Women's playwriting burgeoned within the usa and the uk as a part of the feminist circulate of the Nineteen Seventies. Ever due to the fact that, playwriting ladies were embracing new matters, experimenting with shape, and devising new methods of taking a look at the area. To honor their achievements and encourage destiny endeavors, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize was once verified in reminiscence of an American actor, journalist, and feminist who died of breast melanoma. within the approximately 3 a long time of the award's life, greater than 300 English-speaking girls playwrights were finalists for the Blackburn Prize in acceptance in their paintings, together with such favourite writers as Marsha Norman, Cheryl L. West, Wendy Wasserstein, Caryl Churchill, Paula Vogel, and Suzan-Lori Parks.
This quantity deals a accomplished evaluate of women's playwriting, in addition to a party of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. It combines severe essays, playwrights' memoirs, and conversations and interviews with playwrights to discover how women's playwriting developed on the subject of the women's circulation and the way it keeps to map new territory and locate clean modes of expression. the vast majority of members to this volume—playwrights, arts newshounds, and theater critics—have had a few connection to the Blackburn Prize, both as award recipients, play readers, or judges. The memoirs, conversations, and interviews come from a number of the best ladies playwrights of the final 3 a long time. those dramatists supply interesting perception into the playwriting paintings, theatrical careers, and women's ambitions in writing for the theater.