Jane Chambers, who was born in South Carolina and died at age forty-six of a brain tumor, was considered one of the most significant lesbian playwrights because of her depiction of the love between women as nonpathological. She was a novelist and poet who wrote for television as well. Chambers grew up in Orlando, Florida and then attended Rollins College for a year, then studied acting at the Pasadena Playhouse for two years; later in life, she graduated from Goddard College. Before becoming a full-time writer, Chambers worked for a literary agent, acted, directed, was a staff writer for a television station in Poland Spring, Maine, and was the director of avocation for the Job Corps in Jersey City. It was there she met Beth Allen, who became her life partner and manager. In 1972 she founded the Women's Interart Theatre in New York City with Margot Lewitin.
A Late Snow was one of the first plays with positive lesbian characters to be professionally produced. Chambers faced many difficulties with the production, beginning with auditions, when women refused to read for a lesbian role, and culminating when a cast member dropped out the day before the opening because her boyfriend convinced her she would not get any more commercials if she appeared on stage as a lesbian. Chambers later described the experience as a "hideous nightmare" which abruptly changed when the play was a hit and "suddenly the cast and crew adored each other" ( Hoffman, xii). The Broadway option was dropped, however, after six months when no backers were interested in a play about lesbians.
Her playwriting career continued with a series of one acts performed at the Interart Theatre, Last Summer at Bluefish Cove at the Shandol Theatre in New York City, and My Blue Heaven. During rehearsals for Kudzu, Chambers be-