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Betsko-Koenig Women Playwrights Collection, 1955-1990
8 boxes (8 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 427

Abstract:
Source material for book, Interviews with Contemporary Women Playwrights compiled by Kathleen Betsko and Rachel Koenig (1987), featuring thirty women playwrights, including Rosalyn Drexler, Beth Henley, Marsha Norman, Ntozake Shange, Megan Terry, and Kathleen Betsko. Materials include audio tapes, edited and unedited interview transcripts, biographical materials, play scripts, reviews, programs, correspondence, and photographs.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

With the exception of closed tapes and transcripts, the material is open to research according to the rules of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Access to the tapes and unedited transcripts varies. There are signed agreements from 28 of the 30 playwrights regarding access to their tapes and unedited transcripts, and 20 of the 30 are open for use. The 2 for which no agreements were received have been closed. The release forms are found with the unedited transcripts, and copies of the agreements from those 8 women who wanted their unedited transcripts closed are also filed with their edited ones. This collection contains numerous unpublished plays for which copyright restrictions apply particularly in relation to photocopying.

Access to audiovisual materials may first require production of research copies.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection does not own the literary rights to this material. Rights to the edited transcripts are owned by Kathleen Betsko and Rachel Koenig, and rights to the tapes, unedited transcripts, and plays are owned by the individual playwrights. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Betsko-Koenig Women Playwrights Collection consists of 8 linear feet of audio tapes, edited and unedited transcripts, and related material on 30 women playwrights. The edited transcripts were published as Interviews with Contemporary Women Playwrights compiled by Kathleen Betsko and Rachel Koenig (Beech Tree Books, 1987). The inclusive dates are 1955 to 1986. The papers are arranged by individual playwright including co-author Kathleen Betsko. The authors collected related material, which includes plays, reviews, clippings, other interviews, programs, flyers, and correspondence. All related material follows each transcript. Material specifically related to the publication of the book, including photographs of the subjects, is located with Kathleen Betsko's file. The audio tapes and those transcripts that are closed to research have been separated and are in the first and last boxes, respectively.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

With the exception of closed tapes and transcripts, the material is open to research according to the rules of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Access to the tapes and unedited transcripts varies. There are signed agreements from 28 of the 30 playwrights regarding access to their tapes and unedited transcripts, and 20 of the 30 are open for use. The 2 for which no agreements were received have been closed. The release forms are found with the unedited transcripts, and copies of the agreements from those 8 women who wanted their unedited transcripts closed are also filed with their edited ones. This collection contains numerous unpublished plays for which copyright restrictions apply particularly in relation to photocopying.

Access to audiovisual materials may first require production of research copies.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection does not own the literary rights to this material. Rights to the edited transcripts are owned by Kathleen Betsko and Rachel Koenig, and rights to the tapes, unedited transcripts, and plays are owned by the individual playwrights. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Betsko-Koenig Women Playwrights Collection, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

The Betsko-Koenig Women Playwrights Collection was received from Kathleen Betsko and Rachel Koenig in 1986 and 1988 with several small additions in 1989.

Processing Information

Processed by Susan Boone, 1990


Additional Information
Contact Information
Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email Reference Form: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/emailform.html
URL: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/
Language
English
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Oral history tapes (90)


Box 1
Liliane Atlan


Box 2
Edited transcript


Box 2: folder 1
Biographical and miscellaneous material,
n.d.

Box 2: folder 2
Correspondence, interviews,
1984, n.d.

Box 2: folder 3
Plays



Les Musiciens les emigrants: scripts,
1976, n.d.

Box 2: folder 4
L'Amour elementaire: scripts,
1979, n.d.

Box 2: folder 5
Carriage of Flames and Voices: script (in French and English),
1971, 1981

Box 2: folder 6
The Messiahs or Earth Sick: script,
1983

Box 2: folder 7
Mister Fugue or Earth Sick: script,
1983

Box 2: folder 8
Other works



Un opera pour Terezen, Le reve des animaux rongeurs, La lapsus,
1971, 1985, n.d.

Box 2: folder 9
Alice Childress



Unedited transcript


Box 2: folder 10
Biographical material,
1967-88

Box 2: folder 11
Plays



Wine in the Wilderness, Mojo, String: scripts,
1969, 1971

Box 2: folder 12
Miscellaneous reviews,
1955-84

Box 2: folder 13
Caryl Churchill



Edited transcript


Box 2: folder 14
Biographical material, correspondence,
1965, n.d.

Box 2: folder 15
Plays



Cloud 9: reviews, program,
1980, 1983

Box 2: folder 16
Fen: script, reviews,
1983-84

Box 2: folder 17
Top Girls: script, reviews, program,
1982-83

Box 2: folder 18
Owners: script, reviews,
1972-77

Box 2: folder 19
Miscellaneous reviews,
1975-88

Box 2: folder 20
Anne Commire



Biographical material,
1979, n.d.

Box 2: folder 21
Plays



Melody Sisters: script,
1983

Box 2: folder 22
Put Them All Together: programs, script, reviews,
1978-80

Box 2: folder 23
Shay: script, reviews,
1972-78

Box 2: folder 24
Gretchen Cryer



Transcript


Box 2
Edited


Box 2: folder 25
Unedited


Box 2: folder 26
Biographical material,
1980-87

Box 2: folder 27
Plays



I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road: script, reviews,
1976-80

Box 2: folder 28
Miscellaneous reviews,
1970

Box 2: folder 29
Donna de Matteo



Edited transcript


Box 2: folder 30
Biographical material,
n.d.

Box 2: folder 31
Plays



Flipside: script,
n.d.

Box 2: folder 32
Rocky Road: script,
n.d.

Box 2: folder 33
Animal Lovers: script,
1977

Box 2: folder 34
Lord Richard: script,
n.d.

Box 2: folder 35
Silver Fox: programs,
1987, n.d.

Box 2: folder 36
Miscellaneous reviews,
1975-1979

Box 2: folder 37
Rosalyn Drexler



Transcript


Box 2
Edited


Box 3: folder 1
Unedited


Box 3: folder 2
Biographical material, interviews,
1979-83

Box 3: folder 3
Plays



Lobby: script, ,
1983

Box 3: folder 4
Graven Image: script, reviews,
1979

Box 3: folder 5
She Who Was He: script,
1974

Box 3: folder 6
Skywriting: script, review,
1968

Box 3: folder 7
Utopia Parkway: script,
1983

Box 3: folder 8
The Line of Least Existence and Other Plays (includes Home Movers, The Investigations, Hot Buttered Roll, Softly and Consider the Learners, The Bed Was Full): published book of plays, reviews of the book and individual plays),
1964-68

Box 3: folder 9
Miscellaneous reviews, programs, flyers,
1964-83

Box 3: folder 10
Novel: I Am the beautiful stranger excerpted in The Bold New Woman,
1970

Box 3: folder 11
Laura Farabough



Transcript


Box 3
Edited


Box 3: folder 12
Unedited


Box 3: folder 13
Biographical material,
n.d.

Box 3: folder 14
Plays



Obedience School: "Notebook," reviews,
1982-83

Box 3: folder 15
Under Construction: reviews,
1985-86

Box 3: folder 16
Sea of Heartbreak: "Notebook",
1983

Box 3: folder 17
Snake Theatre: articles,
1979, n.d.

Box 3: folder 18
Bai Fengxi



Edited transcript


Box 3: folder 19
Biographical material and correspondence (some in Chinese),
1981-85

Box 3: folder 20
Maria Irene Fornes



Transcript


Box 3
Edited


Box 3: folder 21
Unedited


Box 3: folder 22
Biographical material, interviews,
1966-86

Box 3: folder 23
Plays



Fefu and Her Friends: script, reviews,
1978

Box 3: folder 24
Promenade: script,
n.d.

Box 3: folder 25
Miscellaneous reviews,
1969-88

Box 3: folder 26
Mary Gallagher



Edited transcript


Box 3: folder 27
Biographical and miscellaneous material,
1983-86

Box 3: folder 28
Plays



Win/Lose/Draw: script, reviews,
1981, 1983

Box 3: folder 29
Dog Eat Dog: script, reviews,
1982-83

Box 3: folder 30
Little Bird: script,
1983

Box 3: folder 31
Miscellaneous reviews,
1981-82

Box 3: folder 32
Book: Quicksilver,
1982

Box 3: folder 33
Griselda Gambaro



Unedited transcript


Box 3: folder 34
Biographical and miscellaneous material, correspondence,
1970-83

Box 3: folder 35
Plays


Box 3
In the Country: reviews,
1983

Box 3: folder 36
Teatro 1: script, ,
1984

Box 3: folder 37
Pam Gems



Transcript


Box 3
Edited


Box 3: folder 38
Unedited


Box 3: folder 39
Biographical and miscellaneous material, correspondence,
1973-74

Box 3: folder 40
Plays



Piaf: script, reviews, program,
1978-81

Box 3: folder 41
Queen Christina: script, reviews,
1982, n.d.

Box 3: folder 42
Dusa, Fish, Stas & Vi: script, reviews,
1977-80

Box 3: folder 43
Miscellaneous reviews,
1972-84

Box 3: folder 44
Beth Henley



Transcript


Box 3
Edited


Box 4: folder 1
Unedited


Box 4: folder 2
Biographical material, correspondence,
1981-83

Box 4: folder 3
Plays



Crimes of the Heart: script, reviews,
1980-82

Box 4: folder 4
The Wake of Jamey Foster: script, reviews, program,
1982-83

Box 4: folder 5
Am I Blue: script, reviews,
1981-82

Box 4: folder 6
The Miss Firecracker Contest: script, reviews,
1979, n.d.

Box 4: folder 7
Confluence: reviews,
1982

Box 4: folder 8
Tina Howe



Edited transcript


Box 4: folder 9
Biographical and miscellaneous material, correspondence,
1984-88

Box 4: folder 10
Plays



Painting Churches: script, reviews, program,
1982-84

Box 4: folder 11
Museum: script, reviews,
1978-79

Box 4: folder 12
Art of Dining: script, reviews,
1978-80

Box 4: folder 13
Birth and After Birth: script,
1973

Box 4: folder 14
Nest: reviews,
1970

Box 4: folder 15
Corinne Jacker



Transcript


Box 4
Edited


Box 4: folder 16
Unedited


Box 4: folder 17
Biographical material,
1979, n.d.

Box 4: folder 18
Plays



Domestic Issues: script, reviews,
1983

Box 4: folder 19
My Life: script, reviews,
1977

Box 4: folder 20
Harry Outside: script, reviews,
1975

Box 4: folder 21
Later: script, reviews,
1979

Box 4: folder 22
In Place, The Chinese Restaurant Syndrome, Bits and Pieces: scripts,
1975-83

Box 4: folder 23
Miscellaneous reviews,
1976

Box 4: folder 24
Adrienne Kennedy



Transcript


Box 4
Edited


Box 4: folder 25
Unedited


Box 4: folder 26
Biographical material,
1977, n.d.

Box 4: folder 27
Plays



Funnyhouse of a Negro: script, reviews,
1964-79

Box 4: folder 28
A Rat's Nest, Cities in Bezique (The Owls Answers, A Beast Story): scripts,
n.d.

Box 4: folder 29
An Evening with Dead Essex: script, reviews,
1973-74, n.d.

Box 4: folder 30
Karen Malpede



Unedited transcript


Box 4: folder 31
Biographical and miscellaneous material, correspondence,
1976-83, n.d.

Box 4: folder 32
Plays



The End of the War: script, reviews,
1977-82

Box 4: folder 33
Sappho and Aphrodite: script, reviews,
1982-83

Box 4: folder 34
A Lament for Three Women: script,
1974

Box 4: folder 35
A Monster Has Stolen the Sun: script, reviews,
1980-81

Box 4: folder 36
Making Peace: script, review,
1979

Box 4: folder 37
Miscellaneous reviews and programs,
1976-88

Box 4: folder 38
Three Works by the Open Theatre, ed. by K. Malpede,
1974

Box 4: folder 39
Emily Mann



Edited transcript


Box 5: folder 1
Biographical and miscellaneous material, correspondence,
1985, 1987, n.d.

Box 5: folder 2
Plays



Execution of Justice: script, reviews,
1983-86

Box 5: folder 3
Still Life: reviews, program,
1981-83

Box 5: folder 4
Eve Merriam



Transcript


Box 5
Edited


Box 5: folder 5
Unedited


Box 5: folder 6
Biographical and miscellaneous material, correspondence,
n.d.

Box 5: folder 7
Plays/Musicals



At Her Age: script, program, reviews,
1979

Box 5: folder 8
The Inner City: reviews,
1971-81

Box 5: folder 9
The Good Life: Lady MacBeth of Westport: script,
n.d.

Box 5: folder 10
A Husband's Notes about Her: script,
n.d.

Box 5: folder 11
Plagues for Our Time: script, review,
1983

Box 5: folder 12
The Club: reviews,
1976-77

Box 5: folder 13
And I Ain't Finished Yet: script,
1982

Box 5: folder 14
Janet Neipris



Transcript


Box 5
Edited


Box 5: folder 15
Unedited


Box 5: folder 16
Biographical material,
1977-81, n.d.

Box 5: folder 17
Plays



Exhibition, Statues, and The Bridge at Belharbour: 3 One-Act Plays: script, reviews,
1976, n.d.

Box 5: folder 18
The Agreement, Out of Order: scripts,
1981, 1983

Box 5: folder 19
Marsha Norman



Transcript


Box 5
Edited


Box 5: folder 20
Unedited


Box 5: folder 21
Biographical material, articles,
1981-84

Box 5: folder 22
Plays



Getting Out: publicity, reviews, script,
1978-79

Box 5: folder 23
'night Mother: reviews, publicity, script,
1982-83

Box 5: folder 24
Traveler in the Dark: script, review,
1983-85

Box 5: folder 25
Third and Oak: The Laundromat: script, reviews,
1978-85

Box 5: folder 26
Rochelle Owens



Transcript


Box 5
Edited


Box 6: folder 1
Unedited


Box 6: folder 2
Biographical material, correspondence,
1975-84

Box 6: folder 3
Plays



Chunky's Hunch: reviews, script,
1981

Box 6: folder 4
Emma Instigated Me: script,
n.d.

Box 6: folder 5
Miscellaneous reviews,
1968-78

Box 6: folder 6
Louise Page



Edited transcript


Box 6: folder 7
Biographical material,
n.d.

Box 6: folder 8
Plays: Salonika: review, script, publicity,
1983-85

Box 6: folder 9
Ntozake Shange



Transcript


Box 6
Edited


Box 6: folder 10
Unedited


Box 6: folder 11
Biographical material, correspondence,
1984-85

Box 6: folder 12
Works



Betsey Brown (the opera and the novel): script, reviews, publicity,
1985, 1987

Box 6: folder 13
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf: reviews, script, program,
1975-83

Box 6: folder 14
Three Pieces: script, review,
1981, n.d.

Box 6: folder 15
A Daughter's Geography, See No Evil, Sassafrass, Cypress and Indigo,
1982, 1983, 1986

Box 6: folder 16
Miscellaneous reviews,
1970

Box 6: folder 17
Megan Terry



Transcript


Box 6
Edited


Box 6: folder 18
Unedited


Box 6: folder 19
Biographical material, correspondence,
1967-84

Box 6: folder 20
Scripts



American Kings English for Queens, Approaching Simone, Attempted Rescue of Avenue B,
1973-82

Box 6: folder 21
Babes in the Big House, Brazil Fado, The Gloaming Oh My Darling, Calm Down Mother,
1966-78

Box 6: folder 22
Katmandu, Massachusetts Trust, Pro-Game, The Pioneer,
1968-82

Box 6: folder 23
Three One-Act Plays (Sanibel and Captiva, The Magic Realists, One More Little Dunkie), The Tommy Allen Show, The Trees Blew Down,
1970-80

Box 6: folder 24
Reviews,
1966-83

Box 6: folder 25
Omaha Magic Theatre: articles,
1979-83

Box 6: folder 26
Michelene Wandor



Transcript


Box 6
Edited


Box 6: folder 27
Unedited


Box 6: folder 28
Biographical material,
n.d.

Box 6: folder 29
Work



Plays: 5 Plays, Sink Songs: scripts,
1975, 1984

Box 6: folder 30
Poetry: Up Beat Poems and Stories,
1982

Box 6: folder 31
Editor



Cutlasses and Earrings, On Gender and Writing, Strike While the Iron is Hot,
1977-83

Box 6: folder 32
Plays by Women, Volumes 1-4,
1982-85

Box 6: folder 33
Wendy Wasserstein



Transcript


Box 6
Edited


Box 6: folder 34
Unedited


Box 6: folder 35-6
Biographical and miscellaneous material, articles,
1981-86, n.d.

Box 6: folder 37
Plays



Uncommon Women and Others: script, reviews,
1977-84

Box 6: folder 38
Isn't It Romantic: script, reviews,
1981-84

Box 6: folder 39
Miscellaneous reviews and programs,
1979-83

Box 6: folder 40
Susan Yankowitz



Edited transcript


Box 7: folder 1
Biographical and miscellaneous material, correspondence,
1985, n.d.

Box 7: folder 2
Plays



The Amnesiac: script (screenplay),
1981

Box 7: folder 3
The Forerunner: Charlotte Perkins Gilman: script,
n.d.

Box 7: folder 4
The Land of Milk and Funny or Portrait of a Scientist as a Dumb Broad; Slaughterhouse, Play; Who Done It?: scripts,
1968, 1969, n.d.

Box 7: folder 5
The Ha-Ha Play: script,
n.d.

Box 7: folder 6
A Knife in the Heart: script, program,
1982-83

Box 7: folder 7
Miscellaneous reviews,
1970, 1983

Box 7: folder 8
Novel: Silent Witness,
1976

Box 7: folder 9
Kathleen Betsko



Biographical material,
1982-85

Box 7: folder 10
Plays



Johnny Bull: review, program,
1982-86

Box 7: folder 11
Johnny Bull: scripts,
1980-84

Box 7: folder 12
Stitchers and Starlight Talkers: script, reviews, publicity,
1986, n.d.

Box 7: folder 13
Book: Interviews with Contemporary Women Playwrights


Box 7
Correspondence, proposal, publicity, miscellaneous material,
1982-86

Box 7: folder 14
Photographs


Box 7: folder 15
International Women Playwrights Conference: correspondence, publicity,
1988

Box 7: folder 16
CLOSED (unedited transcripts)



Liliane Atlan


Box 8: folder 1
Caryl Churchill


Box 8: folder 2
Anne Commire


Box 8: folder 3
Donna de Matteo


Box 8: folder 4
Mary Gallagher


Box 8: folder 5
Tina Howe


Box 8: folder 6
Bai Fengxi


Box 8: folder 7
Emily Mann


Box 8: folder 8
Louise Page


Box 8: folder 9
Susan Yankowitz


Box 8: folder 10

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Subjects
  • Betsko, Kathleen
  • Drexler, Rosalyn
  • Henley, Beth
  • Interviews With Contemporary Women Playwrights. compiled by Kathleen Betsko and Rachel Koenig(1987)--Sources
  • Norman, Marsha
  • Shange, Ntozake
  • Terry, Megan
  • Theater--History--20th century--Sources
  • Theater--United States--History--20th century--Sources
  • Women dramatists--20th century--Biography--Sources
  • Women in the theater--United States--History--Sources


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