|Size:||.5 linear feet in 1 box|
|Repository:||Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, 400 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60605|
|Immediate source of acquisiton:||Donated by E. Eugene Baldwin in 1987.|
|Conditions governing use:||Please consult staff to determine ability to reuse materials from collection.|
|Conditions governing access:||Materials are open without restrictions.|
|Physical location note:||Materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please request materials at least 24-hours prior to your research visit to coordinate access.|
|Preferred citation:||When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is: Eugene Baldwin 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 career of E. Eugene Baldwin, a Chicago playwright. Collection includes several revisions of his play Moonlight Daring Us to Go Insane, which played at the Body Politic Theatre in fall 1987
E. Eugene Baldwin originates from downstate Illinois, the location of many of his plays. A graduate of Northeastern Illinois University, Baldwin’s first play Going Steady (and Other Fables from the Heart) was produced off-Broadway in 1983. His next play Moonlight Daring Us to Go Insane was workshopped in the 1987 Play Expo held jointly by the Body Politic and Victory Gardens Theatres. Moonlight was the first play on the mainstage in Body Politic’s 1987-1988 season and was also the first play chosen for taping by the Special Collections Department for the Chicago Theater Collection.
Scope and Contents
Collection includes multiple drafts of scripts for Going Steady (and Other Fables of the Heart) and Moonlight Daring Us to Go Insane.
Scripts are organized by production. Videotapes have been removed to the Chicago Theater Videotape Collection.
- Chicago Theater Videotape Collection
- Victory Gardens Theater Collection:
- Baldwin, E. Eugene – Archives.
- Theater – Illinois – Chicago – 20th Century – Sources.
- Theater – Illinois – 20th Century – Sources.
|Box 1||Folder 1||Going Steady (and Other Fables of the Heart), script; 7th rewrite, heavily annotated with line cutes, additions and changes, circa 1987|
|Box 1||Folder 2||Going Steady (and Other Fables of the Heart), script; 10th rewrite, original typescript, circa 1987|
|Box 1||Folder 3||Moonlight Daring Us to Go Insane, script; original typescript, undated|
|Box 1||Folder 4||Moonlight Daring Us to Go Insane, script; original typescript, undated|
|Box 1||Folder 5||Moonlight Daring Us to Go Insane, script; 1st draft, with line cuts and changes, circa 1987|
|Box 1||Folder 6||Moonlight Daring Us to Go Insane, script; ‘Version 3 1986’ original typescript, circa 1987|
|Box 1||Folder 7||Moonlight Daring Us to Go Insane, script; Play Expo workshop production 1987 June-July|
|Box 1||Folder 8||Moonlight Daring Us to Go Insane, script; mainstage production, Body Politic, part original typescript, with cuts and additions, also “The Last of the Cowboys” a companion piece to Moonlight Daring Us to Go Insane, 1987 September 17|
|Moonlight Daring Us to Go Insane by E. Eugene Baldwin. Body Politic Theatre, directed by Pauline Brailsford, sets by Linda Lane, costumes by Susan Bonde, lights by Michael Rourke, with Belinda Bremner, Maureen Gallagher, Ned Schmidtke, Gary Houston, Anne Bernadette Coyle, Ross Salinger, Terrance Auch, Mary Cooper, Greg Rohe, Charlie Wollensak and Yvonne Suhor. Video recording (approx. 120 minutes, color) [See: Chicago Theater Videotape Collection, Box 1, Videotape 1.9], 1987 October 7|