Robert Patrick papers, ca. 1940-1984.

Collection Data

Patrick, Robert (1937-) (Author)
Library locations
Billy Rose Theatre Division
Shelf locator: *T-Mss 1978-006
Patrick, Robert, 1937-
Off Off-Broadway theater
Gay theater
Content: From 1979 to 1982 Patrick wrote a regular column about off-off Broadway for the theatrical paper Other Stages. In1990 he directed his last play in New York, Hello, Bob, about his experiences with Kennedy's Children. Patrick settled in California in 1993. In 1994 he published TempleSlave about the origins of off-off Broadway. Patrick received the Robert Chesley Award for Lifetime Achievementin Gay Theatre in 1997. He continues to write and is living in Los Angeles.
Content: Robert Patrick, a founding father of the off-off Broadway scene and major contributor to the growth of gay theater, was born Robert Patrick O'Connor on August 27, 1937 in Kilgore, Texas. He came to New York City in 1961, and wassoon presenting his work at Caffe Cino, a coffee house that was also a pioneering off-off Broadway theater. Patrick's first play, The Haunted Host, proved to be a breakthrough in gay theater. Over the next ten years his plays were produced over 130 times in a variety of underground theaters (like La Mama and the Old Reliable Theatre Tavern). In 1973 Patrick was nominated for a record five Obies. The same year, the Clark Center mountedthe first production of Kennedy's Children. In 1974 this play began a two-week run at the King's Head Pub Theatre in Islington, England which was extended several times andeventually moved to a theater in London's West End. International productions quickly followed, including one on Broadway at the Golden Theatre. Throughout the 1970s and into 1980s Patrick continued to write at a feverish pace, while simultaneously traveling to see his works produced. He often gave guest lectures, directed, or in other ways personally helped with productions around the world.
Content: Sound recordings separated to the Rodgers and Hammerstein archive of Recorded Sound, New York Public Library.
Content: While the papers of Robert Patrick span several decades, the majority of the collection was created from 1975-1979.
Physical Description
Extent: 22 linear ft. (42 boxes)
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b15974541
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): aeebead0-c6dc-012f-f540-58d385a7bc34
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