What’s New On Broadway

Well, unfortunately, not much. At least not when it comes to the number of plays written by women versus the number of plays written by men that are showing up on Broadway in 2011. According to Playbill.com, out of 40 new shows coming to Broadway (including revivals), 4 were written by women. Three others have women significantly involved (a show of three one-act plays, one written by Elaine May; a musical with music written by Sheryl Crow; and the highly controversial adaptation of the Gershwin opera Porgy and Bess).

Now, I’m not that good at math, but I believe this is even worse that the 20/80 ratio we were looking at in 2008.  A little discouraging, isn’t it?

So, here’s a look at what shows ARE coming up on Broadway written by women playwrights.  Mark ’em down!

SEMINAR

  • Theatre: TBA
  • First Preview: October 27
  • Opening: November 20
  • Director: Sam Gold
  • Cast: Alan Rickman, Hamish Linklater, Lily Rabe, Jerry O’Connell, Hettienne
    Park
  • Theresa Rebeck’s play is about “four young writers who are thrilled to be
    participating in a private seminar taught by the brilliant but unpredictable
    Leonard (Rickman), an international literary legend. But as Leonard deems some
    students more promising than others, tensions arise. Sex is used as a weapon,
    alliances are made and broken, and it’s not just the wordplay that turns
    vicious…”

STICK FLY

  • Theatre: Cort Theatre
  • First Preview: November 18
  • Opening: December 8
  • Director: Kenny Leon
  • Cast: Dulé Hill, Mekhi Phifer, Tracie Thoms, Ruben Santiago-Hudson and
    Condola Rashad
  • Lydia R. Diamond’s play “follows the LeVays, an affluent African American
    family who come together to spend a summer weekend at their Martha’s Vineyard home. The adult sons, aspiring novelist Kent and golden boy plastic surgeon Flip, have each brought their respective ladies (one Black and one White) to meet the parents. Food, drink and Trivial Pursuit tangle with class, race and
    identity politics in this contemporary comedy of manners.”

DETROIT

  • Theatre: TBA
  • First Preview: Fall 2011
  • Director: Austin Pendleton
  • Cast: TBA
  • The new American play by Lisa D’Amour received its world premiere at
    Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company. “In a ‘first ring’ suburb outside a
    mid-sized American city,” press notes state, “Ben and Mary fire up the grill to
    welcome the new neighbors who’ve moved into the long-empty house next door. The fledgling friendship soon veers out of control – with unexpected consequences. Shining a light on middle class American Dream, Detroit looks at what happens when we open ourselves up to something new.”

WIT

  • Theatre: Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
  • First Preview: January 5, 2012
  • Opening: January 26, 2012
  • Director: Lynne Meadow
  • Cast: Cynthia Nixon
  • Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play receives its Broadway premiere.
    Here’s how MTC bills the work: “Exquisitely written, affecting and often
    humorous, Wit follows a brilliant and exacting poetry professor (Nixon)
    as she undergoes experimental treatment for cancer. A scholar who devoted her
    life to academia, she must now face the irony and injustice of becoming the
    subject of research.”

(All the info is courtesy of Playbill.com)

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About dramachicky

I am a dramachick: a playwright, actress, director, wife, singer, reader, aunt, daughter, student, teacher, and dreamer. My husband has taken to calling me dramachicky. :-) I have my M.A. and M.F.A. in creative writing/playwriting from Wilkes University. My husband and I started a small theatre group in northeast Pennsylvania called Ghostlight Productions. I love all things theatre and I am thrilled to launch this blog as a celebration of women playwrights.
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