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Cleveland Play House Archives On Display Now at KSL
Discovery. Creativeness. Achievement. Thus defined the purpose of the Cleveland Play House by its 1915 founders. Now you can explore memories from America's oldest regional professional theater company first-hand. Archives from the Cleveland Play House are currently on display at Kelvin Smith Library.
The Cleveland Play House donated its archives to KSL in December 2011. Over 1,000 boxes of letters, manuscripts, research documents, photographs, posters and other artifacts were transported to the library. Since then we’ve only begun to explore the legacy contained in approximately 2.5 million pages of archives.
Select stories illustrated in this exhibit include:
- Technical innovation ranging from stage architecture to makeup design
- Partnership with Western Reserve University to legitimize university education of theater professionals
- 80 years of the Women’s Committee’s philanthropy and community outreach to “assist in every way possible in any way help was needed”
- The Frederic McConnell / Barclay Leathem collaboration that nurtured the non-profit theater community though the National Theater Conference
- Responses from generations of theater-goers to the Play House’s artistic choices
- Over 80 years of children’s theater programming
This unique exhibit is open to the public now through May 9, 2013:
Hatch Reading Room, Kelvin Smith Library (2nd floor)
For more information, please call 216-368-0189.
Posted by Hannah Levy on April 5, 2013 08:42 AM