Theater-by-the-Sea Collection, c. 1968-1987 – MS056

Theater-by-the-Sea Collection, c. 1968-1987 – MS056

Provenance: Gift of Nancy Beck in 2009

Citation: Theater-by-the-Sea, MS056, Portsmouth Athenauem

Size: 10 Hollinger Boxes and 1 Flat Box

Access: No restrictions

Scope and Content:

Documents and images recount the establishment and ultimate financial failure of a well-received Portsmouth, NH, theater company that helped to revitalize the downtown area. Collection includes publicity packages, publicity photographs, playbills, performance slides, reviews, and posters, as well as financial and fundraising records.

Folder List:

Box 1, F01: “Absurd Person Singular'”, 1982
Box 1, F02: “Adaptation Next”, 1972
Box 1, F03: “An Afternoon of Celia Thaxter”, 1968
Box 1, F04: “Afternoons in Vegas”, 1977
Box 1, F05: “Agnes of God”, 1985
Box 1, F06: “Ain’t Misbehavin'”, 1984
Box 1, F07: “Amorous Flea”, 1975
Box 1, F08: “Angel Street”, 1973
Box 1, F09: “Anna Christie”, 1976-1977
Box 1, F10: “Annie”, 1983
Box 1, F11: “Annie Get Your Gun”, 1975
Box 1, F12: “Annie Get Your Gun”, 1981
Box 1, F13: “Apple Tree”, 1970
Box 1, F14: “Arms and the Man”, 1982
Box 1, F15: “Barefoot in the Park”, 1971
Box 1, F16: “Belle of Amherst”, 1986
Box 1, F17: “Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill”, 1980
Box 1, F18: “Betrayal”, 1984
Box 1, F19: “Beyond the Fringe”, 1970
Box 1, F20: “Blithe Spirit”, 1975
Box 1, F21: “Brigadoon”, 1979
Box 1, F22: “Bus Stop”, 1976

Box 2, F01: “Butterfingers Angel”, 1982
Box 2, F02: “Caretaker”, 1968
Box 2, F03: “Carnival”, 1970
Box 2, F04: “Carousel”, 1975
Box 2, F05: “Celia Thaxter and the Isles of Shoals”, 1981
Box 2, F06: “Charley’s Aunt”, 1981
Box 2, F07: “Children of a Lesser God”, 1983
Box 2, F08: “Christmas Carol”, 1985
Box 2, F09: “Company”, 1976
Box 2, F10: “Country Girl”, 1975-1976
Box 2, F11: “Death of a Salesman”, 1981
Box 2, F12: “Deathtrap”, 1983
Box 2, F13: “Diary of Anne Frank”, 1983
Box 2, F14: “Emigres”, 1980
Box 2, F15: “Endgame”, 1971
Box 2, F16: “Equus”, 1984
Box 2, F17: “Fantasticks”, 1970-1971
Box 2, F18: “Fiddler on the Roof”, 1979
Box 2, F19: “Fool for Love”, 1985
Box 2, F20: “Gallows Humor”, 1972
Box 2, F21: “Ghosts”, 1968
Box 2, F22: “Gin Game”, 1980
Box 2, F23: “Gingerbread Lady”, 1974
Box 2, F24: “Glass Menagerie”, 1971
Box 2, F25: “Glass Menagerie”, 1978

Box 3, F01: “Godspell”, 1979
Box 3, F02: “Godspell”, 1985
Box 3, F03: “Good Evening”, 1984
Box 3, F04: “Guys and Dolls”, 1977
Box 3, F05: “Hamlet”, 1970
Box 3, F06: “How the Other Half Loves”, 1980
Box 3, F07: “I Do! I Do!” , 1974
Box 3, F08: “I’ll Be Back Before Midnight”, 1985
Box 3, F09: “Imaginary Invalid”, 1984
Box 3, F09a: “Isn’t It Romantic”, 1986
Box 3, F10: “Joe Egg”, 1987
Box 3, F11: “Jubalay”, 1977
Box 3, F12: “K2”, 1982
Box 3, F13: “Key Exchange”, 1983
Box 3, F14: “Killing of Sister George”, 1974
Box 3, F15: “Little Night Music”, 1980
Box 3, F16: “Look Back in Anger”, 1975
Box 3, F17: “MacBeth”, 1972
Box 3, F17a: “Man of La Mancha”, 1982
Box 3, F18: “Man with a Load of Mischief”, 1977

Box 4, F01: “Merry Go Wrong”, 1980
Box 4, F02: “Mass Appeal”, 1983
Box 4, F03: “Miss Reardon Drinks a Little”, 1972
Box 4, F04: “Money”, 1969
Box 4, F05: “Mousetrap”, 1981
Box 4, F06: “Murder at the Vicarage”, 1979
Box 4, F07: “Music Man”, 1976
Box 4, F08: “My Three Angels,” 1977
Box 4, F09: “Night, Mother”, 1986
Box 4, F10: “Night Riders”, 1981
Box 4, F11: “Oklahoma”, 1978
Box 4, F12: “Oliver”, 1981
Box 4, F13: “Once Upon a Mattress”, 1978
Box 4, F14: “Othello”, 1980
Box 4, F15: “Owl and the Pussycat”, 1975
Box 4, F16: “Painting Churches”, 1985
Box 4, F17: “Passion of Dracula”, 1983
Box 4, F18: “Pinter Duet: The Collection/The Lover”, 1972
Box 4, F19: “Pippin”, 1983
Box 4, F20: “Players and Puppets Series”, !983-1985

Box 5, F01: “Plaza Suite”, 1972
Box 5, F02: “Pump Boys and Tonettes”, 1986
Box 5, F03: “Rainmaker”, 1981
Box 5, F04: “Relatively Speaking”, 1978
Box 5, F05: “Romeo and Juliet”, 1986
Box 5, F06: “Runner Stumbles”, 1978
Box 5, F07: “Sandbox/The Lesson”, 1979
Box 5, F08: “Scrooge and Marley”, 1980
Box 5, F09: “Sea Horse”, 1978
Box 5, F10: “Sea Marks”, 1988
Box 5, F11: “See How They Run”, 1970
Box 5, F12: “1776”, 1976
Box 5, F13: “Shadow Box”, 1977
Box 5, F14: “She Loves Me”, 1983
Box 5, F15: “Silent Night, Lonely Night”, 1975
Box 5, F16: “6 Rms Riv Vu”, 1975
Box 5, F17: ” Sleuth”, 1977
Box 5, F18: “Starshine”, 1976
Box 5, F19: “Starting Here, Starting Now”, 1979
Box 5, F20: “Stop the World, I Want to Get Off”, 1984
Box 5, F21: “Streamers”, 1980

Box 6, F01: “Streetcar Named Desire”, 1971
Box 6, F02: “Streetcar Named Desire”, 1982
Box 6, F03: “The Subject Was Roses”, 1969
Box 6, F04: “Sunshine Boys”, 1978
Box 6, F05: “Swing Shift”, 1982
Box 6, F06: “Talley’s Folly”, 1981
Box 6, F07: “Tiny Alice”, 1977
Box 6, F08: “The Tootheache”, 1981
Box 6, F09: “The Typist/ The Tiger”, 1966
Box 6, F10: “Uncle Vanya”, 1979
Box 6, F11: “Uncle Milkwood”, 1977
Box 6, F12: “Vanities”, 1977
Box 6, F13: “Waltz of the Toreadors”, 1973
Box 6, F14: “What the Butler Saw”, 1985
Box 6, F15: “Word Soup”, 1972
Box 6, F16: “Worlds of William Shakespeare”, 1973
Box 6, F17: “You Can’t Take It With You”, 1985
Box 6, F18: Young Actors Guild
Box 6, F19: Young Performers
Box 6, F20: List of plays produced by TBS, 1964-1972
Box 6, F21: News Clippings, 1967-1973
Box 6, F22: Press Clippings, 1974-1979
Box 6, F23: Press Clippings: Prescott Park Arts Festivals, 1975-79
Box 6, F24: Press Clippings, 1980
Box 6, F25: Press Clippings, 1981
Box 6, F26: Press Clippings, 1982
Box 6, F27: Press Clippings, 1983

Box 7, F01: Press Clippings, 1984
Box 7, F02: Press Clippings, 1985
Box 7, F03: Press Clippings, no date
Box 7, F04: Mailers and flyers, 1964-1969
Box 7, F05: Printed material samples, 1980-1985
Box 7, F06: Newsletters, 1972-1985
Box 7, F07: History of Theatre by the Sea
Box 7, F08: Articles of Incorporation, 1964
Box 7, F09: Board-giving Annual Appeal, 1986-1987
Box 7, F10: Board meetings, 1984-1987
Box 7, F11: Board retreat, 1985
Box 7, F12: Contracts, 1986
Box 7, F13: The Foundry (Play readings) 1984-1987
Box 7, F14: Legal correspondence, 1984-1987
Box 7, F15: Legal correspondence: Tom Markins, 1986-1988
Box 7, F16: Letters of schoolchildren, New Franklin School, 1980

Box 8, F01: Theater by the Sea (TBS) Logo, n.d.
Box 8, F02: Outreach, 1984-1985
Box 8, F03: Planning, 1987-1988
Box 8, F04: Questionnaire, 1986
Box 8, F05: Audited financial statement, 1974-1984
Box 8, F06: Performance attendance spreadsheets, 1982, 1986
Box 8, F07: Budgets, 1983-1985
Box 8, F08: Budgets, 1985-1986
Box 8, F09: Audit working papers, 1984-1985
Box 8, F10: Audited financial statements, 1985-1986
Box 8, F11: Audit material 1985
Box 8, F12: Audit working papers, 1986
Box 8, F13: Mortgage payment analysis, 1985-1986
Box 8, F14: Notes and leases, 1985-1987

Box 9, F01: Balance sheet and supporting schedule, 1987
Box 9, F02: Accounts payable, 1987
Box 9, F03: NH Charitable Fund Loans, 1986-1987
Box 9, F04: Indian Head Bank mortgage
Box 9, F05: Tyco financial reports, 1987
Box 9, F06: Letters to creditors, 1987
Box 9, F07: Settlement of liabilities, 1987
Box 9, F08: Building feasibility study, 1977
Box 9, F09: New building capital campaign, 1978
Box 9, F10: City assessor (RSA74) taxable property
Box 9, F11: Construction related material, 1984-1986
Box 9, F12: Insurance condominium, 1985-1986

Box 10, F01: Mortgage (Piscataqua Savings Bank), 1982-1984
Box 10, F02: Mortgage (Indian Head Bank), 1987
Box 10, F03: TBS auction, 1972
Box 10, F04: TBS auctions, 1983-1984
Box 10, F05: TBS auctions, 1985-1986
Box 10, F06: Grant proposal, NEA, 1975
Box 10, F07: Grant proposal, NEA Challenge, 1979
Box 10, F08: PPAF grant proposal, New England Regional
Commission, 1979
Box 10, F09: Grant application, NH Commissionon the Arts, 1980
Box 10, F10: Grant proposals, NEA, 1987
Box 10, F11: Subscription letters, 1985
Box 10, F12: Underwriters, 1984-1986
Box 10, F13: Grant correspondence, 1984
Box 10, F14: Greater Portsmouth Community Foundation Grant, 1987
Box 10, F15: Nancy Beck/James McNally Fellowship, n.d.

Box 21: Oversize
Play posters, fair and performance posters