Monday, October 24, 4 p.m.

Bowen Theatre Drake Performance and Event Center

1849 Cannon Dr.

A Seat At the Banquet

A Seat At the Banquet

Jonathan Barlow Lee, son of playwright Robert E. Lee, and production manager for the Mark Taper Forum for the past 28 years, will share personal anecdotes about growing up while the plays of Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee were being created. Lee will also discuss and share designs, plans and renderings of the premiere productions of “Auntie Mame” and several other Lawrence and Lee plays.

Lee has been the production manager for more than 150 plays at Center Theatre Group’s Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, including the first full production of both Parts 1 and 2 of Angels in America, Deaf West’s Big River (performed in American Sign Language), and the world premiere productions of many plays from August Wilson’s “Century Cycle.” Previously, his work as a stage manager included the original productions of Zoot Suit as well as Children of a Lesser God – at the Taper and on Broadway, and the interactive audience experience, Tamara. He directed an international touring company of “Children,” and staged a 30th anniversary revival of that play for Deaf West Theatre in Los Angeles. He has taught stage management at the University of Southern California, and on behalf of Center Theatre Group he oversaw the 2008 renovation of the Taper.

Chorus line from the Charles H. McCaghy Collection of Exotic Dance from Burlesque to Clubs

The Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute serves as an archive for performers, playwrights, choreographers, designers, producing organizations, and theatre and dance companies, among others, and advances the study and inspiration of the performing arts. In association with the Department of Theatre, the Institute acquires, preserves, and makes accessible materials documenting the performing arts for the purposes of scholarship, education, and enjoyment; provides an active teaching component; serves as a source for new works creation, development, and reconstruction; and enriches patrons' experiences of these materials which reveal our performing arts culture and history. Our collections include personal papers; organizational archives; costume, scene, lighting designs, and technical theatre documentation; costumes; models of stage sets and theatres; photographs; posters; artwork; film, videotape and sound recordings; realia; and other types of documentation.

The Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute is in the Thompson Library in the Jack and Jan Creighton Special Collections Reading Room on the main floor, just off the Oval. The address for visits and for mail is:

Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute
Room 119
Thompson Library
1858 Neil Ave Mall

BoccacioScene design for European production of Boccaccio, ca. 1900

"Theatre is the universal means of expression. It embraces all of the arts through which human minds seek to reach one another."
Jerome Lawrence, Robert E. Lee - November, 1986


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