THE KILROYS Reveal 2015's 'THE LIST'
Following a record-breaking year of success for female and trans* playwrights, LA-based playwright/producer collective THE KILROYS has released its second annual LIST of industry-recommended new plays.
2015's THE LIST, released today, compiles the top un- and under-produced plays written by female and trans* writers, following a survey of over 300 professional artistic directors, literary managers, professors, producers, directors, and dramaturgs. The list is facilitated by The Kilroys: an independent, LA-based group of female playwrights and producers, dedicated to taking action in the face of gender disparity in American Theatre.
In 2014, The Kilroys began THE LIST as a response to systemic gender bias in theater programming. The vetted collection of industry-recommended works was designed to bring worthy plays by female and trans* playwrights to the forefront of American theater conversation: and it has. Following inclusion in the 46 plays on 2014's THE LIST, more than 47 productions have been mounted or announced. Playwrights featured on THE LIST have cited a significant increase in interest and readership of their work. One theater agent noted that a LIST play received a level of inquiry usually reserved for "when a new play goes into production or we announce a premiere." Public reading series' devoted to LIST-nominated plays have been produced in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles; Summer 2015 festivals are planned in Baltimore and Portland.
Momentum for female theater makers is on the rise, as marked by composer/lyricists Jeanine Tessori & Lisa Kron's historic TONY Awards win for Fun Home (the first female team to win for Best Score in the Awards' 69-year history). As Lisa stated at the Tonys, "It's statistically 10% better [to be a woman playwright] than it used to be. It's unacceptably low, but it seems that perhaps we're making some progress." THE LIST serves as a resource for producers and theaters in continuing this movement. The Kilroys have partnered with the New Play Exchange to provide interested parties fast & easy access to THE LIST plays.
2015's THE LIST features the 53 most recommended works of over 755 nominated plays. The nominees represent an abundance of excellent new work by female and trans* playwrights, and reflect a wide ethnic, geographic, and aesthetic diversity.
THE LIST survey uses the following criteria:
Each industry respondent may recommend 3-5 plays, representing the best work they have encountered in the past 12 months.
A nominated play must be unproduced or have had only a single professional production.
A nominated play must be by an author who identifies as female or trans*.
Plays on 2014's THE LIST are not eligible.
Theater professionals who have read or seen at least 40 plays in the previous year are invited to nominate themselves as respondents for next year's LIST. Recommendations are submitted anonymously. Members of The Kilroys act as facilitators and do not recommend plays for THE LIST.
THE LIST from both years is available at www.thekilroys.org.
2015's THE LIST
YOU GOT OLDER by Clare Barron
PEERLESS by Jiehae Park
SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS by Bess Wohl
THE GHOSTS OF LOTE BRAVO by Hilary Bettis
CARDBOARD PIANO by Hansol Jung
NO MORE SAD THINGS by Hansol Jung
KENTUCKY by Leah Nanako Winkler
THE ROOMMATE by Jen Silverman
I WILL BE GONE by Erin Courtney
SOJOURNERS by Mfoniso Udofia
BALLAST by Georgette Kelly
FEATHERS AND TEETH by Charise Castro Smith
FRUITING BODIES by Sam Chanse
GIRL SHAKES LOOSE HER SKIN by Zakiyyah Alexander and Imani Uzuri
KING LIZ by Fernanda Coppel
STILL NOW by Katie Bender
WOLF PLAY by Hansol Jung
KING OF THE YEES by Lauren Yee
MILLER, MS by Boo Killebrew
PETTY HARBOUR by Martyna Majok
SMART PEOPLE by Lydia R. Diamond
SOLDIER X by Rehana Lew Mirza
THE WOLVES by Sarah DeLappe
UGLY LIES THE BONE by Lindsey Ferrentino
UNSEEN by Mona Mansour
SAGITTARIUS PONDEROSA by MJ Kaufman
SWEAT by Lynn Nottage
AN ALMANAC FOR FARMERS AND LOVERS IN MEXICO by Kate Tarker
CAMDENSIDE by Sarah Burgess
COLONY COLLAPSE by Stefanie Zadravec
MANAHATTA by Mary Kathryn Nagle
NATIVE SON by Nambi E. Kelley
ROMEO & NAOMI RAMIREZ by Kathryn Walat
RESIDENCE by Laura Jacqmin
THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN PORNOGRAPHY by Hilary Bettis
NOLLYWOOD DREAMS by Jocelyn Bioh
MEN ON BOATS by Jaclyn Backhaus
SPILL by Leigh Fondakowski
BULLY by Amina Henry
COCKED by Sarah Gubbins
DIRTY CRUSTY by Clare Barron
FADE by Tanya Saracho
GIVE IT ALL BACK by Calamity West
THE LAST MATCH by Anna Ziegler
MADAME HO by Eugenie Chan
SUPERTRUE by Karen Hartman
THE ASHES UNDER GAIT CITY by Christina Anderson
THE INSURGENTS by Lucy Thurber
THE TIGER AMONG US by Lauren Yee
THE UNDENIABLE SOUND OF RIGHT NOW by Laura Eason
THE WOLFE TWINS by Rachel Bonds
TO THE BONE by Lisa Ramirez
TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY by Susan Soon He Stanton
THE KILROYS is a gang of playwrights and producers in LA who are done talking about gender parity and are taking action. They mobilize others in their field and leverage their own power to support one another. They are Zakiyyah Alexander, Bekah Brunstetter, Sheila Callaghan, Carla Ching, Annah Feinberg, Sarah Gubbins, Laura Jacqmin, Joy Meads, Kelly Miller, Meg Miroshnik, Daria Polatin, Tanya Saracho, and Marisa Wegrzyn.
BIOS FOR THE KILROYS:
ZAKIYYAH ALEXANDER is a playwright, television writer, and occasional actor. Her plays have been seen and/or developed around the country, received numerous awards and commissions. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama (MFA in playwriting); for four years she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Bard College where she taught undergraduate playwriting, as well as graduate television writing at Columbia University. Most recently, a writer on the television show Grey's Anatomy. Currently, she is developing a musical with Imani Uzuri (featuring the poetry of Sonia Sanchez). Zakiyyah is a native New Yorker and was raised in Queens and Brooklyn.
BEKAH BRUNSTETTER's plays include Going to a Place Where you Already Are (SCR, Spring 2016), The Oregon Trail (O'Neill Playwright's Conference; Upcoming, DC Women's Playwright's festival), Be A Good Little Widow (Ars Nova, The Old Globe) and Oohrah! (The Atlantic; Steppenwolf Garage.) She is currently an Executive Story Editor on ABC Family's Switched at Birth. MFA, the New School for Drama. http://blog.bekahbrunstetter.com/
SHEILA CALLAGHAN is a NY and LA based playwright, founding member of the Obie winning playwright's organization 13P, and New Dramatists alum. Plays include Scab, Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake), Dead City, That Pretty Pretty; Or, The Rape Play, Everything You Touch, Elevada, and Women Laughing Alone With Salad. She is published with Playscripts and Samuel French, and several of her collected works are published with Counterpoint Press. Sheila is currently a writer/producer on the Showtime comedy Shameless. http://www.sheilacallaghan.com/
CARLA CHING started doing theater with NYC collective Peeling. Fast Company, TBA and The Sugar House at the Edge of the Wilderness have been produced by South Coast Rep, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Ma-Yi Theatre Company, 2g and Porkfilled Productions. Alumna: Women's Project Lab, Lark Playwrights Workshop, CTG Writers' Workshop, Ma-Yi Writers Lab. Former Artistic Director of 2g and staff writer on Graceland. Proud member of New Dramatists. Upcoming: Nomad Motel at the 2015 O'Neill Playwrights Conference. http://carlaching.com/
ANNAH FEINBERG's plays, which include The Beautiful Beautiful Sea Next Door, Numismatics, and The Ivories, have been developed and produced by Ars Nova, Naked Angels, EBE Ensemble, and Clubbed Thumb. She has served in artistic and literary capacities for The Civilians, LCT3, MTC, Steppenwolf, Northlight, ICM, TimeLine and 13P. She wrote and directed short film "Gretch and Tim" and recently assisted on A+E's Damien and HBO's Veep. MFA Dramaturgy: Columbia University. http://www.annahfeinberg.com/
SARAH GUBBINS hails from Chicago. Her plays include The Kid Thing (Jeff Award and Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award), fml: how Carson McCullers saved my life, Fair Use, The Drinking Problem, and Cocked. She's has been a Carl J. Djerassi Fellow and Jerome Fellow. Currently she's an Artistic Associate at About Face Theater and a Core Writer of the Playwrights' Center. She holds a M.F.A. from Northwestern University in Writing for the Screen + Stage. She lives in Los Angeles with her dog Gil.
LAURA JACQMIN is a Chicago-based playwright, TV writer, and video game writer. Plays: A Third (Finborough Theatre), Look, We Are Breathing (Sundance Theatre Lab; Rivendell Theatre),January Joiner (Long Wharf Theatre), Ski Dubai (Steppenwolf Theatre), Dental Society Midwinter Meeting (Chicago Dramatists/At Play, remounted 16th Street Theater and Theater on the Lake; Williamstown Theatre Festival), and more. Awards: Wasserstein Prize, two NEA Art Works Grants, ATHE-Kennedy Center David Mark Cohen Playwriting Award, two MacDowell Fellowships. Television: Grace and Frankie (Netflix); Lucky 7 (ABC). Video games: Minecraft: Story Mode(Telltale Games). BA Yale University, MFA Ohio University. http://www.laurajacqmin.com/