Women Writing Plays: Three Decades of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize

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Table of Contents

Introduction : women writing plays 1
1 Social change, artistic ferment 17
The U.S.A. 17
The U.K. 28
2 Entering the mainstream : the plays of Beth Henley, Marsha Norman, and Wendy Wasserstein 45
3 A conversation : Timberlake Wertenbaker, Max Stafford-Clark, and Michael Billington 54
4 The female gaze 75
5 Women and war : the plays of Emil Mann, Lavonne Mueller, Shirley Lauro, Naomi Wallace, Shirley Gee, and Anne Devlin 82
6 Our bodies, oversales 93
Memoir of a sexual women 93
An excerpt from the play Sweeping the nation 97
Standing at the crossroads 100
7 Engaging social issues, expressing a political outlook 104
8 Crossing borders : a conversation with Bridget Carpenter, Lynn Nottage, Dael Orlandersmith, and Diana Son 115
9 Whose voices are these? : the arts of language in the plays of Suzan-Lori Parks, Paula Vogel, and Diana Son 143
10 First-person singular : female writers embrace the one-person play 158
11 Women's imaginations : experimenting with theatrical form 170
12 Joking aside : a conversation about comedy with Christopher Durang, Gina Gionfrido, Sarah Ruhl, and Wendy Wasserstein 181
13 The freedom to create 197
14 Beyond the U.S.A., beyond the U.K. 199
A view from South Africa 199
A view from Australia 203
A view from New Zealand 208
A view from Canada 212
15 New voices : Moria Buffini, Sarah Ruhl, and Rukhsana Ahmad 219
16 Prescriptions for a playwriting life 241
Dear Emily : on being a playwright 241
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