Weller, Michael (1942- )
NOTE: All or part of this collection is stored off-site. Several days' advance notice is required for retrieval.
The Michael Weller collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, professional material, and photographs.
Manuscripts in the collection consist of both theatrical plays and screenplays written and sometimes directed/produced by Weller. The theatrical plays include multiple drafts of Loose Ends, which had a highly successful run at the Circle in the Square Theatre, New York (1979-1980) with Kevin Kline and Roxanne Hart; Zhivago, a musical version of Dr. Zhivago (2005); Spoils of War, which ran on Broadway from November - December 1988; and
Approaching Moomtaj: A Fairy Tale for Grownups (2005) which premiered at the New Repertory Theatre in Newton, Massachusetts. There is also manuscript material related to lesser-known Weller plays, including Dwarfman, Master of a Million Shapes (1982); Soapy Smith: The Ballad of Soapy Smith (1984); and Dogbrain: A Play for Children (1993).
There are multiple programs and interviews, as well as clippings and articles of interest. There are files related strictly to legal correspondence and contracts. There are also files containing postcards from mailings for all shows.
Files of business correspondence are arranged alphabetically, ranging in date from 1966-1992.
Files of personal correspondence are similarly arranged in alphabetical order, ranging in date from 1966-2002. Of note in the personal correspondence is a letter to Michael Weller from author Kurt Vonnegut.
Weller’s work for film is represented in the collection with multiple screenplay drafts, notes, and revisions for the Milos Forman film of the Broadway musical Hair (1979), as well as multiple screenplay drafts and notes related to the film version of E.L. Doctorow's novel Ragtime (1981), again directed by Forman. There are also multiple drafts of Weller’s screenplay for the film Rosewater (2014).
Weller’s work for television is represented in the collection with office files related to the British television series As Time Goes By (1992-2005), which starred Judi Dench.
There is also material in the collection related to Weller’s teaching career at New York University, including letters and teaching notes (1983-1987); and his correspondence as a representative of the Dramatists Guild and the non-profit Theatre Communications Group, the organization promoting professional non-profit theater (1980-1990).
There are also files of notes on a variety of unrealized projects.