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Name of Creator:Triangle Theater Company (Boston, Mass.).
Title:Triangle Theater Company records
Date:1979–2009 (bulk 1979–1996)
Reference Code:M176
Location Code:56/3, FF4/D10
Extent:1.20 cubic ft. (3 manuscript and 1 half–manuscript boxes, and 1 oversize folder)
Scope and Content Abstract:The collection consists of records collected by Triangle Theater Company founder David M. Hough, documenting the artistic and administrative activities of the Triangle Theater Company. Individual productions are documented by photographs, press releases and newspaper clippings, programs, promotional materials, and scripts; records of productions in the 1987–1988 through 1993–1994 seasons are absent and records of productions in the 1994–1995 and 1995–1996 seasons consist of programs only. Photographic materials are foldered with other materials relating to the production. Productions are arranged chronologically. Organizational records are arranged alphabetically and include board meeting minutes, budgets and other financial records, correspondence and newsletters from the Gay Theatre Alliance, correspondence relating to the founding of Triangle Theater, correspondence with potential collaborators, and newspaper articles about the Triangle Theater Company and its productions.
Historical Abstract:The Triangle Theater Company was founded in 1979 by David M. Hough. Named for the pink triangles used to mark gay men in Nazi concentration camps, Triangle Theater sought to provide a supportive environment in which gay men and women could work in theater. During each season, Triangle Theater staged multiple productions and held staged readings of scripts. When Triangle Theater incorporated in September 1981, Hough was its Artistic Director and President of the Board; he stepped down as president in June 1983 and as artistic director in 1987, but he remained a member of the Board. Hough was replaced as Artistic Director by Steve O'Donnell, who in 1993 was replaced by Kate Caffrey; O'Donnell returned to the post in 1994. Triangle Theater's first production, “3 in a Single Key,” presented three one–act plays during Lesbian / Gay Pride 1980. For its second season, Triangle became a company–in–residence at the Theatre Factory, a theater space for small companies, founded by Hough and others; the Theatre Factory closed in 1981, forcing Triangle to perform in multiple venues as the company searched for another home. In September 1985, Triangle Theater reached an agreement with the H.E.R.E. Local 26 Union to use the theater space in the union's building, a former film screening room. Triangle staged its productions in this theater, the Paramount Penthouse Theater in Boston's South End, until 1996. Unable to locate a new theater to stage their productions, the Triangle Theater Company closed in 1996.
Language and Scripts:Materials entirely in English.
System of Arrangement:Arranged in one alphabetical sequence and one chronological sequence.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Hough, David M.

  • Gay Theatre Alliance
  • Theatre Factory
  • Triangle Theater Company

  • Gay dramatists
  • Gay theater
  • Gays and the performing arts
  • Lesbian dramatists
  • Theater – Gay theater – Massachusetts – Boston
  • Theater – Political aspects – Massachusetts – Boston
  • Theater – Production and direction
  • Theatrical companies

Conditions Governing Access:The collection is unrestricted.
Immediate Source of Acquisition:Received from David M. Hough in 2010.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use:Copyright restrictions may apply.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Dominique Medal, August, 2010