Women Writing Plays


A comprehensive overview of women's playwriting in English and a celebration of the most respected award given to women playwrights.
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A comprehensive overview of women's playwriting in English and a celebration of the most respected award given to women playwrights.
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Meet the Author

Alexis Greene, of New York City, is an author, editor, theater critic, and dramaturg, with a special interest in theater and women's history.
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Table of Contents

Foreword by Emilie S. Kilgore
Acknowledgments and Note to Readers
Introduction: Women Writing Plays by Marsha Norman

Part One: Breaking the Silence

1 Social Change, Artistic Ferment
The U.S.A. by Charlotte Canning
The U.K. by Elizabeth Swain
2 Entering the Mainstream: The Plays of Beth Henley, Marsha Norman, and Wendy Wasserstein by Mel Gussow
3 A Conversation: Timberlake Wertenbaker, Max Stafford-Clark, and Michael Billington

Part Two: Facing the World

4 The Female Gaze by Emily Mann
5 Women and War: The Plays of Emily Mann, Lavonne Mueller, Shirley Lauro, Naomi Wallace, Shirley Gee, and Anne Devlin by Alexis Greene
6 Our Bodies, Ourselves
Memoir of a Sexual Woman by Sharman MacDonald
An Excerpt from the Play Sweeping the Nation by Susan Miller
Standing at the Crossroads by Pearl Cleage
7 Engaging Social Issues, Expressing a Political Outlook by Gwynn MacDonald
8 Crossing Borders: A Conversation with Bridget Carpenter, Lynn Nottage, Dael Orlandersmith, and Diana Son

Part Three: The Art of the Playwright

9 Whose Voices Are These? The Arts of Language in the Plays of Suzan-Lori Parks, Paula Vogel, and Diana Son by Amy S. Green
10 First-Person Singular: Female Writers Embrace the One-Person Play by Mandy Greenfield
11 Women's Imaginations: Experimenting with Theatrical Form by Carole Woddis
12 Joking Aside: A Conversation about Comedy with Christopher Durang, Gina Gionfriddo, Sarah Ruhl, and Wendy Wasserstein

Part Four: The Expanding World of Women's Plays

13 The Freedom to Create by Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti
14 Beyond the U.S.A, Beyond the U.K.
A View from South Africa by Fatima Dike
A View from Australia by Peta Tait
A View from New Zealand by Jean Betts
A View from Canada by Judith Thompson

15 New Voices by Alexis Greene
16 Prescriptions for a Playwriting Life
Dear Emily: On Being a Playwright by Timberlake Wertenbaker

Afterword by Bill Blackburn
Appendix: The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize
About the Contributors
Permissions and Credits

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