Guide to the Porgy and Bess poster collection, 1952-1956 Porgy and Bess poster C0145

Guide to the Porgy and Bess poster collection, 1952-1956

A Collection in
Special Collections and Archives
Collection Number C0145


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Repository
George Mason University. Special Collections and Archives.
Collection number
C0145
Title
Porgy and Bess poster collection 1952-1956
Physical Characteristics
60 posters
Creator
Brown, Lorraine, 1929-2010
Language
Multiple
Abstract
This collection contains posters promoting the ANTA-sponsored production of Porgy and Bess as it toured various countries, mostly European, during the 1950s.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Porgy and Bess poster collection, Collection #C0145, Special Collections and Archives, George Mason University.

Acquisition Information

Collection donated by Lorraine Brown in 1995.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections and Archives Staff. EAD markup completed in February 2009 by Eron Ackerman and Jordan Patty.


Biographical Information

Porgy and Bess was a three act "folk opera" originally produced by The Theatre Guild at the Alvin Theatre, New York City, in 1927. It was taken directly from a book by Dubose Heyward titled Porgy, with lyrics and music by Ira and George Gershwin. Robert Breen, secretary for the American National Theatre and Academy (ANTA) was instrumental in bringing federal financing to the performing arts on the American scene and promoting artistic and cultural exchanges between the U.S. and Europe. Beginning in 1949 with a U.S. tour of Hamlet throughout Europe, ANTA sponsored such projects as the American National Ballet Theatre's tour of Europe, and American participation in the Berlin Arts Festival in 1951. Porgy and Bess, which showed a different side of life in America, was one of the productions chosen to be played before European audiences in 1952. Breen directed and co-produced it with Blevins Davis. This critically acclaimed revival of Porgy and Bess toured twenty-nine countries in North and South America and Europe for four years from 1952-1956.

Scope and Content

This collection contains posters promoting the ANTA-sponsored production of Porgy and Bess as it toured various countries, mostly European, during the 1950s.

Arrangement

The posters are arranged alphabetically according to the country in which the performances were produced.

Related Material

Special Collections and Archives also holds many other theatre collections.


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