In 1999, Dr. Norman Fedder retired as Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Theatre after 29 years at Kansas State University. During that time Dr. Fedder established an international reputation as a playwright, scholar, and teacher. Dr. Fedder's specializations include play writing, creative drama, drama therapy, religion and theatre, Jewish theatre, drama in Jewish education, American ethnic theatre, staging of original plays, and dramatic literature, as well as numerous teaching emphases. In 2000, after assembling personal documents representing the important activities in his outstanding career, photocopying the collection, and placing it in looseleaf notebooks, Dr. Fedder donated the material to the University Archives. The donation also included several audio and video tapes of performances and teaching activities.
With the collection came a separate group of material that documents his original play, "Never Let 'em Catch You at It": An Evening with Milburn Stone. This play is about Stone and his role as "Doc Adams" on the television program, Gunsmoke. The one-man play was performed at Saint Mary of the Plains College, Dodge City, KS in 1989. Steve Stein of Dodge City portrayed Stone who died in 1980. It was again performed at Hutchinson (KS) Community College in 1995 with William Brewer portraying Stone.
Dr. Fedder's collection consists of the following 16 looseleaf notebooks: 1) summary of Contents, Curriculum Vitae, Honors; 2) Essays: Published and Unpublished; 3) Teaching; 4) Workshops Led; 5-16) Plays Written: Selected. There are 3 video tapes and 5 audio tapes. The collection of Milburn Stone material, consisting of original documents and photocopies, is preserved in one archival box. It is organized within the following groups: 1) General; 2) Research Materials; 3) Audio Tapes, and 4) Video Tapes.
HONORS AND AWARDS 1988 William Stamey Outstanding Teacher Award 1989 Registered Drama Therapist 1990 Kansas Theatre Hall of Fame 1994 Board Certified Trainer, National Association for Drama Therapy PERSONAL INFORMATION 1934 Born 1955 Married, Deborah Pincus Children 1962 Jordan 1964 Tamar EDUCATION 1950-1952 Johns Hopkins University: Writing, Speech, and Drama 1953-1955 Brooklyn College, CUNY: Speech and Theatre - B.A. 1955 1955-1956 Columbia University: Dramatic Literature - M.A. 1956 1957-1960 New York University: Dramatic Literature - Ph.D. 1962 M.A. thesis: "Ibsenism in Arthur Miller" Ph.D. dissertation: "The Influence of D.H. Lawrence on Tennessee Williams" TEACHING EXPERIENCE 1956-1959 NYC Secondary Schools: Substitute Teacher, English 1957-1958 Baruch College, CUNY: Lecturer, English 1957-1958 Long Island University: Lecturer, English 1960-1961 Trenton State College: Assistant Professor of English 1961-1964 Indiana State College: Associate Professor of English 1964-1967 Florida Atlantic University: Associate Professor of English 1967-1970 University of Arizona: Associate Professor of Drama 1970-1980 Kansas State University: Associate Professor of Theatre 1980-1989 Kansas State University: Professor of Theatre 1989-1999 Kansas State University: Distinguished Professor of Theatre Specializations: Playwriting, Creative Drama, Drama Therapy, Religion and Theatre, Jewish Theatre, Drama in Jewish Education, American Ethnic Theatre, Staging of Original Plays, Dramatic Literature. Courses Taught: Remedial English, English Composition, Advanced Exposition, Oral Communication, Introduction to Literature, Shakespeare, English Renaissance Drama, Modern Drama, The Nature of Drama, Studies in Dramatic Literature, Modern British Drama, Theory of Tragedy and Comedy, Beginning and Advanced Acting, Beginning and Advanced Directing, Beginning and Advanced Playwriting, Workshop in Playwriting, Modern European Theatre, Tennessee Williams, Oral Interpretation of Literature, Readers Theatre, Religion and Theatre, Jewish Theatre, Drama Therapy with Special Populations, Creative Drama, Developmental Drama, Principles of Drama Therapy, American Ethnic Theatre, Greek and Roman Theatre, Medieval and Baroque Theatre. For a comprehensive Curriculum Vitae and lists of plays written, publications, professional activities, plays directed, and grants, awards, and honors: See Container List; Notebook No. 1
Notebook 01 Summary of Contents Curriculum Vitae Honors 02 Essays: Published and Unpublished 1966 The Influence of D.H. Lawrence on Tennessee Williams, Mouton and Co. 1976 "All the Nonsense about Rules for Playwriting," Kansas Speech Journal. "The Matter with Kansas: a Statewide Model of Dramatic Art in the Religious Community," Arts in Society. 1977 "Tennessee Williams' Dramatic Technique" in Tennessee Williams: A Tribute, University Press of Mississippi. 1978 As Contributing Editor for Dramatics Magazine, wrote: "Who's Afraid of Religious Theatre?" "The Torah and the Teenager," "Strange Pewfellows: Religion and Theatre," "Play in the Church of Your Choice," "We All Can Do Amazing Things." 1979 "American Jewish Theatre," Military Chaplains' Review - Religion and Arts Issue. 1980 "Tennessee Williams' Dramatic Technique," reprinted in Tennessee Williams: Selected Critical Essays, University Press of Mississippi. "Beyond Absurdity and Sociopolitics: The Religious Theatre Movement in the Seventies," Kansas Quarterly. 1982 "Barrie Stavis: The Playwright as Prophet," Religion and Theatre. 1984 "Theatre with a Moral Dimension: My life in Religious Theatre," presented at conference on Drama in Education, Villach, Austria. 1985 "Unstiffening Those Stiffnecked People," Modern Liturgy. 1992 "Facing Sudden Success: Philip Roth's Zuckerman Unbound" and 25 analytical summaries of novels, stories, plays, and films on the subject of unexpected success. Published by the American Library Association as a chapter in a book of essays, entitled Life Guidance Through Literature. "Dramatizing the Torah: Plays about Moses," Theatre and Religion. 1995 "Theatre in Israel: The Initial Program of July, 1995" - presented as part of the Vernon Larson International lecture series - KSU - September 11, 1995. 1996 "Mirroring Judaism in Israeli Theatre: Visions of the Judaic Past in the Plays of S. Anski, Joshua Sobol, and Danny Horowitz:" - presented at the Institute for Islamic-Judaic Studies - University of Denver. 03 Teaching Articles, Student Evaluations Retirement Celebration 04 Workshops Led Lectures Plays Directed: Articles & Reviews Plays Written: Selected 05 The Eternal Kick, 1963 My Old Room, 1964 The Planter May Weep, 1966 06 A Thousand at the Branches, 1967 07 Some Events Connected with the Early History of Arizona, 1968 08 We Can Make Our Lives Sublime, 1969 Earp!, 1971 09 Monks, 1971 10 PUBA, 1972 The Betrayal, 1974 The Kansas Character, 1977 11 A Jew in Kansas, 1977 Next Thing to Kinfolks, 1978 On Venus Have We Got a Rabbi!, 1978 12 The Buck Stops Here!, 1982 13 Abraham! Abraham!, 1986 14 No Other Gods, 1987 Never Catch You At It, 1988 15 A Light to the Nations, 1989 Custody, 1993 16 Inbar, 1995 Out of the Depths, 1998 Video Tapes Tape 01 Graduate School Commencement Address, May 14, 1999 Drama Therapy Interview on TV Show, "What's the Big Idea?" Spring 1999 Interview about Teaching, September 24, 1998 02 Retirement Celebration, April 2, 1999 03 Discussion and Demonstration of Theatre for Special Populations: The Exceptional Theatre Company Audio Tapes Tape Songs 01 Monks, 1971 02 The Buck Stops Here!, 1982 03 Abraham! Abraham!, 1996 Documentary Radio Drama-KSAC-1976 04 The Matter with Kansas Humanities Lecture Reading, November 17, 1994 05 To Repair the World: Confessions of an American Jewish Playwright
"Never Let 'em Catch You At It": An Evening with Milburn Stone An Original Play and One Man Show by Norman J. Fedder Saint Mary of the Plains College, July 1-August 13, 1989 and Hutchinson Community College, April 21-22, 1995.
Box Folder General Hutchinson Commuity College production 01 01 Advertising flyer for play 02 "Biography" and "Playwright's Notes" 03 Correspondence, 1989 04 Stage floor plan Research Materials 05 Correspondence, 1973-1974, 1979 06 Newspaper clippings & periodical articles re Stone, 1961-1980 07 Newspaper clippings and news releases re "Gunsmoke," ca 1962-1977 08 Obituaries of Stone 09 Newspaper clippings re play 10 Book, Dodge City Landmarks and flyer "Old Dodge City" 11 Oral history interview transcriptions and "autobiography" of Stone (approx. 1,000 pages) Audio Cassette Tapes Tape 01 Complete Milburn Stone interview, May 23, 1980 02 Milburn Stone biographical tape no. 1 03 Biographical tape no. 8 04 Biographical tape no. 11 05 Biographical tape no. 12; "Mil(burn) meets Janie" & "Gunsmoke Begins" 06 Hap Hogan-Tent show memories 07 Milburn Stone/Charlton Heston Video Cassette Tapes Tape 01 "Never Let 'em Catch You At It" Final dress rehearsal for 1995 Hutchinson Community College with William Brewer portraying Stone. 02 Gunsmoke: Baker's Dozen