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  • Collection ID ARCHIVES T00059
  • Creator Names City Lit Theater Company.
  • Title City Lit Theater Company records.
  • Physical description
    • 9.5 linear ft.
    • 3 oversize folders
    • approximately 800 photographs
    • approximately 290 slides
  • Collection arrangement Materials have been arranged into four series: production history files; scripts; administrative files and touring files.
  • Access and usage restrictions Available for research in the Special Collections and Preservation Division, Harold Washington Library Center, Chicago Public Library. Materials from this collection must be paged 24 hours in advance.
  • Collection summary The City Lit Theater Company Records include scripts, programs, reviews, photographs, slides, administrative records, marketing materials, box office reports, correspondence, touring and outreach papers, Board of Directors notes and set drawings.
  • Biographical or Historical Note Founded in 1979 by Arnold Aprill, David Dillon and Lorell Wyatt, City Lit Theater Company became the first theater in the nation devoted to stage adaptations of literary material. City Lit has explored fiction, non-fiction, biography, essays and drama in performance while also presenting a wide array of voices. Among these are classic writers such as Henry James, Edith Wharton, Oliver Goldsmith, Mark Twain, Colette and P.G. Wodehouse, as well as such contemporary writers as Alice Walker, W.P. Kinsella, Douglas Post, Raymond Carver and Edward Albee. In 1984, City Lit made a commitment to using diverse casts to present their work and expand its repertoire to include plays by and about underrepresented groups. City Lit has earned accolades and awards for their work. In 2005, Terry McCabe, former Artistic Director and founder of Stormfield Theater, became the Artistic Director at City Lit.
  • Acquisition information The collection was donated to the Chicago Public Library by Terry McCabe, Artistic Director of City Lit, and Brian C. Pastor, Managing Director of City Lit, in 2008.
  • Names
    • City Lit Theater Company Archives.
    • Aprill, Arnold.
    • Hearn, Page H., 1959-2008.
    • McCabe, Terry, donor.
    • Pastor, Brian C., donor.
    • Richard, Mark.
  • Subjects
    • Theater Illinois Chicago History.
    • Theatrical companies Illinois Chicago.
  • Genre
    • Drama. lcgft
    • Theatrical adaptations. lcgft
    • Records (Documents) lcgft
    • Photographs. gmgpc
    • Slides. gmgpc
  • Finding aid URL https://www.chipublib.org/fa-city-lit-theater-company-records/ Finding aid