Hundreds of UAB Town and Gown Theatre programs now available digitally

Caricature of James Hatcher from an anniversary program. (From the UAB Archives)

It’s a Birmingham theater institution, and now more than 360 programs of shows performed at UAB Town and Gown Theatre are now available digitally.

The programs, available from UAB Archives at UAB University Libraries, chronicle the grand history of the theater, which spent decades in the theater that is now the Virginia Samford Theatre, many of those years under the auspices of artistic director James Hatcher.

The collection includes programs for the theater’s first show, 1950’s “Born Yesterday,” and last show, 1999’s “Cabaret,” and more than 350 in between.

It’s a fantastic collection, put together using material from university records, the James Hatcher collection, UAB Theatre and others, including Samuel Barker, Norma Warren, Michael Swafford and the Bo Brown Memorial Gay and Lesbian Connection.

“We wanted to make this part of UAB’s institutional history available to many of those who were involved in Town and Gown,” says Tim Pennycuff, associate professor and university archivist at UAB.

You can access the programs by clicking here.

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