When playwright Wendy Wasserstein died in 2006, a lot of theater-lovers grieved. Many of them were people something like me – a woman, a baby-boomer, a product of the same kind of New England women’s college that Wasserstein attended and just a year younger, almost to the day, than Wasserstein herself.
So it was easy to believe that Wasserstein’s plays, especially her Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy The Heidi Chronicles, were about me and the people I knew.
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Here’s announcement of the finalists for the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, which goes every year to a woman playwright writing in English.
There have been many noted winners in the past (Sarah Ruhl, Dael Orlandersmith, Paula Vogel, Caryl Churchill and others), and this list of finalists is probably a pretty good guidebook to the promising women playwrights of today: