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Steve E. Cooper Script Collection

Identifier: SC-MS-362

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of produced and unproduced playscripts written by playwright and former Wilmington resident, Steven E. Cooper, which range in date from 1981 to 1994. Drafts and final scripts of The Lambda series are prominently featured. Set at a gay bar in Carolina Beach in 1979, The Lambda unfolds through the perspective of rising college freshman, Eric, and his interactions with other men in the bar. The play, expounding on life, love, and relationships, has become well regarded in the local community and has been revived at least four times in the years since the original performance. Among the scripts are early drafts of The Lambda, as well as adaptations and sequels. This collection also contains scripts that Cooper adapted for Thalian Hall's yearly Pied Piper theatre for children in New Hanover County, including Beanstalk and Aladdin.


  • Creation: 1981-1994

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

No reproductions of any kind are allowed when using this collection.


1 Container (Contains 1 document box)

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Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by Steve E. Cooper on February 18, 2000.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Gavin Nelson in the summer of 2019.

Steve E. Cooper Script Collection
Gavin Nelson
2019 May 29
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Repository Details

Part of the Randall Library Special Collections Repository