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Black & Blue: Four Hundred Years of Struggle and Transcendence

Description: This manuscript by Sterling Houston is a short play about the struggles and triumphs of African-Americans in the United States and, in particular, Texas over a period of four hundred years. The play features writing by Sterling Houston interwoven with both live and and recorded musical performances, poetic excerpts, and direct quotations from legal documents and decrees.
Date: 2003~
Creator: Houston, Sterling
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

[Cameoland Musical Program]

Description: Program for the stage musical Cameoland, a Jump-Start Performance Company and Carver Community Cultural Center production written by Sterling Houston. The inside of the program lists cast members, production team members, and short bios of the people in the theatre company.
Date: 2003
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

[Greeting Card from John N. Igo to Sterling Houston - October 9, 2000]

Description: Greeting card from John Igo to Sterling Houston, prominent San Antonio playwright. A hand-written note inside the card appears to be discussing the acquisition of documentation or archive of some kind. However, it remains difficult to read. The front of the card has been printed with a front view of the White House in daylight.
Date: October 9, 2000
Creator: Igo, John N.
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from John McBurney to Sterling Houston - October 30, 2002]

Description: Letter from John McBurney to Sterling Houston. He informs Mr. Houston that Tootie Finnell does not have a grave marker, and he would like his input to put on a drag show as a fundraising activity. He suggests the Jump-Start Theatre as a possible location. The letter has been written on a typed report. McBurney has included his business card as a make-up artist.
Date: October 30, 2002
Creator: McBurney, John
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

[Letters to Sterling Houston - 2000 and 2001]

Description: Letters to Sterling Houston written by several people. The first is written by Anita. She reminisces about two recent events and ends the letter by noting how much she values her friendship with Houston. Tanya Palmer and Amy Wegener write the second - in the hopes of receiving new stage plays by Mr. Houston for their Humana Festival in Kentucky, which they manage. The third letter comes from Steven Bailey, in which he talks about his travel schedule and recent updates in his professional career. The fourth letter appears to be more generally addressed, as noted by the "Dear Friends and Family" beginning. It is written by Robert, Steven's partner. He also writes about recent news in his professional career, with some mention of his personal life.
Date: 2000/2001-04-27
Creator: Palmer, Tanya; Wegener, Amy & Bailey, Steve
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Kathy Stephan to Sterling Houston - December 3, 2001]

Description: Letter from Kathy Stephan to Sterling Houston, a prominent Texan playwright. She writes informing him of a creative project she is interested in developing- a play about Lillian Gish, a silent film actress whose life has inspired Kathy. She notes that strong racial commentary could come from the project. She has attached three pages of xeroxed newspaper clippings about the actress.
Date: December 3, 2001
Creator: Stephan, Kathy
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

[Card from Dan H. Laurence to Sterling Houston - October 2003]

Description: Greeting card from Dan H. Laurence to Sterling Houston, prominent San Antonio playwright. He mentions a reunion with old friends and a stage performance where he received a standing ovation. The front of the card has been printed with a view of the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre stage, empty and with closed curtains.
Date: October 2003
Creator: Laurence, Dan H.
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

[Card from Lorraine Aprill to Sterling Houston - July 2000]

Description: Card from Lorraine Aprill to Sterling Houston, prominent San Antonio playwright. The card was sent on the occasion of the death of Houston's mother. The card expresses sympathy and comfort for the event. The front of the card has been printed with a painterly image of a bowl of green apples.
Date: July 2000
Creator: Aprill, Lorraine
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

[E-Mail from Craig Gingrich-Philbrook to Paul Bonin-Rodriguez - February 16, 2003]

Description: E-Mail from Craig Gingrich-Philbrook to Paul Bonin-Rodriguez. He fondly writes to Paul informing him that he has just watched his play, Memory's Caretaker, on a tape that Paul sent. He proposes that the play be used as part of a printed forum discussion in Text and Performance Quarterly (TPQ), a scholarly journal. He asks Paul if he would be interested in participating and thanks him for sharing his work with him.
Date: February 16, 2003
Creator: Gingrich-Philbrook, Craig
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Sandra Cisneros to Sterling Houston - March 9, 2006]

Description: Letter, sticker, pamphlet, and photocopied newspaper clippings from Sandra Cisneros to Sterling Houston, prominent San Antonio playwright. She writes to praise his participation in a group reading panel sponsored by Amnesty International and other organizations. The event, "We Say No: Writers Against Torture", brought together a variety of academics and writers for one night in San Antonio Central Library. The material enclosed by Cisneros corresponds with the event.
Date: March 9, 2006
Creator: Cisneros, Sandra
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Nan Cuba to Sterling Houston - December 19, 2001]

Description: Letter from Nan Cuba to Sterling Houston, prominent San Antonio playwright. The executive director of Gemini Ink, Nan writes to Houston to inform him of an upcoming fall fundraising campaign. She hopes to convince Houston, a past donor, to provide a contribution to the non-profit organization.
Date: December 19, 2001
Creator: Cuba, Nan
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

[FedEx Receipts Between Artie Smoote and Sterling Houston]

Description: FedEx receipts signed between Sterling Houston and Artie Smoote. There is no mention of what kind of package was sent, however the information includes a five-hundred-dollar declared value. The documents vary in date, and the exchange appears to have occurred over a span of more than a year. Two mailing labels have been included, on a translucent piece of paper. The addresses of the two men and their corresponding companies have been hand-written on the back of the labels.
Date: 2001-12/2002-06
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

[E-mail from Pam to Friends - January 14, 2002]

Description: E-mail from Pam to friends regarding a storytelling project. She sends word to a number of those involved in the project that they have recently been awarded a fifty thousand grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. The e-mail discusses upcoming travel plans and planning arrangements.
Date: January 14, 2002
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Dr. Enrique Perez-Rodriguez to The Advocate - March 28, 2004]

Description: Letter from Dr. Enrique Perez-Rodriguez to The Advocate, an American magazine for lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender interests. Dr. Perez-Rodriguez sends lengthy commentary on the state of American healthcare; particularly, his many grievances concerning what he believes to be a poor and hypocritical treatment of HIV and indigent patients by politicians and lawmakers.
Date: March 28, 2004
Creator: Perez-Rodriguez, Enrique
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Adrien-Alice Hansel to Sterling Houston - September 1, 2004]

Description: Letter from Adrien-Alice Hansel, literary manager of the Actors Theatre of Louisville, to Sterling Houston, prominent San Antonio playwright. The letter informs Mr. Houston that his plays - Le Griffon and The Ballad of Henry Brown/Miz Johnson & Mr. Jones - have not been selected for production at an upcoming festival.
Date: September 1, 2004
Creator: Hansel, Adrien-Alice
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections