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Harry M. Bagdasian Theatre Posters Collection

Abstract

Title:
Harry M. Bagdasian Theatre Posters Collection
Author/Creator:
Bagdasian, Harry M.
Collection number:
09-124-SCPA
Size:
4 linear feet (68 posters)
Bulk dates:
1972-1980
Inclusive dates:
1970-1985
Collection Area:
Special Collections in Performing Arts
Repository:
Special Collections in Performing Arts, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. Contact the curator: http://www.lib.umd.edu/scpa/contact
Abstract:

The Harry M. Bagdasian Theatre Posters Collection consists of 68 posters from the Washington, DC theatre community. The posters are from a variety of theatres, but predominantly those of Arena Stage, Ford's Theatre, and the John F. Kennedy Center. Mr. Bagdasian (b. 1949) collected these posters out of his own interest in theatre local to DC. He is an active participant in the professional theatre community of the Washington, DC metro area as an author (specializing in comedy), director, producer, stage manager, and speaker coach. Mr. Bagdasian was also a founding member of the New Playwrights' Theatre Company, which he led from 1972 through 1984.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

The collection is open for research use.

Preferred citation:

Harry M. Bagdasian Theatre Posters Collection, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/4943
Publication rights:

Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Contact the curator for an appointment: http://www.lib.umd.edu/scpa/contact

Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

Harry M. Bagdasian (b. 1949) is an active participant in the professional theatre community of the Washington, DC metro area as an author (specializing in comedy), director, producer, stage manager, and speaker coach. He and was also a founding member of the New Playwrights' Theatre Company, which he led from 1972 through 1984.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Harry M. Bagdasian Theatre Posters Collection covers the period from 1970 to 1985; the bulk of the materials date from 1972 to 1980. The collection consists solely of 68 posters from the Washington, DC theatre community. The posters are from a variety of theatres, but are predominantly from Arena Stage, Ford's Theatre, and the John F. Kennedy Center. While the vast majority of the posters were mass-produced, some were silk-screened. Many of the posters do not contain years, or in some instances no dates at all. The processors researched the productions at the companies' websites or in the Special Collections in Performing Arts Theatre Program Collection to determine when the productions occurred. When the year is uncertain, it is either left blank or represented in brackets. Even for the instances where the year is not designated, all of the productions occurred between 1970 through 1985. Dates associated with the posters are the productions dates, not the printing dates.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gift of Mr. Harry M. Bagdasian in May 2009.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Vincent J. Novara, John K. Leupold II

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Mary Crauderueff, May 2009.

Arrangement of Collection

This collection is organized into one series. The posters are arranged in the original order presented by the donor.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Posters, 1970-1985 (4 linear feet)

This series contains 68 posters. The vast majority of the posters were mass-produced; some were silk-screened.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Moh=Kyogen - National Theatres of Japan, March 30 series 1box 1folder 1
Give 'em hell harry! - Ford's Theatre, April 15 - May 4, 1975 series 1box 1folder 1
American Ballet Theatre (32nd season) - Kennedy Center Opera House, Dec. 21 - Jan. 2, 1972 series 1box 1folder 1
Vienna Volksoper (2 copies) - Kennedy Center Opera House, May 8 - 20, 1980 series 1box 1folder 1
The Metropolitan Opera at the Kennedy Center (2 copies) - Kennedy Center Opera House, April 18 - April 30, [1980] series 1box 1folder 1
Sing, Mahalia, Sing - Lyric Opera House, April 9 - April 14 series 1box 1folder 1
Take Me Along - Eisenhower Theater, February 7 - March 10, 1985 series 1box 1folder 1
When Hell Freezes Over I'll Skate - Eisenhower Theater, May 2 - June 10 series 1box 1folder 1
Antonio Gades Spanish Dance Company - National Theatre, Sept. 19 - Sept. 24 series 1box 1folder 1
Will Rogers' U.S.A. - Circle in the Square Ford's Theatre, Sept. 15 - Oct. 4, 1970 series 1box 1folder 1
Vienna State Opera Ballet, [1972/1973] series 1box 1folder 1
War and Peace (2 copies) - Wolf Trap Farm Park, August 29 and August 31 series 1box 1folder 1
I have a Dream - Ford's Theater, Previews April 1 Opens April 6 - 25, 1976 series 1box 1folder 1
Venetian Festival - Kennedy Center for the Arts, Sept. 30 - Oct. 13 series 1box 1folder 1
Godspell (3 copies) - Wye Mills Theatre, July 7 - August 1 series 1box 1folder 1
The Wiz - The Lyric Opera House, April 3 - April 8, 1978 series 1box 1folder 1
New York City Opera, The Ballad of Baby Doe, Un Ballo in Mashera, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Boheme, Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, Lucrezia Borgia (2 Copies) -- A Third Copy only has "New York City Opera" printed, but the design is the same. - Kennedy Center Opera House, April 28 - May 9, 1972 series 1box 1folder 1
The Lincoln Mask - Eisenhower Theater, Sept. 19 - Oct. 7 series 1box 1folder 1
Yerma - Eisenhower Theater, Oct. 9 - Oct. 14, 1972 series 1box 1folder 1
The Belle of Amherst (2 copies) - Eisenhower Theater, Sept. 13 - Oct. 9, 1977 series 1box 1folder 1
The Dining Room (3 copies) - Eisenhower Theater, June 3 - July 11, 1982 series 1box 1folder 1
American Ballet Theatre - Kennedy Center Opera House, Sept. 21 - Oct. 3, [1971] series 1box 1folder 1
Lost in the Stars - Kennedy Center Opera House, February 19 - March 11, 1972 series 1box 1folder 1
Gabrielle a musical - Ford's Theatre, January 7 - 26, 1975 series 1box 1folder 1
Measure for Measure and Macbeth (3 copies) - Eisenhower Theater at Kennedy Center, September 3 - 29, 1973 series 1box 1folder 1
Cervantes - American Theater, September 4 - 30 series 1box 1folder 1
The Superb Stuttgart Ballet - Kennedy Center Opera House, June 5 - June 17, 1973 series 1box 1folder 1
Porgy and Bess - Kennedy Center Opera House, May 25 - June 18, [1977 or 1983] series 1box 1folder 1
Eleanor - Ford's Theater (Previews), April 28 - May 2 series 1box 1folder 1
Me and Bessie - Ford's Theatre, Opens Sept. 26 - Oct. 14, 1973 series 1box 1folder 1
Relatively Speaking - Arena Stage, Fall 1973 series 1box 1folder 1
The Autumn Garden - Arena Stage, Spring 1977 series 1box 1folder 1
The Lower Depths - Arena Stage, April 1977 series 1box 1folder 1
Mother Courage - Arena Stage, 1970 series 1box 1folder 1
Boccaccio - Arena Stage, Nov 24 - Nov 30, 1975 series 1box 1folder 1
Saturday Sunday Monday - Arena Stage, November 26, 1977 series 1box 1folder 1
History of the American Film - Arena Stage, May 13, 1977 series 1box 1folder 1
Festival - Ford's Theatre, March 22 - April 29, 1979 series 1box 1folder 1
The Front Page - Arena Stage, November 1974, May 1976 series 1box 1folder 1
Enemies - Arena Stage, March 1973 series 1box 1folder 1
Our Town - Arena Stage, December 1972, 73-74 season, May 1976 series 1box 1folder 1
Echoes of the Left Bank - Ford's Theatre, anuary 4 - 23, 1972 series 1box 1folder 1
American Ballet Theatre - Kennedy Center Opera House, Dec. 25 - Jan. 6 series 1box 1folder 1
American Ballet Theatre (35th anniversary year) - Kennedy Center Opera House, May 13 - 25, 1975 series 1box 1folder 1
Streamers - Arena Stage, Fall 1976 series 1box 1folder 1
The American Revolution - Ford's Theatre, Opens Sept. 26 - Oct. 14, 1973 series 1box 1folder 1
The Mighty Bolshoi Ballet - Kennedy Center Opera House, May 27 - June 1, 1975 series 1box 1folder 1
Diamond Studs - Ford's Theatre, "Now Playing" May 8 - July 20, 1975 series 1box 1folder 1
Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope - Ford's Theatre, Previews April 18-29 Opens April 30-Sept. 15, 1974 series 1box 1folder 1
Bully: an Adventure with Teddy Roosevelt - National Theatre, Feb. 14 - March 12, 1977 series 1box 1folder 1
Shanghai Acrobatic Theater - Kennedy Center Opera House, April 29 - May 4, 1980 series 1box 1folder 1
The Robber Bridegroom (2 copies) - Ford's Theatre, Starts May 10 - June 25, 1978 series 1box 1folder 1
The Berlin Ballet - Kennedy Center Opera House, July 30 - August 10 series 1box 1folder 1
Finishing Touches - Plymouth Theater [Eisenhower Theater?], [January 1973] series 1box 1folder 1
Outrage - Eisenhower Theater, Dec. 9 - Jan. 15 series 1box 1folder 1
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - The Morris A. Mechanic Theatre, Sept. 27 - Oct. 15 series 1box 1folder 1
A Soldier's Play - The Morris A. Mechanic Theatre, Feb. 28 - March 11 series 1box 1folder 1
City Center Acting Company, Chekov's The Three Sisters, Moliere's Scapin, John Gay's The Beggar's Opera - Ford's Theatre, March 19 - April 14, [1974?] March 19 - 24 March 23 March 26 - April 14 series 1box 1folder 1

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