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Guide to the Tamiment Playhouse Alumni Oral History Collection OH 031

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Collection processed by Tamiment staff and David Olson.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on August 06, 2018
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Horn, Andrew
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 Linear Feet in 1 record carton, 1 manuscript box, two compact disk boxes, and five card catalog drawers.
Language: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: OH 031

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Historical/Biographical Note

The Tamiment Playhouse was located at Camp Tamiment in Pennsylvania's Pocono Moutains. The camp was a summer resort opened in 1921 by the People's Educational Camp Society and affiliated with the Socialist Party's Rand School of Social Science. Started as a means to entertain campers, the playhouse 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 and finally Broadway.

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Scope and Content Note

The Oral Histories series is comprised of sixty-three interviews that 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, Every Week a Broadway Revue. Most of the interviews consist of recollections of the Tamiment summer theater, as well as discussions about the importance of the Playhouse for Broadway. Of note in the collection are interviews with Woody Allen, Carol Burnett, Imogene Coca, and Neil Simon. Materials in the Shows series were recorded live on reel to reel audiotape at the Tamiment Playhouse from 1955-1960.

Arrangement note

The collection is arranged in two series. The first series, Oral Histories, is comprised of LoMonaco's interviews taken in the course of researching for Every Week a Broadway Revue. The second series, Shows, are live recordings of performances at the Tamiment Playhouse from 1955-1960.

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Access Points

Subject Organizations

  • Tamiment Playhouse

Subject Topics

  • Camps -- Pennsylvania
  • Socialism -- United States.
  • Theater -- Political aspects.
  • Summer theater -- Pennsylvania -- Pocono Mountains -x History.
  • Jewish entertainers -- United States.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Because of the assembled nature of this collection, copyright status varies across the collection. Copyright is assumed to be held by the original creator of individual items in the collection; these items are expected to pass into the public domain 120 years after their creation. Any rights (including copyright and related rights to publicity and privacy) held by the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives are maintained by New York University. Permission to publish or reproduce materials in this collection must be secured from repository. Please contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date; Tamiment Playhouse Alumni Oral History Collection; OH.031; box number; folder number; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Related Archival Materials

Tamiment Library holds several additional collections related to Tamiment Playhouse, Camp Tamiment, and their parent organizations. These include: Tamiment Playhouse Records (TAM.107), Tamiment Playhouse Photographs (PHOTOS.041), Alexander Cohen Tamiment Playhouse Photographs (PHOTOS.080), People's Educational Camp Society and Camp Tamiment Records (TAM.007.003), and Rand School of Social Science Records (Tam.007).

Audiovisual Access Policies and Procedures

Access to audiovisual materials in this collection is available through digitized access copies. Researchers may view an item's original container, but the media themselves are not available for playback because of preservation concerns. Materials that have already been digitized are noted in the collection's finding aid and can be requested in our reading room. . Materials not yet digitized will need to have access copies made before they can be used. To request an access copy, or if you are unsure if an item has been digitized, please contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu with the collection name, collection number, and a description of the item(s) requested. A staff member will respond to you with further information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by by Martha S. LoMonaco in 1992. The accession number associated with this gift is 1986.006.

Processing Information

Collection was processed, and a finding aid was written sometime after 1992. This finding aid was encoded for online publication and edited for compliance with archival descriptive standards in 2012. Digitization of Series I began in 2011 and was completed in 2015.

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Container List

Oral Histories, 1952-1988 1980-1988

Arrangement

Series is arranged alphabetically by interviewee surname.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Cd : Allen 1 (Access cd) Allen, Woody
Sep 12, 1986
Box: 5 Cassette : 1 (Master cassette [31142054612398])
Box: 1 Folder : 1 (Transcript)
Box: 3 Cd : Barer 1-4 (Access cd) Barer, Marshall
Mar 21-24, 1986
Box: 1 Folder : 2 (Transcript)
Box: 5 Cassette : 2 A-D (Master cassette [31142054612398])
Box: 3 Cd : Berkowitz 1-2 (Access cd) Berkowitz, Sol
Mar 04, 1986
Box: 5 Cassette : 3 A-B (Master cassette [31142054612398])
Box: 1 Folder : 3 (Transcript)
Box: 1 Folder : 4 (Transcript) Bird, Dorothy
Jan 16, 1986
Box: 5 Cassette : 4 A-B (Master cassette [31142054612398])
Box: 3 Cd : Bird 1-2 (Access cd)
Box: 1 Folder : 5 (Transcript) Blaker, Ben
Sep 27, 1986
Box: 3 Cd : Blaker, Ben 1-2 (Access cd)
Box: 5 Cassette : 5 A-B (Master cassette [31142054612398])
Box: 1 Folder : 6 (Transcript) Blaker, Martha & Alex
Oct 21, 1986
Box: 3 Cd : Blaker, Martha and Alex 1-2 (Access cd)
Box: 5 Cassette : 6 A-B (Master cassette [31142054612398])
Box: 1 Folder : 7 (Transcript) Bock, Jerry
May 13, 1986
Box: 5 Cassette : 7 (Master cassette [31142054612398])
Box: 3 Cd : Bock 1 (Access cd)
Box: 3 Cd : Bozeman 1 (Access cd) Bozeman, Beverly
Oct 27, 1981
Box: 5 Cassette : 8 (Master cassette [31142054612398])
Box: 1 Folder : 8 (Transcript)
Box: 3 Cd : Brenner 1 (Access cd) Brenner, Yvonne
Dec 11, 1981
Box: 5 Cassette : 9 (Master cassette [31142054612398])
Box: 1 Folder : 9 (Transcript)
Box: 5 Cassette : 10 (Master cassette [31142054612398]) Burnett, Carol
Mar 22, 1982
Box: 3 Cd : Burnett 1 (Access cd)
Box: 1 Folder : 10 (Transcript)
Box: 3 Cd : Carroll 1-2 (Access cd) Carroll, Pat
Jun 09, 1986 - Jul 07, 1986
Box: 5 Cassette : 11 A-B (Master cassette [31142054612398])
Box: 1 Folder : 11 (Transcript)
Box: 5 Cassette : 12 A-B (Master cassette [31142054612398]) Coca, Imogene
Mar 11, 1986
Box: 1 Folder : 12 (Transcript)
Box: 3 Cd : Coca 1-2 (Access cd)
Box: 3 Cd : Connell 1 (Access cd) Connell, Gordon
undated
Box: 5 Cassette : 13 (Master cassette [31142054612398])
Box: 1 Folder : 13 (Transcript) Cook, Barbara
May 16, 1986
Box: 5 Cassette : 14 (Master cassette [31142054612398])
Box: 3 Cd : Cook 1 (Access cd)
Box: 1 Folder : 14 (Transcript) Corey, Irwin
Feb 11, 1986
Box: 5 Cassette : 15 A-B (Master cassette [31142054612398])
Box: 3 Cd : Corey 1-2 (Access cd)
Box: 1 Folder : 15 (Transcript) Daniels, Danny
Dec 3, 1986
Box: 3 Cd : Daniels 1 (Access cd)
Box: 5 Cassette : 16 (Master cassette [31142054612398])
Box: 3 Cd : Deems 1-2 (Access cd) Deems, Mickey
Jan 15, 1987
Box: 1 Folder : 16 (Transcript)
Box: 5 Cassette : 17 A-B (Master cassette [31142054612398])
Box: 5 Cassette : 18 (Master cassette [31142054612398]) Dooley, Paul
Aug 17, 1986
Box: 3 Cd : Dooley 1 (Access cd)
Box: 5 Cassette : 19 A-B (Master cassette [31142054612398]) Ellstein, Sylvia Regan
Feb 13, 1987
Box: 1 Folder : 18 (Transcript)
Box: 3 Cd : Ellstein 1-2 (Access cd)
Box: 5 Cassette : 20 (Master cassette [31142054612398]) Felder, Blanche (Ganz)
Apr 29, 1987
Box: 3 Cd : Felder 1 (Access cd)
Box: 1 Folder : 19 (Transcript)
Box: 3 Cd : Frankel 1 (Access cd) Frankel, Beulah
Mar 04, 1982
Box: 5 Cassette : 21 (Master cassette [31142054612398])
Box: 1 Folder : 20 (Transcript)
Box: 5 Cassette : 22 (Master cassette [31142054612398]) Garrett, Betty
undated
Box: 3 Cd : Garrett 1-2 (Access cd)
Box: 1 Folder : 21 (Transcript)
Box: 5 Cassette : 23 (Master cassette [31142054612398]) Gildermeister, Rick
Oct 28, 1987
Box: 3 Cd : Gildermeister 1 (Access cd)
Box: 5 Cassette : 24 A-C (Master cassette [31142054612398]) Gladstone, Saul
Apr 12, 1987
Box: 1 Folder : 22 (Transcript)
Box: 3 Cd : Gladstone 1-3 (Access cd)
Box: 3 Cd : Goldfarb 1 (Access cd) Goldfarb, Philip
Feb 09, 1987
Drawer: B Cassette : 25 (Master cassette)
Box: 1 Folder : 23 (Transcript)
Box: 5 Cassette : 26 A-B (Master cassette [31142054612398]) Goren, Lewis
Aug 26, 1985
Box: 3 Cd : Goren 1-2 (Access cd)
Box: 1 Folder : 24 (Transcript)
Box: 5 Cassette : 27 (Master cassette [31142054612398]) Greene, Milton
Dec 12, 1986
Box: 1 Folder : 25 (Transcript)
Box: 3 Cd : Greene 1 (Access cd)
Box: 6 Cassette : 28 A-D (Master cassette [31142054612406]) Hack, Moe & Hack Cohen, Paula
Sep 09, 1985
Box: 3 Cd : Hack, Moe and Paula 1-4 (Access cd)
Box: 1 Folder : 26 (Transcript)
Box: 6 Cassette : 29 A-B (Master cassette [31142054612406]) Hack, Moe & Thomas, Bill

Scope and Content Note

The first side/track contains the oral history interview with Moe Hack and Bill Thomas. The second side/track contains a demo recording of music from Member of the Wedding (vocals with piano accompaniment), possibly performed by Marshall Barer, and additional oral history content.

undated
Box: 3
Box: 6 Cassette : 30 (Master cassette [31142054612406]) Hack Cohen, Paula
Dec 14, 1981
Box: 3 Cd : Hack Cohen 1 (Access cd)
Box: 1 Folder : 27 (Transcript) Halliday, Buzz
Sep 26, 1985
Box: 6 Cassette : 31 A-B (Master cassette [31142054612406])
Box: 3 Cd : Halliday 1-2 (Access cd)
Box: 1 Folder : 28 (Transcript) Hayes, Dorsha
Jul 02, 1986
Box: 6 Cassette : 32 (Master cassette [31142054612406])
Box: 3 Cd : Hayes 1 (Access cd)
Box: 1 Folder : 29 (Transcript) Hollister, David
Jan 30, 1986
Box: 3 Cd : Hollister 1 (Access cd)
Box: 6 Cassette : 33 (Master cassette [31142054612406])
Box: 3 Cd : Holt 1-2 (Access cd) Holt, Calvin
Jul 29, 1986
Box: 1 Folder : 30 (Transcript)
Box: 6 Cassette : 34 A-B (Master cassette [31142054612406])
Box: 3 Cd : Josephson 1-2 (Access cd) Josephson, Ben
Oct 30, 1986
Box: 6 Cassette : 35 A-B (Master cassette [31142054612406])
Box: 1 Folder : 31 (Transcript)
Box: 3 Cd : Kallen 1 (Access cd) Kallen, Lucille
Apr 27, 1982
Box: 1 Folder : 32 (Transcript)
Box: 6 Cassette : 36 A (Master cassette [31142054612406])
Box: 1 Folder : 32 (Transcript) Kallen, Lucille
Mar 06, 1987
Box: 6 Cassette : 36 B (Master cassette [31142054612406])
Box: 3 Cd : Kallen 2 (Access cd)
Box: 6 Cassette : 37 (Master cassette [31142054612406]) Kemp, Pearl
Nov 21, 1986
Box: 1 Folder : 33 (Transcript)
Box: 3 Cd : Kemp 1 (Access cd)
Box: 1 Folder : 34 (Transcript) Kert, Larry
Dec 05, 1986
Box: 3 Cd : Kert 1 (Access cd)
Box: 6 Cassette : 38 (Master cassette [31142054612406])
Box: 1 Folder : 35 (Transcript) Lawson, Sid
Oct 06, 1981
Box: 6 Cassette : 39 (Master cassette [31142054612406])
Box: 3 Cd : Lawson 1 (Access cd)
Box: 3 Cd : Levitas, Michael 1 (Access cd) Levitas, Michael
Apr 21, 1987
Box: 1 Folder : 36 (Transcript)
Box: 6 Cassette : 40 (Master cassette [31142054612406])
Box: 1 Folder : 37 (Transcript) Levitas, Willard
Mar 24, 1987
Box: 3 Cd : Levitas, Willard 1 (Access cd)
Box: 6 Cassette : 41 (Master cassette [31142054612406])
Box: 1 Folder : 38 (Transcript) Lichtenberg, Daniel
Apr 09, 1986
Box: 6 Cassette : 42 A-B (Master cassette [31142054612406])
Box: 3 Cd : Lichtenberg 1-2 (Access cd)
Box: 6 Cassette : 43 A (Master cassette [31142054612406]) Liff, Biff (Samuel)
Jul 07, 1986
Box: 1 Folder : 39 (Transcript)
Box: 3 Cd : Liff 1 (Access cd)
Box: 1 Folder : 40 (Transcript) Meyer, John
Feb 02, 1987
Box: 3 Cd : Meyer 1 (Access cd)
Box: 6 Cassette : 43 B (Master cassette [31142054612406])
Box: 6 Cassette : 45 (Master cassette [31142054612406]) Nye, Anita; Starbuck, James; & Tolkin, Mel
undated
Box: 3 Cd : Nye 1 (Access cd)
Box: 6 Cassette : 46 (Master cassette [31142054612406]) Pockriss, Lee
Mar 13, 1986
Box: 3 Cd : Pockriss 1 (Access cd)
Box: 1 Folder : 41 (Transcript)
Box: 3 Cd : Remo 1-2 (Access cd) Remo, Ken
Dec 20, 1985
Box: 1 Folder : 42 (Transcript)
Box: 6 Cassette : 47 A-B (Master cassette [31142054612406])
Box: 3 Cd : Rodgers 1 (Access cd) Rodgers, Mary (Goettel)
Sep 23, 1981
Box: 1 Folder : 43 (Transcript)
Box: 6 Cassette : 48 (Master cassette [31142054612406])
Box: 3 Cd : Rosales 1-2 (Access cd) Rosales, Sylvia Marks
Apr 16, 1982
Box: 6 Cassette : 49 A-B (Master cassette [31142054612406])
Box: 1 Folder : 44 (Transcript)
Box: 1 Folder : 45 Ross, Mark
Apr 18, 1986
Box: 3 Cd : Sandyville 1-2 (Access cd) Sandyville Group

Scope and Content Note

Includes Annette and David Leisten, Bess Goldstein, Rose Hochstein, and Mrs. Myers.

Aug 27, 1985
Box: 6 Cassette : 50 A-B (Master cassette [31142054612406])
Box: 1 Folder : 46 (Transcript)
Box: 1 Folder : 47 (Transcript) Scheiner, Harry
Jun 02, 1982
Box: 6 Cassette : 51 (Master cassette [31142054612406])
Box: 3 Cd : Scheiner 1 (Access cd)
Box: 3 Cd : Seltzer 1 (Access cd) Seltzer, Ellen
Jan 01, 1987
Box: 1 Folder : 48 (Mixed Materials)
Box: 6 Cassette : 52 (Master cassette [31142054612406])
Box: 1 Folder : 49 (Transcript) Simon, Danny
Dec 05, 1986
Box: 4 Cd : Danny Simon 1-2 (Access cd)
Box: 6 Cassette : 53 A-B (Master cassette [31142054612406])
Box: 1 Folder : 50 (Transcript) Simon, Neil
Jan 20, 1988
Box: 6 Cassette : 54 (Master cassette [31142054612406])
Box: 4 Cd : Neil Simon 1 (Access cd)
Box: 6 Cassette : 55 (Master cassette [31142054612406]) Simone, Arlene, There's a Lady on Stage

Scope and Content Note

This is Arlene Simone's commercially-recorded album There's a Lady On Stage. Songs include: "Quiet Please, There's a Lady on Stage", "You are So Beautiful", "Ain't No Sunshine", "Something Cool", "Over the Rainbow", "Memory", "If and When", "Papa, Can You Hear Me", "Torna A Surriento", "New York, New York", and "Some other Time".

Feb 23, 1987
Box: 4 Cd : Simone 1 (Access cd)
Box: 6 Cassette : 56 A-B (Master cassette [31142054612406]) Starbuck, James
Dec 12, 1985
Box: 1 Folder : 51 (Transcript)
Box: 4 Cd : Starbuck 1-2 (Access cd)
Box: 4 Cd : Stich 1 (Access cd) Stich, Faye Stern
Jul 24, 1985
Box: Shared Cassette Box 6 Cassette : 57 (Master cassette [31142054612497])
Box: Shared Cassette Box 6 Cassette : 58 A-C (Master cassette [31142054612497]) Tamiment Playhouse Performances

Scope and Content Note

Contains music by David Hollister and lyrics by Don Meyer. Selections include "I Go For You," fragment of New York opening ("A Wonderful Place to Live"), "Who Needs It," "All Aboard," "I Wanna Make Love Tonight," crossover before sketch "Death of a Streetcar" with Don Meyer and Danny Simon, and "Congratulations Mrs. Brown."

1952
Box: 4 Cd : Tamiment 1-3 (Access cd)
Box: 4 Cd : Theodore 1 (Access cd) Theodore, Lee
Nov 10, 1981
Box: Shared Cassette Box 6 Cassette : 59 (Master cassette [31142054612497])
Box: 1 Folder : 52 (Transcript)
Box: 1 Folder : 53 Tolkin, Mel
undated
Box: Shared Cassette Box 6 Cassette : 60 (Master cassette [31142054612497]) Wagner, Charles
Jul 09, 1986
Box: 4 Cd : Charles Wagner 1 (Access cd)
Box: 1 Folder : 54 (Transcript)
Box: 4 Cd : Frank Wagner 1 (Access cd) Wagner, Frank
Dec 30, 1981
Box: Shared Cassette Box 6 Cassette : 61 (Master cassette [31142054612497])
Box: 1 Folder : 55 (Transcript)
Box: 4 Cd : Weiner 1-3 (Access cd) Weiner, John
Jun 03, 1986
Box: Shared Cassette Box 6 Cassette : 62 A-B (Master cassette [31142054612497])
Box: 1 Folder : 56 (Transcript)

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Shows, 1955-1960

Arrangement

Series is arranged chronologically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Reel : 1 Ninth show, Do it yourself
probably Aug 27, 1955
Box: 2 Reel : 2 Tenth show, People will Talk at 3.75
Sep 03, 1955
Box: 2 Reel : 3 Twelfth show
1955
Box: 2 Reel : 4 (Master reel) Third show, Perchance
Jul 15, 1956
Box: 4 Cd : 1 (Access cd)
Box: 2 Reel : 5 Second show, Spic n Span
Jul 07, 1956
Box: 2 Reel : 6 (Master reel) Ninth show, Time Was
Aug 25, 1956
Box: 4 Cd : 1-2 (Access cd)
Box: 2 Reel : 7 (Master reel) Tenth show, We Promise the Moon
Sep 01, 1956
Box: 4 Cd : 1 (Access cd)
Box: 2 Reel : 8 (Master reel) Twelfth show, first act
1956
Box: 4 Cd : 1 (Access cd)
Box: 2 Reel : 9 (Master reel) Twelfth show, second act
1956
Box: 4 Cd : 1 (Access cd)
Box: 2 Reel : 10 First show, Do It Yourself
Jun 29, 1957
Box: 2 Reel : 11 Fourth show, Do It Yourself
Jul 20, 1957
Box: 2 Reel : 12 Twelfth show, Do It Yourself
Sep 07, 1957
Box: 2 Reel : 13 Third show, High Hopes
Jul 18, 1959
Box: 2 Reel : 14 Fourth show, Red Hot
Jul 25, 1959
Box: 2 Reel : 14 Fifth show, Isn't America Fun
Aug 01, 1959
Box: 2 Reel : 15 Fifth show, Isn't America Fun
Aug 01, 1959
Box: 2 Reel : 16 Ninth show, curtain call
Aug 29, 1959
Box: 2 Reel : 17 Happy Medium
Aug 22, 1959
Box: 2 Reel : 18 Jazz Fuegue, rehearsal of Ninth show
1960
Box: 2 Reel : 19 Princess and the Pea
undated
Box: 2 Reel : 20 Second show, Let the Bells Ring
Jul 09, 1960
Box: 2 Reel : 21 Third show, Silver Screen
Jul 16, 1960
Box: 2 Reel : 22 Fourth show, Round Robin
Jul 24, 1960
Box: 2 Reel : 23 Fifth show, Pocketful
Jul 30, 1960
Box: 2 Reel : 24 Sixth show, There You Are
Aug 03, 1960
Box: 2 Reel : 25 Seventh show, There You Are
Aug 03, 1960
Box: 2 Reel : 26 Eighth show, Silver
1960
Box: 2 Reel : 27 Ninth show
1960
Box: 2 Reel : 28 Eleventh show and final one
1960

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