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Alive and Trucking Theater Company records

 Collection
Identifier: PA088
The years of existence of the Alive and Trucking Theater Company are chronicled in several scrapbooks, a published version of three plays from the group’s first year (Stage Left), and two videos of theater performances. Stage Left , a book which was an account of the first year of A&T, includes three plays that were presented, plus a narrative of the search for cast and crew, a place to perform, and money to support the operation.

There are also essays on the meaning of theater as a political tool, community theater, and short biographical sketches of theater members. The group’s adventures as a political theater troupe are tracked in scrapbooks, which contain newspaper articles, photos, ephemera, and correspondence relating to the theater group’s activities. The video recordings are live performances of some of the plays in the troupe’s repertoire.

Dates

  • 1971-1976

Language of Materials

English

Restrictions on Use

The collection is open and available for use by researchers in the Andersen Library reading room.

Restrictions on Access

All rights of ownership, including literary rights to the contents thereof, have been transferred from the donor to the Manuscripts Division

Extent

2 Cubic Feet

Overview

The collection contains scrapbooks, videos, and a published work chronicling the activities of the Alive and Trucking Theater Company

Historical Note

The Alive and Trucking Theater Company was one of many counter culture theater groups which grew out of the youth and women’s movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Founders of the Theater Co. were inspired by a performance of "The Independent Female"or "A Man Has His Pride"by the Madison Street Theater. The goal was to form a permanent feminist theater company in Minneapolis, which would explore gender roles and social issues through the use of theater performances.

Arrangement

The collection is organized into three series:
  1. Publications
  2. Video recordings
  3. Scrapbooks

Physical Location

Mezz

Acquisition

Donated 3/28/2008

Processing Information

The collection was processed and the finding aid written by Steven Granger, 2008.
Title
Alive and Trucking Theater Company records
Author
Steven Granger
Date
2008
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Performing Arts Archives Repository

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