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Samantha Gellar "Life Versus the Paperback Romance" papers

 Collection — Box: 1 [F09.074.03.02]
Identifier: MS0476

Scope and Contents

Materials relate to the production of Samantha Gellar's 1998 play "Life Versus the Paperback Romance." The play, which was censored, generated significant local and national media coverage. Materials include a playscript (photocopy), photographs, VHS cassettes, clippings, and programs.

Dates

  • 1998 - 2000

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Samantha Gellar "Life Versus the Paperback Romance" papers are the physical property of J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections. Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical Note

Samantha Gellar was a sixteen-year-old high school student at Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte, North Carolina, when she wrote "Life Versus the Paperback Romance." The play, which dealt with lesbian romance, received a playwright's award from the Charlotte Young Playwright's Festival. Despite the play's avoidance of nudity, sex, and lewd language, the Children's Theater of Charlotte declined to stage the play. At the age of 17, Gellar found herself the subject of a censorship debate that attracted international attention. The play was performed locally at the Great Aunt Stella Center and later at the Joseph Papp Public Theater in New York.

Extent

.425 Linear Feet (1 document box)

Language

English

Overview

Samantha Gellar was a sixteen-year-old high school student at Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte, North Carolina, when she wrote "Life Versus the Paperback Romance." The play, which dealt with lesbian romance, received a playwright's award from the Charlotte Young Playwright's Festival. Materials relate to the controversial production of Samantha Gellar's 1998 play "Life Versus the Paperback Romance."

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in chronological order in a single folder title series.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Samantha Gellar, 2014 August.

General

Forms part of the King-Henry-Brockington LGBTQ+ Archive.

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Tina Wright in 2014.
Title
Samantha Gellar "Life Versus the Paperback Romance" papers
Status
Completed
Author
Tina Wright, 2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Contact:
Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte 28223 United Stated