D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections and University Archives

Flat Rock Playhouse Archive


Scene from "Fools", Flat Rock Playhouse, Flat Rock, N.C.

Title Flat Rock Playhouse Archive
Alt. Title Flat Rock Playhouse: State Theater of North Carolina
Identifier http://toto.lib.unca.edu/findingaids/mss/flat_rock_playhouse/default_flat_rock_playhouse.html
Creator Flat Rock Playhouse ; http://www.flatrockplayhouse.org/
Alt. Creator State Theater of North Carolina
Alt. Creator Vagabond Players
Subject Keyword Flat Rock Playhouse ; State Theater of North Carolina ; theater ; plays ; actors ; theater management ; stagecraft ; Carl Sandburg ; Robroy Farquhar
Subject LCSH Farquhar, Robroy
Farquhar, Robin
Theater -- North Carolina -- Asheville
Flat Rock Playhouse -- Records and correspondence
Theater management -- North Carolina -- Flat Rock Playhouse
Theater management -- North Carolina -- State Theater of North Carolina
Theater -- Production and direction -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
Flat Rock Playhouse archives
State Theater of North Carolina archives
Drama in education -- North Carolina
Description The Flat Rock Theater Archives (1924-present) is the comprehensive collection of materials related to the history and management and productions of the state theater of North Carolina.  The materials included in the collection include playbills, scripts, scores, director's notes, posters, photographic prints, films, workshop notebooks, reviews, correspondence, legal and financial documents, blueprints, and promotional material of the theater.

The History of the theater from its beginnings as the Vagabond Players under the organization of Managing Director Robroy Farquhar in 1937 in New York, to the re-location of the theater to the Old Mill Playhouse in North Carolina in 1940, to the Lake Summit Playhouse located at Tuxedo, NC and the eventual location of the theater in Flat Rock, NC in 1952, is found in the extensive collection of records of operation and in the correspondence of Robroy Farquhar and others. 

The Theater pulled thespians from throughout the country and "gave them professional training in voice, diction, pantomime, interpretation and characterization, as well as practical experience in all phases of play production, " much as it does today. Often pulling their repertoire from local sources, the company went on tour from 1953 to 1955 and presented such productions as "North Carolina's Paul Green," Four From O. Henry," The World of Carl Sandburg," and other offerings. Today, the theater works closely with the schools in the area and is committed to children's theater, as well as a broad range of adult offerings.

In 1961 the theater was officially designated by joint resolution of the General Assembly of North Carolina, as THE STATE THEATER OF NORTH CAROLINA.

Business Records include general correspondence, grant proposals and related correspondence, legal documents, financial documents, building records, workshop material, and promotional material.

Playbills have been collected from the beginning of the theater (1924) and provide the researcher nearly a complete run of information on plays, actors, directors, and producers.

Spanning the years 1924 to the present, the Plays series is devoted to plays performed by the North Carolina State Theater Company, the Vagabond Players and by the Flat Rock Playhouse and includes play scripts, scores, director's notes, posters, programs, films, photographic prints, and reviews.

Memorabilia includes scrapbooks and manuscripts.

Photographs, film and slides offer a comprehensive visual history of the theater as it has evolved over the years and provides extensive documentation of lighting, stage-craft, and actors and acting.

Date original 1924 - present
Date digital 2006-01-20
Publisher D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections,  University of North Carolina at Asheville 28804
Contributor Robroy Farquhar and family
Type Collection ; Text ; Image  (Printed material, photographs, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks)
Format 25 cu. ft.
Source M2006.11.1-41
Language English
Relation Related Collections:  Flat Rock Playhouse, Inc.,  http://www.flatrockplayhouse.org/ ; American Society for Theatre Research ; SIBMAS International Directory of Performing Arts Collections and Institutions ; Moss, Elizabeth. "Marini Has Ambitioius Plans to Lift Flat rock Playhouse," Times-News,, Monday, November 30, 2009 ;  North Carolina Theater web pages - a listing of theater in North Carolina ; Buncombe County theater:  Asheville Community Theatre ; Asheville Lyric Opera ; Diana Wortham Theatre ;Highland Repertory Theatre ; Hollow Reed Productions ; Jericho Productions ; Montford Park Players ; North Carolina Stage ; Theatre of a Thousand Juliets
Coverage temporal 1924-present ;
Coverage digital Flat Rock, NC
Rights Flat Rock Playhouse, Inc. ; University of North Carolina at Asheville, D. Hiden Ramsey Library, Special Collections/University Archives. Copyright: Retained by the authors of certain items in the collection, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Donor  Donor number:
Acquisition 2006-01-20
Processed by Flat Rock Playhouse staff ; UNCA Special Collections staff 2001
CHRONOLOGY Chronology of Flat Rock Playhouse, Inc.
CONTEXT History of Flat Rock Playhouse, Inc.
1. 1. History and Pre- Flat Rock
  2. Business Records and Administration
2.     Box Office Reports
3.     Actor's Equity
4- 6.     Financial Records
6.     The Apprentice Program Documentation
7-11.     Legal Documents
12     Grant proposals and related correspondence
  3. Correspondence (by year)
13-14.     Robroy Farquhar Correspondence
14.     Robin Farquhar Correspondence
15.     Misc.
16. 4. Board of Directors Documents
17. 5. Press Releases
18-24. 6. Playbills [arranged by year]
25-27. 7. Scripts & Scores
28. 8. Miscellaneous Materials, Documents
29-34. 9. Photographs [Prints, Negatives and Glass Plates - filed together] Arranged  by date and by  production when known.
35. 10. Slides & Sound Recordings
36-37. 11. Oversize Scrapbooks
        Sue Hasting Marionettes Scrapbooks
38.     Newspaper clippings, misc. paperwork
39.     Scrapbook I
      Scrapbook II
40. 12. Newspaper Clippings
41. 13. Technical Production
Supplemental material:
  14. List of Plays by Title and Year
  15. List of Plays by Year and by Title
  16. List of Directors
  17. List of Actors by Play [includes some biographies]
  18. List of Production Staff by Play
List of Production Staff by Date
  19. Realia
Includes wood print plates