Alan Bowne papers
Scope and Content
The Alan Bowne papers consists of three boxes of materials created over the course of Bowne's career as a playwright and author. These include play scripts and drafts, short story drafts, screenplays, correspondence, notebooks, photographs, and audio cassettes and one reel-to-reel tape. These materials originate from the 1970s - 1991, with the bulk of the collection originating from the 1980s. The collections contains two series.
Series 1: Writings and Correspondence (1971 - 1991) includes multiple drafts and scripts of Bowne's work, including drafts for "Forty-Deuce," "Sharon and Billy," and "Wally Wonderstruck." It also includes correspondence and other materials related to submitting his written work to various publishers. Notable are two notebooks Bowne wrote in, one containing his thoughts on his presumed AIDS diagnosis.
Series 2: Photographs and Audiovisual Materials (circa 1970s - 1989) includes photographs of Bowne himself, with friends, on vacation, and of his Sonoma County, CA home and the surrounding countryside. The two audio cassettes and reel-to-reel tape contain recordings of a 1984 production of his play "Sharon and Billy."
- Creation: Majority of material found within 1980-1989
- Creation: circa 1970s-1991
- Bowne, Alan (Person)
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Alan Bowne was an American playwright and author. Born in 1945, he was best known for a handful of works, including "Beirut," "Forty-Deuce," "Sharon and Billy," as well as a novel, "Wally Wonderstruck." Perhaps his most famous and enduring work, "Beirut" is a one-act play that tells the allegorical story of a heterosexual couple dealing with a mysterious disease that ravages dystopian New York. This fictional disease presumably represented the real HIV/AIDS epidemic of the 1980s. "Beirut" was eventually adapted into a 1993 television movie, re-titled "Daybreak." Bowne passed away from AIDS-related complications in 1989 in his Sonoma County home at 44 years old.
1.0 linear feet (3 boxes)
Language of Materials
The Alan Bowne papers consists of three boxes of materials created over the course of Bowne's career as a playwright and author. These include play scripts and drafts, short story drafts, screenplays, correspondence, notebooks, photographs, audio cassettes, and one reel-to-reel tape. These materials originate from the 1970s - 1991, with the bulk of the collection originating from the 1980s.
This collection is arranged by format and then chronologically.
The Special Collections Research Center does not have the equipment necessary to play reel-to-reel tapes. Additional time and money may be required to digitize this material for access.
Donated by Barbara Hayes in January 2019.
'Alane Bowne.' IMDB. Accessed March 8, 2019. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0101428/.
Myatt, John. 'Beirut Review.' Entertainment Focus. June 20, 2018. Accessed March 8, 2019. https://www.entertainment-focus.com/theatre-section/theatre-reviews/beirut-review/.
Processing completed by Amanda Menjivar in March 2019. EAD markup completed by Amanda Menjivar in March 2019. Finding aid updated by Amanda Menjivar in February 2023.
- Guide to the Alan Bowne papers
- Alan Bowne papers
- Amanda Menjivar
- March 7, 2019
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