Fonds F0177 - Marion Andre fonds

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Marion Andre fonds

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3 m of textual records
71 posters
53 photographs : b&w
2 scrapbooks
1 three-dimensional model

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Marion Andre, director, playwright and writer, was born Marian Andrzej Czerniecki on January 12, 1920 in Le Havre, France. Andre was raised in Poland, survived The Holocaust, and established his career in Poland before emigrating to Canada in 1957. Andre taught as a drama specialist for the Protestant School Board in Montreal before becoming artistic director of the city's Saidye Bronfman Centre in 1967. In 1971, Andre came to Toronto to work in the theatre program at York. In 1972, he founded Theatre Plus at the St. Lawrence Centre in Toronto where he remained artistic director until his retirement in 1985. Andre is the author of several plays and documentaries that were produced by CBC Radio and Television both in English and French. His theatre works, mostly dealing with Jewish life in Poland during the Nazi occupation, have been presented on stages in Toronto, London, and New York. He has also served as a board member of the World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre, the largest, international co-operative undertaking in the history of world theatre.

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Accession 2008-036 was transferred from the the L.W. Conolly Theatre Archives of the University of Guelph Library at the request of Ina Andre, the playwright's wife.

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The fonds mainly consists of manuscript and typescript copies of Marion Andre's work either published or produced, including 'The Scorn of Fate', 'The Spanish Civil War', 'The Value of Fifty', 'Fate of a Poet', 'The Gates', 'The Snob', 'The Eagle', 'The Sand', 'Soldat Hans Stumpf', 'The Invented Lover', 'Captive of Yesteryear', 'Verdict of Fate', 'Skinny Dip of an Aging Professor', 'Maria B.', 'The Battered Man', and 'A Road to Freedom'. In additon there are notes, drafts, correspondence and other supporting documentation for some of the works. Also includes articles, essays and correspondence about Andre and Theatre Plus, reviews of Theatre Plus productions, mounted and/or framed theatre posters of plays that were produced at the Saidye Bronfman Centre and Theatre Plus, certificates of awards received by Andre and a 3-D model of his work as playwright. Accession 2008-036 consists of programmes, scripts, reviews, and photographs for theatrical works produced and directed by Andre, as well as written by Andre and several other playwrights.

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Accession 1999-013 donated by Marion Andre in 1999. Accessions 2003-032 and 2004-013 donated by Mrs. Ina Andre in 2003 and 2004. Accession 2008-036 was transferred from the L.W. Conolly Theatre Archives, University of Guelph Library.


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The fonds comprises the following accessions: 1999-013, 2003-032, 2004-013, 2008-036. No further accruals are expected.

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Some of the records in the scrapbooks are in Polish.

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2002/04/05 Marie-Josee Levesque:. (Creation)
2002/04/05 Awaiting review by the Data Collection Archivist
2003/08/11 Ken Hernden. Updated language of materials note.
2004/05/20 Sean Smith. Adjusted extents to include 2004-013.
2004/07/23 Dubeau. Corrected XML transformation errors; corrected immediate source of acquisition and accruals note. Revised biographical sketch.
2008/09/26 Michael Moir. Updated fonds description to take into account the changes to physical extent, scope and content, custodial history, and associated material with the acquistion of 2008-036.
2008/11/10 Michael Moir. Added link to the file inventory for Acc 2008-036
2017/10/10 J. Grant. Added GMD, language, date range, link to related materials, published descriptions.

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