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THE KILROYS Reveal 2015's 'THE LIST'

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/

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