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Guide to the Tamiment Playhouse Alumni Oral History Collection OH.031

Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY, 10012
(212) 998-2630

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive

Collection processed by Tamiment staff and David Olson.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on February 20, 2015
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Item description imported into Toolkit by David Olson from earlier inventory. Additional elements added for compliance with DACS and Tamiment Required Elements for Archival Description (May 2012). Finding aid updated in 2014 and 2015 to reflect digitization progress and new Tamiment requirements.  , Feb 2015

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Horn, Andrew
Creator: LoMonaco, Martha Schmoyer
Title: Tamiment Playhouse Alumni Oral History Collection
Dates [inclusive]: 1955-1988
Abstract: The Tamiment Playhouse, located at the Socialist Party's retreat, Camp Tamiment, in Pennsylvania's Pocono mountains, became an important workshop and a major creative outlet for theater, dance, film, and television in the mid-twentieth century. Actors such as Danny Kaye, Bea Arthur, Imogene Coca, and Carol Burnett; directors Max Liebman, Herb Ross, and Joe Layton; choreographer Jerome Robbins; and writers Woody Allen and Neil Simon are a small sampling of the major entertainment figures nurtured at Camp Tamiment. Much of the original material performed at Tamiment found its way to the professional stage, Broadway, and television. All interviewees were involved in the Tamiment Playhouse, mainly in the 1950s. Most of the interviews consist of recollections of the Tamiment summer theater, as well as discussions about the importance of the Playhouse for Broadway. Interviews were conducted between 1980 and 1988 by Andrew Horn of the Tamiment Playhouse Archives and by NYU Performance Studies graduate student Martha S. LoMonaco for her dissertation and subsequent book on the Tamiment Playhouse, entitled Every Week a Broadway Revue. The collection also contains live recordings of shows at the Tamiment Playhouse, dating from 1955-1960.
Quantity: 5.0 linear feet in 1 record carton, 1 manuscript box, two compact disk boxes, and five card catalog drawers.
Language of Materials note: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: OH.031