14 contemporary plays by 14 American playwrights
S 2020


14 diverse playwrights and subjects. The diversity is only natural because the most exciting theater is often (not always!) about the most urgent issues in the world it reflects. Works exploring race and gender are prominent, for instance, because racism and sexism remain prominent. It’s a theater that is often more directly engaged in unpacking large-scale social issues than we at first expected. But it’s also a collection marked by imaginative boldness.
In this SDG, we get to know each playwright shortly and discuss one of his/her plays-in most cases one that made him/her known in the theater world.

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    1.      The Designated Mourner 2000

    Wallace Shawn 

    2.      Topdog/Underdog 2001

    Suzan-lori parks 2002 Pulitzer 

    3.      Proof 2001

    David Auburn 2001 Pulitzer

    4.      Anna in the Tropics 2003

    Nilo Cruz 2003 Pulitzer

    5.      Eurydice 2006

    Sarah Ruhl

    6.      Yellow Face 2007

    David Henry Hwang 2008 Obie

    7.      August: Osage County 2007

    Tracy Letts 2008 Pulitzer and Tony

    8.      Ruined 2008

    Lynn Nottage 2009 Pulitzer and Obie winner

    9.                Clybourne Park 2010

    Bruce Norris 2011 Pulitzer 20 Tony for. Best play

    10.           The Realistic Joneses 2012

    Will Eno 2015 Drama Desk

    11. The Flick 2013

    Annie Baker. 2014 Pulitzer 

    12. An Octoroon 2014

    Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins 2014 Obie

    13. The Humans 2015

    Stephen Karam 2016 Tony award 

    14. The Wolves 2016

    Sarah DeLappe 2017 Pulitzer finalist 2017 Obie