Subseries 2.2
Plays and screenplays, circa 1960-1986
Boxes 43-51

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains stage play scripts and screenplays authored and co-authored by Killens. The files include typescripts with revisions, general and audition notes, song lyrics, correspondence, and galley proofs. Some works in particular, such as Cotillion and The Slaves, especially show Killens's process of development and revision. The Sickness and The Slaves were co-authored by Herbert Biberman, and the notes and correspondence give some insight into Killens's working relationship with other writers.

Arrangement Note

Arranged in chronological order.

Plays
Box Folder Content
43 4 Ballad of the Winter Soldier: A Musical Tribute to Freedom, notes, 1964
43 5 Ballad of the Winter Soldier: A Musical Tribute to Freedom, program, 1964
43 6 Cotillion: A Musical Comedy, typescript, version 1
43 7 Cotillion: A Musical Comedy, typescript, version 2
43 8 Cotillion: A Musical Comedy, typescript, version 3
43 9 Cotillion: A Musical Comedy, typescript, version 4
44 1 Cotillion: A Musical Comedy, typescript, version 5
44 2 Cotillion: A Musical Comedy , typescript, version 6
44 3 Cotillion: A Musical Comedy, typescript, version 7
44 4 Cotillion: A Musical Comedy, typescript, version 8, 1976
44 5 Cotillion: A Musical Comedy, typescript, version 9
44 6 Cotillion: A Musical Comedy, typescript, version 10, 1978
44 7 Cotillion: A Musical Comedy, typescript, version 11, 1980
44 8 Cotillion: A Musical Comedy, typescript, version 12, 1980
45 1 Cotillion: A Musical Comedy, typescript, version 13, 1980
45 2 Cotillion: A Musical Comedy, typescript, version 14
45 3 Cotillion: A Musical Comedy, typescript, version 15
45 4 Cotillion: A Musical Comedy, typescript, version 16
45 5 Cotillion: A Musical Comedy, typescript, version 17
45 6 Cotillion: A Musical Comedy, typescript, version 18
45 7 Cotillion: A Musical Comedy, typescript, version 19
45 8 Cotillion: A Musical Comedy, typescript, Prologue-Act 1, Scene 11
45 9 Cotillion: A Musical Comedy, typescript, Act 2
46 1 Cotillion: A Musical Comedy, notes
46 2 Cotillion: A Musical Comedy, notes on auditions
46 3 Cotillion: A Musical Comedy, notes on performances
46 4 Cotillion: A Musical Comedy, notes on scenes [1 of 2]
46 5 Cotillion: A Musical Comedy, notes on scenes [2 of 2]
46 6 Cotillion: A Musical Comedy, programs
46 7 Cotillion: A Musical Comedy, reviews
46 8 Cotillion: A Musical Comedy, song lyrics, 1978
46 9 Cotillion: A Musical Comedy, step outline
46 10 Cotillion: A Musical Comedy, treatments
46 11 Lower Than the Angels, typescript, 1960 [1 of 3] (Produced as a stage play in 1965)
46 12 Lower Than the Angels, typescript, 1960 [2 of 3]
47 1 Lower Than the Angels, typescript, 1960 [3 of 3]
47 2 Lower Than the Angels, typescript fragment, circa 1960
47 3 Lower Than the Angels, final script, circa 1965
Screenplays and Scripts
47 4 Alas, My Son, first draft with correspondence, 1955
47 5 The American Revolution of Denmark Vesey and His South Carolina Patriots, teleplay treatment and script changes, 1977
47 6 Black Psychiatrists of America film project, 1970 [1 of 3]
47 7 Black Psychiatrists of America film project, 1970 [2 of 3]
47 8 Black Psychiatrists of America film project, 1970 [3 of 3]
47 9 BREAKTHRU, correspondence, 1962-1963
47 10 BREAKTHRU, outline for film, circa 1962-1963
47 11 The Montgomery Story screenplay, typescript, circa 1957-1958
48 1 Odds Against Tomorrow screenplay, typescript, December 11, 1958
48 2 Odds Against Tomorrow screenplay, typescripts, 1959 [1 of 2]
48 3 Odds Against Tomorrow screenplay, typescripts, 1959 [2 of 2]
48 4 Odds Against Tomorrow screenplay, reviews, 1959
48 5 The Sickness, screenplay by Herbert J. Biberman and John O. Killens, typescript 1967
48 6 The Slaves, advertisements and reviews, 1969
48 7 The Slaves, correspondence, 1967-1973
48 8 The Slaves, Herbert Biberman and John O. Killens notes [1 of 3]
48 9 The Slaves, Herbert Biberman and John O. Killens notes [2 of 3]
49 1 The Slaves, Herbert Biberman and John O. Killens notes [3 of 3]
49 2 The Slaves, "One of These Days About Twelve O'Clock," early draft
49 3 The Slaves, screenplay, undated
49 4 The Slaves, screenplay, December 7, 1963
49 5 The Slaves, screenplay, December 15, 1967
50 1 The Slaves, screenplay, August 15, 1968
50 2 The Slaves, screen treatment, undated
50 3 The Slaves, screen treatment, undated
50 4 The Slaves, screen treatment, undated
50 5 The Slaves, photos, circa 1969
50 6 Slow Boat to Moscow, correspondence, 1984-1987
50 7 Slow Boat to Moscow, interview with Francis Williams, 1986
50 8 Slow Boat to Moscow, proposals
50 9 Slow Boat to Moscow, research
51 1 Youngblood screen treatment, typescripts, undated [1 of 2]
51 2 Youngblood screen treatment, typescripts, undated [2 of 2]
51 3 Youngblood screen treatment, typescript fragments
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