MsC 508

  Manuscript Register


Collection Dates: 1996 -- 1999
.75 linear ft.

This document describes a collection of materials held by the
Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
Phone: 319-335-5921
Fax: 319-335-5900

Posted to Internet: June 1999

Acquisition Note: Sean Clark donated his papers to the University of Iowa Libraries in 1999.

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Digital Surrogates: Except where indicated, this document describes but does not reproduce the actual text, images and objects which make up this collection. Materials are available only in the Special Collections Department.

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Biographical Note

Patrick Sean Clark received his B.S. from the University of Missouri in 1982. He earned his MFA in playwriting at the University of Iowa. While still a student he won the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, as well as the American College Theatre Festival's National Student Playwriting Award, and the David Library Award.

Clark has been associated with some of the most popular and critically acclaimed television programs of the past decade. He wrote for shows such as Northern Exposure and The Commish and worked as a story editor on Coach and Evening Shade. He was a consulting producer on Sirens and Sliders and was a supervising producer on Early Edition.

In addition to his work for television, he has written several plays and screenplays. Sean Clark is currently the director of the Graduate Screenwriting Program at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.

Scope and Contents

The papers of Sean Clark consist of television scripts and screenplays that he wrote between 1996 and 1999. The scripts were written for the CBS television program, Early Edition. One script for that series, written by Carla Kettner, is also included in this collection. There are also drafts of his screenplay, Black Irish, which has been optioned but not yet produced.

Box 1

Early Edition

Production and release schedules, market share reports, etc., 1998 -- 1999.


Production Number [--]. "Afterlife" or The Wrong Goodbye" by Carla Kettner. Outline, January 25, 1999.

Scripts by Sean Clark

Production Number 308. "Deadline"
Producer's draft, September 28, 1998.

Revised producer's draft, September 29, 1998.

Production Number 313. "The Last Untouchable":

Holograph draft.


Outline with holograph revisions.

Typescript drafts (2 copies).

Production draft, November 23, 1998.

Casting lists.

Production Number 319. "Crumb Again?"

Untitled holograph draft outline.

Untitled outline (2 copies).

Untitled holograph draft.

Typescript draft with holograph revisions.

Later typescript draft.

Production draft, February 23, 1999.

Production Number 322. "Play It Again, Sammo"

Correspondence, 1999.

Holograph outline with corrections and revisions.

Outline with holograph revisions.

Outline with holograph revisions.

Outline with holograph revisions.

Outline (2 copies).

Holograph draft with an incomplete photocopy.

Typescript draft.

Box 2

Early Edition (cont.)

Scripts by Sean Clark (cont.)
Production Number 322. "Play It Again, Sammo" (cont.)
Production draft, March 30, 1999.

Production draft with holograph corrections and revisions, March 30, 1999.

Incomplete production draft with holograph revisions.

Production draft with revisions, March 30, 1999.

Opening credits.

Screenplays by Sean Clark

Black Irish, August 6, 1996.

Black Shamrock, (later reverted to the title, Black Irish) March 14, 1997.

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