Chicago Playwrights Collection, Charles Smith

Institution: DePaul University Special Collections and Archives Department
2350 N. Kenmore Ave.

Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: 773-325-2167
Date: 1986-2004
Extent: .6 Linear Feet
Finding Aid

Biographical/Historical Note:
A member of the Victory Gardens Playwrights Ensemble, Charles Smith has seen his plays produced throughout Chicago and the United States by companies such as the Goodman Theatre, the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the Seattle Repertory Theatre, and the St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre. Smith’s plays Takunda, Jelly Belly, Cane, and The Sutherland all premiered at the Victory Gardens Theatre. Portraying Chicago’s 1950s South Side jazz scene, The Sutherland won the Best Plays Competition of the Illinois Arts Council’s Governor’s Award for the Arts. In 1995, his play Black Star Line Commissioned by the Goodman, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. A graduate of the Iowa Playwrights Workshop, Smith is also the author of two Emmy Award winning teleplays, Fast Break to Glory and Pequito. Smith currently teaches playwriting at Ohio University.

Scope and Content Note:
The plays are arranged alphabetically by title. General information pertaining to Smith’s career is gathered at the beginning of the collection.

Related Material: None