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Claudia Allen Papers

Identifier: spe-ctc-ca

Scope and Contents

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


  • 1985 - 1991


Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

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.


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Language of Materials



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


The records are arranged by production title.

Physical Location

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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

These materials were donated to the library by Claudia Allen in 1992.

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.

Guide to the Claudia Allen Papers
Original author unknown. Updated and ingested into ArchivesSpace by Sarah Zimmerman 2021.
circa 1992
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Unit at Harold Washington Library Center Repository

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