Fonds XZ1 MS A973-A979 - Necessary Angel Theatre Company fonds

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Necessary Angel Theatre Company fonds

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CA ON00344 XZ1 MS A973-A979

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  • 1976-1998 (Creation)

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5.04 m of textual records and other material ca. 160 photographs : predominantly b&w ; ca. 325 negatives ca. 62 contact sheets 63 slides 26 technical drawings 11 audiocassettes 13 videocassettes 3 compact discs Fonds is in good condition.

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Necessary Angel Theatre Company was founded in Toronto in 1978 by Venezuelan-born theatre director and educator Richard Rose. The Company is dedicated to creative and progressive work that "challenges assumptions and engages multiple points of view, while seeking to provoke and astonish" (NAT website, June 2006). It first captured attention with its 1981 production of Tamara by John Krizanc, continuing with major Canadian plays such as Coming Through Slaughter (1989) by Michael Ondaatje, Glenn (1992) by David Young and an adaptation of Timothy Findley's Not Wanted on the Voyage (1993), as well as a variety of international theatre. The company has mounted more than fifty productions, including twenty-three world premieres and eight North American premieres. In 1996 it established the New Canadian Play Development Program. Since 1998 it has run a Student Matinee/Educational Outreach program that has exposed more than 4000 Toronto-area high school students to innovative theatre. Necessary Angel plays have received Governor-General's Awards for Drama, Chalmers Awards for Outstanding New Play and numerous Dora Mavor Moore Awards. The company received Lieutenant-Governor’s Awards in 1998 and 1999 for its development of private sector and community support. Recent productions include The Piper (2002) by Colleen Murphy, Swollen Tongues (2002) by Kathleen Oliver, Last Romantics (2003) by Michael Lewis MacLennan, and a sold-out remount of Tamara in 2003. Richard Rose served as artistic director of Necessary Angel from 1978 to 2002. He was succeeded by Daniel Brooks in 2003.

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Fonds consists of house programs, reviews and articles, performance files, administration papers, a small amount of publicity materials and technical drawings, audio cassettes, video cassettes, slides, compact discs, and photographs, which document the Necessary Angel Theatre Company from its inception in 1978 to the present. Fonds is comprised of the following series: Publicity XZ1 MS A973 House Programs XZ1 MS A974 Technical Drawings XZ1 MS A975 Reviews and Articles XZ1 MS A976 Performance Files XZ1 MS A977 Administration XZ1 MS A978 Photographs XZ1 MS A979

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Deposited by Necessary Angel Theatre Company in 1996.


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Copyright, normally, is held by the creator. Materials cannot be published without the permission of the copyright holder. Single copies can be made for research and study purposes.

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Richard Rose fonds Factory Theatre fonds Tarragon Theatre fonds Theatre Passe Muraille fonds

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