Today, March 27, is World Theatre Day as established by the International Theatre Institute in 1961, which also means that today, March 27, 2012, is WTD’s 50th Anniversary.
So if you can’t make it to Paris to hear John Malkovich speak, what can you do today to celebrate?
Why not get acquainted with some international – and female! – playwrights? Here are just a handful of great plays by women around the world:
By the Bog of Cats by Marina Carr of Ireland
Go Back for Murder by Agatha Christie of Britain
Lion in the Streets by Judith Thompson of Canada
Fefu and Her Friends by Maria Irene Fornes of Cuba and America
Tattoo Girl by Naomi Iizuka of Japan, Indonesia, Holland, and America
The Dilemma of a Ghost by Ama Ata Aidoo of Ghana
There are only about a billion more, so I turn to you…who is your favorite international female playwright?
And in other news…
This is off-topic, but if you have some time, check out this fantastic Laura Pels key note address from 2010 by playwright Theresa Rebeck. It is not only enlightening, but confirms my suspicion that Rebeck put a lot of herself – and a lot of her own frustrations – into the character of Kate from her new Broadway play, Seminar.
Happy World Theatre Day!