10 Must-Read Plays Written By Women
Since the first Tony Awards in 1947 (known then as the Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre) there have been 272 nominees for Best Play. Of those, only 29 have been written solely by women. And of those, only two women have won a grand total of three awards! Historically, fewer plays written by women have been produced in Broadway theatres. And even beyond the Great White Way, there have been fewer opportunities for women playwrights.
Of course, people outside of the patriarchy are writing plays. But the ostracization of women storytellers, directors and administrators has blocked access to important work. However, we can sway this trend! When we highlight the need for artists who have been pushed to the sidelines, we begin an age of artistic expression and expansion. As a result, this will impact our cultural lives far into the future. So this is, by no means, a definitive list. But it is a start! Here are my 11 must-read plays written by women:
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1. ‘Night Mother, by Marsha Norman
‘Night Mother is heartbreaking tale of a mother daughter relationship. Additionally, it takes a deep and serious look at why a person might contemplate suicide. The play allows the audience to peek into two women’s struggle for control. It’s intimate, darkly funny, challenging and meaningful. Although ‘Night, Mother won the Pulitzer in 1983, it lost the Tony to Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song Trilogy.