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Accession Number: 13-004


David Langley Carley fonds. Additions. -- 1967-2009. -- .8 m of textual records. -- 10 compact discs.


David Langley Carley was born in Peterborough, Ontario and was educated at Trent University and Queen's University Law School. He was editor of the Kawartha Sun newspaper from 1981-1982 and was an editor at Scirocco Press. He is a playwright whose work has been staged internationally. His plays include: Susanna, Sister Jude, Writing With Our Feet, Into, After You, A View From the Roof, Losing Paradise (edited), Taking Liberties, South on Bay, Vanishing Point, Two Ships Passing, Big Box, and many others. He was formerly drama editor for the CBC show "Morningside," editor of Stereodrama, and was senior script editor for CBC Radio Performance. His latest plays include "Orchidelerium," "The Trouble With Leo," "The Last Liberal," and "Conservatives in Love." A complete biography for Dave appears on his Web site:


Fonds consists of correspondence, draft manuscripts, posters, cds, publicity materials, and contracts related to plays of David Langley Carley. Plays and/or episodes in this addition include Backbencher, The Sweaters, Taking Liberties, 5 Hot Plays, Opera on the Rocks, Afghanada, The Taming of the Dude, American Detour, The Brief, Conservatives in Love, Trevi Fountain, Drive Home Dramas, Clockwork Twin, Last Liberal, The Final Hour, and others.


Custodial History: Fonds was created by and in the custody of David Langley Carley before being donated to Trent University Archives in 2013.

Immediate Source: Fonds acquired from David Langley Carley in 2013.

Restrictions: N

Accruals: This fonds along with 98-003, 02-013, 05-010, 08-011, and 08-014 is an addition to 95-022.


Note: Folders include draft manuscripts (note: cd copies of manuscripts are included in some instances), scripts, correspondence, contracts, publicity materials, editing notes, etc.
Box 1Backbencher (CBC series): Note: "Backbencher was conceived and written by noted playwright Wendy Lill. Dave was script editor and also wrote some episodes for the popular CBC radio series. Backbencher was the Bronze Medal Winner - New York International Radio Festival - Best Drama" (taken from the web site July 23, 2013).
Box 2Folder

1. How to Get There from Here / by Dave Carley and Peter Caldwell, 1993 (a how-to manual for professional theatre people)
2a. 2b. 2c.: Web site hard copies: 1 January 2005; 2002; March 2013
3. 5 Hot Plays: authors of the plays include Ooonagh Duncan, Paul Dunn, Daniel Karasik, Hannah Moscovitch, and Michael Rubenfeld (note: folder includes published copy of 5 Hot Plays / edited by David Carley, 2008)
4. Opera on the Rocks: a libretto by Krista Dalby, Lisa Codrington, Dave Carley, Leanna Brodie: "remount and revisions"
5-6. Taming of the Dude / by Dave Carley and Glenda MacFarlane
7. The Sweaters: libretto by Dave Carley / Ambient Opera Society, 2009
8-9. Taking Liberties / by Dave Carley: rewrite and production, 2009; also a published copy of Taking Liberties and Into, 1993
10-11. Afghanada (CBC episode)
12-13. Taken (later named American Detour)
14. The Brief (CBC pilot)
15. Running to Detroit
16. Conservatives in Love
17. 1967 Centennial journal [by David Carley] (photocopy only)
18. Publicity materials; newspaper articles by David Carley
Box 3Folder

1-3. Trevi Fountain
4-7. CBC Drive Home Dramas: Tailing Thomas, Incident on Crescent Rd., Lipstick on His Collar, "ideas and new ones"
8-9. Clockwork Twin
10-11. Last Liberal revisions for Peterborough (note: includes a published copy of The Last Liberal / by David Carley, 2006)
12. The Final Hour

Note: Kawartha Sun newspaper issues dated May to September 1982 were received with this donation; they are located together with other hard copy issues in the Newspapers section of the Manuscript Room.