Storms and Illuminations

As Access Theatre was approaching the end of its run, it became clear that a book was in order to attempt to capture some of the rich, human stories of the Company’s 18 year life.

Thanks to the generosity and support of Gary and Ellen Bialis and Family, STORMS AND ILLUMINATIONS was published.  Long time Access Theatre fan and supporter Cynthia Wisehart penned the book after hundreds of hours of interviews with Company Members.  The book features a foreword by Michael Douglas and introduction by Anthony Edwards.  We treasure this beautiful account of Access Theatre and are so very pleased to be able to share it with everyone here as a part of these archives.  Enjoy!

The book, Storms and Illuminations, was originally published in print (hardcopy) back in 1997.

Original Book Credits:
Copyright © 1997 Cynthia Wisehart. Published by Emily Publications. 2428 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, California 93105. All rights reserved. Cover photograph © 1996 Jeff Brouws. Back cover photograph © 1985 Michael Hughs. Design by The Lily Guild Temple of Design, Santa Barbara. Imagesetting by Tom Buhl Imaging Center. Printed in the USA by Ventura Printing.

Digital Recreation

As part of Access Theatre’s digital archival efforts, the 1996-ish Quark Xpress spreads of the 260 page book (cover to cover) were resurrected and then converted into the desktop publishing program known as InDesign (of Adobe fame).  When available, color photographs were substituted for the original black and white variants used in the original hardcopy book.  After seemingly countless hours and 6+ versions later, AT is proud to present Storms and Illuminations in its revised electronic/digital form!  Click the graphic to the left or HERE to view/download the book in a PDF file.

By clicking one of the hyperlinks indicated above, the PDF will open in a web browser window/tab.  At that point we do recommend selecting the option of downloading the PDF file to your device (iOS users select ‘OPEN IN…)’ and then view with Adobe’s Reader program in order to take full advantage of the embedded user-feature set within the PDF file.

Digital Book Credits:
Published 2018
Desktop publishing Peter M. Robertson/ACCESS Unlimited Santa Barbara, CA; Editorial/proofreading Rod Lathim Santa Barbara, CA.

ARCHIVES BONUSES: Besides the book itself – we are making available two (2) image galleries and a version of the digital publication in a standalone Flipbook file:

Click Here for Gallery With Original Black & White Images6m_SIBW

Click Here for Gallery With Color Images
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