University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Terrence McNally:

A Preliminary Inventory of His Papers at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center



Creator: McNally, Terrence, 1939-
Title: Terrence McNally Papers
Dates: 1950s-2002
Abstract: The papers, which document McNally's career as a dramatist, include all of his major works for stage, screen, and television, as well as correspondence, posters, production photographs, programs, and reviews. Articles by and about McNally, awards, and photographs are present in the papers. His public appearances, which include benefit performances, conferences, lectures, speeches, tributes, and memorials, are also represented.
Extent: 60 boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 2 oversize folders (26.8 linear feet)
Repository: Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin

Scope and Contents

This collection of Terrence McNally's papers includes all his major works for stage, screen, and television, as well as unproduced works, correspondence, and career-related material. McNally's achievements include numerous plays, operas, and musicals such as Corpus Christi; Dead Man Walking; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; The Full Monty; Kiss of the Spider Woman; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; The Lisbon Traviata; Love! Valour! Compassion!; Master Class; A Perfect Ganesh; Ragtime; The Rink; The Ritz; and The Visit. His collaborations with John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Jake Heggie, as well as his long-time association with the Manhattan Theatre Club, have been particularly productive and rewarding. Early in his career he was the recipient of two Guggenheim fellowships, followed by numerous awards, including four Tony Awards, an Emmy Award for "Andre's Mother," and Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Awards, among others. McNally's generous gift of his papers to the Ransom Center incorporates material previously held at the Wisconsin Historical Society. In all, the collection dates from McNally's high school years through the present.

The collection is organized in three series: I. Works; II. Career-Related and Personal; and III. Works of Others.

The works in Series I are arranged alphabetically by title. Unless described otherwise, the works are stage plays. Within titles, scripts are presented in order of creation, followed by correspondence, posters, production photographs, programs, and reviews. Translations and international productions are grouped separately, under each title.

The Career-Related and Personal material in Series II includes articles by and about McNally, awards, correspondence, interviews, papers and notes from high school and college years, and photographs, including an early series by Richard Avendon. Correspondence is arranged chronologically from 1955-2002. McNally's many public appearances, including benefit performances, conferences, lectures, speeches, tributes, and memorials, are also well-represented. His love of the opera is reflected in the opera-related projects and writings including his long-standing participation in the Metropolitan Opera Radio Network's "Opera News on the Air," as well as articles written on the subject.

Series III contains articles and programs collected by McNally but not directly related to his work, as well as writings by Tom Bywaters, Steven Lyons, and Royce Ryton.

Numerous books, serials, audio tapes, videos, compact discs, and memorabilia received with the papers have been transferred to appropriate departments within the Ransom Center.


Restrictions

Access:

Open for research


Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Gifts, 1999-2003 (Gift no. 11458, 11513, 11686, 11870, 12188)

Processed by:

Liz Murray, Emily Barker, Sean Castilla, 2003


Terrence McNally Papers--Folder List

 

I. Works

Box Folder
1 1 All Together Now, script drafts with notes, n.d.
And Things That Go Bump in the Night
Early versions, variant titles
Box Folder
1 2 "Mmm!"
3 "There Is Something Out There"
4-7 Scripts
8 Broadway production script, annotated
Box Folder
2 1 Minneapolis production, 1964, reviews and associated material
2 Broadway, Royale Theatre production, 1965, opening night telegrams and correspondence
3 Articles about
Andre's Mother, teleplay, American Playhouse, 1989
Box Folder
2 4 Script, first draft, Jan. 22, 1989
5 Correspondence and reviews
6 Apple Pie (three one-act plays for television: "Tour,""Next," and "Botticelli"), 1968, correspondence, production photographs, and reviews
Bad Habits
Box Folder
2 7-10 Scripts, "Dunelawn" and "Ravenswood"
11 Rewrite during Manhattan Theatre Club rehearsals, March 1990
12 Production photographs, Booth Theater, 1974
Box Folder
3 1 Programs, reviews, and related material
2 Television treatments
3 "Ravenswood," teleplay, first draft, 1979
4-5 Banana Peels, screenplay, drafts, 1990
6 Better and Worse, television pilot
Bingo!, musical
Box Folder
3 7 Scene outline, lyrics, "Blanco!" script, holograph notes
8-9 Scripts, 1987
Box Folder
4 1 Scripts, cont'd
2 Boo!, film outline
3-4 Botticelli, teleplay script and play reviews, 1969
Broadway, Broadway (originally Bye Bye Broadway)
Box Folder
4 5-9 Scripts
Box Folder
5 1-3 Scripts, cont'd
4 Programs and reviews, 1978
By the Sea, By the Sea, By the Beautiful Sea (Dusk)
Box Folder
5 5-8 Scripts, 1995-96
9 Reviews and programs, Bay Street Theatre and Manhattan Theatre Club, 1995-96
Central Park (The Food of Love), opera with Robert Beaser
Box Folder
6 1 Script and score, 1999
2-3 Programs and reviews
4 Unused libretto for composer Aaron Jay Kernis, 1998
Common Ground ( Mr. Roberts), teleplay
Scripts
Box Folder
6 5 First draft, Jan. 1999
6 Edited pages, April 1999
7 Third draft, May 1999
8 Advertising with cast list, SHOWTIME premiere, Jan. 2000
Corpus Christi
Scripts
Box Folder
6 9 First draft, Labor Day, 1997
10 "Original," Sept. 1997
Box Folder
7 1 First revision
2 Undated, uncorrected draft
3 North Carolina School of the Arts (NCSA), draft, Dec. 1997
4 Rehearsal script, mid-way, McNally's copy
5 Manhattan Theatre Club, spring 1998 draft
6 Grove Press proofs, 1998
7 German published edition, 1999
8 Correspondence, 1998
9 Reviews and general articles, various performances [oversize removed to Box 61]
10 Bailiwick Arts Center, Chicago, 2001
Manhattan Theatre Club, 1998
Box Folder
7 11 Production photographs
Box Folder
8 1 Programs
2-3 Reviews
4 New Conservatory Theatre Center, San Francisco, 2000
5-6 International productions
Cuba Si
Box Folder
8 7 Script
8 Reviews, 1968
9 Screenplay
Dead Man Walking, opera
San Francisco Opera
Box Folder
8 10 Vocal/piano score, n.d.
Box Folder
9 1 Vocal/piano score, Nov. 1999
2 Script, revised 3/13/00
3 Photographs, McNally at reception; with Jake Hegge and Sister Helen Prejean
4-7 Programs and reviews
Box Folder
10 1 Reviews and articles
2 Programs and reviews, various performances
3 New York City Opera, 2002
4 International productions
5 The Education of Young Harry Bellair, Esq. or The Way of the World, pilot script, [also includes "Teacher's Break," pilot script, copy, revised 8/2/84] 1983-84
6-7 Faith, Hope & Charity, "Hope" scripts, programs, and reviews, 1988
8 The Five Forty Eight, teleplay based on the story by John Cheever, script, revised July 1979
Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune
Box Folder
11 1-3 First drafts, Nov.-Dec. 1986
4-7 Second drafts, Feb.-May 1987
8-9 Production drafts, 1987
Translations
Box Folder
11 10 Danish, 1988
Box Folder
12 1 French, 1991
2 Italian
3 Japanese
4 Romanian, 1997
5 Spanish
6 Correspondence
Posters [removed to oversize folder]
Box Folder
12 7-8 Programs and reviews, various performances
Box Folder
13 1 Belasco Theater, New York, 2002
2 Boston Post Road Stage Company, 1990
3-6 Manhattan Theater Club/Westside Arts Theater (Bates/Welsh), 1987-89
7 Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1988
8 Syracuse Stage, 1988
Box Folder
14 1 Westside Arts Theater, New York (Weitz/Kane), 1988
2 International productions
3 Comedy Theatre, London, 1989
4 Ittre, Belgium, 1990
Screenplay
Box Folder
14 5 Rough treatment, May 1989
6 First draft, March 1990
7-8 Revision, June-July 1990
Box Folder
15 1-2 Revised first drafts, Sept. 1990-Feb. 1991
3 Pacino rewrites, Oct. 1990
4 Shooting script, Jan. 1991
5 Rewrites, Feb.-March 1991
6 Casting
7 Shooting schedule
8 Draft press kit
9-10 Publicity, correspondence, and reviews
The Full Monty, musical
Scripts
Box Folder
16 1-2 First drafts, with correspondence
3-4 New York City Workshop draft and final, Feb. 2000
5 San Diego rehearsal script, April 2000
6-7 Revisions, post opening night, June 2000
8 Rewrites
Box Folder
17 1-2 Articles and reviews, 2001-02
3 Programs, various performances
4 International programs and reviews
5-6 Goin' to the Chapel, screenplay, 1986
Here's Where I Belong, musical based on Steinbeck's East of Eden
Box Folder
17 7 Script
Box Folder
18 1-2 Programs, reviews, and sheet music, 1968
3 Honkytonk, musical film, story outline and songs
4 House, written with Jon Robin Baitz, play reviews
5 Iris and Luigi Meet the Wolfman, screenplay, revised first draft, 1980
It's Only a Play (originally Broadway, Broadway)
Box Folder
18 6 Script
7 Programs and reviews
8 Manhattan Theatre Club, 1986
9 UCLA Doolittle Theatre, 1992
10 "Ken," short story
Kiss of the Spider Woman, musical
Box Folder
19 1-6 First draft and revisions, 1988-89
7-9 Rehearsal version, SUNY Purchase, 1990
Box Folder
20 1-8 Scripts and rewrites, 1990-1993
9 Proofs, Samuel French edition, 1996
10 Correspondence, 1990-95
Poster, Broadhurst Theatre, signed by cast [removed to oversize folder]
Box Folder
21 1 Programs and reviews, various performances
2 Broadhurst Theatre, New York, 1992
3 SUNY Purchase, 1990
4 International productions
5 London, 1992
6 Toronto, 1992
7 The Lady of the Camellias, adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas, program and reviews
8 Last Gasps, teleplay, script, 1969
9-10 The Last Mile, teleplay, scripts, notes, working papers, and reviews, 1992
11 Let it Bleed, scripts and program
Lips Together, Teeth Apart
Box Folder
22 1-6 Scripts, various drafts, 1991
7 Published version, setting copy, NAL/Dutton, 1992
Translations
Box Folder
23 1 French
2 German, 1992
3 Italian, 1993
4 Correspondence, 1991-93
Posters [removed to oversize folder]
Box Folder
23 5-6 Programs and reviews, various performances [oversize removed to Box 61]
7 Alley Theatre, 1993
Box Folder
24 1-2 Manhattan Theatre Club, 1991
3 Market Theatre, Albany, New York, 1992
4 Theatre in the Square, Marietta, Georgia, 1993
5 International productions
The Lisbon Traviata
Box Folder
24 6 Notes and script fragments
Scripts
Box Folder
24 7 Undated early version
8 Original typescript
9-11 Revision, May-June 1985
Box Folder
25 1-2 Revision, cont'd May-June 1985,
Manhattan Theatre Club
Box Folder
25 3 Rehearsal draft, spring 1989
4-7 Revisions: 4/24, 5/17 and 6/2/89
Box Folder
26 1-2 Revisions, cont'd: 6/15 and 6/30/89
3-6 Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 9/4-11/8/90
7 Published "final" version
Translations
Box Folder
27 1 French
2 German
3 Italian
4 Swedish
5 Programs and reviews, various performances
6 Bailiwick Repertory, Chicago, 1991
7-8 Manhattan Theatre Club, 1989
Box Folder
28 1 Manhattan Theatre Club, cont'd
2 Marines Memorial Theater, San Francisco, 1990
3 Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1990
4 Theatre Off Park, New York, 1985
5-8 International productions
Love! Valour! Compassion!
Box Folder
28 9 Research and notes
10 Preliminary draft
Scripts
Box Folder
28 11 First draft, Dec. 1993
Box Folder
29 1-6 Revisions, March-Aug. 1994
Box Folder
30 1-2 Revisions, Sept.-Oct. 1994
3 Pre-Broadway production
4 Translations, French and Spanish
5 First night correspondence, Manhattan Theatre Club
Box Folder
31 1-2 Reviews and programs, various performances
3-6 Walter Kerr Theatre, New York, 1995
Box Folder
32 1-2 International productions
3-5 Film version, reviews
Box Folder
33 1-3 Mama Malone, scripts for television pilot, 1982
A Man of No Importance, musical
Box Folder
33 4-8 Scripts, June 2000-Aug. 2002
9 Programs, Lincoln Center Theater at the Newhouse, 2002
Box Folder
34 1 Man to Man, preliminary script, 1984
Master Class
Box Folder
34 2-4 Scripts, 1995
Translations, 1996
Box Folder
34 5-7 French
8 Italian
9 Japanese
Box Folder
35 1 Correspondence, 1995-96
Posters [removed to oversize folder]
Box Folder
35 2 Production photographs, various performances
3-5 Programs and reviews [oversize removed to Box 61]
6 Golden Theatre, New York, 1995
Box Folder
36 1 Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1995
2 Plays and Players Theatre, Philadelphia, 1996
3-4 Stage Theatre, Denver, 1999
5-7 International productions, various
Box Folder
37 1 International productions, cont'd
2 Australia
3 Canada
4 France
5 Germany
6 Italy
7 Book version, publicity
8 Screenplay by Leonard Foglia, fourth draft, 1998
Box Folder
38 1 McNally's Talleys, script for Circle Repertory Company benefit
2 Musicals, untitled, with Skip Kennon [?], drafts of scripts
3 Native Tomatoes/Local Peaches, television comedy pilot, 1988
Next
Box Folder
38 4 Scripts
5-6 Programs and reviews, various performances
7 Berkshire Theatre Festival, with production photographs, 1968
8 Television pilot, final draft, 1976
Noon
Box Folder
38 9 Scripts
10 Programs and reviews for "Morning, Noon, and Night," 1968-69
11-12 Screenplay, first draft including early treatment "Juicy," 1970,n.d.
Box Folder
39 1 Pal Joey, musical concert adaptation, programs and reviews, 1995-98
2-3 Paying Up, script collaboration, 1993
A Perfect Ganesh
Box Folder
39 4-8 Scripts, 1992-93
Box Folder
40 1 Fragments
2 Spanish translation
3 Correspondence, 1993-98
4-5 Programs and reviews
6 International productions
7 Screenplay, first draft, 1996
8 Plaisir d'Amour, scripts and program for benefit
9 The Play of Malcome, script based on James Purdy's novel, 1964
Box Folder
41 1-2 Positively 10th Street, television pilot drafts, 1978-79
3 Prelude and Liebestod, notes, programs, reviews, 1987-89
4 Prelude, Fugues, & Rifts, script, programs, and reviews, 1991
5-8 Puccini, screenplay drafts, 1986-97
Ragtime, musical
Scripts
Box Folder
41 9 1994
Box Folder
42 1-4 1995
5-7 1996
Box Folder
43 1-3 1997-98
4 Correspondence, 1996-98
5 Production photographs
6 Programs and reviews, various performances [oversize removed to Box 61]
7-8 Ford Center for the Performing Arts, New York, 1996-98
Box Folder
44 1-2 Shubert Theatre, Los Angeles, 1997
3 Livent promotional materials
The Rink, musical
Box Folder
44 4-8 Scripts and rewrites, 1983-95
9 Correspondence, 1983-84
Box Folder
45 1 Programs and reviews, various performances, 1988-96
2 Martin Beck Theatre, New York, 1984
3 International productions
4 Cambridge Theatre, London, 1988
The Ritz (originally The Tubs)
Box Folder
45 5-7 Scripts for The Tubs, n.d.
Box Folder
46 1-6 Scripts, cont'd, 1974
Box Folder
47 1-2 Scripts, cont'd
3 Programs, reviews, and production photographs for The Tubs, Yale Repertory Theatre, 1974
4-7 Scripts and revisions for The Ritz, 1974-75
Box Folder
48 1 Programs and reviews, various performances, 1974-97
2 Screenplay, second draft, 1976
3 Film reviews
4 The Roller Coaster, script, 1960
5 Sam Found Out or the Queen of Mabababwe, teleplay written with Wendy Wasserstein, scripts and reviews, 1988
6 Sand between the Sheets, teleplay, first draft, 1991
7 Sex and Love, programs and reviews, Caracas, poster removed to oversize file folder 2000;
8 Some Christmas Letters, text and programs, benefit concert 1999
9 Some Easter, play for Circle Repertory gala, script and programs 1987
Sweet Eros and Witness
Box Folder
48 10-13 Scripts
14 Production photographs
Box Folder
49 1 Reviews, 1968-69
2 Screenplay, first draft
3 Television script ideas
4 Terrence McNally: Five Short Plays, program and reviews, 1996
5 This Side of the Door, script, 1963
6 Time Framed (2:00 PM), script for The First Annual Playwrights Support Fund Benefit, May 9, 1983
7 Tour in " Collision Course," scripts and reviews, 1968
8 Trying Times II: L/S/M/F/T, teleplay scripts, 1989
9-10 XXIII Skidoo, scripts, 1983
11 Two-Thousand Sixty-Eight, play for Circle Repertory Company's 20th anniversary benefit, script and program 1988,
12 "Untitled" corrected playscript; notes for plays
Up in Saratoga
Box Folder
49 13-14 Scripts, 1988
Box Folder
50 1-2 Scripts, cont'd, 1988-892
3 Programs and reviews, Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, 1989
4-5 Urban Blight, scripts, programs and reviews, 1988
The Visit, musical
Box Folder
50 6-9 Scripts, with Frank Galati's notes and editing 1999,
Box Folder
51 1-3 Scripts, cont'd, 2000
4 Correspondence, Angela Lansbury and Frank Galati
5 Programs and reviews
Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone?
Box Folder
51 6-9 Scripts, 1969-70
Box Folder
52 1-3 Scripts, cont'd
4 Programs and reviews, 1971
5 Yale Repertory Theatre
6 New York, various venues
Whiskey
Box Folder
52 7 Scripts
8 Production photographs
9 Programs and reviews, 1973
10 The Wibbly, Wobbly, Wiggly Dance that Cleopatra Did, scripts and program, 1993
11 Women's Rites, script, 1967
12 You and Hugh ( "Hugh and Son"), libretto and program, 1994
Collected plays, publicity and reviews
Box Folder
53 1 Collected Plays: Volume II, 1996
2 15 Short Plays, 1994
3-4 Three Plays, with setting copy, 1990
5 Reviews, various titles



 

II. Career-Related and Personal

Box Folder
53 6-8 Articles about McNally
Box Folder
54 1 Articles by McNally
Awards
By play title
Box Folder
54 2 A-L
3 M-V
By year, playwright
Box Folder
54 4 1985-93
5 1994-96
6-7 1998
8 1999-2001
Tony Awards
Box Folder
55 1 Kiss of the Spider Woman 1993,
1 Love! Valour! Compassion! 1995,
2 Master Class 1996,
3 Ragtime 1998,
4 The Full Monty (nominated) 2001,
5-6 Benefits, 1987-2002
7 Career-related writings, primarily for publications
8-9 "Letters from a Playwright,"New York Guide, May-Aug. 1979
Box Folder
56 1 Conferences and festivals, 1988-98
2 OPERA America's 24th annual conference, including McNally's keynote address 1994,
3 William Inge Festival, 1994
Correspondence
Box Folder
56 4 1955-68
5 1989-92
6 1993-97
7 1998
8 1999-2002
9 Undated
Box Folder
57 1 Daybooks, blank
2 The Dramatists Guild, 1985
3 Guggenheim Fellowships, 1966 and 1969
4-7 High school and college papers and writings
Box Folder
58 1 College plays, programs, 1959-1960s
2-3 Interviews
4 Lectures and speeches
5 Address to members of the League of American Theaters and Producers, Toronto, 1991
6 Juilliard commencement, May 22, 1998
7 "The Faces of Love: An Evening of Songs by Jake Heggie," narrated by McNally, Lincoln Center, May 2000
8 Opera-related projects and writings
9-12 Texaco-Metropolitan Opera Radio Network, "Opera News on the Air", 1981-92
Box Folder
59 1 1995-2000
2 Articles on opera in Horizon, 1985
3 "Wozzeck," for the Metropolitan Opera Guild's Great Opera cassette series, 1989
4-5 Photographs, including Richard Avendon photos of McNally [oversize removed to Box 62]
6 McNally with President Bill Clinton at the White House, 1998
7-9 Tributes and memorials, including Jimmy Coco, Fred Ebb, Ruth Goodman Goetz, John Kander, Jimmy Kirkwood, Angela Lansbury, Patricia Brooks Mann, Leonard Melfi, and Chita Rivera



 

III. Works of Others

Box Folder
60 1 Articles and clippings about others [oversize removed to Box 61]
2-3 Bywaters, Tom. "Summer of 1991" and "Summer of 1993"
4 Lyons, Steven. "Cockroach Infestation"
5-6 Programs, various non-McNally performances
7-9 Ryton, Royce. "The Unvarnished Truth"
Box
61-62 Oversize