Except for two years spent on a schooner in the South Pacific, and sometime later, a year spent in the African Bush, Christopher Sergel's life was involved in playwriting and publishing. His work includes adaptations of Sherwood Anderson's WINESBURG, OHIO, which ran on Broadway; John Neihardt's BLACK ELK SPEAKS, which was done Off-Broadway; FAME; THE MOUSE THAT ROARED; CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN; UP THE DOWN STAIRCASE and the OUTSIDERS. He also adapted Harper Lee's TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD for stage. Chris Sergel was President of the Dramatic Publishing Company until his death in 1993. It was founded by his great-uncle in 1885 and has been run by the Sergel family since.