Claudia Allen Papers

Dates: 1985-1991
Size: .5 linear feet in 1 box
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, 400 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60605
Collection Number: Spe.ctc-ca
Immediate Source of Acquisition: These materials were donated to the library by Claudia Allen in 1992.
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Preferred Citation: When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is: Claudia Allen Papers [Box#, Folder#], Special Collections, Chicago Public Library
Finding aid author: Original author unknown. Updated and ingested into ArchivesSpace by Sarah Zimmerman 2021.


Collection documents the work of Claudia Allen, a Chicago playwright. Includes scripts and production information.


Claudia Allen (b. 1954), a Chicago playwright with roots in small town Michigan has written a number of plays, including Winter (1996), Ripe Conditions (1994), Still Waters, Eulah, Change and Cahoots. Ms. Allen’s gay and lesbian-themed plays, including Roomers, Rain Check, Hannah Free and Movie Queens, have played in Bailiwick Repertory’s “Pride Performance Series” and other theatrical venues in Chicago. Movie Queens (1991), a one-act play, was produced both in Chicago and New York City. A short, Chicago play titled They Even Got the Rienzi won a place in the Great Chicago Playwright’s Exposition at the Victory Gardens/Body Politic in 1987, and her comic teleplay, Deer Season was presented on WMAQ-Channel 5. Ms. Allen’s first full-length Equity production, The Long Awaited, premiered at the Victory Gardens Theater in 1989, where she is an official Playwrights Alumnus.

Scope and Content

The Claudia Allen Papers include scripts, reviews and programs 1985-1991.


The records are arranged by production title.

Related Materials

  • Bailiwick Repertory Records
  • Victory Gardens Theater Records

Several of Ms. Allen’s plays are available in the Library’s Literature & Language Division on the seventh floor. Among them are:

  • Winter (54 p.). Woodstock, IL: Dramatic Pub., circa 1996. Call #PS3551.L39215W5 1996.
  • Ripe Conditions (54 p.) Woodstock, IL: Dramatic Pub., circa 1994. Call #PS3551 .L39215R56 1994.
  • She Always Liked the Girls Best (222 p.). Chicago: Third Side Press, 1992. Call #PS3551.L39215S47 1993.
  • Movie Queens (46 p.). Chicago: Chicago Plays; 1991. Call #PS3551 .L39215M68 1991.

Subject Headings

  • Allen, Claudia, 1954-
  • Victory Gardens Theater
  • Bailiwick Repertory Theater
  • Lesbian theater – History – Sources
  • Theater – Illinois – Chicago – 20th century – Sources
  • Drama
  • Theater reviews
  • Theater programs

Collection Inventory

Box 1 Folder 1 The Long Awaited -- Pre-production script, earlier version; unmarked, circa 1985
Box 1 Folder 2 The Long Awaited -- Revised script, circa 1989
Box 1 Folder 3 The Long Awaited -- Program and reviews from Victory Gardens production, 1990 January 20-March 5
Box 1 Folder 4 The Long Awaited -- Reviews from Interplay Ensemble (Spokane, WA) production, 1990 November
Box 1 Folder 5 Movie Queens -- Script; unmarked, undated
Box 1 Folder 6 Movie Queens -- Published script (Chicago Plays, 1991)
Box 1 Folder 7 Still Waters -- Script; unmarked, circa 1990 [1991 April]
Box 1 Folder 8 Still Waters -- Reviews from Victory Gardens production, 1991 April-May 5
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