Finding Aid for the Borowitz Crime Drama collection
Author: Sarah Richardson, November 2008. Additions made by Edith Serkownek, February 16, 2009.
Origination: Borowitz, Albert, 1930- , and Borowitz, Helen
Osterman, 1929 -
Inclusive Dates: 1935-2000
Extent: 3 cubic feet (9 document cases)
Physical Location: 11th Floor.
Language of Materials: English. Some materials are in French
Abstract: This collection, dating from 1935-2000, consists
of scripts based on factual criminal events. These materials were collected
by Albert Borowitz and Helen Osterman Borowitz. Also included in this collection
are crime dramas.
Scope and Content: This collection contains scripts for fact-based
crime dramas and crime dramas (in general) spanning from 1935 to 2000. The majority
of the items are fact-based crime dramas. Some files include accompanying playbills
or other publicity-related materials. Most of the scripts were published in
the United States and England, with a few materials originating from France
and Germany. The fact-based crime dramas series is composed of scripts that
are based on real criminal events. Some of the scripts revolve around some historical
figures such as include: Richard Nixon, Malcolm X, Caravaggio, Vlad Dracula,
Erzebet Bathory of Hungary and John Brown. This collection was processed at
the item level.
Statement of Arrangement: The collection consists of two series
in which the materials are arranged alphabetically by author, then by title.
Series 1: Fact-Based Crime Drama and Series 2: Crime Drama.
Preferred Citation: Borowitz Crime Drama collection. Department
of Special Collections and Archives. Kent State University Libraries and Media
Related Material: Similar materials can be found in the Borowitz
Stage Thrillers collection.
Restrictions on Use: Please note items are copyrighted. Kent State University
does not own the copyright. Except in rare cases, photocopies of complete plays will
not be made.
Acquisition Information: Albert Borowitz and Helen Osterman
Borowitz donated this collection to Special Collections and Archives as an addition
to the Borowitz Crime Collection on November 14, 2006.
Accruals: Additional materials may be added to this collection on a
Processing Information: This collection was processed at the item level.
Bibliography: Borowitz, Albert. Blood & Ink: An International
Guide to Fact-Based Crime Literature. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University
Press, 2002. This publication is an annotated bibliography of crime literature
and describes some of the items in the Borowitz Crime Drama collection.
Series 1: Fact-Based Crime Drama
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Ackland, Rodney. A Dead Secret: A Play. Samuel French Limited. London, 102 p., 1958. (photocopy from Samuel French archives)
Arden, John. Armstrong's Last Goodnight: An Exercise in Diplomacy
(Evergreen Playscript no. 19). New York: Grove Press, 122 p., 1965.
Arrabal. Le Cimetiere des Voitures. Christian Bourgois Éditeur,
180 p., 1968.
Arrabal. Théâtre 9. [Paris]: Christian Bourgois Éditeur,
180 p., 1972.
Barker, Howard. The Europeans: Struggles to Love/Judith: A Parting from
the Body (Playscript no. 118). London: John Calder Limited, 67 p., 1990.
Includes two publicity postcards.
Barker, Howard. Hated Nightfall/Wounds to the Face(Playscript
no.120). London: John Calder Limited, 80 p., 1994.
Bell, Neal. Two Small Bodies: A Play by Neal Bell. New York: Dramatists
Play Service, 42 p., 1980. Includes two publicity postcards.
Bisson Jean-Pierre et Ali Raffi. Exemplaire histoire de la condamnation
de la grâce puis de l'election du lieutenant William Calley marchand
d'armes et champion de l'ordre nouveau. [Paris]: Pierre Jean Oswald, 87
Blair, Jon and Norman Fenton. The Biko Inquest. London: Rex Collings
Limited, 61 p., 1978.
Brenton, Howard. H.I.D. (Hess is Dead). London: Nick Hern Books,
67 p., 1989.
Collins, Barry. Judgement. London: Amber Lane Press, 63 p., 1980.
Dorfman, Ariel. Death and the Maiden. New York: Penguin Books, 79
Edgar, David. Dick Deterred: A Play in Two Acts by David Edgar. New
York: Monthly Review Press, 112 p., 1974.
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England, Barry. Conduct Unbecoming: A Play in Three Acts. New York:
Samuel French, 155 p., 1971.
Fenn, John. Salem's Daughters. Minneapolis: Playswest Press, 80 p.,
Fratti, Mario. Mafia (The White Widow): A Play in Two Acts by Mario
Fratti (The Contemporary Drama, v. 1). Newark, Delaware: Proscenium Press,
100 p., 1971.
Frayn, Michael. Copenhagen. New York: Anchor Books, 132 p., 2000.
Freed, Donald. Inquest: A Play by Donald Freed. Based, in part, on
Invitation to an Inquest by Walter and Miriam Schneir and The Judgment
of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg by John Wexley. New York: Hill and Wang,
143 p., 1970.
Freeman, David. Jesse and the Bandit Queen: A Play in Two Acts. New
York: Samuel French, 66 p., 1976.
Frisch, Max. Andorra: A Play in Twelve Scenes by Max Frisch. Translated
by Michael Bullock. New York: Hill and Wang, 88 p., 1969.
Green, Paul and Richard Wright. Native Son: The Biography of a Young
American. From the novel by Richard Wright. New York: Samuel French, 99
Halliwell, David. K. D. Dufford. London: Faber and Faber, 96 p., 1970.
Hamilton, Patrick. Rope: A Play. London: Constable and Company,
86 p., 1994.
Harwood, Ronald. The Deliberate Death of a Polish Priest. A play
based on the transcripts of a trial and other material arising out of the
murder of Father Jerzy Popieluszkol. London: Amber Lane Press, 61 p., 1985.
Kipphardt, Heinar. In der Sache J. Robert Oppenheimer. Frankfurt:
Suhrkamp Verlag, 151 p., 1964.
Kipphardt, Heinar. In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer: A Play Freely
Adapted on the Basis of the Documents. Translated by Ruth Speirs. New
York: Hill and Wang, 127 p., 1987.
Lahr, John. Diary of a Somebody. Based on The Orton Diaries.
London: Methuen Drama, 70 p., 1989.
Levitt, Saul. The Andersonville Trial: A Play by Saul Levitt. New
York: Random House, 120 p., 1960.
Mann, Emily. Execution of Justice. New York: Samuel French, 120 p.,
Marowitz, Charles. Artaud at Rodez. London: Marion Boyars Publishers,
112 p., 1977.
Martin, Joe. Conspiracies: Six Plays by Joe Martin. Louisville: Aran
Press and Washington D.C.: Press Open, 312 p., 1997.
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McGuinness, Frank. Innocence: The Life and Death of Michelangelo Merisi,
Caravaggio. London: Faber and Faber, 62 p., 1987.
Mitchell, Julian. Another Country: A Drama. New York: Samuel French,
112 p., 1982.
Morton, Carlos. Johnny Tenorio and Other Plays. Houston: Arte Publico
Press, 192 p., 1992.
Nelson, Richard. Two Shakespearean Actors. London: Faber and Faber,
103 p., 1990.
Ngugi wa Thiong'o and Micere Githae Mugo. The Trial of Dedan Kimathi.
Oxford: Heinemann Educational Publishers, 85 p., 1977.
Nigro, Don. Anima Mundi. New York: Samuel French, 122 p., 1994.
Nigro, Don. Ardy Fafirsin. New York: Samuel French, 111 p., 1993.
Norman, Marsha. The Holdup. New York: Dramatists Play Service, 73
Osborne, John. A Subject of Scandal and Concern: A Play for Television.
London: Faber and Faber, 47 p., 1972.
Parks, Suzan-Lori. Venus. New York: Dramatists Play Service, 168 p., 1998.
Patrick, John. The Story of Mary Surratt. New York: Dramatists Play
Service, 73 p., 1947.
Peters, Robert. The Blood Countess: Erzébet Bathory of Hungary
(1560-1614): A Gothic Horror Poem of Violence and Rage with Bathory:
A Play for a Single Performer. Cherry Valley, NY: Cherry Valley Editions,
xvi, 67 p., 1987.
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Phillips, Louis. The Great American Quiz Show Scandal. New York:
Prologue Press, 110 p., 1979.
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