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Finding aid to the Ivy Theatre records, 1996-2006

Finding aid prepared by Simbree Touchstone and Loni Shibuyama, (c) 2013

Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Summary Information

Repository
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Creator
Ivy Theatre.
Title
Ivy Theatre Records
Collection no.
Coll2013.059
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1998-2000
Date [inclusive]
1996-2006
Extent
1.3 linear feet., 1 archive carton + 1 archive flat box.
Language
English
Abstract
Press material, theater production files, contracts, correspondence, clippings, financial records, photographs, a promotional videocassette (VHS) and other material, 1996-2006, from the Ivy Theatre, a lesbian theatre founded in 1998 in Los Angeles and named in honor of lesbian feminist activist, Ivy Bottini. Marian Jones served as artistic director.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] Ivy Theatre Records, Coll2013-059, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Administrative History

The Ivy Theatre Company was a non-profit organization whose mission was to provide the opportunity for lesbian playwrights to share their visions and voices; while also fostering the understanding and acceptance of diverse persons through education, activism, and performing arts. The Ivy Theatre was founded in 1998 in honor of veteran lesbian feminist activist and performer Ivy Bottini, as the first and only lesbian-focused theatre company in Los Angeles, California.

The Ivy Theatre was co-founded by Artistic Director, Marian Jones and Literary Director, Mary Casey. Casey served as Artist in Residence at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center where she taught lesbian playwriting workshops and founded the Lesbian Playwriting Festival in 1995. Los Angeles' premier gay theatre, The Gay and Lesbian Celebration Theatre in Hollywood, California, produced some of the plays that came out of these workshops.

Shortly after Jones produced the 2nd Annual Lesbian Playwrights Festival in July of 1996 at Celebration Theatre, Robert Shrock, the Artistic Director of Celebration, invited Jones to serve as Artistic Director of the Lesbian Theatre Initiative. After agreeing, Jones teamed up with Casey to create a separate physical space for lesbian playwrights, actors, and technicians under the umbrella of Celebration. That space became the Ivy Theatre Company, where productions such as Alicia Madrid's Shame on the Moon, and Dee Jae Cox's  The Rape of Djuna Barnes would garner much critical acclaim. In addition to ongoing theatrical productions, the Ivy hosted the Lesbian Playwrights Staged Readings Festival, directing and acting classes, and radio theatre broadcasted on KPFK 90.7FM. The Ivy's impressive undertaking of lesbian outreach was largely thanks to a plethora of donations, including several grants from The City of West Hollywood, The California Community Foundation's Gay and Lesbian Fund, and the Arch and Bruce Foundation. The Ivy Theatre has been inactive since 2006.

Source:

[Box/folder #, or item name] Ivy Theatre Records, Coll2013-059, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Scope and Contents

This collection comprises press material, theater production files, contracts, correspondence, clippings, financial records, photographs, a promotional videocassette (VHS) and other material, 1996-2006, from the Ivy Theatre, a lesbian theater founded in Los Angeles in 1998 and named in honor of lesbian feminist activist, Ivy Bottini. The collection includes production files from Letters Home,  The Rape of Djuna Barnes and  Shame on the Moon, plays produced by the Ivy Theatre between 1998-2000.

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Arrangement

Press kits about the Ivy Theatre are at the beginning of the collection. The remaining folders are arranged alphabetically.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
(c) 2013
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California, 90007
(213) 821-2771
askone@usc.edu

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Acquisition

Received by Yolanda Retter of the Lesbian Legacy Collection. Donor and exact date of acquisition unknown.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Loni Shibuyama with the assistance of Simbree Touchstone, June 2013.

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Related Materials

Related Material

Ivy Bottini Papers, Coll2009-005, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Advertising fliers
  • Correspondence
  • Drama
  • Plays

Personal Name(s)

  • Bottini, Ivy, 1926
  • Jones, Marian

Subject(s)

  • Homosexuality in the theater
  • Lesbian authors
  • Lesbian dramatists
  • Lesbian theater
  • Lesbian writings

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Ivy Theatre records 

Box Folder

 Press kits 1997-1999 

1 1

 Author agreements 1998 

1 2

 Clippings 1998 

1 3

 Contract 2000 

1 4

 Correspondence and memoranda 1998-2006 

1 5

 Directors' contracts 1998 

1 6

 Donations 1999 

1 7

 Financial records 1996-2000 

1 8-16
Box Folder

 General 2000   [2 folders]

1 8-9

 Credit card services 1996 

1 10

 Expenses 1998-1999 

1 11

 Payables and notes 1999 

1 12

 Profit and loss 1999-2000   [2 folders]

1 13-14

 Receipts 2000 

1 15

 Special prints 1998 

1 16
Box Item

 "Ivy Theatre Company" canvas bag circa 1996-2006 

2 1

 "The Ivy Theatre Video" 1996-2006 

General note

1 videocassette (VHS) and 1 copy.

VV VV1417
Box Folder

 Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center 1998   [2 folder]

1 17-18

 Mailing list circa 1996-2006 

1 19

 Memberships 1998-1999 

1 20

 Letters Home 1999 

1 21

 One Institute 1998 

1 22

 Ovation Awards 1998 

1 23

 Photographs circa 1996-2006   Includes 3 photographs: b&w, col.

1 24

 Post office box rental 1999 

1 25

 Press articles 1999 

1 26

 Printing and mailers 1998-1999 

1 27

 Programs 2006 

1 28

 Press material, flyers and press releases 1998-2006 

1 29

 Purple Circuit contacts 1998 

1 30

 The Rape of Djuna Barnes 1998-1999 

1 31-40
Box Folder

 The Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation 1998 

1 31

 Lighting 1999 

1 32

 Open night 1999 

1 33

 Petty cash expense 1999 

1 34

 Press 1998 

1 36

 Program and design 1998-1999 

1 37

 Receipts 1999 

1 38

 Set 1999 

1 39

 Sound and costumes 1999 

1 40

 Shame on the Moon 1998-2000 

1 41-43
Box Folder

 Expenses 1999-2000 

1 41

 Flyers and programs 1998 

1 42

 Receipts 1998 

1 43

 Short & Sexy invoices 1998 

1 44

 Southern Comforts 1999 

1 45

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