ERIC Number: ED193719
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: 0
American Women Dramatists: 1960-1980.
Gillespie, Patti P.
A history of American women dramatists is provided in this paper with emphasis on the period 1960 to 1980. It is noted that by 1960 several American women had earned sizable reputations as dramatists; that prior to 1960, especially in the 1920s and 1930s, they had offered both commercial and experimental pieces; and that, like their male counterparts, they treated social issues when society at large seemed interested in such issues. Significant shifts in these patterns in the decades of 1960 and 1970 are discussed: (1) women playwrights now tended to cluster in alternative, noncommercial theatres off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway such as Ellen Stewart's Cafe La Mama; (2) black women playwrights emerged as a major new voice in the American theatre; and (3) after 1970, feminist playwrights began to surface and find production, beginning with Megan Terry of Open Theatre and Myrna Lamb's "Mod Donna." (MKM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Theatre Conference (Nashville, TN, March 5-9, 1980).