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UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies: Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker

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The UMD School of Theatre , Dance, and Peformance Studies opens its 2013-2014 season with Thorton Wilder's The Matchmaker. This 1955 comedy was the inspiration for the Tony award-winning Broadway musical Hello Dolly! and reveals the exploits of matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi, a widow who brokers marriages in New York at the turn of the 20th century. 

Learn more about Pulitzer Prize-winning author Thornton Wilder and his iconic works in the UMD Libraries:

  • Scripts for The Matchmaker
  • Film versions
    This list includes a production of Hello, Dolly! from the Washington Area Performing Arts Video Archive (Location: Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library — Paged Collections Room, Call Number: WAP 0632, vol. 1 and 2.) WAPAVA records Washington-area theatre, dance and artistic performances to be held in a public archive, one of only two of its kind in the country. Housed at the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, the WAPAVA collection includes over 500 titles and continues to grow. Although they don’t circulate, WAPAVA recordings can be viewed in MSPAL. To browse the collection, which includes everything from classical Greek plays to Shakespeare to musicals, visit
  • Recordings and scores of Hello Dolly!
  • Interviews and writings by Thornton Wilder, and biographies of the author; this list includes the following highlights:
    The Journals of Thornton Wilder, 1939-1961 — Edited by Donald Clifford Gallup
    (Location: McKeldin Library — Stacks, Call Number: PS3545.I345 Z465 1985)

    Thornton Wilder’s personal journals record the author’s thoughts on his own works, on those of his contemporaries and writers he admired, as well as Wilder’s musings and reflections on religion, science fiction and many other topics that were of interest to one of America’s foremost literary figures. Dating from just after the completion of Our Town (1938) and including the years when he created and revised The Matchmaker, these journals chronicle Wilder’s development as a writer during a time when he crafted some of his most well-known and enduring works.

    Conversations with Thornton Wilder — Edited by Jackson R. Bryer (Location: McKeldin Library — Stacks, Call Number: PS3545.I345 Z64 1992)
    This collection of interviews with Thornton Wilder documents the richness of his sixty-year career as a novelist, playwright, teacher, and scholar. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author discusses his literary works with radio hosts and magazine reporters and provides insight into his creative process through personal anecdotes and reminiscences. Conversations with Thornton Wilder includes not only interviews that have previously appeared in American and British publications, but translations of several conversations originally published in French and German.