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Best List of Plays by New York–Based Female and Trans Playwrights


OK, so the Kilroys are a national group, but their now-annual list of best unproduced plays will keep you well-informed about exciting, up-and-coming female, trans, and gender-nonconforming playwrights right here in the city. Founded in 2013, the organization — whose name is taken from the anonymous graffiti tags used by WWII soldiers — is dedicated to furthering gender parity in the theater by promoting plays by female and trans playwrights. Each year, hundreds of representatives of top institutions in American theater submit their favorite unproduced works, and those with the most nominations make the list. (One year, theater institutions with strong records on gender parity also received surprise deliveries of cake from benevolent Kilroys representatives. But no promises.) The 2016 roster includes several writers whose work New York audiences encountered this year: Sarah Burgess, author of Dry Powder, which premiered at the Public in March; Martyna Majok, whose Ironbound at the Rattlestick received raves; and Clare Barron, author of the poignant, innovative I’ll Never Love Again, which played at the Bushwick Starr. Even better, the Kilroys will soon be in print: Their drama anthology The Kilroys’ List comes out in early 2017.