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SCA Newsletter - MP+D Completes San Francisco Bay Area Theater Recordings Preservation Project

November 18, 2019 11:11 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

On June 30, 2019, the Museum of Performance + Design(MP+D)completed its year-long preservation project, More Life: Preserving San Francisco Bay Area Theater Recordings, funded by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and MP+D supporters. These grants supported the digitization of some of MP+D's most at-risk live theater video recordings, documenting performances and workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area from 1976 to 2001. Over the course of the project, MP+D digitized 200 video tapes for long-term preservation and created catalog records for 175 recently acquired recordings. Among the significant works preserved were the world premiere of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Angels in America" by the Eureka Theatre; the 1977 production of Athol Fugard's "Sizwe Bansi is Dead", starring a young Danny Glover; American Conservatory Theater's 1987 production of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom with Charles Dutton; and performances from several other San Francisco Bay Area theatre companies such as Magic Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, San Francisco Mime Troupe, and Theatre of Yugen. Information about these productions is discoverable through their catalog records on MP+D's online catalog and WorldCat.org. Newly digitized works will be accessible for viewing via on-site workstations in MP+D's Reading Room. Please visit www.mpdsf.org for additional information.

Supriya Wronkiewicz

Project Archivist

Museum of Performance + Design

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