Chicago on Stage Lecture Series

Dates: 1981-1982
Size: 25 cassette tapes
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, 400 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60605
Collection Number: SPE: Archives_CTC_COS
Access: Researchers, please request this material 24 hours in advance of use.
Citation: When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is: Chicago on Stage Lecture Series, [Tape #], Special Collections, Chicago Public Library

Scope and Content

During the period October 1981 to April 1982 the Chicago Public Library put on a series of lectures and panel discussions devoted to the history and development of theater in Chicago. The programs were held jointly by the Lake View Branch of Chicago Public Library and the CPL/Cultural Center. The programs were made possible in part through grants from the Illinois Humanities Council and Illinois Arts Council.

The series consisted of twenty-five scheduled lectures and panel discussions which presented a “comprehensive history of the development of the unique trends in Chicago Theater.” The series was recorded, and audio cassettes are available for further research.

Container List

Tape No. Lecture/Discussion Topic Lecturer Date
Tape 1 Theater on the Frontier Arthur Bloom 5 October 1981
Tape 2 19th Century Drama in Chicago (1885-1886) Jane Stedman 12 October 1981
Tape 3 19th Century Drama in Chicago Arthur Bloom 19 October 1981
Tape 4 Development of the Art Theater Movement James F. Coakley 26 October 1981
Tape 5 Yiddish Theater in Chicago Danny Newman 2 November 1981
Tape 6 Chicago’s Neighborhood and Ethnic Theaters (in two parts) Gertrude Grisham, Stuart Hecht, Alfreds Staraumanis 9 November 1981
Tape 7 Radio Theater Fred MacDonald 16 November 1981
Tape 8 Early Films and Chicago Theater William Grisham 23 November 1981
Tape 9 WPA Movement Patrick Schmitt 30 November 1981
Tape 10 Vaudeville & Burlesque Robert Brubaker 7 December 1981
Tape 11 Opera in Chicago Jane Stedman 14 December 1981
Tape 12 Second City and Improvisational Theater Jeff Sweet 21 December 1981
Tape 13 Early TV Fred MacDonald 4 January 1982
Tape 14 Off-Loop and Regional Theater N/A 11 January 1982
Tape 15 Women’s and Gay Theater in Chicago Linda Walsh Jenkins 18 January 1982
Tape 16 Black Theater in Chicago Edward Robinson 25 January 1982
Tape 17 Specialized Theater in Chicago Anne Thurman 1 February 1982
Tape 18 Chicago Theater Influences American Theater Yuri Rasovsky 8 February 1882
Tape 19 Artistic Directors Look to the Future Panel Discussion 22 February 1982
Tape 20 Playwrights Evaluate Local Theater Panel Discussion 1 March 1982
Tape 21 The Role of the Director Panel Discussion 8 March 1982
Tape 22 Acting in Chicago Panel Discussion 15 March 1982
Tape 23 Technical Aspects of Chicago Theater Panel Discussion 22 March 1982
Tape 24 The Critics and Their Influence on Chicago Theater Panel Discussion 29 March 1982
Tape 25 Future Support for Chicago Theater: Funding, Audience Development, etc. Panel Discussion 5 April 1982


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