Theatre + Performing Arts
During the month of May, the Ransom Center hosts the free Vaudeville Film Series in conjunction with its exhibition Vaudeville!, which is on display through July 15. For more than a century, vaudeville was the most popular form of American entertainment and one of the country’s largest cultural exports. [Read more…] about Vaudeville Film Series runs throughout May
British and American theatre history preserved in candid recordings
Mel Gussow was the lead cultural critic for the New York Times for more than 40 years. Throughout his career, he recorded interviews with stars and unknowns of the American and British theatre. [Read more…] about Theatre critic Mel Gussow’s legendary interviews available online
The decision to include collection material depicting blackface minstrelsy in our exhibition on vaudeville is a decision we do not take lightly. Minstrelsy is part of the history of American performance and vaudeville. We have a responsibility not to hide this troubling history, but also to display it in such a way that it is clear that we are not celebrating it. [Read more…] about Grappling with the past: On exhibiting minstrelsy materials
Above: Unidentified photographer, [Adele and Fred Astaire], ca. 1914. Gelatin silver print, 21.8 x 19.8 cm. Dance Collection, Harry Ransom Center.
The Harry Ransom Center draws on its extensive performing arts holdings to tell the story of one of American theatre’s most popular forms of entertainment in the exhibition Vaudeville! [Read more…] about Exhibition shares the story of vaudeville
The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, has acquired the archive of American playwright Arthur Miller (1915–2005). Obtained from the Arthur Miller Trust, the archive spans Miller’s career. [Read more…] about Playwright Arthur Miller’s archive comes to the Harry Ransom Center