the Seven Giants, treatment drafts, undated
202 28 Neva White and the Seven Giants, with handwritten script, notes, and outline, undated
202 29 New Orleans: The Storyville Musical, with program, 1982 January
202 30 The New Voice, "The Audition," "Pregnancy I," and "A Mentor for Larry I, aka Rags," 1979
202 31 The New Voice, "Battered Teacher," "Scripted Drugs," "Racism," "The Prom," and "Series Wraparound," with correspondence and taping schedule, 1980 [1 of 2]
202 32 The New Voice, "Battered Teacher," "Scripted Drugs," "Racism," "The Prom," and "Series Wraparound," with correspondence and taping schedule, 1980 [2 of 2]
202 33 The New Voice, production schedule and press materials, with photograph, 1980
202 34 Olympian Games, circa 1970
202 35 Orleans, with correspondence and production materials, 1989 April
203 1 A Perfect Ganesh, 1992 [1]
203 2 A Perfect Ganesh, 1992 [2]
203 3 A Perfect Ganesh, with contact sheet and production calendar, 1992 and 1993 April-June
205 2 Porgy and Bess, undated
203 4 The Queen of Thebes, with reviews, 2000
203 5 Romulus Hunt, libretto, 1993
203 6 Salomé, with contact sheet, correspondence, and schedule, 1993 November-December
203 7 Servant of Two Masters, undated
203 8 Soul Possessed, circa 1999-2000
203 9 Soul Possessed, final working stage draft, 1999 September 12
203 10 Soul Possessed, preliminary distribution draft, 2000
203 11 "Stella Adler Theatre Studio," with bulletin, rules, and studio registration list, 1961 and undated
203 12 The Step-Mother, undated
203 13 A Streetcar Named Desire, 2012
203 14 A Streetcar Named Desire, production materials, 2012 February-August
203 15 Sugar Hill, circa 1990-1992
203 16 Texture, 2005 September 25
203 17 Three Sisters, 2009
203 18 Three Sisters, correspondence and production materials, 2009 January-March
203 19 Timmy the Great, with book, correspondence, and promotional material, 2007 May 21 and undated
203 20 Tiny Dancer: The True Story of the New York Metropolitan Opera's First African American Prima Ballerina, proposal, 2012
203 21 Tribute to Janet Collins, circa 2010
203 22 Untitled, Connecticut Arts Award, Connecticut Commission on the Arts (Hartford), 1990
203 23 Untitled, list of Carmen de Lavallade's scripts, circa 2009
203 24 The Vagabond, circa 1993
203 25 The Vagina Monologues, with correspondence and program, 2007 March
203 26 Westchester Avenue, treatment, with correspondence, 2003
205 3 Willies [Ladies Sing the] Blues, large print script, circa 1996-2007
203 27 Willies Ladies Sing the Blues, with sheet music, circa 1996-2007
203 28 Windows, 2005 September 29
203 29 Windows, 2006 September 30
203 30 Windows, rehearsal draft, 2006 September 7
203 31 Windows, with correspondence, notes, and production calendars, 2006 September-November
204 1 Wintertime, rehearsal draft, 2004 January 20
204 2 Wintertime, script revisions, with director's notes, production materials, and programs, 2004 January-March
204 3 The World of Drums and Rhythms, instructional program by Dr. Joseph H. Howard, with notes on drums, annotated by Angelique Bratton, circa 1975
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