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Triangle Theater Company records

Identifier: M176


The Triangle Theater Company was founded in 1979 by David M. Hough. Named for the pink triangles used to mark gay men in Nazi concentration camps, Triangle Theater sought to provide a supportive environment in which gay men and women could work in theater. During each season, Triangle Theater staged multiple productions and held staged readings of scripts. When Triangle Theater incorporated in September 1981, Hough was its Artistic Director and President of the Board; he stepped down as president in June 1983 and as artistic director in 1987, but he remained a member of the Board. Hough was replaced as Artistic Director by Steve O'Donnell, who in 1993 was replaced by Kate Caffrey; O'Donnell returned to the post in 1994. Triangle Theater's first production, "3 in a Single Key," presented three one-act plays during Lesbian / Gay Pride 1980. For its second season, Triangle became a company-in-residence at the Theatre Factory, a theater space for small companies, founded by Hough and others; the Theatre Factory closed in 1981, forcing Triangle to perform in multiple venues as the company searched for another home. In September 1985, Triangle Theater reached an agreement with the H.E.R.E. Local 26 Union to use the theater space in the union's building, a former film screening room. Triangle staged its productions in this theater, the Paramount Penthouse Theater in Boston's South End, until 1996. Unable to locate a new theater to stage their productions, the Triangle Theater Company closed in 1996.


  • Creation: 1979-2009
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1979-1996


Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use:

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Season Chronology

1980 Season
"3 in a Single Key," a performance of three one-act plays
1980-1981 Season
"Cross Your Heart and Hope to Lie," "Find Your Way Home," and "Happy Endings"
1981-1982 Season
"Nice Habits" and "Niagara Falls"
1982-1983 Season
"Boy Meets Boy" and "A Night Out with the Boys"
1983-1984 Season
"Smaller Heartaches" and "A Piece of Cake"
1984-1985 Season
"Franny, the Queen of Provincetown" and Cheryl Hoenenmeyer in Concert
1985-1986 Season
"Bloolips: Living Leg-Ends" and "After Eleven"
1986-1987 Season
"The Flames," "The Boys in the Band," and "As Is"
1987-1988 Season
"The Normal Heart," "The Children's Hour," and "Torch Song Trilogy"
1988-1989 Season
"The Mystery of Irma Vep," "Last Summer at Bluefish Cove," "The Buddy System," and "Breaking the Code"
1989-1990 Season
"My Blue Heaven," "Vieux Carre," "The Gospel According to Omaha," and "Design for Living"
1990-1991 Season
"Boy Meets Boy," "Backward, Turn Backward," "Beyond Therapy," and "Bent"
1991-1992 Season
"The Shadow Box," Base Camp," "Another Country," and "Movie Queens"
1992-1993 Season
"Eye of the Gull," Adam and the Experts," "Blood Relations," and "Camille"
1993-1994 Season
"Green Fingers," "Gertrude Stein and a Companion," "Supporting Roles," and "Marvelous Party"
1994-1995 Season
"The Lisbon Traviata," "The Well of Horniness," "Straight and Narrow," "Hannah Free," and "Ten Percent Revue"
1995-1996 Season
"Cinderella: The Real, True Story," "Seating and Other Arrangements," and "Falsettos"
ca. 1996


1.20 cubic feet (4 containers, 3 flat file folders)

System of Arrangement:

Arranged in one alphabetical sequence and one chronological sequence.

Physical Location

56/3, FF4/D10

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Received from David M. Hough in 2010.


  • Bickelhaupt, Susan. “Triangle Finds a Corner at the ICA.” Boston Globe, August 20, 1996.
  • Bronski, Michael. “A Theater Steps Out of the Closet.” Boston Phoenix, July 1, 1980.
  • Dougherty, Robin. “Gay Devotee.” Boston Phoenix, October 15, 1993.
  • Waters, Darrell W. “Gay Theater in Boston.” Bay Windows, March, 1983.


Finding aid for the Triangle Theater Company Records
Finding aid prepared by Dominique Medal
August 2010
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Snell Library
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston MA 02115 US