Archive

Click on the works below to download PDF copies.

Stage Plays

Gorilla Queen

Get
PDF

James Hilbrandt (Clyde Batty) and Norman Thomas Marshall (Queen Kong) in GORILLA QUEEN

The Understudy

Get
PDF

Ronald Tavel at 27 St. Mark's Place, 5th floor, during the writing of his first screenplay, eventually only presented on the stage, TARZAN OF THE FLICKS, circa 1962. Click here for a PDF of THE UNDERSTUDY in Mandarin.

Gorilla Queen - Cast

Get
PDF

Images of the cast of Gorilla Queen. Property of Ronald Tavel Estate, courtesy of Norman Thomas Marshall.

The Life of Juanita Castro

Get
PDF

Mario Montez and Bibbe Hansen in the theatrical version of THE LIFE OF JUANITA CASTRO at the "LIVE FILM! JACK SMITH! Five Flaming Days in a Rented World" Festival in Berlin (2009)

Boy on the Straight-Back Chair

Get
PDF

Ronald Tavel and two actresses from the American Place Theater's production of BOY ON THE STRAIGHT-BACK CHAIR (Katherine Squire is the actress on the right)

Line/Birth, Play/Birth

Get
PDF

Ronald Tavel in his bedroom, St. Nicholas St. The French Quarter, New Orleans, 1992. Photo: Robert Girard

Boy on the Straight-Back Chair - Cast

Get
PDF

Cast of Boy on the Straight-Back Chair. Property of Ronald Tavel Estate, Courtesy of Norman Thomas Marshall.

My Foetus Lived on Amboy Street

Get
PDF

Ronald Tavel and actor Joel Markman in a famous Jack Smith study, circa 1963-64. Click here to hear the radio play starring Harvey Fierstein

Kitchenette

Get
PDF

Mary Woronov as "Jo" and Tony Abatemarco "filmmaker" (originally played by Harvey Tavel on stage) in the film version of KITCHENETTE. "Mary Woronov made my play KITCHENETTE her own, and is the actress most associated with my name." -Ronald Tavel

Carmen Miranda: The Musical

Get
PDF

Carmen Miranda, he Brazilian Bombshell.The foremost Brazilian folk singer of her day and later a 20th Century Fox film star (1909-1955).

How Jacqueline Kennedy Became Queen of Greece

Get
PDF

Ronald Tavel on a Hudson pier during the mid 1980's.


The Life of Lady Godiva

Get
PDF

Members of the cast of the original 1966 production of THE LIFE OF LADY GODIVA.

Success and Succession

Get
PDF

The Tavel brothers, Harvey and Ronald, on the Circle Line, 1965.

Notorious Harik Will Kill the Pope

Get
PDF

Ronald Tavel in Chicago, 1980

Gazelle Boy

Get
PDF

Sketch of Ronald Tavel, age 18, by Joe Singer

The Pied Piper

Get
PDF

Illustration of The Pied Piper by Kate Greenaway

Arenas of Lutetia

Get
PDF

Frank Dudley, Mary Woronov, and Harvey Tavel in ARENAS OF LUTETIA

The Ovens of Anita Orangejuice

Get
PDF

Anita Bryant peddling orange juice on television.

Vinyl Visits an FM Station

Get
PDF

On the set of the film version of VINYL

The Nutcracker in the Land of Nuts

Get
PDF

Actor Agosto Machado, photo by Vasseux, 2006

Screenplays

Harlot

Get
PDF

Andy Warhol's first synch-sound feature (Introduction; transcript of the sound track)

Fifty Fantasticks

Get
PDF

Famous double image of Tavel from FIFTY FANTASTICKS (Introduction; no script)

Screen Test I

Get
PDF

Also known as PHILLIP'S SCREEN TEST (Introduction; script)

Screen Test II

Get
PDF

(Introduction; script; and the stage play based on the Screen Test films)

Suicide

Get
PDF

(Introduction; notes taken during an interview with the performer for the writing of the script; the script itself)

The Life of Juanita Castro

Get
PDF

(Introduction; script)

Bitch

Get
PDF

(Introduction; no script)

Horse

Get
PDF

(Introduction; script)

Vinyl

Get
PDF

(Introduction; script; printed version of the script; some notes; Tavel/Malanga poem; program for the stage version with cast credits; flyers for 1965 screenings of the film)

Kitchen

Get
PDF

plus BUZZARDS OVER BAGDAD - Jack Smith film (Introduction; script; intertitles for the Smith Film)

Shower

Get
PDF

(Introduction; script - printed as a stage play)

Space

Get
PDF

(Introduction; script; additional script with pencil-lines through the dialogue later used in the stage play, THE LIFE OF LADY GODIVA)

Kahuna!

Get
PDF

(Introduction; script for KAHUNA!; also outline for OUR LADY OF PARIS)

Hedy, or The Fourteen Year Old Girl

Get
PDF

(Introduction; script; excerpts from the sound track of the trial scene in HEDY)

Withering Sights

Get
PDF

(Introduction; script)

Hanoi Hanna, Radio Star

Get
PDF

in THE CHELSEA GIRLS (Introduction; script)

Their Town

Get
PDF

in THE CHELSEA GIRLS (Introduction; script)

Movie Talk for Mary Woronov

Get
PDF

(Introduction; script)

Jane Eyre Bare

Get
PDF

(Introduction; script)

Jail

Get
PDF

(Introduction; no script)

Bigfoot

Get
PDF

Harvey Tavel in the Obie-Award-winning original production of BIGFOOT.

Shower

Get
PDF

Norman Glick and Harvey Tavel in the 1968 revival of SHOWER.

Poetry

Right Clever

Get
PDF

Poem, October 2003

Poetry

Get
PDF

A collection of Tavel's poetry

Essays

Ronald's Essays and Articles

Get
PDF

A collection of Tavel's essays

Novel

Street of Stairs

Get
PDF

Tavel's novel, complete and unabridged

NEW YORK

PARIS

LONDON

BERLIN