Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Rice University Players records, 1950-2012 UA 056



source Rice University. Rice University Players
Title: Rice University Players records
Dates: 1950-2012
Identification: UA 056
Quantity: 11 Linear Feet
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical / Historical

The Rice Dramatic Club, formed in the 1920’s, underwent reorganization, the results of which was the Rice Players which was started in the early 1950’s. During the transition, the group was aided by Dr. Willard Thorpe, a visiting instructor in American Studies from Princeton University. There were no theater classes; the Players were solely an extracurricular organization. The first productions were held outdoors. They moved indoors to Hamman Hall when it was built in 1958. The Players established a system of student coordinators to be the organizing body. They chose plays, found directors, etc. The Players at that time were funded by the Rice University Administration.

Neil “Sandy” Havens was the Players’ first full-time director. He had graduated from Rice in 1956 and had gone on to Indiana University for a master’s degree. His interview for the position included a long session with the Players themselves and was hired in 1964. After a distinguished career at Rice, Sandy retired in 1999.

In 1964 the university gave the Rice Players $2,000 and Sandy’s salary. By 1976 they were told to use box office receipts to meet production expenses, although the university promised that they would help out if the Players ever found themselves in financial difficulties. So far they have only called on the university twice.

During Sandy’s first year at Rice, the Players were part of the English Department, but transferred to the Fine Arts Department when it was formed during his second year. Also that year, a request for a course in Theater was requested and in 1966-67, the first Theater 300 and 301 courses were added to the schedule. Over the years, there have been a few Rice students to graduate with an area major (an option in the Rice curriculum which lets students design their own majors, with faculty approval) in theater. However, the Players remains an extracurricular organization and there is no Department of Theater.

Rice Players Coordinators decided to institute an award to recognize outstanding contributions to the Rice Players by members of Rice University’s faculty and/or staff. In 2001 the first Coordinators’ Awards were given to Gale Stokes, Interim Dean of Humanities and Assistant Dean of Humanities, Becky Heye.

Excerpted from A History of Student Life at Rice University, 1990; and article from Cornerstone, by Karen Rogers, Winter/Spring 2001


Scope and Contents

The collection is divided into eight series. Included are general files, such as calendars, announcements, information on organizations, newsletter, etc. The remainder of the collection focuses on the Rice Players’ productions. There are individual files on each production and may include programs, flyers, posters, photographs and news clippings. These productions are arranged alphabetically, but a chronological list was also compiled and included in the finding aid. There is also material set up by item type, such as reel-to-reel tapes, slides, VHS and compact videocassettes, slides, photographs, CD’s and oversize material (posters and design sketches).


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research but permission to publish from the Rice Players Records must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center.


Index Terms

Theater
posters
compact discs
videotapes
Theatrical productions
Havens, Neil (Sandy)
Rice University. Rice University Players

Related Material

See also Dramatic Club Record Group.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

The Rice Players, 1950-2012, UA 56, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Acquisition Note

The Rice Players files were received as follows: ca 1975, Sandy Havens; March 14 and 19, 2002, Mark Ramont; May 2, 2002, Jason Foreman. Some photographs are from the Woodson Events Files. Some other paper records were added from the Woodson Information Files.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: General

Box Folder
1 1 The Alliance for Creative Theatre, Education, and Research (ACTER) 1990, 1993, undated
2 Announcements and Publicity – Calendars
3 Announcements and Publicity – Letters and Press Releases 1965-67, 1970-72, 1974-77, 1979-81, 1992, 1994
4 Announcements and Publicity – News Clippings 1968, 1982-83, 1986-87, 1990-91, 1994-95, 1999
5 [Rice] Faculty Productions 1954, undated
6 Friends of Rice Players (FORP) 1992
7 Membership List – Dramatics Club and Players 1974
8 News Clippings 1950-
9 The Players Newsletter 1957
10 [Rice Players Present] Seminars on the Theater 1960
11 Shakespeare – 400th Anniversary 1964
12 Shakespeare – Sculptures of the 39 Heroines by Clarice Lindahl de Hopps 1965



Series II: Individual files of Rice Players’ productions
Arranged alphabetically - the folders are numbered consecutively in each box; the finding aid lists only box numbers.

Box Folder
2 1 Adaptation/The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit 1973
2 After the Fall 1996
3 The Alchemist 1972
4 Alice in Wonderland 1973
5 America Hurrah 1969
6 Amorous Flea 1971
7 Androcles and the Lion/A Phoenix Too Frequent 1964
8 Angleton Grill 1996
9 Another Antigone 1994
10 Antigone 1981
11 Arms and the Man 1978
12 Arms and the Man 1992
13 Arsenic and Old Lace 1958
14 As You Like It 1963
15 The Balcony 1989
16 The Baltimore Waltz 2001
17 Betrayal 1986
18 Betrayal 1999
19 The Birds 1975
20 The Birthday Party 1966
21 Blithe Spirit 1951
22 Bodies 1983
23 Buried Child 1986, 2006
24 Burn This 1999
25 Cain 1966
26 Canterbury Tales 1971
27 Canterbury Tales 1986
28 Caucasian Chalk Circle 1980
29 Close of Play 1981
30 Cloud Nine 1989
Box Folder
3 1 Comings and Goings 1968
2 A Company of Wayward Saints 1995
3 The Contrast 1982
4 Coyote Ugly 1997
5 Crimes of the Heart 1986
6 Crimes of the Heart 1998
7 The Crucible 1961
8 A Delicate Balance 1972
9 A Design for Living 2005
10 The Devils 1970
11 Dirty Linen/New-Found-Land 1982
12 Disintegration of James Cherry 1973
13 Dog Sees God 2011
14 Don Juan in Hell 1957
15 Down on Washington Street 1993
16 Eastern Standard 1993
17 Echoes 1985
18 Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds 1975
19 An Evening of Irish Drama 1953
20 Enrico IV 1975
21 Equus 1985, 2005
22 An Evening of Theater 1952
23 Extremeties 1987
24 Fieffer's People 1974
25 5th of July 1980
26 Five Finger Exercise 1962
27 For the Time Being 1955
28 For the Time Being 1964
29 For the Time Being 1971
30 Four One Act Plays 1989
31 Four Baboons Adoring the Sun 1998
32 The Fox on the Fairway September 2012-October 2012
Box Folder
4 1 Galileo 1962
2 Gammer Gurton's Needle 1959
3 Gap in Generations 1976
4 Good 1984
5 Hamlet 1967
6 Hamlet 1992
7 Happy Birthday, Wanda June 1983
8 Heartbreak House 1972
9 Henry IV 1956
10 House of Blue Leaves 1979
11 House of Blue Leaves 1997
12 The Importance of Being Earnest 1951
13 The Importance of Being Earnest 1988
14 The Importance of Being Earnest 2009
15 Into the Woods 2006
16 Irish Mist 1992
17 Jacques and His Master 1987
18 J.B. 1963
19 Julius Caesar 1966
20 Jumpers 1976
21 Keely and Du 2000
22 Les Liaisons Dangereuses 2001
23 A Lie of the Mind 1991
24 The Lion in the Winter 1968
25 The Lion in the Winter 1991
26 Listen (an evening of contemporary one acts) 1969
27 Little Murders 1970
28 Loot 1996
29 Lysistrata 1987
Box Folder
5 1 Macbeth 1958
2 A Macbeth 1972
3 The Madwoman of Chaillot 1996
4 The Maids 1976
5 Major Barbara 1982
6 A Man for All Seasons 1964
7 A Man for All Seasons 1974
8 A Man for All Seasons 2000
9 Marat/Sade 1969
10 Marco Polo Sings a Solo 1987
11 Marvin's Room 1995
12 Masterpieces 1994
13 Merchant of Venice 1957
14 Merchant of Venice 1983
15 A Midsummer Night's Dream 1960
16 A Midsummer Night's Dream 1979
17 Mime, Mask, and the Language of Gesture by Jacques LeCoq 1972
18 And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little 1978
19 The Mound Builders 1978
20 The Mound Builders 1998
21 Much Ado About Nothing 1961
22 Much Ado About Nothing 1973
23 Murder in the Cathedral 1954
24 Murder in the Cathedral 1959
25 The Mystery Plays 2013
26 Next Time I'll Sing to You 1967
27 Next Time I'll Sing to You 1977
28 A Night of One Acts 1960
29 No Exit/Fool for Love 1988
30 One Acts 1950
31 One Act Plays 1990
32 One Act Plays 1991
33 One Acts 1965
34 One Acts Workshop March 1963
35 One Acts Workshop November 1963
36 Out at Sea/The Maids 1976
37 The Persecution and Assasination of Jean-Paul Marat 1969
38 The Physicists 1970
39 Play 2001
40 Postmortem 1999
41 The Price 1984
42 Private Eyes 2008
43 Proof 2007
44 Pygmalion 1985
Box Folder
6 1 The Rainmaker 1960
2 Ravenscroft 1994
3 Reaction 1965
4 The Real Inspector Hound 1974
5 Renaissance Festival 1978
6 Rhinoceros 2007
7 Rice Players Present 1953
8 Rice Players Present 1970
9 Ring Round the Moon 1957
10 The Rivals 1962
11 Rosencrantz and Gildenstern are Dead 1989
12 Rough Crossing 1998
13 Samson Agonistes 1953
14 School for Scandal 1968
15 School for Scandal undated
16 Seascape 1980
17 Seascape 1993
18 Secrets 1990
19 Secrets 1994
20 The Serpent 1971
21 [Scenes From] Shakespeare 1953
22 Shakespeare - As You Like It 1954
23 Shakespeare Festival - Third Annual 1955
24 The Skin of Our Teeth 1981
25 The Skin of Our Teeth 1994
26 Smash 2000
27 The Sneeze 1995
28 SOS 1966
29 Spike Heels 2000
30 Spoon River Anthology 1976
31 A Streetcar Named Desire 1965
32 Taming of the Shrew 1964
33 Tango 1983
34 Tartuffe 1990
35 Tea and Sympathy 1959
36 Telemachus Clay 1966
37 Terra Nova 2003
Box Folder
7 1 Theater Evening 1953
2 Thieves' Carnival 1961
3 Three Features 1979
4 Three One Act Plays...In the Round 1958
5 Three Plays by Murray Schisgal 1967
6 Three Sisters 1977
7 Timewarp 1968
8 Tiny Alice 1967
9 Top Girls 1984
10 Towards Zero 1997
11 Tragedy of Othello 1962
12 Translations 1997
13 The Trust 1987
14 Tryptich 1985
15 Twelfth Night 1959
16 Twelfth Night 1977
17 Twelfth Night 1991
18 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee April 2011
19 Under Milkwood 1969
20 Universified 1988
21 The Visit 1975
22 Wait Until Dark 1995
23 Walking the Dead 2002
24 What the Butler Saw 1981
25 What the Butler Saw 1999
26 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf 1974
27 The Winter's Tale 1965
28 Woman in Mind 1990
29 Working 1984
30 Write Onstage 1992
31 Write Onstage 1993
32 Wyrd Sisters 2009
33 Zorba 1974



Series III: Reel to Reel Tapes

Box
8 Canterbury Tales 1971
The Devils 1970
The Physicists 1970
Marat/Sade 1969
Under Milkwood 1969
The Gloaming, Oh My Darling (see Timewarp) 1968
Krapp's Last Tape (see Timewarp) 1968
A Lion in Winter 1968
The Rimers of Eldritch (see Timewarp) 1968



Series IV: Compact Videocassettes

Box
9 After the Fall, Act I March 29, 1996
After the Fall, Act II March 29, 1996
Betrayal, Act I April 15, 1999
Betrayal, Act II April 15, 1999
Burn This, Act I October 1999
Burn This, Act II October 1999
Coyote Ugly March 1997
Crimes of the Heart, Act I October 8, 1998
Crimes of the Heart, Act II October 8, 1998
Dancing with the Dead April 23, 1997
Four Baboons Adoring the Sun November 20, 1998
House of Blue Leaves, Act I February 1997
House of Blue Leaves, Act II February 1997
The Madwoman of Chaillot, Act I October 1996
The Madwoman of Chaillot, Act II October 1996
A Man for All Seasons, Act I April 2000
A Man for All Seasons, Act II April 2000
The Mound Builders, Act I March 1998
The Mound Builders, Act II March 1998
Postmortem, Act I undated
Postmortem, Act II undated
Rough Crossing, Act I February 1998
Rough Crossing, Act II February 1998
Translations, Act I October 9, 1997
Translations, Act II October 9, 1997
What the Butler Saw February 27, 1999
Acting class undated
Duo Scenes Spring 1999
New Play Workshop/Professor Deborah Kinghorn, Tape I undated
New Play Workshop/Professor Deborah Kinghorn, Tape II undated
Shakespeare Duos Spring 1999
St. School Carnival and Auction
Unidentified
Unidentified



Series V: Photographs

Box Folder
10 1 America Hurrah
2 Much Ado About Nothing
3 Young Sandy Havens
4 Rice Players European Trip 1974
5 Unidentified photographs
6 Unidentified photographs



Series VI: Slides

Box Folder
11 1 The Alchemist 1971-1972
2 Amorous Flea 1970-1971
3 Antigone 1980-81
4 Arms and the Man 1977-1978, 1991-1992
5 Betrayal 1985-1986, Spring 1999
6 Bird
7 Bodies
8 Buried Child 1985-1986
9 Burn This
10 Canterbury Tales 1971, 1986-1987
11 Caucasian Circle 1980-1981
12 Close of Play 1981-1982
13 Cloud Nine
14 Comings and Goings 1967-1968
15 Coyote Ugly
16 Crimes of the Heart
17 Dirty Linen 1982-1983
18 5th of July 1979-1980
19 Fool for Love
20 Four Baboons Adoring the Sun
21 Gap in Generations 1976-1977
22 Good 1983-1984
23 Hamlet 1966-1967, 1992-1993
24 Happy Birthday, Wanda June 1983-1984
25 Heartbreak House
26 Henry IV
27 The House of Blue Leaves
28 Ice Cream
29 [The Real] Inspector Hound
30 Irish Mist 1992-1993
31 Jacques and His Master 1987-1988
32 Jumpers 1975-1976
33 The Kid 1978-1979
34 A Lie of Mind 1990-1991
35 The Lion in Winter Undated, 1991-1992
36 Loot
37 Lysistrata 1986-1987
38 A Macbeth 1972-1973
39 The Madoman of Chaillot
40 Major Barbara 1982-1983
41 A Man for All Seasons 1973-1974
42 Marco Polo Sings a Solo
43 The Merchant of Venice 1983-1984
44 A Midsummer Night's Dream 1979-1980
45 And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little 1978-1979
46 The Mound Builders
47 Much Ado About Nothing 1972-1973
48 Next Time I'll Sing to You
49 Postmortem
50 The Price
51 Pygmalion 1985-1986
52 Ravenscroft
53 Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
54 Seascape 1979-1980
55 Secrets 1990-1991
56 The Serpent 1970-1971
57 The Skin of Our Teeth
58 Spoon River 1976-1977
59 Tango 1982-1983
60 Tartuffe
61 Three Sisters 1976-1977
62 Towards Zero November 1998
63 Translations
64 Twelfth Night 1977-1978, 1991-1992
65 The Visit 1975-1976
66 What the Butler Saw 1980-1981, undated
67 The Winter's Tale 1964-1965
68 Woman in Mind 1990-1991
69 Working 1984-1985
70 Zorba 1978-1979
71 One Acts 1966-1992
72 Renaissance Festival 1978-1979
73 Unlabeled



Series VII: Videos/VHS/8mm Camcorder Tapes, Audio/CD

Box
12 Am I Blue; March; Lone Star March 1991
Arms and the Man February 1992
Betrayal, Act II
Bodies; Close of Play
Boy's Life April 1990
Boy's Life
Burn This October 1999
Canterbury Tales, Act I November 19, 1986
Canterbury Tales, Act II November 19, 1986
Canterbury Tales November 21, 1986
Cloud Nine November 16, 1989
A Company of Wayward Saints April 1995
The Contrast
Coyote Ugly March 1997
Crimes of the Heart
Box
13 Crimes of the Heart October 8, 1998
Dancing With the Dead, II
Echoes
Extremities April 9, 1987
Extremities April 10, 1987
Fool for Love October 1998
Good
Haiku April 1990
House of Blue Leaves February 1997
Importance of Being Earnest November 1988
Importance of Being Earnest November 16, 1988
The Lion in Winter
The Lion in Winter 1968
The Lion in Winter November 1991
Loot November 23, 1996
Box
14 The Love Course; Haiku April 1990
Lysistrata February 1987
A Macbeth
A Macbeth
A Man for All Seasons April 2000
March 1991
Marco Polo Sings a Solo
Masks
Masterpieces
Masterpieces 1994
The Merchant of Venice
No Exit October 1988
No Exit October 1988
One Acts April 1989
One Acts April 1989
Box
15 Ravenscroft
Seascape November 1993
Secrets October 1990
Secrets
The Serpent
The Skin of Our Teeth October 1994
Tango February 13, 1983
Tartuffe February 1990
Tartuffe February 1990
Tartuffe February 22, 1990
Tartuffe February 23, 1990
Top Girls
Twelfth Night, parts I and II
Twelfth Night, part III
Universified! February 1988
Box
16 What the Butler Saw; Seascape; Antogone; Alice
Woman in Mind, Act I November 1990
Woman in Mind, Act II November 1990
ACTER - As You Like It
ACTER - Samuel Beckett
Congratulations, Sandy 1989
The Dumb Waiter (TV production)
The Friends of Rice Players Present Sandy Havens
G. Grigsby
Modern Dance Association Tour, Dancing on the Prairie 1991
On Acting by Sanford Meisner
Quartermaine's Terms (TV production)
Rice Players opening credits
THEA 301/Final Scenes 1989
Wings - Helen interview
Universified!, Act I February 1988
Universified!, Act II February 1988
Universified!, Act I February 1988
Universified!, Act II February 1988
Universified! February 1988
House of Blue Leaves, Act I February 1997
House of Blue Leaves, Act II February 1997
Rough Crossing - Tom Miller February 8, 1998
Burn This soundtrack



Series VIII: Oversize - Posters

Subseries A: Posters - medium sized
Box
17 After the Fall 1996
Alice in Wonderland 1973
And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little
Arms and the Man 1978
Arms and the Man 1992
The Balcony 1989
Burn This 1999
Close of Play 1981
Cloud Nine 1989
A Company of Wayward Saints 1995
The Contrast 1982
Coyote Ugly 1997
Dirty Linen/New-Found Land 1982
Down on Washington Street 1993
5th of July 1980
Four One-Act Plays
(Thymus Vulgaria, The Shawl, Birdsong, Mysteries of the Bridal Night)
Hamlet 1967
Hamlet 1992
House of Blue Leaves 1997
Importance of Being Earnest 1988
A Lie of the Mind 1991
The Lion in Winter 1991
Loot 1996
Lysistrata 1987
A Macbeth 1972
The Madwoman of Chaillot 1996
Major Barbara 1982
A Man for All Seasons 2000
Masterpieces 1994 (?)
The Merchant of Venice 1983
The Mound Builders 1978
Much Ado About Nothing
Next Time I'll Sing to You 1977
No Exit/Fool for Love 1988
Out at Sea
The Price 1984
Pygmalion 1985
Red Scare on Sunset
Rough Crossing 1998
Seascape 1993
Secrets 1990
The Skin of Our Teeth 1994
Smash 2000
The Sneeze 1995
Tango 1983
Tartuffe 1990
Three Features 1979
(The Kid, Love Scene, Comings and Goings)
Three One-Act Plays 1990
(Haiku, The Love Course, Boy's Life)
Three One-Act Plays 1991
(Lone Star, March, Am I Blue)
Three Sisters 1977
Tiny Alice 1967
Top Girls
The Trust 1987
Twelfth Night 1991
Wait Until Dark 1995
What the Butler Saw 1999
Woman in Mind 1990
Working 1984
Write Onstage 1992
(Allies, Balance and Symmetry, God's Child)
Write Onstage 1993
(Bad Moon on the Rise, You Could Look it Up, Equipment Failure)
Rice Spring Theater Festival 1994-1997
Subseries B: Posters - large sized
Box
17 Adaptations/Wonderful Ice Cream Suit 1973
Alchemist 1972
Betrayal 1986
The Birds 1975
Buried Child 1986
Canterbury Tales 1971
The Devils 1970
Enrico IV 1975
Jumpers 1976
Listen 1969
(Three one-act plays: Birdbath, The Madness of Lady Bright, Exit the King)
Little Murders 1970
Mime, Mask, and the Language of Gesture 1972
The Real Inspector Hound/Fieffer's People
The Serpent 1971
Tryptich 1985
(The Great Nebula in Orion, Moving Out, Sexual Perversity in Chicago)
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf
Zorba 1974
Subseries C: Set design sketches
Box
17 A Man For All Seasons 2000
Sketches, unidentified



Series IX: Sandy Havens materials

Box
18 Scrapbooks 1953-1957
Newsletters, programs
Photographs on disks