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Best Plays by Women That Aren’t Being Produced (and Should Be)

This is the “Kilroy” list: “Each play is either unproduced or has had one professional production.” Authors include Theresa Rebeck, Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel, Pulitzer finalist Madeleine George and such other well-known names as Sheila Callaghan, Dominique Morisseau, Erin Courtney and Halley Feiffer.

SWIMMERS by Rachel Bonds

LIQUIDATION PLAY by Sarah Burgess

WOMEN LAUGHING ALONE WITH SALAD by Sheila Callaghan

SKELETON CREW by Dominique Morisseau

HUNGER by Anna Moench
HANNAH AND THE DREAD GAZEBO by Jiehae Park

LOTTIE IN THE LATE AFTERNOON by Amelia Roper

ORANGE JULIUS by Basil Kreimendahl

IRONBOUND by Martyna Majok

THE CALL by Tanya Barfield

SERIAL BLACK FACE by Janine Nabers

ANNIE BOSH IS MISSING by Janine Nabers

YOU FOR ME FOR YOU by Mia Chung

THE CONSULTANT by Heidi Schreck

DRY LAND by Ruby Rae Spiegel

THE OREGON TRAIL by Bekah Brunstetter

THE WORLD OF EXTREME HAPPINESS by Francis Ya-Chu Cowhig

WHAT WOULD CRAZY HORSE DO? by Larissa FastHorse

THE (CURIOUS CASE OF THE) WATSON INTELLIGENCE by Madeleine George

DIFFERENT WORDS FOR THE SAME THING by Kimber Lee

OF GOOD STOCK by Melissa Ross

ALL THE DAYS by Sharyn Rothstein

THE TENTH MUSE by Tanya Saracho

THE COMPARABLES by Laura Schellhardt

GRAND CONCOURSE by Heidi Schreck

THE MOORS by Jen Silverman

MAN IN LOVE by Christina Anderson

BRIGHT HALF LIFE by Tanya Barfield

BLISS (OR EMILY POST IS DEAD!) by Jami Brandli

FUTURE THINKING by Eliza Clark

HOLY DAY by Alexandra Collier

HONEY DROP by Erin Courtney

REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY by Jackie Sibblies Drury

I’M GONNA PRAY FOR YOU SO HARD by Halley Feiffer

I ENTER THE VALLEY by Dipika Guha

THE TALL GIRLS by Meg Miroshnik

WAKE UP, MRS. MOORE by Julie Marie Myatt

ZEALOT by Theresa Rebeck

CATCH THE WALL by Gabrielle Reisman

SOMEWHERE FUN by Jenny Schwartz

THE HUNTERS by Jen Silverman

TAILS OF WASPS by Stephanie Timm

DON JUAN COMES HOME FROM IRAQ by Paula Vogel

SEE BAT FLY by Kathryn Walat

JEFFERSON’S GARDEN by Timberlake Wertenbaker

BOY by Anna Ziegler

Here’s who the Kilroys are. Here’s an article in the New York Times about the list,

Creating a Supply Chain of Work by Female Playwrights: Call for Theaters to Produce More Plays by Women

The list on the Kilroys site includes the agency contact for each play.

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About New York Theater
Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

One Response to Best Plays by Women That Aren’t Being Produced (and Should Be)

  1. Hi Jonathan,

    Thank you so much for printing our list! Just to clarify– these were the most recommended plays, not necessarily the best. Semantics are important here, as the list aims for inclusion and is not an achievement award.

    Thank you again!

    -Sheila C.

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