Bee Pearce

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Theatre Arts


This paper describes the search for and finding of designs created for the premieres of the produced plays written by Maxwell Anderson who graduated with honors from the University of North Dakota, class of 1911.

The search involved the identification of the plays premiered, the designers, and finally the location of these designs with the loan of each assured.

These confirmed loans allowed the secured premiere pieces to be displayed from October 13 through November 23, 1983, by the North Dakota Museum of Art at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, during the centennial year, February 1983 to February 1984.

The selected designs included renderings, sketches, working drawings, ground plans of scenic designs, costume plates and working sketches for the costume designs, photographs of the completed staging and of costumes taken at the premiere productions, designs used for programs, brochures and publicity releases as well as other memorabilia pertinent to the premieres.

This thesis contains in the appendices: plot synopses, scenic requirements, a chart listing the produced plays, premiere dates, theatres, designers and directors, also Chart II listing the pieces found for the exhibit. Biographic briefs of the designers and a mock- up of the opening night brochure are also included.

Slides, videotapes and a catalogue docu the Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library menting the exhibit are in , at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota.