The Depot Theatre’s 10th Season, Thirty Years Later

Biloxi Blues Program

1988: The Depot’s Tenth Anniversary

As the Depot Theatre approaches its fortieth anniversary season, I wanted to take a look at what other landmark anniversaries the Depot has celebrated. In 1988, the Depot Theatre kicked off its tenth season with a great repertory — Biloxi Blues, The Gin Game, Little Shop of Horrors, and Galileo. Biloxi Blues, the season opener, is the second installment in a series of semi-autobiographical plays by Neil Simon. The Depot Theatre put on the first play of Simon’s series, Brighton Beach Memoirs, the previous summer in 1987.

Look through the playbill of Biloxi Blues below to see if any familiar names stand out to you! The cast includes Sig Libowitz as Arnold Epstein, Roger Raines as Eugene Morris Jerome, and Ed Rice as Sergeant Merwin J. Toomey.

You can also check out what the Lifestyles section of the Press-Republican had to say about the play right before its opening night.  In 1988, the price of tickets for the Depot Theatre was $8 for adults and $7 for seniors and students. My favorite line of the article comes right at the end, “A word of warning: the Depot Theatre advises that some of the language in “Biloxi Blues” may be inappropriate for younger children.”

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Lindsey Poremba is a senior at Skidmore College. She is from Brookline, New Hampshire, but in the past few years has grown to love living in upstate New York. At Skidmore, she is studying art history and arts administration, which led her to learn about the Depot Theatre and the Westport community. This semester, she is continuing the work of archiving visual materials for the Depot Theatre.

NOTE: The Depot does its best to identify photos and other materials in our archives. Given the 40-year span, there may be missing or incomplete information. We welcome any additional information, corrections and edits that will help complete the archive for years to come!

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Back to the 1980s

(The following is the first in a season-long series showcasing articles, materials, and photos from the first 40 years at the Depot Theatre as part of the 40th Anniversary Archival Project!)

 

Throwback: 1980 at The Depot Theatre

In the Depot Theatre’s 1980 season, they put on TEN shows, including Blythe Spirit. This comedic play by Noel Coward includes seances, socialites, and the ghost of a first wife.

The energy and antics of these photographs caught my eye as I looked through the earliest records of Depot productions.  The actors tangled up in a web, and their facial expressions during the seance made me smile. These photographs capture the humor of the story in just a few shots. Plus, the white blazer on the character of Charles Condomine, socialite and novelist, appears to foreshadow the larger shoulder pads to come in the decade.

Enjoy this photo gallery from that production!

Check out the rest of the Depot Theatre’s history at THIS LINK!

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-Lindsey Poremba is a senior at Skidmore College. She is from Brookline, New Hampshire, but in the past few years has grown to love living in upstate New York. At Skidmore, she is studying art history and arts administration, which led her to learn about the Depot Theatre, and the Westport community. This semester, she is continuing the work of archiving visual materials for the Depot Theatre.

NOTE about the Depot Theatre 40th Anniversary Archival Project:

The Depot does its best to identify photos and other materials in our archives. Given the 40-year span, there may be missing or incomplete  information. We welcome any additional information, corrections and edits that will help complete the archive for years to come!

 

The Fortieth Anniversary Archival Project

 

The Archive Project:

Just a sampling of Depot Theatre materials archived by Skidmore students.

As the Depot Theatre nears its fortieth anniversary season, I have had the privilege of looking through its past—in the form of photographs, playbills, press releases, and much more.

The Depot Theatre and Skidmore College began the project of archiving past materials in the spring of 2017, with the MDOCS (John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative) class “Archival Storytelling,” taught by Jordana Dym. The class recovered extensive archives from the Depot Theatre, and began the process of cataloguing and interpreting the story of the organization. Senior Geoffrey Greene continued the project over the summer of 2017. He has played a fundamental role in scanning and digitizing the collection, which beings in 1978, forty years ago.

I am excited to continue this project in 2018, and share the archives online. As the Depot Theatre celebrates forty years of history, be on the lookout for releases of archival material, both through the website as well as social media!

 

Meet the Intern:

Lindsey Poremba is a senior at Skidmore College. She is from Brookline, New Hampshire, but in the past few years has grown to love living in upstate New York. At Skidmore, she is studying art history and arts administration, which led her to learn about the Depot Theatre, and the Westport community. This semester, she is continuing the work of archiving visual materials for the Depot Theatre.

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