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2015 Kilroys List Spotlights 53 Works by Women and Trans Playwrights Deserving Production

2015 Kilroys List Spotlights 53 Works by Women and Trans Playwrights Deserving Production

Last year, The Kilroys — a self-described “gang of playwrights and producers in LA who are done talking about gender parity and are taking action” — launched a list of 46 plays by women and trans writers they deemed worthy of production. 

The response was “stunning,” according to Kilroys member Daria Polatin, a playwright and TV writer (Starz’s “Flesh and Bone”). According to the 2015 List’s press release, “More than 47 productions have been mounted or announced” of those 46 works. “Playwrights featured on The List have cited a significant increase in interest and readership of their work,” notes the Kilroys. “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.'”

The List “has energized the continued conversation of bringing gender parity to our stages and also been used as a programming tool by theaters in planning their seasons to include excellent new plays by female and trans* writers,” commented Polatin. “We’re still far from equality and our work isn’t over, and as an LA-based advocacy group, we know there’s still ground to cover in reaching gender parity for women in storytelling, but the momentum we’ve seen is an encouraging start, and we’re committed to helping move the needle.”

This year’s version of The Kilroys List compiles the top un- and
under-produced plays written by female and trans writers based on a survey
of over 300 professional artistic directors, literary managers, professors,
producers, directors and dramaturgs. The List serves as
a resource for producers and theaters in the effort toward gender equality in theatre. The Kilroys
have partnered with the New Play Exchange to provide interested parties fast and easy access to The List plays, according to the statement. 

The 2015 Kilroys List features the 53 most recommended works of
over 755 nominated plays. The works that have made it on the list are either unproduced or has had only a single professional production. Last year’s nominees were ineligible. The List from both years is available at www.thekilroys.org.

Here’s the 2015 Kilroys 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

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