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Shawn Pfautsch Papers

Identifier: Midwest-MS-Pfautsch

Scope and Content of the Collection

Revised drafts of Pfautsch's play Season on the Line, also with outline cards and the music to "Jolly Is the Gale," one of the musical numbers in the play

According to Chicago Tribune critic Chris Jones, "The premise is that we were watching the unfolding of an entire season at our struggling Chicago theater company, beginning with an adaptation of 'The Great Gatsby,' moving on to Lanford Wilson's 'Balm in Gilead' and ending with a blowout, hyperexpressionistic version of 'Moby-Dick.' The backstage traumas and post-show reactions to each of these productions get their own act.....the whole piece is very much in the thrall of the Herman Melville opus." [Review, Sept. 24, 2014] The play was staged at Chicago's Chopin Theatre, September-October 2014.

The final version of the play has been cataloged individually, call number: Melville PS3616.F38 S43 2014.


  • Creation: 2012-2014



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Shawn Pfautsch Papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Shawn Pfautsch Papers are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright is retained by the author. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

Biography of Shawn Pfautsch

Chicago-based actor, writer, and musician.

Shawn Pfautsch is a founding company member of The House Theatre of Chicago, performing and writing for the company, as well as in other Chicago companies, such as Steppenwolf Theatre, The Hypocrites, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Signal Ensemble Theatre, and Chicago Children's Theatre.


0.4 Linear Feet (1 box)


Drafts of the play "Season on the Line" by Chicago-based actor, writer, and musician Shawn Pfautsch. The play was first performed at the House Theatre of Chicago in September and October, 2014. Also includes outline cards for the play and the sheet music to "Jolly Is the Gale."


Playscripts arranged by draft number, with outline cards at the end.

Collection Stack Location

1 27 1


Gift of Shawn Pfautsch, 2015.

Processed by

Elizabeth McKinley, 2015.

Inventory of the Shawn Pfautsch Papers, 2012-2014
Alison Hinderliter
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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Chicago Illinois 60610 United States