Playwright File: Leonard Melfi (5)


File contains invitations to Leonard Melfi's Halloween (The Playwrights Unit, 1967) and Birdbath (Trocadero, 1989); press clippings on Melfi himself, his appearance in the film Rent Control (1984), his screenplays UniversityBirdbath, and Mortadella, a film to be directed by Carlo Ponti based on Times Square, Melfi's book, Encounters, and his plays The Dispossessed (Theater for the New City, 1982), Porno Stars at Home (Courtyard Playhouse, 1976), Fantasies at the Frick (The Open Space, 1976), Butterfaces (Theater for the New City, 1981), The Shirt (The Extension, Inc., 1968), Morning, Noon and Night (Henry Miller Theater, 1968), Birdbath (Seatte Repertory Theatre, 1968), and Sweet Suite (Drifting Traffic, Theater For the New City, 1975), and Melfi's death and the mishandling of his body; a promotional/budgetary document to find producing support for an Off Broadway run of Melfi's Niagara Falls
flyers for Halloween (SanSmith Productions, 1985), double bills of Halloween and Birdbath (Stage Left/Open Eye Theater, 1980), and Cinque and Wet & Dry (the actors' experimental UNIT, 1971), a triple bill of BirdbathUp Tight All Right, and Midnight Mass (Bronx Community College Drama Club, 1966), The Raven Rock (Nassau Community College, 1969), and Ah! Wine! (Drifting Traffic, Fortune Theatre, 1974); programs for The Raven Rock (Nassau Community College, 1969), Off-Off Broadway Comes to The Open Space (a series of plays by Mike Weller, Israel Horovitz, Leonard Melfi, Jean-Claude van Itallie, Megan Terry, and others, presented in London), Halloween (The Playwrights Unit, 1967), Ah! Wine! (Drifting Traffic, Fortune Theatre, 1974), double bills of David Dozer's Brief Theatre and Melfi's The Breech Baby (The Loft Workshop, Inc., 1967), of Melfi's Stimulation and Jack and Jill (Corner Theatre Cafe Experimental Theatre Club), and of Ferryboat and Times Square (The Playwrights Unit, 1967); Playbills (November and December 1968 issues) for Morning, Noon and Night by Israel Horovitz, Terrence McNally, and Melfi (Henry Miller's Theater, 1968), including program correction inserts; Showbills for Taxi Tales (Century Theatre, 1978); Showcards for 6 From La Mama (Circle in the Square, 1966); a pamphlet listing the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships for 1978, which included one for Melfi; a Playbill (January 1977 issue) for Oh! Calcutta! (Edison Theatre), including a cast substitution insert; promotional materials for the 1985 premiere season of the Leonard Melfi Repertory Theatre, which included a triple bill of BirdbathFerryboat, and Lunchtime; a telegraph sent to Ellen Stewart from Melfi while presenting Cinque in Rome; an unidentified set design apparently drawn by Melfi; several long letters from Melfi to Stewart on matters personal and professional from 1966 through 1981; and materials relating to Melfi's death and memorial services, including a complete copy of the April 7, 2002 issue of the St. Joseph's Church in Greenwich Village Newsletter, and cards and a program from the memorial held for him at La MaMa.

1966 – 1985
Date published: 2002
Correspondence, Press, Written Reviews, Blueprints, Financial Records
Card stock; Newsprint; Copy paper; Construction paper; Glossy paper
multiple press clippings
multiple letters
multiple programs
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