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Erwin Piscator papers

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Adminstrative Information

Detailed Description

Correspondence

Manuscripts by Erwin Piscator

Manuscripts by Maria Piscator

Play and production manuscripts

Financial Records

Educational Records

Publicity Records

Miscellaneous Records

Photographic Records

Printed Ephemera and Miscellaneous Publications

Packages

Diaries

Junior Dramatic Workshop


Erwin Piscator papers, 1930-1971 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

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Collection Overview

Title: Erwin Piscator papers, 1930-1971Add to your cart.

ID: 1/3/MSS 031

Primary Creator: Piscator, Erwin (1893-1966)

Extent: 203.0 Boxes. More info below.

Arrangement: Arranged in 11 series including:  1) Correspondence, 2) Manuscripts by Erwin Piscator, 3) Manuscripts by Maria Piscator, 4) Plays and production manuscripts, 5) Financial records, 6) Educational records, 7) Publicity records, 8) Miscellaneous records, 9) Photographic records, 10) Printed ephemera and miscellaneous publications, and 11) Packages.

Subjects: Ley-Piscator, Maria, 1905-, Piscator, Erwin, 1893-1966., Theater - France - 20th century, Theater - Germany - 20th century

Forms of Material: Corporation records., Correspondence., Diaries., Ley-Piscator, Maria, 1905- - Correspondence, Piscator, Erwin, 1893-1966. - Correspondence, Piscator, Erwin, 1893-1966. - Diaries, Theater programs, Writings.

Languages: English, French, German

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Erwin Piscator papers document Piscator's work during the periods 1936-1951 when he was in France and the United States and 1962-1966 when he was in Germany. The collection contains a large amount of correspondence to and from Erwin Piscator; manuscripts by Erwin and Maria Piscator, as well as various other authors; play and production manuscripts; records of various kinds (financial, educational, publicity, miscellaneous, photographic); and a guide, Classification and Arrangement of Papers, for further details (Microfilm 61).

The manuscript collection includes Erwin Piscator's papers, influenced by and concerning to a great extent the problems and main figures of the international theatre. The collection also includes manuscripts of various authors (1920-1970) which concern theatre matters.

The collection also contains financial records, a large number of educational records from 1940-1961, publicity records (1930-1970), and large number of photographic records as well as printed ephemera and Picastor's diaries  which begin in August 1912 and end approximately in 1917.  The beginning marks the time when Piscator left school (Gymnasium), at which time he was confronted with the question of the choice of a profession.  The diaries end with the time when Piscator served as a soldier in the trenches of Flanders.

There are about 280 loose pages of poems and prose.  These pages had been bound in different copy books but were ripped out later apparently by Piscator himself when he wrote the fair copies.  There are many poems on loose pages which reappear later in one of the diaries.

Biographical Note

Erwin Friedrich Maximilian Piscator (17 December 1893 in Greifenstein-Ulm - 30 March 1966) was a German theatrical director and producer who, with Bertolt Brecht, was the foremost exponent of epic theater, a genre that emphasizes the socio-political context rather than the emotional content or aesthetics of the play.

Piscator worked experimentally in Berlin as a stage director and later as managing director at his own theater (on Nollendorfplatz), he produced social and political plays especially suited to his theories. In 1931 Piscator went to Moscow to make a motion picture for Mezhrabpom, the Soviet film company associated with the International Workers' Relief Organization, but with Hitler's rise to power in 1933, Piscator's stay in the Soviet Union became political asylum. He left the Soviet Union three years later, with the firm belief that he never wanted to work under a communist dictatorship again. In 1937 he married dancer Marie Ley in Paris. Piscator and Ley subsequently emigrated to the United States in 1939. In New York City Piscator became director of the Dramatic Workshop which he founded at the New School for Social Research in 1940. Among Piscator's students at the Dramatic Workshop were Marlon Brando, Tony Curtis, Judith Malina, Walter Matthau, Harry Belafonte, Elaine Stritch and Tennessee Williams. Piscator had to return to West Germany during the McCarthy era in 1951. He was appointed manager and director of the Freie Volksbühne in West-Berlin in 1962. To much international critical acclaim, Piscator premiered the controversial play The Deputy by Rolf Hochhuth "about Pope Pius XII and the allegedly neglected rescue of Italian Jews from Nazi gas chambers" in 1963. Until his death in 1966, Piscator became a major exponent of contemporary and Documentary theatre. Piscator's wife, Maria Ley, died in New York city in 1999.

Subject/Index Terms

Ley-Piscator, Maria, 1905-
Piscator, Erwin, 1893-1966.
Theater - France - 20th century
Theater - Germany - 20th century

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Alternate Extent Statement: 97.5 linear feet; 11 packages

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Acquisition Source: Gift

Related Materials: Microfilm 61 (Map Room) includes a name index for the Piscator correspondence.

Preferred Citation: [Item], Erwin Piscator Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Other Note: MSS 092 and MSS 094, Erwin Piscator diaries were added to original collection in 2009


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[Series 1: Correspondence],
[Series 2: Manuscripts by Erwin Piscator, 1936 - 1966],
[Series 3: Manuscripts by Maria Piscator, 1927 - 1970],
[Series 4: Play and production manuscripts],
[Series 5: Financial Records, 1934 - 1963],
[Series 6: Educational Records, 1940 - 1964],
[Series 7: Publicity Records, 1930 - 1970],
[Series 8: Miscellaneous Records, 1938 - 1968],
[Series 9: Photographic Records],
[Series 10: Printed Ephemera and Miscellaneous Publications],
[Series 11: Packages],
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Box 181Add to your cart.
Folder 1: [Alice in Wonderland]Add to your cart.
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Folder 3: [All My Sons]Add to your cart.
Folder 4: [All the King's Men]Add to your cart.
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Folder 7: [Any Day Now]Add to your cart.
Folder 8: [The Aristocrats]Add to your cart.
Folder 9: [Arsenic and Old Lace]Add to your cart.
Folder 10: [Blithe Spirit]Add to your cart.
Box 182Add to your cart.
Folder 1: [Bobino]Add to your cart.
Folder 2: [The Burning Bush]Add to your cart.
Folder 3: [The Case of J. Robert Oppenheimer]Add to your cart.
Folder 4: [Chaff]Add to your cart.
Folder 5: [Circle of Chalk]Add to your cart.
Folder 6: [The Corn is Green]Add to your cart.
Folder 7: [Crisis at Quiet Rest]Add to your cart.
Folder 8: [The Devil and Daniel Webster]Add to your cart.
Folder 9: [The Devil's Disciple]Add to your cart.
Folder 10: [The Flies]Add to your cart.
Folder 11: [Ghosts]Add to your cart.
Box 183Add to your cart.
Folder 1: [Great Theatre of the World]Add to your cart.
Folder 2: [Greenin' Time]Add to your cart.
Folder 3: [Hands Against One]Add to your cart.
Folder 4: [The Hasty Heart]Add to your cart.
Folder 5: [Home of the Brave]Add to your cart.
Folder 6: [The Imaginary Invalid]Add to your cart.
Folder 7: [King Lear]Add to your cart.
Folder 8: [Kings in Nomania]Add to your cart.
Folder 9: [Lysistrata]Add to your cart.
Folder 10: [Machinal]Add to your cart.
Folder 11: [The Male Animal]Add to your cart.
Folder 12: [A Marriage Proposal]Add to your cart.
Folder 13: [Mask of Virtue]Add to your cart.
Folder 14: [Meet the People]Add to your cart.
Folder 15: [Middle Man, What Now]Add to your cart.
Folder 16: [Miracle on the Danube]Add to your cart.
Box 184Add to your cart.
Folder 1: [Mourning Becomes Electra]Add to your cart.
Folder 2: [Nights of Wrath]Add to your cart.
Folder 3: [Our Town]Add to your cart.
Folder 4: [Outside the Door]Add to your cart.
Folder 5: [The Petrified Forest]Add to your cart.
Folder 6: [Pinocchio and puppet show with Spolidoro]Add to your cart.
Folder 7: [The Prince Who Learned Everything Out of Books]Add to your cart.
Folder 8: [Princess Turandot]Add to your cart.
Folder 9: [Prologue to Glory]Add to your cart.
Folder 10: [Romeo and Juliet]Add to your cart.
Folder 11: [Saint Joan]Add to your cart.
Folder 12: [The Scapegoat]Add to your cart.
Folder 13: [Shakuntala, or the Fatal Ring]Add to your cart.
Box 185Add to your cart.
Folder 1: [Sheep Well]Add to your cart.
Folder 2: [Snake, Snake]Add to your cart.
Folder 3: [The Taming of the Shrew]Add to your cart.
Folder 4: [A Texas Steer]Add to your cart.
Folder 5: [Tonight We Improvise]Add to your cart.
Folder 6: [Twelfth Night]Add to your cart.
Folder 7: [The Vultures]Add to your cart.
Folder 8: [War and Peace]Add to your cart.
Folder 9: [Who Are the Weavers?]Add to your cart.
Folder 10: [Winter Soldiers]Add to your cart.
Folder 11: [Wolf Are You Ready?]Add to your cart.
Folder 12: [The Women]Add to your cart.
Folder 13: [The World We Make]Add to your cart.
Folder 14: [Unidentified DW productions, units]Add to your cart.
Box 186Add to your cart.
Folder 1: [Unidentified DW productions, units]Add to your cart.
Folder 2: [Unidentified DW productions]Add to your cart.
Folder 3: [The New School for Social Research, Dramatic workshop, Studio TheatreAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: [Stella Adler's acting class at the DW, 1940 July]Add to your cart.
Folder 5: [Classwork, rehearsals at the DW, unit; 1940 December]Add to your cart.
Folder 6: [Classwork at the Dance Studio of the DW, ca. 1941]Add to your cart.
Folder 7: [Theresa Helburn's playwriting seminar at the DW, 1941-1942]Add to your cart.
Folder 8: [Classwork, rehearsals at the DW, unit; ca. 1942]Add to your cart.
Folder 9: [John Gassner's March of Drama series, ca. 1942-1943]Add to your cart.
Folder 10: [Classwork at the radio, television, and film department of the DW, ca. 1948]Add to your cart.
Folder 11: [Graduation exercise at the DW, 1948 May 28]Add to your cart.
Folder 12: [Reception at the DW]Add to your cart.
Folder 13: [Lectures, discussions at the DW]Add to your cart.
Box 187Add to your cart.
Folder 1: [Children's Theatre at the DW]Add to your cart.
Folder 2: [DW Players at the Sayville Playhouse, Sayville, NY; summer 1944]Add to your cart.
Folder 3: [DW Players at the Chapel Theatre, Great Neck, NY; summer 1945]Add to your cart.
Folder 4: [Summer theatre in Lake Placid, NY, Intervale Stadium; 1949 July 30]Add to your cart.
Folder 5: [Epic Theatre Exhibit at the Piscator Institute, 39 West 54th Street, NY; 1960 January 19]Add to your cart.
Folder 6: [Unrelated production photographs]Add to your cart.
Folder 7: [People related with the Piscators]Add to your cart.
Folder 8: [People unrelated with the Piscators]Add to your cart.
Folder 9: [Miscellaneous unidentified photographs]Add to your cart.
Box 188Add to your cart.
Folder 1: [EP's childhood, Dillenburg, Marburg]Add to your cart.
Folder 2: [EP's artistic records [EP's artistic work in the twenties and early thirties]Add to your cart.
Folder 3: [EP's American years]Add to your cart.
Folder 4: [Concerning Hitler's Gang, Paramount Pictures, Hollywood 1943 July]Add to your cart.
Folder 5: [EP in the fifties]Add to your cart.
Folder 6: [EP in the sixties]Add to your cart.
Folder 7: [Freie Volksbuehne e. V., Berlin, sixties]Add to your cart.
Folder 8: [EP's apartment in Berlin, Binger Street 34; sixties]Add to your cart.
Folder 9: [X-ray photographs of EP, 1963-1965]Add to your cart.
Folder 10: [Funeral of EP, Berlin-Zehledorf; 1966 April 6]Add to your cart.
Folder 11: [Relatives of EP]Add to your cart.
Folder 12: [Concerning EP's ancestor, Johannes Piscator, 1546-1625]Add to your cart.
Folder 13: [MP's youth and dancing career; twenties]Add to your cart.
Folder 14: [MP in the thirties]Add to your cart.
Folder 15: [MP in the forties]Add to your cart.
Folder 16: [MP in the fifties]Add to your cart.
Folder 17: [MP in the sixties]Add to your cart.
Box 196Add to your cart.
Folder 1: [Meet the People]Add to your cart.
Folder 2: [War and Peace]Add to your cart.
Folder 3: [Winter Soldiers]Add to your cart.
Folder 4: [The Camino Real, 1953]Add to your cart.
Folder 5: [Glass Menagerie, 1944]Add to your cart.
Folder 6: [Abe Lincoln in Illinois, 1938]Add to your cart.
Folder 7: [Eve of St. Marks, 1942]Add to your cart.
Folder 8: [JB, 1958]Add to your cart.
Folder 9: [Caligula, 1960]Add to your cart.
Folder 10: [All My Sons]Add to your cart.
Folder 11: [Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, 1962]Add to your cart.
Folder 12: [All the Way Home. 1961]Add to your cart.
Folder 13: [Costume sketches]Add to your cart.
Folder 14: [Set sketches]Add to your cart.
Box 197Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Epic Theater exhibit, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Epic Theater exhibit, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Epic Theater exhibit, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Epic Theater exhibit, 1960Add to your cart.

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[Series 1: Correspondence],
[Series 2: Manuscripts by Erwin Piscator, 1936 - 1966],
[Series 3: Manuscripts by Maria Piscator, 1927 - 1970],
[Series 4: Play and production manuscripts],
[Series 5: Financial Records, 1934 - 1963],
[Series 6: Educational Records, 1940 - 1964],
[Series 7: Publicity Records, 1930 - 1970],
[Series 8: Miscellaneous Records, 1938 - 1968],
[Series 9: Photographic Records],
[Series 10: Printed Ephemera and Miscellaneous Publications],
[Series 11: Packages],
[Series 12: Diaries],
[Series 13: Junior Dramatic Workshop],
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