Harvard Law School Drama Society records
- 1961 - 1995
- Harvard Law School Drama Society (Organization)
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By 1970 with Have Law, Will Gavel's humorous references to Ralph Nader, the annual show tended to parody current events, popular culture, literature, film, and the specific concerns of Harvard Law School students. Sometimes Law School professors were lampooned and some even chose to pitch in with cameo roles. The annual shows or parodies during the seventies were as follows: From Here To Perpetuity (1971) which had a philosophical theme, The Greatest Show Unearthed (1972) cast the Law School as a circus, Praise the Law and Pass the Erudition (1973) was a Dantean journey from hell to paradise, The Paper Waste (1974) parodies the movie " The Paper Chase ", Shake A Legacy (1975) was a lighthearted Western, Laws (1976), parodied the Spielberg film " Jaws, " Holmes Is Where The Hark Is (1977) poked fun at Arthur Conan Doyle, It Takes A Fief (1978) was informed by Arthurian legend, Paradise Remanded or Replevin Can Wait (1979) was a Faustian parable. Supraman in 1980 parodied the movie " Superman. " In 1981 the group performed a comedy about love and romance called Contempt of Courtship and in 1982 the musical was set in a summer camp for law students and entitled Summery Proceedings. Hitchcock's " North By Northwest " was evoked in 1983's North By North Middle, Orwell in 1984's 1984 and 1985's Starry Descisis was a Sci-Fi spoof. The students tackled Dickens with 1986's A Commencement Carol and made reference in 1987 to popular television program " Dallas " in Austin...Who Shot J.D.?. In 1988, Malice in Wonderlaw drew from the children's tale by Lewis Carroll. In 1990 the musical The Crimson Slippers Or There's No Place Like Holmes was informed by the film " The Wizard of Oz. " Bernstein's " West Side Story " was the inspiration for the tragic West Law Story (1991), and The Cocky Lawyer Picture Show (1995) parodied " The Rocky Horror Picture Show ".
The annual musical parodies were not the only shows that the HLS Drama Society produced. After 1978, nearly every year in the fall, the group staged an annual musical revue evocative of the earliest HLS Drama Society shows, the Equity Reviews. Some of the titles of these productions are From Rags To Rhythm (1978), Something L's (1979), Prisms (1980), It's A Long Way to Certiorari (1982), Judicial Revue (1983), Just Desserts (1984), Puttin' On the Writs (1985), Hollywood Briefs (1987), and It's A Long Long Way to Certiorari.
In addition to these shows, the Drama Society occasionally staged dramas by famous authors and occasionally well known musicals. Some of these kinds of productions were Caucasian Chalk Circle (1979), Twelve Angry Jurors (1981), The Importance of Being Earnest (1982), The Real Inspector Hound and Sacre-Tease (1983), Blithe Spirit (1984), The Gingham Dog (1985) Working (1986) an original musical based on a book of the same name by Studs Terkel, The Apple Tree (1998), Dancing At Lughnasa (1994) and The Fantasticks in 1995.
- Series I: Reviews, tickets and programs. Photocopies of Harvard Law Review articles reviewing the student productions, along with programs and tickets. Some folders in this series contain script information, invitations, receipts, promotional information and some correspondence.
- Series II: Scripts. This series contains final versions of scripts as well as drafts, synopses and information pertaining to script development. Some scripts contain songs, music,lyric sheets, programs and director's notes.
- Series III: Musical Scores. This series contains original concert scores, orchestral parts, piano and vocal music, and lyric sheets for original shows. It also contains songs and that were not composed by Harvard Law School Drama Society members, some of which were orchestrated by members of the Drama Society for performances of variety-show style Fall Annual Revues.
- Series IV: Miscellaneous. This series contains fliers, newspaper and magazine clippings, promotional material, production information, financial information, cast lists and audition information, director's notes, some correspondence, some script information, licenses, permits, and prop lists.
- Series V: Audiotapes
- Series VI: Clothing. Transferred to the Art and Visual Collection
- Series VII: Posters. Transferred to the HLS Poster Collection. The posters are arranged chronologically. Also contains some large drawings.
- Series VIII: Photographs. Also contains negatives and contact sheets. Transferred to the Art and Visual Materials Collection.
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- College and school drama, American--Massachusetts--Cambridge
- College operas, revues, etc.--Harvard University
- Harvard University
- Law--Study and teaching
- Musicals--Writing and publishing
- Theater programs
- Theater--Production and direction
- Theatrical posters
- Harvard Law School Drama Society Records, 1961-1995: Finding Aid
- Harvard Law School LibraryCambridge, MA 02138
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