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Douglas Post papers

Identifier: MSS0062

Scope and Contents

This collection contains drafts of theatre productions and screenplays written by Douglas Post. Additional materials related to Post can be found in the Victory Gardens Theater Collection, Box 15 and Box 24.


  • 1983-2014

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is restricted to note-taking only. No reproductions are permitted without authorization from the playwright or his estate.

Biographical / Historical

Douglas Post is a playwright, lyricist, and composer and a founding member of the Playwrights Ensemble at the Tony Award-winning Victory Gardens Theater from 1995 to 2012. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, where he studied Speech, Drama, and English. Post has taught playwriting at Northwestern University, DePaul University, and Victory Gardens Theater, among others. Post has received the L. Arnold Weissberger Playwriting Award, the Midwestern Playwrights Festival Award, the Cunningham Commission Award, the Blue Ink Playwriting Award and three Playwriting Fellowship Awards from the Illinois Arts Council, and has been nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award and an Emmy Award. The Wind In The Willows was Post’s adaptation of the Kenneth Grahame classic story, which according to a 2004 article (Box 1) was intended to be staged as an adult musical. In 1985, the show opened at the Organic Lab Theater in Chicago to positive reviews and a sold out four-week run. Post said of the experience that he was thankful for the opportunity to muck about, to make mistakes, to experiment in the Organic Lab where nothing, and everything, was at stake and where the process was infinitely more important than the product. Since then, The Wind In The Willows has been performed at over 150 theaters throughout the U.S. states and debuted at the International School Manila, Philippines in 2015. Post’s other plays include Bloodshot, Cynical Weathers, Drowning Sorrows, Earth and Sky and Murder in Green Meadows, as well as musicals including God and Country and The Real Life Story of Johnny de Facto. He has also written screenplays for Warner Bros. and NBC as well as several radio adaptions of his works.


6 Linear Feet (20 boxes)

Language of Materials



The Douglas Post papers are arranged alphabetically by play, then chronologically. The collection begins with general information related to Douglas Post's career and his involvement in the arts.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession 2004.09; 2006.16; 2008.10

Related Materials

Victory Gardens Theater collection

Guide to Douglas Post papers
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the DePaul Special Collections and Archives Repository

John T. Richardson Library
2350 N. Kenmore Ave.
Room 314
Chicago Illinois 60614