A Reading List:

Plays written by women that have won a Pulitzer Prize, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Drama Desk Award, Obie Award, Laurence Olivier Award, Evening Standard Award, and/or Tony Award, and have at least a 50% female cast. 

 

  • Miss Lulu Bett (Pulitzer Prize, 1921) by Zona Gale

    • 3 women, 3 men

  • Alison’s House (Pulitzer Prize, 1931) by Susan Glaspell

    • 6 women, 5 men

  • The Old Maid (Pulitzer Prize, 1935) by Zoe Atkins

    • 9 women, 5 men

  • Harvey (Pulitzer Prize, 1945) by Mary Chase

    • 6 women, 6 men

  • Toys in the Attic by Lillian Hellman (Tony Award Nominee for Best Play, 1960)

    • 4 women, 3 men

  • Funnyhouse of a Negro (Obie Award for Playwriting, 1964) by Adrienne Kennedy

  • The Last Sweet Days of Isaac (Obie Award for Best Musical, 1970) by Gretchen Cryer and Nancy Ford

    • 1 woman, 1 man

  • Fefu and Her Friends (Obie Award for Playwriting, 1977) by Maria Irene Fornes

    • 8 women, 0 men

  • Once A Catholic (Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright, 1978) by Mary O'Malley

    • 10 women, 4 men

  • Details Without A Map (Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, 1979) by Barbara Schneider

    • 2 women, 1 man

  • Nasty Rumors and Final Remarks (Obie Award for Playwriting, 1979) by Susan Miller

    • 4 women, 3 men

  • My Sister in this House (Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, 1980) by Wendy Kesselman

    • 4 women

  • Steaming (Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright, and Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy,1981) by Nell Dunn

    • 6 women

  • Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley (Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award and Drama Desk Award Nominee for Best Play, 1981)

    • 4 women, 2 men

  • Still Life: A Documentary (Obie Award for best Production, 1981) by Emily Mann

    • 2 women, 1 man

  • Top Girls (Obie Award for Playwriting, 1982) by Caryl Churchill

    • 9 women, 0 men

  • Night Mother (Pulitzer Prize, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Tony Award Nominee for Best Play, 1983) by Marsha Norman

    • 2 women, 0 men

  • Daisy Pulls It Off (Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, 1983) by Denise Deegan

    • 18 women, 2 men

  • Fen (Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, 1984) by Caryl Churchill

    • 6 women, 1 girl, 1 man

  • Never In My Lifetime (Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, 1984) by Shirley Gee

    • 4 women, 2 men

  • When I Was a Girl, I Used to Scream and Shout (Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright, 1984) by Sharman MacDonald

    • 3 women, 1 man

  • The Conduct of Life (Obie award for New American Play, 1985) by María Irene Fornés 

    • 3 women, 3 men

  • How To Say Goodbye (Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, 1986) by Mary Gallagher

    • 3 women, 1 man, 1 boy

  • A Narrow Bed (Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, 1986) by Ellen McLaughlin

    • 3 women, 2 men

  • Coastal Disturbances (Tony Award Nominee for Best Play, 1987) by Tina Howe

    • 4 women, 1 girl, 3 men, 1 boy

  • Our Country's Good (Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play, Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright, 1988) by Timberlake Wertenbaker

    • 22 characters with doubling and flexible casting

  • The Heidi Chronicles (Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for Best Play, Pulitzer Prize, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, 1989) by Wendy Wasserstein

    • 4 women, 3 men

  • Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third Kingdom (Obie Award for Best New American Play, 1990) by Suzan-Lori Parks

    • 3 women, 2 men

  • My Heart's a Suitcase (Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright, 1990) by Clare McIntyre

    • 4 women, 2 men

  • Before It Hits Home (Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, 1991) by Cheryl L. West

    • 5 women, 4 men

  • Bold Girls (Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright, 1991) by Rona  Munro

    • 4 women

  • Three Birds Alighting On A Field (Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, 1992) by Timberlake Wertenbaker

    • 5 women, 4 men

  • Joined At The Head (Drama Desk Award Nominee for Best Play, 1993) by Catherine Butterfield

    • 5 women, 4 men

  • The Sisters Rosensweig (Tony Award and Drama Desk Award Nominee for Best Play, 1993) by Wendy Wasserstein

    • 4 women, 4 men

  • Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 (Obie Award winner for Best Play and Tony Award Nominee for Best Play, 1994) by Anna Deavere Smith

    • 1 woman

  • Emma's Child (Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, 1994) by Kristine Thatcher

    • 8 women, 3 men

  • Having Our Say, the Delany Sisters' First 100 Years (Tony Award Nominee for Best Play, 1995) by Emily Mann

    • 2 women

  • My Left Breast (Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Obie Award winner for Playwriting, 1995) by Susan Miller

    • 1 woman

  • Portia Coughlan (Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, 1996) by Marina Carr

    • 6 women, 5 men

  • Stanley (1997 Laurence Olivier Award and Evening Standard Award for Best New Play, Tony Award Nominee for Best Play, 1997) by Pam Gems

    • 11 women, 9 men

  • Silence (Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, 1998) by Moira Buffini

    • 3 women, 3 men

  • How I Learned to Drive (Pulitzer Prize, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Obie Award for Playwriting, and Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, 1998) by Paula Vogel

    • 3 women, 2 men

  • Refuge (Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, 1999) by Jessica Goldberg

    • 3 women, 2 men

  • Wit (Pulitzer Prize and Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, 1999) by Margaret Edson

    • 3 women, 3 men

  • The Glory of Living (Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright, 1999) by Rebecca Gilman

    • 5 women, 5 men

  • The Unexpected Man (Drama Desk Award Nominee for Best Play, 2001) by Yasmina Reza

    • 1 woman, 1 man

  • U.S. Drag  (Susan Smith Blackburn Award, 2001) by Gina Gionfriddo

    • 4 women, 4 men

  • The Syringa Tree (Obie Award for Best Play, 2001) by Pamela Gien

    • 1 woman

  • A Map of Doubt and Rescue (Susan Smith Blackburn Award, 2002) by Susan Miller

    • 4 women, 4 men

  • Metamorphosis (Drama Desk Award Winner and Tony Award Nominee for Best Play, 2002) by Mary Zimmerman

    • 5 women, 5 men

  • Yellowman (Susan Smith Blackburn Award and Drama Desk Award Nominee for Best Play, 2003) by Dael Orlandersmith

    • 1 woman, 1 man

  • The Clean House (Susan Smith Blackburn Award, 2003) by Sarah Ruhl

    • 4 women, 1 man

  • The Lucky Ones (Laurence Olivier Award for Most Promising Playwright , 2003) by Charlotte Eilenberg

    • 4 women, 3 men

  • Frozen (Tony Award Nominee for Best Play, 2004) by Bryony Lavery

    • 2 women, 1 man

  • Humble Boy (Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and Drama Desk Award Nominee for Best Play, 2004) by Charlotte Jones

    • 3 women, 3 men

  • Fabulation or, The Re-Education of Undine (Obie Award for Playwriting, 2005) by Lynn Nottage

    • 5 women, 4 men

  • Mammals (Susan Smith Blackburn Award, 2005) by Amelia Bullmore 

    • 4 women, 2 men

  • Comfort Me With Apples (Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright, 2005) by Nell Leyshon

    • 3 women, 2 men

  • The Sugar Wife (Susan Smith Blackburn Award, 2006) by Elizabeth Kuti

    • 3 women, 2 men

  • Rabbit (Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright, 2006) by Nina Raine

    • 3 women, 3 men

  • Pumpgirl (Susan Smith Blackburn Award, 2007) by Abbie Spallen

    • 2 women, 1 man

  • Dead City (Susan Smith Blackburn Award, 2007) by Sheila Callaghan

    • 4 women, 3 men

  • O Go My Man (Susan Smith Blackburn Award, 2007) by Stella Feehily

    • 5 women, 3 men

  • Leaves (Susan Smith Blackburn Award, 2007) by Lucy Caldwell

    • 2 women, 1 man, 2 girls

  • That Face (Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright, 2009) by Polly Stenham

    • 3 women, 2 men

  • This Wide Night (Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, 2008) by Chloe Moss

    • 2 women, 0 men

  • From Up Here (Drama Desk Award Nominee for Best Play, 2008) by Liz Flahive

    • 4 women, 4 men

  • God of Carnage (Tony Award for Best Play, Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, 2009) by Yasmina Reza

    • 2 women, 2 men

  • The Language Archive (Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, 2009) by Julia Cho

    • 3 women, 2 men

  • Shades (Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright, 2009) by Alia Bano

    • 1 woman, 0 men

  • Body Awareness (Drama Desk Award Nominee for Best Play, 2010) by Annie Baker

    • 2 women, 2 men

  • In the Next Room, or the vibrator play (Tony Award Nominee for Best Play, 2010) by Sarah Ruhl

    • 4 women, 3 men

  • Circle Mirror Transformation (Drama Desk Award Nominee for Best Play, 2010) by Annie Baker

    • 3 women, 2 men

  • The Mountaintop (Laurence Olivier Award for best New Play, 2010) by Katori Hall

    • 1 woman, 1 man

  • Spur of the Moment (Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright, 2010) by Anya Reiss

    • 6 women, 3 men

  • The Village Bike (Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright, 2011) by Penelope Skinner

    • 3 women, 3 men

  • Hurt Village (Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, 2011) by Katori Hall

    • 5 women, 4 men

  • By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Drama Desk Award Nominee for Best Play, 2012) by Lynn Nottage

    • 4 women, 3 men  

  • Belleville (Drama Desk nominee for Outstanding Play, 2013) by Amy Herzog

    • 2 women, 2 men

  • Falling (Drama Desk nominee for Outstanding Play, 2013) by Deanna Jent

    • 3 women, 2 men

  • 3 Winters (Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, 2014) by Tena Štivičić

  • Airline Highway (Drama Desk nominee for Outstanding Play, 2015) by Lisa D'Amour

    • 5 women, 5 men

  • Eclipsed (Tony Award Nominee for Best Play, 2016) by Danai Gurira

    • 5 women, 0 men

  • John (Drama Desk Nominee for Best Play, 2016) by Annie Baker

    • 3 women, 1 man

  • Women Without Men (Drama Desk Nominee for Outstanding Revival of a Play, 2016) by Hazel Ellis

    • 11 women, 0 men

  • Dance Nation (Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, 2017) by Clare Barron

    • 7 women, 3 men

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