This is the third year I have written a short play for the 365 Women a Year Playwriting Project. The first year I wrote about Marilyn Monroe and Angela Davis. Last year I wrote about Ella Baker, civil rights activist, and today I finished a play about Pearl Bailey called Pearlie Mae.
Of course, that made me think about plays by women, and how thrilling it is for me to see them. I try to see and/or read as many as I can. When I lived in Portland, I saw a lot more plays. I’ve seen hardly any since I moved to San Diego, but I still see as many as possible.
Here are some plays by women I recommend. In case you get to see a live play, or are looking for recommendations for plays to read.
- Fun Home by Alison Bechdel. I believe it is touring now, so maybe I’ll get to see it next year. I’ve read it. I love it.
- Alice in Black & White by Robin Rice. Rave reviews in NYC, even in the New York Times. Robin is a friend of mine and I wish her success would rub off on me. Ha. She seriously gets the best reviews. That is because her work is stellar. Go see anything she writes.
- Anything by Tanya Barfield.
- Sarah Ruhl’s work is amazing.
- Dael Orlandersmith’s Yellowman
- Suzan Lori-Park’s TopDog Under Dog (or anything, really)
- ‘Night Mother by Marsha Norman is haunting and eviscerating.
- Wit by Margaret Edson is brilliant and will gut you.
- Made to Dance in Burning Buildings by Anya Pearson. There are scenes in this work I can’t get out of my head. Brilliant.
- D’Arcy by Sandra Dempsey. I recently re-read this. If you get a chance to see award-winning Canadian author Dempsey read this work, do not miss it.