13 Black women playwrights you should know

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| September 20 2016,

08:50 am


No form of scripted storytelling is more intimate than theater. Actors get one shot at delivering their best each night, as the audience brings a different energy and in turn receives a slightly different performance than the night before. With theater, the third wall between actor and audience is fluid, held in place by a delicate agreement and willing suspension of disbelief that transports the audience beyond the limitations set into their own imagination and frames of reference. This kind of intimate exchange creates a divine experience, uniquely tailored to the viewers' perspectives





1. Sarah Jones



sarah jones
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Sell/Buy/Date

2. Dael Orlandersmith



Dael Orlandersmith
Photo: Joan Marcus


Forever

3. Charlayne Woodard



Charlayne Woodard
Photo: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times


The Fresh Prince of Bel-AirPretty Fire
Neat, In Real LifeThe Night WatcherFlight


4. Radha Blank



Radha Blank
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Kenya, Seed, Nannyland, Reverb, Casket Sharp
American SchemesEmpireThe Get Down


5. Anna Deavere Smith



Photo: Mike Segar/Reuters
Photo: Mike Segar/Reuters


Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education,


6. Lydia R. Diamond



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Photo: handout


Stick Fly


7. Lynn Nottage



Lynn Nottage
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Sweat


8. Katori Hall



Katori Hall
Photo: Christine Cain-Weidner


The Mountaintop — 


9. Sigrid Gilmer



Sigrid Gilmer
Photo: Angela Webb


Harry and the Thief,


10. Suzan-Lori Parks



Suzan-Lori Parks
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The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World.


11. Christina Anderson



Christina Anderson
Photo: Jake Chessum


The Ashes Under Gait City, Good Goods, Man in Love, Blacktop Sky, Hollow Roots, How to Catch Creation
Drip,

12. Ifa Bayeza



Ifa Bayeza
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The Ballad of Emmett Till, aAmistad Voices, Club HarlemHomer G and the Rhapsodies,


13. Danai Gurira



Danai Gurira
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Eclipsed



If it's true that art should reflect the times, these ladies definitely have a finger on the pulse of the moment.

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