Inclusive Dates: 1998
Production files housed in two Hollinger boxes containing 15 folders, 3 playbills (including two autographed) and three copies of illustrated marketing flyer. The collection contains the script, performance reports, and selections of materials detailing the management and artistic vision for the play (including the full costume bible and select set and lighting documentation).
Photograph file contains black and white prints, black and white contact sheets from opening night, black and white production contact sheets, and select color slides.
Corresponding electronic file contains scanned playbill, digital photographs, scanned press clippings, show art, scanned education study guide, select stage management documents, scanned costume sketches, and an audio recording of a panel discussion on Shaw.
Stack of window cards is housed in poster collection.
George Bernard Shaw was an Irish playwright born in 1856. Shaw began writing at age 23, focusing on criticism on art, music and theatre. Within a few years Shaw began writing plays and ultimately wrote more than 50, including Pygmalion (1912), Man and Superman (1903) and Major Barbara (1905), to name a few. In 1923, Shaw was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature and by his death, in 1950, Shaw was hailed as one of the greatest playwrights of the English language.
You Never Can Tell tells the story of siblings recalling their childhood and rethinking their ideas about their mother's influence over their lives. As children, they had been removed by their mother from their father's home, relocated to Spain from England, and were entirely influenced by their mother's modern ideas about independence and science. During the course of the play, the siblings come to question their principles.
Production box 1 contains management files; production box 2 contains stage documents and full costume bible.
Access Restrictions: Open and available for research by appointment only.
Preferred Citation: You Never Can Tell (1998), Roundabout Theatre Company Archives
Production box 1 contains artistic, casting, correspondence, script, opening night, house seats, marketing, press and education files.
Production box 2 contains rehearsal reports, performance reports, set design, lighting design and costume design files.