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Guide to the Frank A. Bebey theater production papers.
1972-2009

Collection number: HMC-1090.
Creator: Bebey, Frank A.
Title: Frank A. Bebey theater production papers.
Dates: 1972-2009.
Volume of collection: 4.5 cubic feet. 
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Papers of UAA professor of theater, set designer, and director.

Biographical note:
Frank A. Bebey began teaching at the University of Alaska Anchoraage (UAA) Theater Department in 1978.  Prior to coming to Alaska, he had taught at Kennedy-King College in Chicago and Edinboro State College in Pennsylvania. While at UAA, he taught theater courses and designed sets for UAA’s theater productions. Frank Bebey has received numerous awards for his set designs from the American College Theatre Festival and received a national certificate of merit in the early 1990s for UAA’s production of Tracers at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Since 1969, he ran his own theatrical design and construction business. In Anchorage, his company was named Browhoon Design.  Bebey acted as a consultant and designed sets for Anchorage community theater organizations, such as the Anchorage Concert Association, Anchorage Community Theater, Out North, and the Anchorage Opera. For Pope John Paul II’s visit in 1981, Bebey designed the stage and altar from which the Pope performed mass. Bebey has also served as an advisor to Anchorage school theater programs.

Collection description:
The collection contains sketches, drawings, and plans for sets he developed for UAA productions and for his own business, Browhoon Design. He designed sets for Anchorage community theater groups such as the Anchorage Community Theater, Anchorage Concert Association, and Out North. The plays were staged at UAA, Alaska Pacific University, Out North and other theaters in Alaska. Included in this collection are photographs of his sets and performances. There is also an exhbit of Bebey’s designs that he submitted into a competition in Russia and the designs for the stage and alter created for Pope John Paul II’s visit.

Arrangement: Collection materials remain in the order they arrived at the Archives.

Digitized copies: Digital copies of collection material not available online. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Rights note: The Archives owns copyright to materials produced by Frank A. Bebey.

Preferred citation: Frank A. Bebey theater  production papers, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Works used in preparation of inventory:
“Frank Andrew Bebey, Associate Professor of Theatre, College of Arts and Sciences.” UAA Faculty Profiles. Anchorage: UAA. Office of Academic Affairs, 1991. Accessed on January 17, 2012. http://picturinguaa.consortiumlibrary.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15202coll1/id/867

Related materials: For collections with archival materials related to the performing arts in Alaska, please visit the Archives’ Performing Arts topical guide.

For a list of plays produced by theater companies with whom Frank Bebey worked please visit the following websites or contact the theatre of interest:

UAA Department of Theater and Dance, Past Productions: http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/theatreanddance/productions/history.cfm

Anchorage Community Theatre, Past Plays: http://www.actalaska.org/mainstage.php

Acquisition note: The collection was presented and deed of gift signed by Frank Bebey in 2011.

Processing information: The collection was described by Mariecris Gatlabayan in 2011. Oversize materiasl were cleaned and placed in archival safe boxes by Hara Shamim and an inventory of collection materials created by Olga Lopatina in 2012.

Container list:


Box/Folder

Description

Dates

1/1

Photos of plays and sets from album 1.

undated

1/2

Photos of plays and sets from album 2.

undated

1/3

Photos of plays and sets from album 3.

undated

2/1

UAA parade float: Drawings and sketches.

1989

2/2

Death of Von Richthofer: Ground plan and pictures.

1993

2/3

Proposal sketches prepared for Anchorage Concert Association.

1988

2/4

Woman With Visitors 3am: Construction details.

1991

2/5

Burn This: Sketch, ground plan and 2nd floor overlay.

1991

2/6

Extrimities: Ground plans.

undated

2/7

On the Verge: Ground plan and drawings.

undated

2/8

Ecstasy of Rita Joe: Plan and drawing.

1976

3/1

Crackwalker: Ground plans version 1-1, 2-1.

1991

3/2

Equus: Plans and construction details.

1987

3/3

The Mystery of IrmaVep: Ground plans.

1989

3/4

After Shocks: Plans and ground plans.

1989

3/5

Keely and Du: Plan drawings.

1994

3/6

Roshoman: Ground plan and construction details.

undated

3/7

Tom Sawyer: Ground plans.

1995

3/8

True West: Sketches and ground plan.

1990

3/9

The River Niger: Ground plan and drawing.

1976

4/1

Miscellaneous: Sketches, plans, drawings, and paintings. 

undated

4/2

Unidentified sketches, plans, drawings, and paintings.

undated

4/3

Posters.

undated

5/1

Les Belles: Construction details and ground plans.

1991-1992

5/2

Lysistrata: Sketches and drawings.

1990

5/3

The Country Wife: Sketches, construction drawings, ground plans, and drawings.

1992

5/4

The House of Blue Leaves: Sketches and drawings.

1988

5/5

Gateway: Stretched banner and proposal.

1992

5/6

Waiting For Godot: Plan drawings and grand plans.

1991

5/7

The Bat: Plans.

1983

5/8

The Sarus: Construction details.

1991

5/9

Christmas Carol: Plan drawings.

1992

5/10

The Nerd: Ground plans.

undated

5/11

Blood Relation: Sketches.

undated

6/1

Documents, photos, slides, news papers, and citation.

undated

6/2-6/4

Photos plays and sets.

undated

7/1

The Lady’s Not For Burning: Sketches and ground plans.

1995

7/2

Torch Song: Ground plans.

1986

7/3

Shotridge: Ground plans and drawings.

1995

7/4

3 Penny Opera: Sketches and plans.

1988

7/5

Merry Wives of Windsor: Sketches.

undated

7/6

Winnie The Pooh: Ground plans and sketches.

1989

7/7

Lettice & Lovage: Plans.

1992

7/8

FortinBras: Ground plans.

1998

7/9

The Hotel Paradiso: Plans and sketches.

1986

7/10

Drakula: Sketches and drawings.

undated

8/1

A Shayna Maidel: Ground plans and construction details.

1990

8/2

Cabaret: Sketches and ground plans.

1993

8/3

Arms & The Man: Sketches and ground plans.

1991

8/4

Fame: Construction Details, ground plans, and sketches.

1994

8/5

The Boys Next Door: Sketches, ground plans, and front elevations.

1989

8/6

Tracers: Ground plans and construction drawings.

undated

8/7

Romeo & Juliet: Proposal sketches, sketches, plans, and ground plans.

1989

8/8

Chumley’s Rest: Construction details and plans.

1990

8/9

What The Butler Saw: Preliminary idea and ground plans.

undated