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Guide to the Westbeth Playwrights' Feminist Collective Records
1971-2015 (bulk, 1971-1975)
 MS 3056

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Articles and reviews

Scope and Contents

Includes color photographs of WPFC founding member Dolores Walker reading at the site of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Fire (23–29 Washington Place) and outside the Public Theater (425 Lafayette Street) as part of the march anticipating the production of "Jumpin' Salty" (see box 3, folder 2).

1972-1975
Box: 1 Folder : 2 [Certificate of Incorporation, tax exempt status, grants, dissolution]
1972-1976
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Correspondence

Scope and Contents

A number of the letters are from educators and college students seeking information on the WPFC's productions and available scripts. Includes correspondence and contracts for readings and workshops sponsored by Poets and Writers, Inc.

1972-2011 (bulk, 1972-1974)
Box: 1 Folder : 4 New York State Council on the Arts

Scope and Contents

The WPFC was partially funded by the New York State Council on the Arts. Folder includes projected budgets, financial statements, author biographies, and filing instructions.

1972-1975
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Photographs

Scope and Contents

Includes images of WPFC productions such as "Rape-In" (1971), "? ! A Revue" (1973), and "Wicked Women Revue" (1973), photographs of WPFC members at the time of the Collective's existence (1971-1975), and a color print of Marjorie Melnick, Christina Maile, Gwendolyn Gunn, Dolores Walker, Nancy Rhodes, and Helen Duberstein, taken during a 2015 interview.

1971-2015 (bulk, 1971-1975)
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Posters, flyers, chronology, programs

Scope and Contents

Small-format signage for most of the WPFC's productions, programs, and workshops.

1972-1975
Box: 1 Folder : 7 [Print matter] | The Drama Review, vol. 16, no. 2

Scope and Contents

Coverage of WPFC pp. 87-89: Charlotte Rea, "Women's Theatre Groups. (Photocopies of article also in box 1, folder 1.)

1972 June
Box: 2 Folder : 1 [Print matter] | Ms., vol. 1, no. 2

Scope and Contents

Coverage of WPFC pp. 17-22: Sondra Lowell, "The New Feminist Theater." (Photocopies of article also in box 1, folder 1.)

1972 August
Box: 2 Folder : 2 [Print matter] | VIVA: The International Magazine for Women, vol. 1, no. 8

Scope and Contents

Coverage of WPFC p. 39: Margaret Croyden, "Women Directors and Playwrights." (Photocopies of article also in box 1, folder 1.)

1974 May
Box: 2 Folder : 3 [Print matter] | Janet Brown, Feminist Drama: Definition & Critical Analysis (Scarecrow Press)

Scope and Contents

References to WPFC pp. 87-89, 94-95, 101, 104.

1979
Box: 2 Folder : 4 [Print matter] | Christopher Olsen, Off-Off Broadway. The Second Wave: 1968-1980 (self published)

Scope and Contents

Chapter 5, "Theatres with a Gender Focus," includes a section on WPFC, pp. 159-162.

2011
Box: 2 Folder : 5 [Production] | "Rape-In"

Scope and Contents

Contains scripts for "There's a Wall Between Us Darling" (Sally Ordway), "Abide in Darkness" (Dolores Walker), "Across the Street" (Gwendolyn Gunn), and "The Prisoner -- A Monologue" (Chryse Maile). Includes a note on missing scripts.

1971 May
Box: 2 Folder : 6 [Production] | "Up! An Uppity Revue"

Scope and Contents

Contains lyrics and recorded music (in the form of a reel of magnetic tape), and scripts for "Family, Family" (Sally Ordway), "Daddy's Little Girl" (Dolores Walker), "The Interview" (Dolores Walker and A. Piotrowski), "Turning the Tables" (Patricia Horan), "Propositions" (Susan Yankowitz), "Some of Your Biggies" (Patricia Horan), "A Few Concessions" (Patricia Horan), and "The Confessions of Clara" (Gwendolyn Gunn). Includes a note on missing scripts.

Restrictions

Until the audio tape in this file has been preservation reformatted, it may not be played.

1972 February
Box: 2 Folder : 7 [Production] | "Wicked Women Revue"

Scope and Contents

Contains scripts for "Subway" (Patricia Horan), "Egos" (Patricia Horan), "Playthings" (Sally Ordway), "The Appetizer" (Dolores Walker), "Fly You, a.k.a. Fly Me" (Gwendolyn Gunn), "Promise Her Anything" (Sally Ordway), "I Want Your Heart, a.k.a. Hearts & Flowers" (Dolores Walker and A. Piotrowski), and "Animal Monologues" (Susan Yankowitz). Includes a note on missing scripts.

1973 January
Box: 2 Folder : 8 [Production] | "? ! A Revue"

Scope and Contents

Contains scripts for "Oh Muse, Where Art Thou, Muse?" (Sally Ordway), "The Interview" (Dolores Walker and A. Piotrowski), "Museum of Mannequins" (Chyrse Maile), "Playthings" (Sally Ordway), "Family, Family" (Sally Ordway), "Daisy Snaps" (Chryse Maile), "Marathon" (Gwendolyn Gunn), "The Play Called Michigan" (Chryse Maile), and an untitled scene by Chryse Maile. Includes a note on missing scripts.

1973 May
Box: 2 Folder : 9 [Production] | "We Can Feed Everybody Here"

Scope and Contents

Contains scripts for "Dorie Play" (Chryse Maile), "Among the Relics - The Gynecologist" (Gwendolyn Gunn), "Duet, a.k.a. Duet for Two Women" (Megan Terry), "Sex Wars - Matriarchy to Patriarchy" (Sally Ordway), and "Intelligent Life in the Universe" (Chryse Maile). Includes a note on missing scripts.

1974 January
Box: 2 Folder : 10-11 [Production] | "What Time of Night It Is" [2 folders]

Scope and Contents

Includes script by Patricia Horan and Marjorie DeFazio, a cassette tape of music (restricted), budget sheets, production materials, fliers, programs, box office reports, and reviews.

Restrictions

Until the cassette tape in this file (folder 10) has been preservation reformatted, it may not be played.

1974 May
Box: 3 Folder : 1 [Production] | "Medea"

Scope and Contents

Contains fliers, programs, production materials, and correspondence with author Gloria Albee.

1975 January
Box: 3 Folder : 2 [Production] | "Jumpin' Salty"

Scope and Contents

Contains scripts for "Witnessing" (Dolores Walker), "Lena Horne Bites Her Tongue" (Chryse Maile), "Mabel Dodge" (Sally Ordway), "The Laundry Workers Present: Hatpin Bessie" (Linda Kline), "Willa-Willie-Bill's Dope Garden (a meditation in one act on Willa Cather)" (Megan Terry), "Margaret Sanger" (Gwendolyn Gunn), "Eartha Kitt Dressed in a White Fur Coat" (Chryse Maile). Also includes production materials, box office reports, and press clippings.

1975 April
Box: 3 Folder : 3 [Production] | "The Mother of Us All"

Scope and Contents

Contains fliers, programs, reviews, and a photocopy of a letter from the composer Virgil Thomson to Nancy Rhodes, thanking the WPFC for producing his opera, based on the life of Susan B. Anthony and scored to a libretto by Gertrude Stein.

1976 April-May
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Publicity

Scope and Contents

Press releases and articles (many duplicated elsewhere in the collection).

1971-1975
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Stationery

Scope and Contents

Blank letterhead and envelopes with WPFC logo and names of playwrights (Gwendolyn Gunn, Patricia Horan, Chryse Maile, Sally Ordway, Dolores Walker, Susan Yankowitz), and board of sponsors (Margaret Croyden, Alice Denham, Elizabeth Fisher, Ellen Frankfort, Carol Greitzer, Tania [the artist born Tatiana Lewin], Florynce Kennedy, Eleanor Perry, Muriel Rukeyser, Alix Shulman, Anita Steckel, Gloria Steinem).

[1971-1975]
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Workshops and programs

Scope and Contents

Announcements and fliers for workshops and programs produced and sponsored by the WPFC.

1972-1974