R. G. Davis papers relating to Dario Fo
- 1950-2017 (bulk 1979-1986)
- Davis, R. G. (Collector)
Language of Materials
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Box 8 (audiovisual material): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Box 9 (record album storage): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
9.92 Linear Feet (10 boxes)
R. G. Davis
In 1979 Davis obtained the rights to Dario Fo’s plays The Accidental Death of an Anarchist and We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay! and presented the North American premier of The Accidental Death of an Anarchist in Toronto, Canada. Multiple productions of We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay! included a performance of the first act by students at New York University (1980) and productions off-Broadway in New York (1980), at the Tamahnous Theatre in Vancouver (1980), and with a black cast at the Los Angeles Actors Theatre (1981); Davis’s North American version of the play was published by Samuel French in 1984. Davis also staged a production of Female Parts, a play by Fo and his wife Franca Rame, featuring Jane Dornacker in San Francisco in 1983. In 1985 Fo’s legal representative sent Davis a letter abrogating the rights contract.
This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization.
Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing. Biographical information for R. G. Davis was received from R. G. Davis.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
- Guide to the R. G. Davis Papers Relating to Dario Fo
- by Beinecke staff
- January 2019
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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