Any volume that brings attention to playwrights who do not fit neatly into the mainstream is to be welcomed, and this is such a book. It focuses on contemporary, self-identified Asian American, African American, Latina, and lesbian playwrights, the majority of whose work was written after 1970. This informative work is a good single source in which to find what is often difficult-to-locate material. Eighty-nine women are given extensive treatment: a biographical narrative, descriptions of the plays, a selected production history, play availability, awards, and a selected bibliography of critical and review articles. An appendix lists 58 playwrights not included in the main body of the text, including Native American (a category not used in the main grouping). Many of these talented women have received little attention, and researchers and theater enthusiasts should be glad that the authors have brought this project to fruition. Recommended for all academic and large public libraries.Susan L. Peters, Emory Univ. Lib., Atlanta, Ga.
A reference for scholars and a practical resource for theater
practitioners seeking plays by Latina, Asian-American, African-
American, or lesbian women. Each entry includes a brief biographical
narrative, descriptions of plays, a selected production history of
each work, the availability of the plays, awards, and a select
bibliography of critical and review articles. The playwrights were
chosen from recommendations submitted. Works that are unlikely to be
performed by anyone but the author are excluded.
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