Guide to the W. Stephen Coleman Papers, 1981-2011 CTC.2011.01

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Table of Contents

Summary Information
Biography
Scope and Content Notes
Arrangement
Administrative Information
Related Materials
Controlled Access Headings
Previous Citation
Collection Inventory
Series I. Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival,1981-1999
1. Administrative Files
2. Henry IV, Part I,1983
3. Macbeth,1984-1988
4. A Midsummer Night’s Dream,1986
5. Two Gentlemen of Verona,1987-1992
6. Julius Caesar,1988
7. Maids and Blades,1988
8. The Taming of the Shrew,1987-1988
9. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,1989
10. Richard II,1990
11. Othello,1990-1991
12. Two Gentlemen of Verona,1987-1999
Series II. University of Pittsburgh Repertory Theatre,1981-2009
1. All the Way Home,1981-1982
2. A Phoenix Too Frequent,1982
3. Brecht on Brecht,1982-1983
4. Cherry Orchard
5. Orpheus Descending,1983-1984
6. The Ruling Class,1984-1985
7. Cloud 9,1985-1986
8. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf,1986-1987
9. Cherry Orchard,1988-1989
10. Oresteia,1989-1990
11. Happy End,1989-1991
12. The Changeling: A Re/Vision,1991-1992
13. A Month in the Country,1992-1993
14. The Rehearsal,1993
15. Chemin de Fer,1994-1995
16. Les Liaisons Dangereuses,1995
17. The Colored Museum,1996
18. Hamlet /  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead,1996
19. Noises Off,1997-1998
20. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,1998
21. Little Shop of Horrors,1999-2000
22. Waiting for Godot,2001
23. Much Ado About Nothing,2002-2003
24. Twelfth Night,2003-2004
25. Arms and the Man,2004
26. Old Times,2005
27. Chekhov Vaudevilles,2006-2007
28. Count Dracula,2008-2009
Series III. Acting and Directing,1981-2011
1. Austin Repertory Theatre - A Life in the Theatre
2. Pitt Repertory Theatre - She Stoops to Conquer,1981
4. Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival - The Merry Wives of Windsor,1982
5. Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival - Hamlet,1982
6. Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival - The Tempest,1982
8. ALCOA - American Society of Safety Engineers,1984
9. Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival - The Merchant of Venice,1984
10. Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival - Love Labor's Lost,1984
11. Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival - Romeo and Juliet,1985
12. Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival - Twelfth Night,1985
13. Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival - All's Well That Ends Well,1986
14. Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival - King Lear,1986
16. Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival - Richard III,1987
17. Pitt Repertory Theatre - Educating Rita,1987
18. Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival - Antony and Cleopatra,1989
19. At Last the World Says Yes,1991-1992
20. Until I'm Not Here Anymore!,1992
21. Theatre at Hartwood - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,1993
22. Pittsburgh Public Theater - Dybbuk1993-1994
23. Theatre at Hartwood - Sleuth,1994
24. Pitt Repertory Theatre - Marat/Sade,1997
25. Film project - Achilles' Love,2000
26. Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre - The Picture of Dorian Gray,2000
27. Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre - Portia Coughlin,2001
28. Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre - Tartuffe,2001
29. Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre - The Seagull,2001
30. Pitt Repertory Theatre - How I Learned to Drive,2002
31. Creative Nonfiction Foundation - Diversity Dialogues Series,2003
32. Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre - Henry IV,2005
33. Film project - John Dunn's Last Run,2006
34. Pittsburgh Public Theater - Oedipus the King,2006
35. Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre - Julius Caesar,2007
36. Pittsburgh Public Theater - The Comedy of Errors,2007
37. Pittsburgh Public Theater - Amadeus,2008
38. The Father,2008
39. Pittsburgh Public Theater - Stayers and Goers,2007-2008
40. Pittsburgh Public Theater - Harry's Friendly Service,2009
41. Pittsburgh Public Theater - A Midsummer Night's Dream,2010
42. Pittsburgh Public Theater - Camelot,2010-2011

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
W. Stephen Coleman Papers
Creator
Coleman, W. Stephen
Collection Number
CTC.2011.01
Date
1981-2011
Extent
18.0 linear feet (14 boxes)
Abstract
This collection contains the promptbooks, scripts, and production notes of W. Stephen Coleman (1943-). Dr. Coleman served as a faculty director and professor in the Theatre Arts department at the University of Pittsburgh (1981-2011) and a resident director for the Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival (1983-1992). This collection details both acting and directing projects while in residence in the Pittsburgh area.

Preferred Citation

W. Stephen Coleman Papers, 1981-2011, CTC.2011.01, Curtis Theatre Collection, Archives & Special Collections Department, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Biography

W. Stephen Coleman, Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Oklahoma in the mid 1960’s, and his Doctorate from the University of Utah in 1973. As a specialist in Shakespeare in performance and the performance areas of actor-training and directing, he joined the undergraduate and graduate faculty of the University of Pittsburgh in 1981 as head of the then newly created MFA Actor Training Program, a post he held until 1990. Between 1992 and 1999, he served as Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts. He taught at several other universities and colleges, including the University of Texas at Austin, the London International Film School, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Utah, the University of Oklahoma, and the Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts. He was awarded tenure at Pitt in 1986.

Dr. Coleman continued to work professionally, dividing his time between acting (under the name “Alex Coleman”) and directing. In 2006 he played the role of First Messenger in Oedipus the King directed by Ted Pappas for the Pittsburgh Public Theatre. In 2005 he played the role of General Edward Braddock in the PBS/WQED four-part series,  The War That Made America. At the University of Pittsburgh Repertory Theatre he played Uncle Peck in Paula Vogel’s  How I Learned to Drive (2002) and Estragon in Beckett’s  Waiting For Godot (2001), which he also directed. He also held three roles in the 2001 Season of the Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre: Sly Scully in the American premiere of Marina Carr’s  Portia Coughlin, Orgon in  Tartuffe, and Dr. Hickey in the American premiere of Thomas Kilroy’s adaptation of Chekhov’s  The Seagull. As “faculty guest artist” for the University of Pittsburgh Repertory Theatre he has also performed in such productions as  Marat/Sade, playing de Sade, as Frank in  Educating Rita, and John Halder in  GOOD.

Other Pittsburgh professional stage performances include Reb Nachman and the Judge in the Pittsburgh Public Theatre’s The Dybbuk , and both director of and lead in the sold-out run of Anthony Shaffer’s  Sleuth at Hartwood Acres. While it was a mainstay of Pitt’s theatrical scene, Dr. Coleman appeared in over a dozen major roles with the Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival. He has performed with the New York Shakespeare Festival, the National Shakespeare Company, the Montana Repertory Theatre, and several other regional theatres. He is a long-time member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Screen Actors Guild, and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

In addition to over 200 roles on the stage, he has played featured roles in a number of films and TV movies including the feature films Achilles’ Love,  House Guest,  Silence of The Lambs (as the unfortunate Sergeant Pembry),  The Dark Half, and  Street Law, and the made-for-television movies,  Alone in The Neon Jungle,  What She Doesn’t Know,  The Ten-Million Dollar Getaway, and many others. He has performed in hundreds of radio and television commercials, and has appeared in numerous industrial films.

Coleman was a prolific director. At the Pitt Repertory Theatre from 2000 to 2006 he staged Old Times,  Twelfth Night, the gala production of  Much Ado About Nothing for the dedication of the newly renovated Charity Randall Theatre on the Pitt Campus,  Arms and The Man,  Waiting For Godot (mentioned above), and  Little Shop of Horrors. He directed the world premiere of Daniel Frezza’s adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s  The Picture of Dorian Gray (2000) for the Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre. He served as a faculty director for Pitt Repertory Theatre (1982- ) and in 1996 staged a highly acclaimed  Hamlet and  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead in repertory.

Between 1983 and 1992 he served as one of two Resident Directors for the Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival (TRSF). His directorial efforts for both TRSF and the University were consistently cited as among the “Top Ten” in Pittsburgh from 1983-2006. He directed for numerous professional theatres in the Pittsburgh region, including the theatre at Hartwood Acres, ( Sleuth and  One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest). He also staged the world premiere of Pennsylvania State Poet Samuel Hazo's  Until I'm Not Here Anymore and directed the video adaptation of this work that aired on Public Television.

In addition to his theatrical activities, Dr. Coleman staged readings for the Center for Creative Non-Fiction at the University of Pittsburgh. He was a regular presenter of lectures and workshops on performance subjects related to acting, directing, Shakespearean production, and the development of theatre skills that can be used in the courtroom. During his tenure at the University of Texas at Austin, he was the Founder and Artistic Director of the Gallimaufry Players, producing and directing four summers' worth of free Shakespeare-In-The-Park.

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Scope and Content Notes

This collection contains the promptbooks and production materials maintained by W. Stephen Coleman during his residence at the Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival and the University of Pittsburgh Theatre Arts Department. It also includes materials for professional and non-professional acting engagements and directing projects undertaken by Coleman during his Pittsburgh years. Production materials contain rehearsal and director notes, press materials, set and costume designs, and miscellaneous administrative materials. Promptbooks, Production Materials, and Recordings in various formats (audio and VHS video) comprise the bulk of the collection. The collection is arranged in three series: Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival, University of Pittsburgh Repertory Theatre, and Acting and Directing.

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Arrangement

The papers are organized into three series.

Series I. Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival, 1983-1999

Series II. Pitt Repertory Theatre, 1981-2009

Series III. Acting and Directing, 1981-2011

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, December 2016

University of Pittsburgh Library System
Archives & Special Collections
Website: library.pitt.edu/archives-special-collections
412-648-3232 (ASC) | 412-648-8190 (Hillman)
Contact Us: www.library.pitt.edu/ask-archivist

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

The University of Pittsburgh holds the property rights to the material in this collection, but the copyright may still be held by the original creator/author. Researchers are therefore advised to follow the regulations set forth in the U.S. Copyright Code when publishing, quoting, or reproducing material from this collection without the consent of the creator/author or that go beyond what is allowed by fair use.

Acquisition Information

Gift of W. Stephen Coleman in April, 2011. Additional materials were added in October 2015.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Colleen Reilly in January 2006. Additional materials were processed and added to the collection by William Daw in 2015.

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Related Materials

Related Material

Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre Records, 1997-2015, CTC.2009.02, Curtis Theatre Collection, Archives & Special Collections Department, University of Pittsburgh Library System

Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival Records, 1980-1995, CTC.1995.01, Curtis Theatre Collection, Archives & Special Collections Department, University of Pittsburgh Library System

University of Pittsburgh Theatre Arts Department Records, 1960-1986, CTC.1974.02, Curtis Theatre Collection, Archives & Special Collections Department, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre.
  • Pittsburgh Public Theater.
  • Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
  • University of Pittsburgh. Department of Theatre Arts.

Genre(s)

  • Personal papers

Personal Name(s)

  • Coleman, W. Stephen

Subject(s)

  • College theater -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Faculty papers
  • Performing arts -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Stage history -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh

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Previous Citation

W. Stephen Coleman Papers, 1981-2011, CTC.2011.01, Curtis Theatre Collection, Special Collections Department, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival, 1981-1999 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains administrative files, promptbooks, and production materials from Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival for which W. Stephen Coleman was a resident director from 1983-1992. Coleman served as Interim Producing Director during the 1985 festival. This year is more thoroughly represented in the administrative files. In addition to numerous Shakespearean productions, this series also features Maids and Blades, an original staging featuring Shakespeare’s romance and action scenes, and  A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Also included is the musical version of  Two Gentlemen of Verona, which was developed by Coleman and Christine Frezza and became a landmark production for the Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival.

Production materials can include audition forms, director’s notes, rehearsal notes, production notes, set and costume designs, administrative information, press materials, photographs, programs, and brochures. Each production has been arranged into its own subseries and are in chronological order.

Subseries  1. Administrative Files 

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1982 Festival administration files, 1981-1982 11
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1982 Festival administration files - Company manual 2
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1983 Festival administration files, 1983 3
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1984 Festival administration files, 1984 4
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1984 Festival administration files - Company manual 5
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1985 Festival administration files, 1984-1985 6-8
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1985 Festival administration files - Carol Brown and Allegheny County Bureau of Cultural Programs correspondence, 1985 9
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1985 Festival administration files - Casting, 1984-1985 10
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1985 Festival administration files - Citiparks, 1984-1985 11
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1985 Festival administration files - Company manual 12
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1985 Festival administration files - High school matinees, 1985 13
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1985 Festival administration files - Housing, 1984-1985 14
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1985 Festival administration files - Production stage manager, 1985 15
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1985 Festival administration files - Romeo and Juliet, 1985 16
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1985 Festival administration files - Staff meetings, 1984-1985 17
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1985 Festival administration files - Technical staff, 1985 18
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1985 Festival administration files - Touring, 1985 19
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1985 Festival administration files - Twelfth Night, 1985 20
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1985 Festival administration files - Yossi Yzraely, 1985 21
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1986 Festival administration files, 1986 22
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1986 Festival administration files - Company manual 23
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1988 Festival administration files - Company manual 24
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1989 Festival administration files, 1988-1989 25
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1989 Festival administration files - Company manual 26
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1989 Festival administration files - Hamlet 27
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1991 Festival administration files 28
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1991 Festival administration files - Case for Support report 29
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1991 Festival administration files - Shakespeare in the Schools 30
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1992 Festival administration files, 1992 31
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1992 Festival administration files - Case for Support report 32
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1993 Festival administration files, 1992-1993 33-35
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1993 Festival administration files - Case for Support report 36
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1993 Festival administration files - Draft planning document, November 1993 37
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1994 Festival administration files, 1993-1994 38-40
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1994 Festival administration files - Merchant of Venice, 1994 41
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1994 Festival administration files - Taming of the Shrew, 1994 42
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1995 Festival administration files, 1995-1996 43
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1995 Festival administration files - Shakespeare in the Schools 44

Subseries  2.  Henry IV, Part I, 1983 

Scope and Content Notes

Henry IV, Part I was a part of the 1983 season of the Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival. It was performed at the Stephen Foster Memorial Theatre, June 16 through July 2.

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Audio recording, May 27, 1983    1.0 reel-to-reel 21
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Audio recording - Reading of the play for the blind    1.0 cassette tape  50 minutes 2
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Braille action score, 1983 3
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Photographs 4-5
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Production materials, 1983 6-12
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Promptbook, 1983 13-15
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Slides 16

Subseries  3.  Macbeth, 1984-1988 

Scope and Content Notes

Macbeth was a part of the 1984 season of the Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival. It was performed at the Stephen Foster Memorial Theatre, June 1st through the 23rd.

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Annotated acting edition 17
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Director’s notes, 1984 18
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Press materials, 1984-1988 19
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Photographs 20
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Production materials, 1984 21-26
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Production notes, 1984 27
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Promptbook, 1984 28-29
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Slides 30

Subseries  4.  A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 1986 

Scope and Content Notes

A Midsummer Night’s Dream was a part of the 1986 season of the Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival. It was performed at the Stephen Foster Memorial Theatre, May 30th through June 22nd. Leading up to it's opening at the end of May, the production was performed at several local high schools.

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Annotated acting edition 31
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Photographs 32
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Production materials, 1986 31-7
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Slides 8

Subseries  5.  Two Gentlemen of Verona, 1987-1992 

Scope and Content Notes

Two Gentlemen of Verona was a part of the 1987 season of the Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival. It was performed at the Stephen Foster Memorial Theatre, May 29th through June 20th. Leading up to it's opening at the end of May, the production was performed at several local high schools. There are materials related to both the 1987 production and the 1992 revival in each of the two's promptbooks.

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Annotated acting edition 9
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Audio recording    3.0 cassette tapes 10
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Oversized photograph 11
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Photographs 12
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Production materials, 1987 13-15
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Promptbook, 1987-1992 16-21
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Score, 1987 22
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Script, 1987 23
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Slides 24

Subseries  6.  Julius Caesar, 1988 

Scope and Content Notes

Julius Caesar was a part of the 1988 season of the Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival. It was performed at the Stephen Foster Memorial Theatre, July 22nd through August 14th.

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Annotated acting edition 25
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Photographs 26
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Production materials, 1988 27-29
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Promptbook, 1988 41-2
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Slides 3

Subseries  7.  Maids and Blades, 1988 

Scope and Content Notes

Maids and Blades was a compilation of scenes from Shakespeare's plays performed by the Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival Young Company in the Fall of 1988. The touring production was performed at local Pittsburgh high school and junior high schools. The scenes performed were from  Henry V,  Henry IV,  As You Like It,  Twelfth Night,  Romeo and Juliet, and  The Taming of the Shrew.

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Production materials, 1988 4

Subseries  8.  The Taming of the Shrew, 1987-1988 

Scope and Content Notes

The Taming of the Shrew was a part of the 1988 season of the Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival. Coleman also played the part of Petruchio in the production. It was performed at the Stephen Foster Memorial Theatre, May 27th through June 19th. The video recording included is of very poor quality.

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Annotated acting edition 5
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Photographs 6
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Production materials, 1987-1988 7
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Promptbook, 1988 8
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Video recording - Rehearsal    1.0 cassette tape  VHS, 152 minutes 9

Subseries  9.  A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, 1989 

Scope and Content Notes

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum was a part of the 1989 season of the Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival, its 10th anniversary season. It was performed at the Stephen Foster Memorial Theatre, June 4th through July 15th.

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Photographs 10
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Promptbook, 1989 11-13

Subseries  10.  Richard II, 1990 

Scope and Content Notes

Richard II was a part of the 1990 season of the Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival. It was performed at the Stephen Foster Memorial Theatre, June 22nd through July 14th.

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Annotated acting editions 14
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Photographs 15
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Promptbook, 1990 16-18
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Slides 19

Subseries  11.  Othello, 1990-1991 

Scope and Content Notes

Othello was a part of the 1991 season of the Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival. It was performed at the Stephen Foster Memorial Theatre, May 24th through June 15th.

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Annotated acting edition 20
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Production materials, 1990-1991 21
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Promptbook, 1991 51-2
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Slides 3

Subseries  12.  Two Gentlemen of Verona, 1987-1999 

Scope and Content Notes

Two Gentlemen of Verona was a part of the 1992 season of the Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival. It was performed at the Stephen Foster Memorial Theatre, May 15th through June 6th. There are materials related to both the 1987 production and the 1992 revival in each of the two's promptbooks.

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Production materials, 1992-1999 4-7
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Promptbook, 1987-1992 8-10
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Slides 11

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Series  II. University of Pittsburgh Repertory Theatre, 1981-2009 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains promptbooks and production materials from Pitt Repertory Theatre for which W. Stephen Coleman served as a Faculty Director and Professor of Theatre Arts. This series details the repertory production of Hamlet and  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (1996), which was submitted to the American College Theatre Festival. The materials related to this production include a letter from playwright Tom Stoppard. Coleman directed the gala production of  Much Ado About Nothing (2003) for the opening of the renovated Charity Randall Theatre and Coleman’s scenic design and production book for  Arms and the Man (2004) are included in this series.

Production materials can include audition forms, director’s notes, rehearsal notes, production notes, set and costume designs, administrative information, press materials, photographs, programs, and brochures. Each production has been arranged into its own subseries and are in chronological order.

Subseries  1.  All the Way Home, 1981-1982 

Scope and Content Notes

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Annotated acting edition 12
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Photographs, May 1982 13
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Production materials, 1981-1982 14-15
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Promptbook, 1982 16-18
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Slides 19

Subseries  2.  A Phoenix Too Frequent, 1982 

Scope and Content Notes

A Phoenix Too Frequent, directed by Coleman, was performed at the Studio Theatre, November 8-10, 15-17, 1982. The play was presented along with  Ludlow Fair and the  Public Eye, which were directed by Jane Rothman and Lamont Arnold respectively.

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Photographs 20
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Promptbook, 1982 21
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Slides 22

Subseries  3.  Brecht on Brecht, 1982-1983 

Scope and Content Notes

Brecht on Brecht was performed at the Stephen Foster Memorial Theatre, February 11-26, 1983.

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Annotated acting edition 61
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Photographs, 1982-1983 2
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Production materials, 1982-1983 3
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Promptbook, 1982-1983 4-6

Subseries  4.  Cherry Orchard 

Scope and Content Notes

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Production materials 7
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Promptbook 8
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Slides 9

Subseries  5.  Orpheus Descending, 1983-1984 

Scope and Content Notes

Orpheus Descending was performed at the Stephen Foster Memorial Theatre, March 8-24, 1984.

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Annotated acting edition 10
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Music    1.0 reel-to-reel 11
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Photographs and negatives 12
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Production materials, 1983 13-14
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Promptbook, 1984 15

Subseries  6.  The Ruling Class, 1984-1985 

Scope and Content Notes

The Ruling Class was performed at the Stephen Foster Memorial Theatre, March 21st through April 6th, 1985.

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Annotated acting edition 16
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Photographs, July 1985 17
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Production materials, 1984-1985 18
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Promptbook, 1984-1985 19
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Slides 20

Subseries  7.  Cloud 9, 1985-1986 

Scope and Content Notes

Cloud 9 was performed at the Stephen Foster Memorial Theatre, October 31st through November 16, 1985. It was revived for two special performances in February of 1986 and was performed at the Annual American College Theatre Festival XVIII in Hyattsville, Maryland.

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Annotated acting edition 21
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Photographs, 22
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Production materials, 1985-1986 23-24
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Promptbook, 1985-1986 25-26

Subseries  8.  Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, 1986-1987 

Scope and Content Notes

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf was performed at the Stephen Foster Memorial Theatre, February 6-28, 1987.

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Annotated acting edition 27
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Audio recording - George's Act II story performed by John Krich    1.0 cassette tape  7 minutes 28
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Photographs, April 1987 71
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Production materials, 1986-1987 2
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Promptbook, 1986-1987 3
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Slides 4

Subseries  9.  Cherry Orchard, 1988-1989 

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Photographs, 1989 5
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Production materials, 1988 6-7

Subseries  10.  Oresteia, 1989-1990 

Scope and Content Notes

Oresteia was performed at the Stephen Foster Memorial Theatre, March 23rd through April 7th, 1990.

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Audio recording    1.0 cassette tape  35 minutes 8
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Photographs, August 1990 9
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Production materials, 1989-1990 10-11
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Slides 12
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Sound effects demo recording    1.0 cassette tape  50 minutes 13

Subseries  11.  Happy End, 1989-1991 

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Annotated acting edition 14
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Production materials, 1989-1991 15-16

Subseries  12.  The Changeling: A Re/Vision, 1991-1992 

Scope and Content Notes

The Changeling: Re/Vision was performed at the Studio Theatre, February 14-29, 1992. Thomas Middleton and William Rowley's 17th century play  The Changeling was adapted by Theatre Arts faculty member Dennis Kennedy. The play evolved out of a series of eight workshops during the Fall semester of 1991. The majority of these workshops were recorded and are contained within this section. Also included in this section are video recordings that were used in the production itself.

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Production materials, 1991-1992 17
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Promptbook, 1991-1992 18-19
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Video recording - Roll A-C    3.0 cassette tapes  VHS 8
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Video recording - Workshops, 1991    9.0 cassette tapes  VHS 8

Subseries  13.  A Month in the Country, 1992-1993 

Scope and Content Notes

A Month in the Country was performed at the Stephen Foster Memorial Theatre, February 12-28, 1993.

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Promptbook, 1992-1993 20-21

Subseries  14.  The Rehearsal, 1993 

Scope and Content Notes

The Rehearsal was performed at the Stephen Foster Memorial Theatre, October 8-23, 1993.

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Production materials, 1993 91
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Promptbook, 1993 2-3

Subseries  15.  Chemin de Fer, 1994-1995 

Scope and Content Notes

Chemin de Fer was performed at the Stephen Foster Memorial Theatre, February 10-25, 1995.

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Annotated acting edition 4
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Promptbook, 1994-1995 5-6

Subseries  16.  Les Liaisons Dangereuses, 1995 

Scope and Content Notes

Les Liaisons Dangereuses was performed at the Stephen Foster Memorial Theatre, November 7-18, 1993.

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Annotated acting edition 7
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Production materials, 1995 8
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Promptbook, 1995 9

Subseries  17.  The Colored Museum, 1996 

Scope and Content Notes

Coleman served as directing supervisor for The Colored Museum. Kenyatta Rogers directed the production. The play was performed February 22nd through March 2nd, 1996 at the Studio Theatre in the Stephen Foster Memorial Theatre.

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Production materials, 1996 10

Subseries  18.  Hamlet /  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, 1996 

Scope and Content Notes

Hamlet and  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead were performed in repertory at the Stephen Foster Memorial Theatre, November 1-23, 1996.

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Production materials, 1996 11-12
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Promptbook - Hamlet, 1996 13-14
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Promptbook - Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, 1996 15-16
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Video recording - Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, November 22, 1996    1.0 cassette tapes  VHS 17

Subseries  19.  Noises Off, 1997-1998 

Scope and Content Notes

Noises Off was performed at the Stephen Foster Memorial Theatre, April 1-19, 1998.

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Annotated acting edition 101
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Production materials, 1997-1998 2
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Promptbook, 1998 3-4

Subseries  20.  Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 1998 

Scope and Content Notes

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof was performed at the Stephen Foster Memorial Theatre, November 4-22, 1998. This production featured several songs by Pittsburgh native Ernie Hawkins. There are recordings of these songs on audio cassettes in the production materials folder.

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Annotated acting edition 5
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Music    3.0 cassette tapes 6
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Photographs 7
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Production materials, 1998 8-9
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Promptbook, 1998 10

Subseries  21.  Little Shop of Horrors, 1999-2000 

Scope and Content Notes

Little Shop of Horrors was performed at the Stephen Foster Memorial Theatre, March 29th through April 16th, 2000.

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Production materials, 1999-2000 11-13
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Promptbook, 2000 14-15

Subseries  22.  Waiting for Godot, 2001 

Scope and Content Notes

Coleman performed in and directed Waiting for Godot. He played the role of Estragon. The play was performed September 19th through October 7th, 2001 at the Henry Heymann Theatre in the Stephen Foster Memorial Theatre.

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Annotated acting edition 16
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Production materials, 2001 17-19

Subseries  23.  Much Ado About Nothing, 2002-2003 

Scope and Content Notes

Much Ado About Nothing was performed April 2-19, 2003. It was the inaugural production at the newly renovated Charity Randall Theatre, previously known as the mainstage of the Stephen Foster Memorial.

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Annotated acting edition 20
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Music    1.0 disc  25 minutes 111
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Production materials, 2002-2003 2-4
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Promptbook, 2002-2003 5-6

Subseries  24.  Twelfth Night, 2003-2004 

Scope and Content Notes

Twelfth Night was performed at the Henry Heymann Theatre, March 31th through April 18th, 2004.

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Annotated acting edition 7
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Music - Pre-show    2.0 discs  41 minutes 8
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Music - Intermission    4.0 discs  75 minutes 9
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Production materials, 2003-2004 10
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Promptbook, 2003-2004 11-13

Subseries  25.  Arms and the Man, 2004 

Scope and Content Notes

Arms and the Man was performed at the Charity Randall Theatre, November 10-21, 2004.

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Digital photographs 14
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Music    2.0 discs  102 minutes 15
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Production materials, 2004 16-18

Subseries  26.  Old Times, 2005 

Scope and Content Notes

Old Times was performed at the Henry Heymann Theatre, September 21st through October 9th, 2005.

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Annotated acting edition 19
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Digital photographs    1.0 disc 20
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Music - Pre-show    1.0 disc  34 minutes 21
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Photographs 22
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Production materials, 2005 23
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Promptbook, 2005 24

Subseries  27. Chekhov Vaudevilles, 2006-2007 

Scope and Content Notes

Anton Chekhov's The Proposal,  The Wedding, and  The Bear were performed at the Charity Randall Theatre, March 21st through April 1st, 2007.

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Annotated acting edition 25
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Photographs 26
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Production materials, 2006-2007 27-28
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Promptbook, 2007 121-2

Subseries  28.  Count Dracula, 2008-2009 

Scope and Content Notes

Count Dracula was performed at the Charity Randall Theatre, October 22nd through November 1st, 2009.

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Annotated acting edition 3
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Production materials, 2008-2009 4-6
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Promptbook, 2009 7

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Series  III. Acting and Directing, 1981-2011 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains promptbooks and production materials relating to W. Stephen Coleman’s acting and directing in the Greater Pittsburgh Area. Productions from City Theatre, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre, Civic Organizations, Chatham College, and the Pittsburgh Playhouse are included in this series. Acting projects for the Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival and Pitt Repertory Theatre are also included. Please note that there is one non-Pittsburgh production included. In 1981, Coleman performed in a production for the Austin Repertory Theatre, in Austin, Texas.

Production materials can include audition forms, director’s notes, rehearsal notes, production notes, set and costume designs, administrative information, press materials, photographs, programs, and brochures. Each production has been arranged into its own subseries and are in chronological order.

Subseries  1. Austin Repertory Theatre - A Life in the Theatre 

Scope and Content Notes

In 1981, Coleman played the part of Robert in this David Mamet play for the Austin Repertory Theatre. He also served as the choreographer for the production.

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Annotated acting edition 8

Subseries  2. Pitt Repertory Theatre - She Stoops to Conquer, 1981 

Scope and Content Notes

Coleman performed in She Stoops to Conquer as Mr. Hardcastle. The play was performed November 5-21, 1981 at the Stephen Foster Memorial Theatre.

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Annotated acting edition 9
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Production materials, 1981 10
 3. City Theatre - Shakespeare's Swashbucklers, 1981 

Scope and Content Notes

Shakespeare's Swashbucklers was a joint production of the City Theatre Company and Gateway to Music of fight scenes from Shakespeare's plays. Coleman directed the show and it toured Pittsburgh area schools during the 1981-1982 season.

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Production materials, 1981 11

Subseries  4. Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival - The Merry Wives of Windsor, 1982 

Scope and Content Notes

Coleman performed in The Merry Wives of Windsor as Frank Ford. The play was performed July 8th through the 24th, 1982 at the Stephen Foster Memorial Theatre.

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Annotated acting edition 12
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Production materials, 1982 13

Subseries  5. Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival - Hamlet, 1982 

Scope and Content Notes

Coleman performed in Hamlet as Claudius, King of Denmark. The play was performed June 17th through July 3rd, 1982 at the Stephen Foster Memorial Theatre.

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Annotated acting edition 14
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Production materials 15

Subseries  6. Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival - The Tempest, 1982 

Scope and Content Notes

Coleman performed in The Tempest as Sebastian. The play was performed July 29th through August 15th, 1982 at the Stephen Foster Memorial Theatre.

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Annotated acting edition 16
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Production materials 17
 7. Pitt Repertory Theatre - Good, 1983 

Scope and Content Notes

Coleman performed in Good as John Halder. The play was performed October 19th through November 12th, 1983 at the Stephen Foster Memorial Theatre.

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Annotated acting edition 18
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Production materials, 1983 19

Subseries  8. ALCOA - American Society of Safety Engineers, 1984 

Scope and Content Notes

Coleman directed this industrial show for an ALCOA professional development conference in 1984.

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Production materials, 1984 20

Subseries  9. Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival - The Merchant of Venice, 1984 

Scope and Content Notes

Coleman performed in The Merchant of Venice as Antonio. The play was performed June 29th through July 21st, 1984 at the Stephen Foster Memorial Theatre.

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Annotated acting edition 21
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Production materials, 1984 22

Subseries  10. Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival - Love Labor's Lost, 1984 

Scope and Content Notes

Coleman performed in Love Labor's Lost as Ferdinand. The play was performed July 27th through August 19th, 1984 at the Stephen Foster Memorial Theatre.

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Annotated acting edition 23
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Production materials, July 1984 24

Subseries  11. Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival - Romeo and Juliet, 1985 

Scope and Content Notes

Coleman performed in Romeo and Juliet as Lord Capulet. He also was the fight choreographer for the production. The play was performed May 31st through June 22nd, 1985 at the Stephen Foster Memorial Theatre.

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Annotated acting edition 25
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Photographs 26
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Production materials, 1985 27

Subseries  12. Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival - Twelfth Night, 1985 

Scope and Content Notes

Coleman performed in Twelfth Night as Sir Toby Belch. The play was performed June 28th through July 22nd, 1985 at the Stephen Foster Memorial Theatre.

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Annotated acting edition 28
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Production materials, 1985 29

Subseries  13. Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival - All's Well That Ends Well, 1986 

Scope and Content Notes

Coleman performed in All's Well That Ends Well as Lafew. The play was performed June 27th through July 20th, 1986 at the Stephen Foster Memorial Theatre.

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Annotated acting edition 30
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Production materials, 1986 31

Subseries  14. Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival - King Lear, 1986 

Scope and Content Notes

Coleman performed in King Lear as the Earl of Kent. He also was the fight choreographer for the production. The play was performed July 25th through August 17th, 1986 at the Stephen Foster Memorial Theatre.

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Annotated acting edition 32
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Production materials, 1986 33

 15. City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Cable Communications - Citylife, 1987 

Scope and Content Notes

Coleman served as the co-host for this City of Pittsburgh public affairs talk show from 1986 through 1995.

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Pittsburgh City Council proclamation, October 5, 1987 34

Subseries  16. Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival - Richard III, 1987 

Scope and Content Notes

Coleman performed in Richard III as Lord Stanley, Earl of Derby. He also was the fight choreographer for the production. The play was performed July 24th through August 15th, 1987 at the Stephen Foster Memorial Theatre.

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Annotated acting edition 35
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Production materials, 1987 36

Subseries  17. Pitt Repertory Theatre - Educating Rita, 1987 

Scope and Content Notes

Coleman performed in Educating Rita as Frank. The play was performed November 11-22, 1987 at the Stephen Foster Memorial Theatre.

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Annotated acting edition 37
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Production materials, 1987 38

Subseries  18. Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival - Antony and Cleopatra, 1989 

Scope and Content Notes

Coleman performed in Antony and Cleopatra as both Lepidus and Dolabella. The play was performed July 21st through August 12th, 1989 at the Stephen Foster Memorial Theatre.

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Annotated acting edition 39

Subseries  19. At Last the World Says Yes, 1991-1992 

Scope and Content Notes

Coleman was an actor and reader for Samuel Hazo's At Last the World Says Yes. This production was performed at Westminster College in February 1992.

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Photographs 40
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Production materials, 1991-1992 41

Subseries  20.  Until I'm Not Here Anymore!, 1992 

Scope and Content Notes

Samuel Hazo's play Until I'm Not Here Anymore! was directed by Coleman. This world premiere production was performed at the Fulton Theater, September 1-4, 1992. The production was adapted and filmed for local television. There is a VHS recording included in the subseries.

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Production materials, 1992 131
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Promptbook, 1992 2-3
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Slides and negatives 4
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Video recording    1.0 cassette tape  VHS, 90 minutes 5

Subseries  21. Theatre at Hartwood - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, 1993 

Scope and Content Notes

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, was directed by Coleman. The Theatre at Hartwood production was performed August 10-28, 1993.

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Annotated acting edition 6
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Promptbook, 1993 7
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Slides 8

Subseries  22. Pittsburgh Public Theater - Dybbuk 1993-1994 

Scope and Content Notes

Coleman performed in Dybbuk as both Nachman and Judge. The play was performed December 30th, 1993 through February 6th, 1994 at the Theodore L. Hazlett, Jr. Theater.

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Production materials, 1993-1994 9

Subseries  23. Theatre at Hartwood - Sleuth, 1994 

Scope and Content Notes

Coleman performed in and directed Sleuth. He played the role of Andrew Wyke. The Theatre at Hartwood production was performed September 14th through October 23rd, 1994.

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Promptbook, 1994 10

Subseries  24. Pitt Repertory Theatre - Marat/Sade, 1997 

Scope and Content Notes

Coleman performed in Marat/Sade as the Marquis de Sade. The play was performed November 5-23, 1997 at the Stephen Foster Memorial Theatre.

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Annotated acting edition 11
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Production materials, 1997 12

Subseries  25. Film project - Achilles' Love, 2000 

Scope and Content Notes

Coleman played the part of Constantine Zoras in the film Achilles' Love. The film was shot in Pittsburgh and was released in 2000.

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Newspaper clippings, 2000 13

Subseries  26. Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre - The Picture of Dorian Gray, 2000 

Scope and Content Notes

This production of The Picture of Dorian Gray was directed by Coleman for Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre. The play was performed August 10-26, 2000 at the City Theatre Mainstage.

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Annotated acting edition 14
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Production materials, 2000 15-18

Subseries  27. Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre - Portia Coughlin, 2001 

Scope and Content Notes

Coleman appeared in this production of Portia Coughlan as Sly Scully for Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre. The play was performed March 22nd through April 7th, 2001 at the Eddy Theatre at the Chatham College campus.

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Production materials, 2001 19

Subseries  28. Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre - Tartuffe, 2001 

Scope and Content Notes

Coleman appeared in this production of Tartuffe as Orgon for Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre. The play was performed June 14-30, 2001 at the City Theatre Mainstage.

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Production materials, 2001 20

Subseries  29. Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre - The Seagull, 2001 

Scope and Content Notes

Coleman appeared in this production of The Seagull as Dr. Hickey for Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre. The play was performed August 9-25, 2001 at the City Theatre Mainstage.

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Production materials, 2001 21

Subseries  30. Pitt Repertory Theatre - How I Learned to Drive, 2002 

Scope and Content Notes

Coleman performed in How I Learned to Drive as Peck. The play was performed October 31st through November 10th, 2002 at the Studio Theatre in the Stephen Foster Memorial Theatre.

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Production materials, 2002 22

Subseries  31. Creative Nonfiction Foundation - Diversity Dialogues Series, 2003 

Scope and Content Notes

Coleman directed the readings at several of the installments of the Diversity Dialogues Series of the Creative Nonfiction Foundation.

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Audio recording - Diversity Dialogues 23
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Production materials, 2003 24

Subseries  32. Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre - Henry IV, 2005 

Scope and Content Notes

Coleman appeared in this production of Henry IV as the Earl of Warwick for Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre. The play was performed April 20th through May 14, 2005 at the Charity Randall Theatre in the Stephen Foster Memorial Theatre.

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Production materials, 2005 141

Subseries  33. Film project - John Dunn's Last Run, 2006 

Scope and Content Notes

Coleman played the title character's father in the short film John Dunn's Last Run. The film was shot in the Johnstown area in 2006 and was released by Firefly Entertainment in 2009.

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Production materials, 2006 2

Subseries  34. Pittsburgh Public Theater - Oedipus the King, 2006 

Scope and Content Notes

Coleman performed in Oedipus the King as Egeon. The play was performed September 28th through October 29th, 2006 at the O'Reilly Theater.

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Production materials, 2006 3-4

Subseries  35. Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre - Julius Caesar, 2007 

Scope and Content Notes

Coleman performed in Julius Caesar as both Cicero and Volumnius. The play was performed April 11th through 28th, 2007 at the Charity Randall Theatre in the Stephen Foster Memorial Theatre.

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Annotated acting edition 5
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Production materials, 2007 6

Subseries  36. Pittsburgh Public Theater - The Comedy of Errors, 2007 

Scope and Content Notes

Coleman performed in The Comedy of Errors as Egeon. The play was performed October 4th through November 4th, 2007 at the O'Reilly Theater.

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Production materials, 2007 7

Subseries  37. Pittsburgh Public Theater - Amadeus, 2008 

Scope and Content Notes

Coleman performed in Amadeus as Baron Gotfried van Swieten. The play was performed January 24th through February 24th, 2008 at the O'Reilly Theater.

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Production materials, 2008 8-9

Subseries  38.  The Father, 2008 

Scope and Content Notes

Coleman directed a staged reading of the August Strindberg play The Father. This performance took place September 22nd, 2008 in the Henry Heymann Theatre. It was a one night only performance and was not a part of the University of Pittsburgh's Theatre Arts Department schedule that season.

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Production materials, September 22, 2008 10

Subseries  39. Pittsburgh Public Theater - Stayers and Goers, 2007-2008 

Scope and Content Notes

Coleman performed in a reading of the Todd Kreidler play Stayers and Goers as Mye Peters. This performance took place November 17th, 2008 in the O'Reilly Theater Rehearsal Hall.

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Production materials, November 17th, 2008 11

Subseries  40. Pittsburgh Public Theater - Harry's Friendly Service, 2009 

Scope and Content Notes

Coleman performed in Harry's Friendly Service as Carmine Naples. The play was performed May 28th through June 28th, 2009 at the O'Reilly Theater.

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Production materials, 2009 12-14

Subseries  41. Pittsburgh Public Theater - A Midsummer Night's Dream, 2010 

Scope and Content Notes

Coleman performed in A Midsummer Night's Dream as Egeus/Peter Quince. The play was performed January 21st through February 21st, 2010 at the O'Reilly Theater.

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Production materials, 2010 15

Subseries  42. Pittsburgh Public Theater - Camelot, 2010-2011 

Scope and Content Notes

Coleman performed in Camelot as Merlin. The play was performed January 20th through February 20th, 2011 at the O'Reilly Theater.

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Production materials, 2010-2011 16

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