M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives

UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES

Finding Aid for the
JARKA M. BURIAN
Papers, 1956-1991

(UA-902.017)

For reference queries contact Grenander Department Reference staff or (518)-437-3935.

Finding Aid Compiled by
Cynthia K. Sauer
June 8, 1998







M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives 
University Libraries / University at Albany / State University of New York 
1400 Washington Avenue / Albany, New York 12222 / (518) 437-3935


VOLUME: 1.8 cubic ft.

ACQUISITION: These records were donated to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives, by Jarka M. Burian in May 1998. Additional material was received in 2006, but is not yet described in this finding aid. Contact a staff member for further details.

ACCESS: Access to these records is unrestricted except where otherwise noted in the finding aid.

COPYRIGHT: The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Biographical History

Scope and Content Note

Series Description/Box and FolderList


Jarka M. Burian Papers
Biographical Sketch

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Jarka M. Burian was born Jaroslav Marsano Burian in Passaic, New Jersey on March 10, 1927.  He is of Czechoslovakian descent, the son of Jaraslav V. and Olga (Marsanova) Burian.  He served in the U.S. Army, ETO, from 1946-1947 and 1950-1951. He received a B.A. from Rutgers University in 1949, an M.A. from Columbia University in 1950, and a Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1955, and taught English at Cornell University from 1951 to 1955.  Beginning in 1945 and continuing through the 1960s, Burian acted in regional, summer, and off-Broadway productions.  In 1951, he married Grayce Susan De Leon.

Burian joined the New York State College for Teachers (the predecessor of the State University of New York, Albany) in 1955, working as an assistant professor (1955 to 1959), associate professor (1959 to 1963), professor (1963 to 1993), and professor emeritus (1993 to present).  From 1971 to 1974, and again from 1977 to 1978, Burian served as the chairman of the Department of Theatre at the State University of New York at Albany.

During the 1961-62 academic year, Burian took a leave of absence from the State University while working as a visiting professor of dramatic arts at the University of California, Berkeley.  In 1965 he took another leave of absence during which he was on a lecture tour in Czechoslovakia.  He returned to Czechoslovakia in 1968-69 on an Inter-University Committee on Travel Grants-funded tour to investigate modern Czechoslovakian theatre.  Burian took an additional leave for research abroad in 1974-75 and returned to Czechoslovakia for two more research leaves in the spring of 1988 and the fall of 1990.

Burian directed many theatrical productions at the State University theatre during the academic year.  During the late 1950s and 1960s summer sessions, Burian also served as producer/director at the Arena Summer Theatre which was open to all members of the Capital District community, not just individuals affiliated with the State University.  In the 1950s, the Arena Summer Theatre was virtually the only summer theatre in the Capital District.  The summer theatre specialized in first American performances of contemporary European plays, and Burian had a professionally known preference for directing classical works and middle and eastern European theatre works.  Burian also had an interest in arena theatre. At the State University he directed plays by Sophocles, William Shakespeare, Anton Chekhov, Bertolt Brecht, August Strindberg, Harold Pinter, Jean Genet, Samuel Beckett, and Eugene O'Neill, among others.  Burian also directed the first American performance of The Memorandum by Vaclav Havel in 1966.  Although Havel would later become well known as a Czechoslovakian dissident and then President of the Czech Republic, Burian first met Havel in Prague in 1965 and became interested in his plays at that time.  Burian published articles on the theatre, particularly on the subjects of arena theatre and contemporary theatre in Czechoslovakia.  Burian wrote a book on the Scenography of Josef Svoboda (1971) and used Svoboda as the guest designer for the sets for two productions he directed at the State University (The Dream Play (1980) and The Inspector General (Revizor) (1991)).

Dr. Burian passed away on August 25, 2005.


Jarka M. Burian Papers
Scope and content note

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The "Play Files" which Jarka Burian gave to the Department of Special Collections and Archives in May 1998 contained materials relating to the theatrical productions he was involved in between 1956 and 1991, as the director (and one production in which he has an actor) at the State University of New York at Albany (and its predecessor, the New York State College for Teachers) and the Arena Summer Theatre in Albany, which was also affiliated with the State College and State University.  Cast and crew members for the productions at the State University consisted primarily of students and faculty members, while participation in productions at the Arena Summer Theatre was open to any member of the Capital District community, not just individuals affiliated with the State University.

Burian had a professionally known preference for directing classical works and middle and eastern European theatre works.  He was also interested in arena stage productions.  At the State University he directed plays by Sophocles, William Shakespeare, Anton Chekhov, Bertolt Brecht, August Strindberg, Harold Pinter, Jean Genet, Samuel Beckett, and Eugene O'Neill, among others including the first American production of The Memorandum by Vaclav Havel.  Burian also worked with scenographer Josef Svoboda on two productions (The Dream Play and The Inspector General (Revizor)).

At the time the files were donated, Burian prepared supplementary comments on each production, which are presented as a group at the beginning of the collection with copies filed in the folders for each respective production.  These comments are of varying length and highlight different aspects of the productions but generally discuss why particular plays or playwrights were selected; comments on particularly notable cast members; comments on aspects of the set (its design and its specific location on or off campus); production notes and comments on musical selection; mention of unusual occurrences or difficulties encountered in a particular production; and sometimes the source of the photographs of the production included in the folder.  Burian's intent in preparing these summaries, as noted in his introduction to them, was to "provide some extra observations, comments, and recollections on the different productions from the perspective of the present, touching on the times in which production occurred and on some of the individuals involved--in other words, to provide a fuller context."  As Burian further noted, "for the most part [my comments] present objective data, but on some occasions I have interjected my subjective slant."  These subjective comments include Burian's opinions on the quality of the productions and casts, and whether a particular production was a favorite or particularly memorable for him.

In addition to Burian's comments, the folders contain programs and press announcements for the productions.  The majority of the folders also contain prints and/or slides from the production.  Many of the photographs are identified by production name only, not by the individuals in them.  Some of the press announcements and press releases, however, include pictures identifying individual cast members.  Some of the press announcements and press reviews also specifically address Burian's contribution to, and his interpretation of, the specific production.  Photocopies were made of all press clippings, many of which did not include in their original form information regarding the publication they were taken from nor the date they appeared.

Other materials included for some of the productions are press reviews; correspondence regarding casting and other aspects of productions; post-production comment letters to Burian, and infrequently Burian's own post-production comments; audition and rehearsal notes; sound effect and prop notes; music notes; production and staging notes; and set design graphics.  The files for the later productions contain the most additional materials.  Some of the correspondence to Burian include the first name only of the correspondent and Burian has occasionally written the correspondent's full name and, more infrequently, position, on the letters.  Burian's comments on the productions occasionally highlight particularly plentiful or unusual contents of a folder.  In addition to production-specific related materials, the folders for productions by the Arena Summer Theatre often contain information for the Summer Theatre season as a whole.  In the 1950s, the Arena Summer Theatre was virtually the only summer theatre in the Capital District.

Many of the materials in the collection appear to have been taken from scrapbook(s) that Burian kept on the productions.  When the materials received were on scrapbook pages, the arrangement of the materials on the page has been retained to the extent possible.  In the transmittal letter that accompanied the collection, Burian noted that the materials were not in the files in any particular order.  Although a standard order of reference to materials in the folders was used in the preparation of the folder descriptions, no artificial order was imposed on the actual materials within the folders during processing.  Oversized materials have been removed from the folders and stored in a separate box.  Copies of the oversized materials have been placed in the folders to indicate the location of the original, and a list of the oversized materials is included at the end of this finding aid.

Also included in the collection is a separate folder with materials that Burian submitted in April 1990 for the Center for Arts and Humanities' Spring 1990 Faculty Competition for Creative Work relating to his March 1990 direction of Sophocles' Oedipus the King.  Materials are also included in the collection from an April 1980 production of Eugene O'Neill's Endgame in which Burian played the lead, but which he did not direct.  The guest director for this production was a student of Burian's from the late 1950s.

The materials in the files relate solely to the productions that Burian was involved in at the State University.  Although some of the playbills, audition notices, and other materials mention other productions being performed by the university during the same season, there is no additional information on these productions.  In addition, the materials in the files do not provide any information regarding the Department of Theatre at the State University, on Burian's work there, nor on his terms as chairman of the department, with the exception of Burian's summary comments on the productions, which if read as a whole provide very limited information on the evolution of the theatre department of the State College and later State University and their physical stage locations.  In addition, a limited number of correspondence in the collection contain passing references to events on campus such as student protests or the prevailing attitudes toward certain productions and casting issues, but these provide only a hint of other events happening at the same time as the productions, not detailed information.

Additional material was received after Burian's death, in 2006, but is not yet described in this finding aid. Contact a staff member for further details.

Related collections in the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives include the records of the Department of Theatre (UA-609) and the papers of Paul Pettit (UA–902.007). Pettit was the founder of the Arena Summer Theatre and the first chair of the Department of Theatre. Burian makes several references to Pettit in his summary comments on the productions. See also the University/Community Relations Faculty/Staff folder, the University Archives Faculty/Staff folder, and the University Archives clippings files for copies of some of Burian's publications and newspaper articles about him.


Jarka M. Burian Papers
Series Description

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Series 1: Play Files, 1956-1991 1.8 cubic ft. Arranged chronologically

This series contains materials, including programs, press announcements, press reviews, photographs, and correspondence and notes regarding various technical and production issues, relating to the theatrical productions that Jarka M. Burian was involved in at the State University of New York, Albany.  See the folder descriptions for more detailed information regarding the materials included for each production.  An 8½x11 photocopy of each oversized item has been placed in the original folder.


Jarka M. Burian Papers
Box and Folder List

Series 1: Play Files

Box 1

Comments on Productions, Jarka M. Burian, May 1998
 Burian's recollections on each production, arranged chronologically.  A copy of the summary related to each production is filed in the respective folder for that production (but production summaries are not listed separately in the following descriptions of the folder contents).

Diary of a Scoundrel, Alexander Ostrovsky, January 1956
 Program; press announcements (with picture of cast members); crew assignment list; Federal Admissions Tax Exemption Certificate; correspondence regarding costume rental; 4x5 black and white prints of production (with some identification of cast members).

The Insect Comedy, Karel and Josef Capek, March 1957
 Press announcement; press review; materials related to registration of claim of copyright to English translation of The Insect Comedy by Burian; color slides of production.

A View from the Bridge, Arthur Miller, November 1957
 Press announcement (with picture of unidentified cast members).

Tiger at the Gates, Jean Giraudoux, November 1958
 Press announcement (with picture of cast members); press review.

Too True to be Good, George Bernard Shaw, July 1959
 Program; general information brochure on Arena Summer Theatre; press announcements (with pictures of cast members); press reviews; 8x10 black and white prints and color slides of production (with some identification of cast members).

Uncle Vanya, Anton Chekhov, July 1959
 Program; press announcement; press review; 8x10 black and white prints and color slide of production.

The Queen and the Rebels, Ugo Betti, February 1960
 Program; press announcement (with picture of cast members).

The Iceman Cometh, Eugene O'Neill, October 1960
 Program; press announcements (with pictures of cast members); State College News series on the State College Theatre; correspondence (July-September 1960) between Burian and cast members confirming or declining participation in the production; rehearsal schedule; prop, costume, and make-up notes; correspondence (August 1960) regarding performance of play at New York State Community Theatre Association conference in Ithaca; conference program.

Murder in the Cathedral, T.S. Eliot, November 1962
 Program; press announcements (with pictures of cast members); press reviews; audition announcement and instructions; casting list; rehearsal schedules; staging notes; cast contact sheet; expense report; post-production comment letters; script for parody of production process; 8x10 black and white and color prints of production (with some identification of cast members).

The Maids, Jean Genet; What Did You Learn in School Today?, Wallace Johnson, February 1963
 Program; production announcement; press announcements (with pictures of cast members); press reviews (including one in Portuguese (?)); post-production comment letter; set layout; rehearsal schedule; 8x10 and 5x7 black and white prints (and one negative) of production (with some identification of cast members).

The Emperor Jones, Eugene O'Neill, July 1963
 Program; Arena Summer Theatre season announcement; press announcements (with picture of cast members); press reviews; press coverage of opening of Arena Summer Theatre season; audition announcement; comments on auditioners; contact list; notes regarding staging, props, lighting, sound, and costume for scenes; post-production letter to director from cast member; 8x10 and 3½x5 black and white prints and slides of production.

The Three Sisters, Anton Chekhov, July-August 1963
 Program; press announcement; press review (with picture of cast members); set sketches; card to director from production participants; 8x10 and 3½x5 black and white prints of production (with some identification of cast members).

The Good Woman of Setzuan, Bertolt Brecht, November 1963
 Program; press announcements; press reviews; sketch of set; sound cue sheet; technical production notes; staging notes; correspondence regarding music for production; post-production comment letter; song lyrics; cast list; miscellaneous notes from original folder containing production materials; 5x7 and 2½x3½ color prints and color slide of production.

The Tempest, William Shakespeare, July 1964
 Program; Arena Summer Theatre season announcement; press announcements; press reviews (with pictures of cast members); cast contact list; prop, costume, sound, and music notes; stage sketches; post-production comment letters; miscellaneous notes from original folder containing production materials; 8x10 black and white and 3½x3½ color prints of production (with some identification of cast members).

The Ghost Sonata, August Strindberg, July 1964
 Program; press announcements (with pictures of cast members); press reviews; 8x10 black and white prints and slide (with identification of cast members).

Doctor Faustus, Christopher Marlowe, November 1964
 Program; press reviews (and comments of director on one review); audition announcement; rehearsal schedules; notes on music; musical score; prop list; sketches and notes for masks; staging notes; director's notes on performance; correspondence regarding securing location (Cathedral of All Saints, Albany, N.Y.) for performance; post-production comment letters; miscellaneous notes from original folder containing production materials; 8x10 black and white prints and 5x7 color prints and color slides of production (with some identification of cast members).

J.B., Archibald MacLeish, April 1966
 Program; press announcements (with picture of cast member); press reviews; audition announcements; notes regarding securing location (Trinity Methodist Church, Albany, N.Y.) for production; stage drawings; post-production comment letter; box office reconciliation form; 5x7 and 2½x3½ black and white prints and 3½x5 color prints of production (with some identification of cast members).  This is one of the productions for which the most photographs are available.

The Birthday Party, Harold Pinter, August 1966
 Program; Arena Summer Theatre season announcement; press announcement (with picture of cast members); press review (with picture of cast members); stage and set sketch; 3½x5 black and white prints of Arena set strike.

The Memorandum, Vaclav Havel, December 1966
 Program; press announcements, including lengthy Albany Student Press coverage on all aspect of production process (with pictures of cast members); press reviews; cast list; request for extended hours for undergraduate students for rehearsals; rehearsal schedule; cast and crew contact list; notes on music; card to director from production participants;  correspondence from theatre professors at Michigan State and University of California, Berkeley requesting copies of script; 5x7 and 3½x5 black and white prints, black and white photographic proof sheets, and color slides of production.

The Sea Gull, Anton Chekhov, July 1967
 Program; press announcements (with pictures of cast members); press reviews; audition announcement; cast contact list; prop lists; director's notes on performance; 5x7 black and white print, 3½x5 and 2½x3½ color prints, and color slides of production (with some identification of cast members).

The Dumb Waiter, Harold Pinter; Hughie, Eugene O'Neill, August 1967
 Program; press reviews (with pictures of cast members); 5x7 black and white print, 3½x5 black and white and color prints, and color slides of production.

Hamlet (first quarto text), William Shakespeare, May 1968
 Program; press review; 5x7 black and white prints of production (with some identification of cast members).
 The folder also contains correspondence (1988) regarding the production of a first quarto version of Hamlet.

Endgame, Samuel Beckett, August 1968
 Program; press announcements; press reviews; audition announcement; Arena Summer Theatre paid staff listing (title, salary, name, and address); cast and crew contact list; rehearsal schedule; director's notes on performance; music notes; stage plan; 3½x3½, 5x7, and 8x10 black and white prints of production.

A Scent of Flowers, James Saunders, November 1970
 Program; press announcement; press reviews; cast list; rehearsal schedule; director's note on performance; card to director from cast members; post-production comment letters; sound notes; correspondence from director to cast member regarding rehearsal schedule; correspondence from director to technical crew; stage and set sketches; substituted text for part of script; 8x10 and 3½x4½ black and white prints of production, color and black and white slides of production, and color and black and white negatives for production. This is one of the productions for which the most photographs are available.

The Measures Taken, Bertolt Brecht, April-May 1971
 Program; press announcements; press reviews; documentation for quotations displayed as part of scenery; text of quotations used; correspondence regarding props; musical scores; unidentified script notes; card to director from production participants; correspondence from director to house manager; 8x10 and 3½x5 black and white prints of production (with some identification of cast members) and color and black and white slides of production and lobby display.

Marat Sade, Peter Weiss, November 1972
 Program; press announcements; radio and press publicity releases; press reviews; correspondence between director and reviewer and stage manager and reviewer; audition announcement; cast list; audition call back list; rehearsal schedules; financial statement for production; expense report; music notes; stage and set sketch; character listing by scene; dressing room assignment notice; director's notes on performances; comic strip of rehearsal created by cast member; pre- and post-production comment correspondence to cast and crew; post-production comment and critique letters; thank you letters from director to crew members; 8x10 and 5x7 black and white prints, 3½x5 black and white and color prints, and color slides of production.  This is one of the productions for which the most photographs are available.
 The folder also contains a press article (1985) on the actor who played the lead in this production, Ron Vawter.

The Cherry Orchard, Anton Chekhov, July 1973
 Program; Arena Summer Theatre season announcement and publicity release; cast and crew contact list; casting notes; music notes; sound cue sheet; report on sound production; names and place list in play; post-production correspondence between director and cast member; prop lists; stage and set sketches; miscellaneous page of script; 5x7 black and white prints, black and white proof sheet, black and white negatives, and color slide of production

 Fathers and Sons--readings from Euripides, Hippolytus, William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, The Rivals, Eugene O'Neill, Ah, Wilderness, and Arthur Miller, Death of a Sales Man, July 1973
 Program; press review; color slides from production.

Oedipus-Antigone, Sophocles, February 1974
 Program; press announcement; press review; character lineage; stage sketch; comments on stage design; photographic proof sheet and negatives of production.

Old Times, Harold Pinter, November 1976
 Program; press announcements (with picture of cast members); press reviews; music notes; 3½x5 black and white prints and color slides of production.

On the Harmfulness of Tobacco, Anton Chekhov; The Noose, Ladislav Smocek, December 1977
 Program; production announcement poster; annotated scripts for both works; director's note to cast; director's notes on performance; excerpts of scholarly commentary on Chekhov; correspondence requesting authorization to perform The Noose; production proposal including description of concept, stage plan, and necessary scenery, props, lighting and sound, costumes, make-up, and budget; miscellaneous notes from original folder containing production materials.

The Maids, Jean Genet, April 1978
 Program; press announcement (with picture of cast members); press reviews; audition announcements; casting cards for cast members; cast and crew contact sheet; publicity releases; performance announcement; notes on comments on set design; production schedule; director's notes on performances; director's response to comments on production; miscellaneous notes on production; black and white prints and negatives, and color slides of production.

The Dream Play, August Strindberg, March 1980
 Note: Josef Svoboda worked as scenographer for this production. The folder contains news articles regarding Svoboda and his work on the production as well as black and white prints of Svoboda.
 Folder also includes: program; press reviews; director's request for audition announcement; post-production comment letters; correspondence regarding photographs for production; 3½x5 and 5x7 black and white and color prints (with some identifying information regarding scene depicted) and color slides of production. This is one of the productions for which the most photographs are available.

Endgame, Samuel Beckett, April 1980
 Note: Burian did not direct this production; he played the lead. The guest director was a former student of Burian's.
 Program; press announcements, including article regarding guest director (Peter Bennett);  press reviews (with picture of cast members); rehearsal schedule; post-production comment letters (note: some of the post-production letters in the folder for The Dream Play also comment on Burian's performance in Endgame); 3½x5 black and white and color prints of production.

No Exit, Jean Paul Sartre, February 1981
 Program; production announcement posters; press announcements (with pictures of cast members); press reviews; callback list; correspondence from director to two faculty members who auditioned but were not cast due to current "climate" regarding casting; correspondence regarding order for scripts and request for permission to perform play; cast and production contact lists; rehearsal and production schedules; correspondence regarding local television publicity for production; music notes; cards to director from production participants; post-production comment letters; 3½x5 black and white prints and color slides (including some 2¾x2¾ size) of production.  This is one of the productions for which the most photographs are available.

The House of Bernarda Alba, Federico Garcia Lorca, December 1981
 Program; press announcements (with picture of cast members); press reviews; stage sketch; audition announcement; cast list; paper by stage manager on production; rehearsal schedules; musical score for song from third act; cast and crew contact list; director's comments on theme of play; director's comments on performance; post-production comment letters; thank you letters from director to crew members; cards to director from production participants; 3½x5 black and white prints and color slides (including some 2¾x2¾ size) of production.  This is one of the productions for which the most photographs are available.

Miss Julie, August Strindberg, March 1983
 Program; press announcements (with picture of cast members); correspondence regarding publicity including director's comments on publicity; press reviews; audition announcement; audition and callback reading list; cast list; cast and crew contact list; production schedule; correspondence and notes regarding music; props list; director's notes on performance; post-production comment letters; 3½x5 black and white prints; 5x7 color prints, and color slides (including some 2¾x2¾ size (unmounted)) of production. Three negatives also included.

The Three Sisters, Anton Chekhov, March 1984
 Program; press reviews (including picture of cast members); press article regarding set designer (SUNYA graduate Steven Momrow); birthday card to director from cast and crew; reimbursement request for cast party expenses; 3½x5 and 8x10 black and white prints, 5x7 color prints; and color slides (including some 2¾x2¾ size) of production. This is one of the productions for which the most photographs are available.

The Great God Brown, Eugene O'Neill, November 1985
 Program; press announcement (with picture of cast member); press reviews; audition announcement; casting request to faculty members; primary casting list with rehearsal schedule; director's pre-production thoughts about play and correspondence regarding same; State University Theatre season announcement; cast and crew contact list; rehearsal schedule; prop list; stage sketch; costume sketches and fabric swatches; music notes; sound cues list; director's report on performance in The Eugene O'Neill Newsletter (Spring 1986); card to director from cast member; miscellaneous notes from original folder containing production materials; 8x10 and 5x7 black and white prints, 3½x5 black and white and color prints, and color slides of production. This is one of the productions for which the most photographs are available.
 

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Buried Child, Sam Shepard, October 1986
 Program; press announcement; press reviews; University Theatre season announcement; production announcement poster; audition announcements; cast and crew list; cast and crew contact list; correspondence (June-September 1986) regarding changes in cast and crew; University Theatre season announcement; stage sketches; director's notes on performances; music notes; costume notes; sketches by John James Hickey 9/14/8; Color Palette by Hickey  ("Notes from Meeting with Jarka"); Costume design (watercolor) for Tilden by John James Hickey, 9/14/86; cards to director from production participants; miscellaneous notes from original folder containing production materials; 8x10 and 3½x5 black and white prints, 5x7 and 3½x5 color prints, and color slides of production (with some identification of characters). Also includes black and white slides used for projection onto stage during performance.  This is one of the productions for which the most photographs are available.

The Maids, Jean Genet, December 1987
 Program; press announcements (with picture of cast members); press reviews; audition announcement; cast list; music notes; notes of setting and lighting designer; substitutions and inserts to script; production schedule; cast and crew contact list; stage sketch; correspondence from director regarding individuals to receive complimentary tickets; registration form for use of theatre facility; 5x7 and 3½x5 color prints and color slides of production (slides identified by characters and/or scene action).

Oedipus the King, Sophocles, March 1990
 Program; press announcements (with pictures of cast members); press review; University Theatre season announcement and correspondence regarding same; audition announcements; callback announcements; performance announcement; director's "in-process" notes on production; stage sketches; music and sound cue notes; correspondence regarding music; director's notes on performances; reconciliation of ticket sales; stage manager's report on production written as part of course work; correspondence regarding set and stage designs; stage sketches; correspondence regarding budget for production; correspondence regarding costume design for production; post-production comment letters; 3½x5 black and white prints and color slides of production (slides identified by character and/or scene); SUNYA undergraduate admissions brochure with picture from production.

 Oedipus the King, materials submitted for Spring 1990 Faculty Competition for Creative Work, April 1990
 Correspondence accompanying submission and response of Center for the Arts and Humanities; 3½x5 black and white and color prints of production; press reviews; critique on production by representative of the American College Theatre Festival organization; post-production comment letters; list of university members known to have seen production; director's pre-production "in-process" notes; director's notes on dress rehearsal.

The Inspector General (Revizor), Nikolai Gogol, April 1991
 Note: Josef Svoboda worked as scenographer for this production.  Folder includes notes on telephone conversations between Burian and Svoboda regarding scenography for production; letter from Burian to Svoboda (in Czech); press articles regarding Svoboda's participation in production; set sketches by Svoboda, including Burian's translations of Svoboda's comments on same, and Burian's comments on sketches.
 Folder also includes: program; press review; correspondence between Burian and theatre department chairman [Langdon Brown] regarding use of Svoboda for production, overall department production schedule for 1991-92, proposed general core curriculum for theatre department, and other department matters; auditions announcement; cast and crew contact list; rehearsal schedule; production schedule; correspondence from director to actor playing playwright; draft of additions to script to add playwright to scenes; props list; sound cue notes; director's notes on performance; director's notes on performances; post-production comment letters; color slides of production.

Waiting for Godot, Samuel Beckett, October 1991
 Program; press announcements (with picture of cast members); press review; University Theatre season announcement; production announcement posters; contact list for auditioners; cast and crew contact list; director's comments on read through; rehearsal schedule; sound cue list; post-production comment letters including American College Theatre Festival representative production response; comments from director regarding adjudication session; 3½x3½ and 3½x5 black and white prints, 4x6 color prints, and color slides of production.
 

Oversize Materials (note: some newspaper articles are at the bottom of the box)

The Iceman Cometh
 Two double page spread newspaper articles on State College Theater;
 Community Theatre Conference program

Murder in the Cathedral
 Review article;
 Full page newspaper coverage on use of Cathedral of All Saints for Dr. Faustus production with mention of Murder in the Cathedral production

The Good Woman of Setzuan
 Set rendering
 Review of production and director's response to same
 Staging layout and stage sketch

The Tempest
Stage/set sketch

Dr. Faustus
 Full page newspaper coverage (see Murder in the Cathedral oversize material listing)

J.B.
 Full page newspaper article

The Birthday Party
 Stage/set sketch

The Memorandum
 Full page newspaper announcement;
 Double page spread newspaper article

Endgame (1968)
 Director's handwritten notes on auditions and production;
 Set drawing

A Scent of Flowers
 Stage sketch

The Measures Taken
 Four pages director's handwritten notes
 Tower Tribune, April 26, 1971 (with director's comment noting no information on production);
 Documentation for quotations used in production
 Musical scores for "The Song of Supply and Demand" and "Song of the Rice Barge Coolies"

Marat Sade
 Program;
 Preliminary stage/set sketch
 Student created comic strip of rehearsal;
 Full page newspaper announcement;
 Double page spread newspaper article

The Cherry Orchard
 Basic stage/set plan with overlays for four acts
 Arena Summer Theatre announcement

On the Harmfulness of Tobacco/The Noose
 Production poster

The House of Bernarda Alba
 Stage sketch

Miss Julie
 Full page newspaper announcement

The Inspector General
 Set drawing
 Post-production comment letter;

Great God Brown
 Audition announcement
 Stage/set design grand plan blueprint;
 Picture prop layout sketch

The Buried Child
 Audition announcement;
 Production poster;
 Stage/set preliminary ground plan;
 Stage/set design grand plan sketch
 Costume Notes for Tilden, Vince, Dodge, Bradley, and Shelly
  by John James Hickey (color photocopies)

The Maids (1987)
 Full page newspaper announcement

Oedipus the King
 Production poster;
 Three set sketches by Paul Tazewell;
 "Simplified director's ground plan," in color;
 "Simplified director's ground plan," blue ink only

Waiting for Godot
 Production poster;
 Oversize post-production comment letter;
 University Theatre 1991-1992 Season announcement


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