Twayne's "Critical History of American Drama Series" provides authoritative, in-depth studies of the historical, technical, and literary development of American drama from its beginnings to the present. Drawing on established historical scholarship and incorporating current critical perspectives, this series represents the most comprehensive survey of the American theater. Each of the volumes in the series is devoted to a specific period, and provides: a detailed chronology listing production dates of significant plays, birth and death dates of major dramatists, and intellectual, cultural, and historical events of the period. original, accessible analyses of plays, playwrights, and literary and theatrical movements. convenient reference features: notes and references, an annotated bibliography, and an index. illustrations bringing theaters, playwrights, and productions to life. American playwrights have over the past three and a half decades entreated audiences to acknowledge the persistence of racism, sexism, homophobia, and a host of other truths about the human condition. Other playwrights have asked audiences to confront their own mortality, their compromised mortality, and their unfulfilled American Dream. Roudan takes no scattershot approach to his subject, favoring clusters of themes and the broad sweep of movements in linear chronology. He develops a careful critical analysis of about two dozen playwrights, including women, African-American, and contemporary playwrights, whose dramas have, since 1960, been performed in every venue, from regional and university theaters to Broadway. Playwrights covered include: Sam Shepard, David Mamet, Alice Childress, August Wilson, Ntozake Shange, Wendy Wasserstein, Harvey Fierstein, Tony Kushner, Sam Shepherd, and Beth Henley.