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John Guare papers

 Collection
Call Number: YCAL MSS 411

Scope and Contents

The John Guare Papers document the work and life of the playwright John Guare. The papers consist of production files, professional correspondence, writings, writings of others, subject files, personal effects, personal papers, photographs, printed material, computer disks, and one sound recording, spanning the years 1914-2010.

The bulk of the collection consists of production files for the many stage and screenplays authored by Guare. These production files include draft scripts, correspondence, and publicity materials. The papers shed light on his creative process and the stage production of his works.

Dates

  • 1914-2010

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Box 58 (financial papers): Restricted until January 1, 2085. For further information consult the appropriate curator.

Boxes 131, 133 (computer disks): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Boxes 64, 130 (audiovisual materials): Restricted fragile material. Reference copy may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The John Guare Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from George Robert Minkoff Inc. on the Adele Gutman Nathan Theatrical Collection Fund and the Edwin J. Beinecke Fund, 1995.

July 2012 Acquisition: Purchased from George Robert Minkoff Inc. on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, the Adele Gutman Nathan Theatrical Collection Fund, the Bradford F. and Lila L. Swan Fund, and various other funds, 2012. For more information consult the appropriate curator.

July 2015 Acquisition: Purchased from George Robert Minkoff Inc. on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2015.

Arrangement

Organized into five series: I. Professional Papers, 1962-1995. II. Works of Others, 1914-1982. III. Personal Papers, 1971-1989. IV. Printed Material, 1960-1995. V. July 2012 Acquisition, 1900s-2010.

Associated Materials

Printed material received with the collection was removed for separate cataloging and can be accessed by searching the library's online catalog.

Extent

111.23 Linear Feet (132 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.guare

Overview

The John Guare Papers document the work and life of the playwright and educator John Guare. The papers consist of production files, professional correspondence, writings, writings of others, subject files, personal effects, personal papers, photographs, printed material, and one reel-to-reel sound recording. The bulk of the material spans the years 1962-2010.

John Guare

John Guare, American playwright, was born in New York City on February 5, 1938 and raised in Jackson Heights, Queens. He was interested in theatre from a young age, writing his first play, "Universe," at age eleven. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University (1960) and his Master of Fine Arts from Yale School of Drama (1963). His early works were well-received comic one-act plays, including To Wally Pantoni, We Leave a Credenza (1964), Cop-Out (1968) and Muzzeha (1968). He received an Obie Award for Muzzeha but did not gain national attention until 1971, with his first full-length play, The House of the Blue Leaves. The play received an Obie Award and New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best American Play. The same year, Two Gentlemen of Verona, won a Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics (he shared this with co-writer Mel Shapiro), and in 1972 won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical. With these two plays, Guare became known as a leading American dramatist.

Guare's plays are characterized as highly theatrical, exploring the bizarre and comic sides of human relationships and desires. Their settings are varied, including several based in nineteenth-century America. He has also been involved in musical theatre. Since his initial success in 1971, Guare has worked steadily and successfully.

The 1986 Broadway revival of The House of Blue Leaves won Guare four Tony Awards. His Six Degrees of Separation (1990) won an Obie Award, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, London’s Olivier Award for Best Play, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. It was turned into a film in 1993. Two Gentlemen of Verona was revived in 2005 at the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park and Guare won (again sharing with Mel Shapiro) the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical.

Guare's other plays include Rich and Famous (1974); Landscape of the Body, for which he also wrote the songs (1977); Marco Polo Sings a Solo (1977); Bosoms and Neglect (1979); Lydie Breeze (1982); Gardenia (1982); The Race to Urga (1986); Women and Water (1990); Four Baboons Adoring the Sun (1992); Lake Hollywood (1999); Chaucer in Rome, sequel to The House of Blue Leaves (2001); and A Few Stout Individuals (2002). He also wrote the screenplay for Louis Malle's film Atlantic City (1980), for which he was nominated for an Oscar.

In addition to his work as a playwright, Guare is an influential leader in other areas of theatre. He was a founding member in 1965 of the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center in Waterford, Connecticut and was a Resident Playwright at the New York Shakespeare Festival in 1976. He currently teaches at the Yale School of Drama, co-produces the New Plays Reading Room Series at the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts, is a council member of the Dramatists Guild, and a co-editor of the Lincoln Center Theater Review. Other awards include the Award of Merit from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Awards for Drama.

Processing Information

This collection includes materials previously identified by the following call number: Uncat ZA MS 443.

This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and in some instances minimal organization.

As a rule, descriptive information found in the Collection Contents section is drawn in large part 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.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
Title
Guide to the John Guare Papers
Author
by Beinecke staff
Date
July 2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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