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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Claudia Allen  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1954 in Michigan

-- Claudia Allen on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Allen moved to Chicago in 1979.

Biographical and Professional Information

Claudia Allen is a prolific contemporary playwright, screenwriter and author. She is particularly known for her novel, play and film ''Hannah Free'', the story of a lifelong lesbian relationship. ''Hannah Free'' premiered at Chicago’s Bailiwick Repertory Theatre in 1992 and became an award-winning feature film in 2009.Allen grew up in the very small town of Clare, Michigan. She moved to Chicago in 1979, and the following year her play ''Freedom Rider'' was staged at the Playwrights' Center. She is a founding member of Chicago's Victory Gardens Theater's Playwrights Ensemble. She has also taught playwriting at the Victory Gardens Theater Training Center and at a number of schools including the University of Chicago and Lake Forest College. Author of more than 30 plays, Allen’s works on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) topics have been widely produced around the country. She has been named ''Best Playwright'' by Chicago Magazine and was a recipient of the ''Chicago Adapt Disability Arts and Culture Award''. Her play anthology ''She’s Always Liked the Girls Best'' was a finalist for an American Library Association Award and a Lammie, and her play ''Unspoken Prayers'' was a finalist for the 2003 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Allen was inducted into the GLBT Hall of Fame in 2010.

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Titles At Your Library

Hannah Free: The Novel
ISBN: 1594931720

Bella Books. 2010

Hannah, a free spirit. Rachel, the woman she calls home.

Hannah and Rachel knew, from their first adventure as girls, that they were meant to be together. No creek was too wide, no tree too high for the two of them to conquer. On the fateful day their innocent feelings blossomed into unexpected passion, Hannah was certain she and Rachel were meant to be together, forever.

But Rachel understood Hannah was meant to be free. Wherever Hannah went, it was Rachel, strong and steady, she came home to. After decades of love, hard choices and painful sacrifices, it’s Rachel’s turn to go, and this time Hannah must stay.

All Hannah wants is to be able to say goodbye.

Renowned playwright Claudia Allen’s vibrant story of Hannah and Rachel will touch the hearts and minds of anyone who has ever tried to explain why—and who—they love.

Includes 32 pages of color photographs from the production of Hannah Free, the motion picture starring Sharon Gless, and background interviews about the making of this award-winning film.



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