Bold underlining in Sharpie, scribbling in between paragraphs and tape holding together sheets of typewriter paper — some of Kurt Vonnegut’s original teleplays stored in Indiana University Bloomington’s Lilly Library bear the marks of an involved writer.
For this year’s Granfalloon festival, two of those adaptations of Vonnegut short stories transitioned from the Lilly Library’s archives to the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center stage for the first time. They were performed by Bloomington’s professional theater company, Cardinal Stage.
“The fact that our Vonnegut collection contains a number of pieces ripe for stage adaptation demonstrates both the broad range of items within one single author’s papers and the diverse ways in which items from our collection can be utilized for research and creative projects,” said Isabel Planton, Lilly Library public services librarian.
“The Vonnegut collection is open to anyone who has an interest in viewing these materials. Nothing is ‘hidden’ in our collections,” Planton said. “Instead, we want these collections to be as open and available to researchers as possible.”
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