Tavel, Ronald (1936-2009)

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The Ronald Tavel collection consists of manuscripts, printed material, and photographs.

Manuscripts by Tavel in the collection include drafts of various plays and magazine pieces.

Stage plays by Tavel include Boy on the Straight-Back Chair (ca. 1969), in a half-hour screenplay version written for an Andy Warhol film (1966) and stage play versions written for the American Place Theater and the Theatre of the Lost Continent; The Last Days of British Honduras, a stage play with versions for the American Place Theatre and the New York Shakespeare Festival; Bigfoot (1970), with some photographs of the play included; How She Became Queen of Greece (ca. 1973); Gazelle Boy (1976); The Ovens of Anita Orangejuice: A History of Modern Florida (1977); The Understudy (1981); Notorious Harik Will Kill the Pope (1985); Success and Succession; and two play collections, Five Plays by Ron Tavel (works from 1965-1967, including The Life of Juanita Castro, Kitchenette, Shower, Indira Gandhi's Daring Device, Screen Test); and Three Plays by Ron Tavel (works from 1965-1976, including The Life Playbirth, and My Foetus Lived on Amboy Street).

Other manuscripts in the collection include The Banana Diary: The Story of Andy Warhol's "Harlot", article published in Film Culture (1968); Elephantitis ("The Story of the Camel and the Elephant"), written with Tim Robinson (aka Zeke Smolinsky) (1973); Street of Stairs a novel published by Olympia Press in 1968; an essay, "Maria Montez: Anima of an Antediluvian World," (1997); and typed drafts of eight poems that Tavel wrote in 1964.

Printed materials make up much of the other half of the collection. This section contains reviews of Tavel's work from magazines and newspapers, dating from the 1960s to 1990s. The collection includes reviews from the New York Post, New York Daily News, Village Voice, Rolling Stone, The Tampa Tribune, Creative Loafing, and many others. There are programs and fliers for performances of Tavel's plays, films and personal appearances from the 1960s to the 1990s. Titles include Boy in the Straight Back Chair, Arenas of Lutetia, Gorilla Queen, Horse, Poetry Discovered, Screen Test, Success and Succession, Carmen Miranda: The Musical, and The Clown's Tail. The collection has articles written about Tavel, his work with Warhol, and the Theater of the Ridiculous, dating from the 1960s to the 1990s. Also present is material for Andy Warhol tributes, dating from 2001 and 2003. These latter articles are from The New York Post, Village Voice, the New York Times, Vogue, The Times-Picayune, The Tampa Tribune, Persistence of Vision, and others.

Photographs in the collection include two photos of Tavel as he appeared in Andy Warhol's Fifty Fantastics and The Life of Juanita Castro.

Notable Figures
1. Tavel, Ronald
Associated Subjects
1. Literary Collections Subject Guide
2. Theatre and Film Subject Guide
3. LGBT Subject Guide
4. Motion picture authorship
5. American drama
6. Authors, American
7. Dramatists
8. Screenwriters
9. American literature--20th century
10. Photographs