Fonds 13-004 - David Carley fonds. 2013 additions

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David Carley fonds. 2013 additions

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  • 1967-2009 (Creation)
    Carley, David

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8 m of textual records.
10 compact discs.

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Biographical history

David Carley was born in Peterborough, Ontario in 1955 and educated at Trent University and Queen's University Law School. He was editor of the Kawartha Sun newspaper from 1981-1982 and is currently an editor at Scirocco Press. He is a playwright whose work has been staged internationally. His plays include: Susanna, Sister Jude, Writing With Our Feet, Into, After You, A View From the Roof, Losing Paradise (edited), Taking Liberties, South on Bay, Vanishing Point and many others. He was formerly drama editor for the CBC show "Morningside," editor of Stereodrama, and is now senior script editor for CBC Radio Performance. See also Dave Carley's website.

Custodial history

Fonds was created by and in the custody of David Langley Carley before being donated to Trent University Archives in 2013.

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Fonds consists of correspondence, draft manuscripts, posters, cds, publicity materials, and contracts related to plays of David Langley Carley. Plays and/or episodes in this addition include Backbencher, The Sweaters, Taking Liberties, 5 Hot Plays, Opera on the Rocks, Afghanada, The Taming of the Dude, American Detour, The Brief, Conservatives in Love, Trevi Fountain, Drive Home Dramas, Clockwork Twin, Last Liberal, The Final Hour, and others.

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Fonds acquired from David Langley Carley in 2013.


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See other Carley fonds accessions: 95-022, 98-003, 02-013, 05-010, 08-011, 08-014, linked below.


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Note: Folders include draft manuscripts (note: cd copies of manuscripts are included in some instances), scripts, correspondence, contracts, publicity materials, editing notes, etc.

Box 1

Backbencher (CBC series): Note: "Backbencher was conceived and written by noted playwright Wendy Lill. Dave was script editor and also wrote some episodes for the popular CBC radio series. Backbencher was the Bronze Medal Winner - New York International Radio Festival - Best Drama" (taken from the web site July 23, 2013).

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  1. How to Get There from Here / by Dave Carley and Peter Caldwell, 1993 (a how-to manual for professional theatre people)
    2a. 2b. 2c.: Web site hard copies: 1 January 2005; 2002; March 2013
  2. 5 Hot Plays: authors of the plays include Ooonagh Duncan, Paul Dunn, Daniel Karasik, Hannah Moscovitch, and Michael Rubenfeld (note: folder includes published copy of 5 Hot Plays / edited by David Carley, 2008)
  3. Opera on the Rocks: a libretto by Krista Dalby, Lisa Codrington, Dave Carley, Leanna Brodie: "remount and revisions"
    5-6. Taming of the Dude / by Dave Carley and Glenda MacFarlane
  4. The Sweaters: libretto by Dave Carley / Ambient Opera Society, 2009
    8-9. Taking Liberties / by Dave Carley: rewrite and production, 2009; also a published copy of Taking Liberties and Into, 1993
    10-11. Afghanada (CBC episode)
    12-13. Taken (later named American Detour)
  5. The Brief (CBC pilot)
  6. Running to Detroit
  7. Conservatives in Love
  8. 1967 Centennial journal [by David Carley] (photocopy only)
  9. Publicity materials; newspaper articles by David Carley

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1-3. Trevi Fountain
4-7. CBC Drive Home Dramas: Tailing Thomas, Incident on Crescent Rd., Lipstick on His Collar, "ideas and new ones"
8-9. Clockwork Twin
10-11. Last Liberal revisions for Peterborough (note: includes a published copy of The Last Liberal / by David Carley, 2006)

  1. The Final Hour

Note: Kawartha Sun newspaper issues dated May to September 1982 were received with this donation; they are located together with other hard copy issues in the Newspapers section of the Manuscript Room.

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