2016 Kilroy’s List of Good but Unproduced Plays by Women


Below is the 2016 Kilroys list of 32 plays by women and trans writers that are not produced but should be, according to a survey of 230 theater professionals. This is the third annual list by the Kilroys, a playwright and producer collective. The contact listed under each play is for inquiries by artistic directors or producers.

THE ART OF GAMAN by Dipika Guha

As Tomomi’s steamer pulls into San Francisco from Japan, her arrival coincides with the first wave of west coast Japanese internment. So when an old man on board offers to arrange her marriage to his son who lives in New York, Tomomi knows she must accept. Funny, intimate and deeply magical, The Art of Gaman is an account of one woman’s journey towards independence and self-expression through her life and American history.

Contact: Mark Orsini / Bret Adams

KINGS by Sarah Burgess

A first term congresswoman worries for the state of our republic when she experiences Washington’s political fundraising apparatus up close. When she doesn’t play along with lobbyists, her numbers suffer, and her party tries to push her aside. Tries.

Contact: Scott Chaloff / WME


On a balmy New Mexico night in a too-small motel room, a “ragtag little group” gathers in anticipation of the funeral that has brought them together.  But the dearly departed is the least of their concerns as they all grapple with the curves life has thrown them.

Contact: Kate Navin / Gersh

LAURA AND THE SEA by Kate Tarker

It’s company outing day, and Laura, one of the top travel agents of her generation, decides to end it all. Afterwards, her colleagues try to piece things together on a memorial blog, but how do you mourn someone you didn’t know that well?

Contact: Ross Weiner / ICM

AIR SPACE by Tori Keenan-Zelt

As Glory and Kyle try to flip a falling-down house in an abandoned neighborhood, they discover that the evicted owners have been living secretly in a hollowed-out wall. A surreal comedy about what happens when a new generation tries to build something from the broken pieces another generation hasn’t given up yet.

Contact: tori.keenan.zelt@gmail.com

RADIO ISLAND by Liz Birkenmeier

Ellen is an ex-military crisis negotiator. When she comes home to care for her injured and isolated mother, she remotely handles a hostage situation overseas. Worlds blur as she attempts to manage menacing threats both near and far; whom is controlling who in this house and on this earth?

Contact: ebirkenmeier@gmail.com


COST OF LIVING by Martyna Majok

The lives of four people in Jersey intersect. Cost of Living delves into the chasm between abundance and need and explores the space where bodies — abled and disabled, rich and poor — meet each other.

Contact: Olivier Sultan / CAA


DANCE NATION by Clare Barron

An army of pre-teen, competitive dancers plots to take over the world.

Contact: Rachel Viola / UTA

CYGNUS by Susan Soon He Stanton

Cydney believes an angel rescued her from an ineffable trauma, and the truth may prove stranger than she imagines. Cygnus is a mythic, hilarious, and dark fairy tale where a burnt feather may illuminate the possibility of a divine intervention.

Contact: Susan.stanton@gmail.com

PILGRIMS by Claire Kiechel

On a ship to colonize a newly discovered planet, a soldier and a teenage girl find themselves quarantined together in a cabin and are forced to explore their own traumatic pasts and roles in a dying society.

Contact: Jessica Amato / Gersh  


PRETTY HUNGER by Patricia Ione Lloyd

Lea, a biracial seven year old girl with an epic imagination, takes us on a journey of growing up as she realizes that her babysitter is actually her father and that she is actually Black. Guided by her imaginary friend Bette Davis, Lea explores what it means to be a woman of color and how to come to terms with both of her parents and the baggage they carry with them.

Contact: Beth Blickers / APA



Inspired from actual events, School Girls tells the story of Paulina,the most popular (mean) girl in school and Ericka, the new girl with a unique background – both students at the prestigous Aburi Girls boarding school, who face each other in a battle of wits and beauty as they compete to be named Miss Ghana 1985.

Contact:  Rachel Viola / UTA


381 BLEECKER by Gia Marotta

It’s 2015, and Meg, an avant-garde choreographer in her early 60s, is losing the West Village apartment where she’s spent her entire adult life. When her sister, Ellen, shows up with her nephew, David, to help Meg pack, the two women must reckon with a complicated snarl of old wounds connected to their brother’s battle with AIDS in the 1980s.

Contact: gianna.marotta@gmail.com


Law student Abby Gates has no qualms about becoming a sugar baby to get her tuition bills paid–until it means keeping a secret from the man she loves, an artist exploring confession and thresholds of shame. When Abby’s two worlds collide, she discovers her sugar daddy has taught her about more than good wine.

Contact: dhkwriter@gmail.com


Betty is rich; Betty is lonely; Betty’s busy working on her truck; Betty wants to talk about love, but Betty needs to hit something; Betty keeps using a small hand mirror to stare into parts of herself she’s never examined. Five different women named Betty collide at the intersection of anger, sex, and the “thea-tah.”

Contact: Rachel Viola / UTA

MERIT by Lenelle Moise

Mona is the only black student and Southerner in a prestigious graduate fiction program in rural Vermont. When she befriends her divorced literary hero, sexy secrets, betrayal and ferocity ensue.

Contact: lenelle@lenellemoise.com

OUT OF ORBIT by Jennifer Maisel

The Jet Propulsion Lab Scientist mom and the underachiever teenage daughter: Sara lives on Mars time, spearheading the Mars Rover Expedition, visiting a planet she cannot touch, while her daughter, Lis, on earth time, falls under the spell of the cyber-cypher Edgar2330. Sometimes it takes being worlds apart for an exploring woman and a longing-to-be-explored girl to find each other in our increasingly disconnected universe.

Contact: Susan Schulman / Susan Schulman Literary Agency

THE RUG DEALER by Riti Sachdeva

“I’m mad to be a woman running this rug business…but…sometimes the right person comes along for the right rug and the match is magic.”

Contact: nautchica@gmail.com

TRANSFERS by Lucy Thurber

As two young men from the Bronx vie for acceptance to an elite liberal arts college, their shared past threatens to overshadow their bright futures. Class, ambition and expectations are called into question when higher education and it’s life changing potential is within reach.

Contact: George Lane / CAA


Nanhee is a North Korean defector whose family was left behind in North Korea. Minsung is a South Korean goose father whose family has left him behind in South Korea. Nanhee and Minsung find each other on the internet. A story about modern aspirations and its betrayals, Wild Goose Dreams explores the miracle of quiet intimacy among the noise of the contemporary world.

Contact: Ben Izzo / Abrams

WINK by Jen Silverman

Sofie is an unhappy housewife, Gregor is her bread-winning husband, Dr. Franz is their psychiatrist, Wink is the cat… and Gregor has just skinned the cat. Violent desires, domestic terrorism, and feline vengeance make WINK a dark comedy about the thin, thin line between savagery and civilization.

Contact: Rachel Viola / UTA


Over the course of 30 years, a drone pilot in New Mexico, a mother in Pakistan, and eventually their children in London struggle with the pervasive, relentless brutality of modern warfare.

Contact: Jessica Amato / Gersh


Grands and Jaime are both obsessed with Joan of Arc. Grands wakes up from gender affirmative surgery speaking French and claiming they survived a fire. The same day, Jaime, their genderqueer grandchild who has been pretending to be Joan of Arc for weeks, goes missing.

Contact: Kate Navin / Gersh Agency

FIRECRACKER by Rachel Bonds

Tasha has recently returned to her home in the rural south, tight-lipped about the past decade and determined to make a new start with Calvin, a local boy she knew as a teenager.  When her former drama teacher, fueled by white wine and regret, comes over to “catch up,” the fabric of Tasha’s new life begins to unravel.  

Contact: Kate Navin / Gersh

GOOD GRIEF by Ngozi Anyanwu

Good Grief follows Nkechi a young first generation Nigerian/American woman as she rewinds, fast forwards and re does her journey of love loss and growing up.

Contact: Olivier Sultan / CAA

ORANGE by Aditi Brennan Kapil

An adventure through Orange County from the point of view of a young woman on the autism spectrum.

Contact: Antje Oegel / AO International

PASS OVER by Antoinette Nwandu

Pass Over, a mash-up of the biblical Exodus story and some Godot-inspired absurdity set in a modern urban wasteland, asks if there is a Promised Land for black men in America, what does it take to get them there?

Contact: Di Glazer and Ross Weiner / ICM

ROZ AND RAY by Karen Hartman

San Diego, 1976: Ray, a newly single father of twin hemophiliac boys, meets Roz, a hematologist in possession of a miracle drug that over time becomes a nightmare. A fifteen-year tale of two adults growing up, Roz and Ray is a story of love, trust, sacrifice and forgiveness between two friends.

Contact: Di Glazer / ICM

SOFONISBA by Callie Kimball

As court painter to Philip II and his 14-year-old queen, Sofonisba Anguissola navigates the tricky waters of court politics as an unmarried woman doing traditionally man’s work.

Contact: calliekimball@gmail.com

SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER by Chisa Hutchinson

A Chinese-American guidance counselor deals with the consequences of giving unorthodox advice to a troubled protege.

Contact: Di Glazer / ICM

WELCOME TO FEAR CITY by Kara Lee Corthron

It is July 1977 and the South Bronx is HOT: from a heat wave, from this new thing that would come to be known as “hip-hop,” and from an astounding number of fires burning the borough to the ground. E, a young African-American man, dreams of being a poet, but unemployment, a raging fiscal crisis, and a family on the brink of disaster drive him to ask a dangerous question: Can you love your ‘hood if you take part in its destruction?

Contact: Beth Blickers / APA

WOLF AT THE DOOR by Marisela Treviño Orta

Isadora finds the strength to stand up to her abusive husband Septimo when he forces the very pregnant Yolot to stay against her will. While Septimo makes plans for the baby, Isadora and Yolot devise one of their own.

Contact: mariselaorta@gmail.com

Author: New York Theater

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

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