Elizabeth Meinke, Kelvin Smith Library exhibits coordinator, was featured in the historical documentary, America’s Theater: Cleveland Play House.
Released in 2016, the documentary takes a look at the theater’s 100-year legacy. The film follows the institution’s history through various theatrical forms, including its initial foray into marionette theater.
In the documentary, Meinke revealed eight original puppets from a 1925-1926 production of Midsummer Night’s Dream. These artifacts are part of a larger Kelvin Smith Library Special Collections archive acquired from The Cleveland Play House, the extent of which dates from the theater’s founding in 1915.
America’s Theater: Cleveland Play House was nominated for a Lower Great Lakes Regional Emmy Award in the “Historical Documentary” category.
Visit Kelvin Smith Library Special Collections and experience the artifacts seen in the documentary. For more information, call 216.368.0189 or visit library.case.edu/ksl/collections/specialcollectionsarchives/.
The 27-minute documentary can be viewed for free on PBS.