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WOMEN WHO WRITE PLAYS: INTERVIEWS WITH AMERICAN DRAMATISTS

From my Foreword to WOMEN WHO WRITE PLAYS:

In 1997, I was teaching a graduate course at New York University about images of women in Western Theater, and I found that there was little criticism or information about many of the contemporary playwrights whom we were studying. Even when there was the occasional critical essay, it often omitted discussing a playwright's cultural background and personal beliefs -- context that was essential for grappling with the questions of gender, race, and class that were fundamental to the course.

A collection called INTERVIEWS WITH CONTEMPORARY WOMEN PLAYWRIGHTS, edited by Kathleen Betsko and Rachel Koenig, became our bible. But that had been published in 1987, and in the ten years since, the number of American women writing plays had grown enormously, even if their numbers were still not represented on the stages of American theaters.

WOMEN WHO WRITE PLAYS is a spiritual daughter of Betsko and Koenig's pioneering volume.

Its intention is to find out what women writing plays at the beginning of the twenty-first century are thinking about, angry about, proud of, and desirous of....