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American Theatre’s Most-Produced Plays 2019

American Theatre’s Most-Produced Plays 2019
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American Theatre magazine, published by Theatre Communications Group (TCG), earlier this week released its annual October Season Preview issue, which includes lists of the Top 10 Most-Produced Plays and Top 20 Most-Produced Playwrights for the new season. It’s exciting news, and there are a few firsts for the list, with the most exciting being that Larissa FastHorse (Sicangu Lakota) is the first Native American/Indigenous playwright with The Thanksgiving Play landing on the Most Produced Plays list. Lauren Gunderson (I and You, Silent Sky) was named the most-produced playwright in this upcoming season, with 33 total productions. Lauren Yee, who wrote Cambodian Rock Band and The Great Leap was second on that list. Two plays I’ve never seen, sadly. These lists appear online at AmericanTheatre.org, as well as in the October 2019 Season Preview issue of American Theatre magazine.

This year’s 14 most-produced plays excitingly includes works by 7 female playwrights and 6 male playwrights, while the 22 most-produced playwrights comprises 12 women and 10 men. There’s also 6 playwrights of color on the most-produced playwrights’ list,  tying with last year for the most racially diverse it’s ever been. That’s very good news.

“In 1994, when we first began compiling and reporting on our Member Theatres’ seasons, those lists were comprised almost entirely of cisgender white men,” said Teresa Eyring, executive director of TCG. “The encouraging statistics from the past few years demonstrate the impact of our field coming together in a shared commitment to equitably reflect the diversity of our country.”

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A Doll’s House, Part 2 by Lucas Hnath on Broadway with Jayne Houdyshell, Laurie Metcalf. Photo by Brigitte Lacombe.

Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House, Part 2 tops the Most-Produced Plays list for the second consecutive year, not surprisingly, tying this year with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Simon Stephens.

American Theatre’s Top 10 Most-Produced Plays of 2019-20 (actually 14 due to ties):

  • A Doll’s House, Part 2 by Lucas Hnath  12
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Simon Stephens            12
  • Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan, with Jonny Donahoe           10
  • Bright Star  by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell    9
  • Pipeline by Dominique Morisseau          9
  • Tiny Beautiful Things by Nia Vardalos  8
  • Admissions by Joshua Harmon            8
  • Cambodian Rock Band by Lauren Yee 8
  • School Girls or, The African Mean Girls Play by Jocelyn Bioh  8
  • The Children by Lucy Kirkwood            8
  • The Great Leap by Lauren Yee             8
  • The Thanksgiving Play by Larissa FastHorse    8
  • The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe             8
  • Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express by Ken Ludwig          8

American Theatre’s Top 20 Most-Produced Playwrights of 2019-20 (actually 22 due to ties):

  • Lauren Gunderson 33
  • Lauren Yee 18
  • Lucas Hnath 17
  • Tennessee Williams 17
  • Dominique Morisseau 16
  • Karen Zacarias 15
  • Ken Ludwig 15
  • August Wilson 15
  • Joshua Harmon 13
  • Simon Stephens 13
  • Neil Simon 13
  • Margot Melcon 12
  • Duncan Macmillan 11
  • Kate Hamill 11
  • Lynn Nottage 11
  • Quiara Alegria Hudes 11
  • Sarah Ruhl 10
  • Paula Vogel 10
  • Jen Silverman 9
  • Steve Martin 9
  • Lucy Kirkwood 9
  • Steven Dietz 9
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Pipeline by Dominique Morisseau at LCT with Karen Pittman (foreground), Namir Smallwood (background).Photo by Jeremy Daniel.

Based on the 2019-20 seasons reported by 387 TCG’s Member Theatres, these lists customarily omit holiday-themed shows (The Santaland Diaries and A Christmas Carol) as well as works by Shakespeare. For more information about the American Theatre Top 10 Most-Produced Plays and Top 20 Most-Produced Playwrights lists, visit: http://www.americantheatre.org.

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My love for theater started when I first got involved in high school plays and children's theatre in London, Ontario, which led me—much to my mother’s chagrin—to study set design, directing, and arts administration at York University in Toronto. But rather than pursuing theater as a career (I did produce and design a wee bit), I became a self-proclaimed theater junkie and life-long supporter. I am not a writer by trade, but I hope to share my views and feelings about this amazing experience we are so lucky to be able to see here in NYC, and in my many trips to London, Enlgand, Chicago, Toronto, Washington, and beyond. Living in London, England from 1985 to 1986, NYC since 1994, and on my numerous theatrical obsessive trips to England, I've seen as much theater as I can possibly afford. I love seeing plays. I love seeing musicals. If I had to choose between a song or a dance, I'd always pick the song. Dance—especially ballet—is pretty and all, but it doesn’t excite me as, say, Sondheim lyrics. But that being said, the dancing in West Side Story is incredible! As it seems you all love a good list, here's two. FAVORITE MUSICALS (in no particular order): Sweeney Todd with Patti Lupone and Michael Cerveris in 2005. By far, my most favorite theatrical experience to date. Sunday in the Park with George with Jenna Russell (who made me sob hysterically each and every one of the three times I saw that production in England and here in NYC) in 2008 Spring Awakening with Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele in 2007 Hedwig and the Angry Inch (both off-Boadway in 1998 and on Broadway in 2014, with Neal Patrick Harris, but also with Michael C. Hall and John Cameron Mitchell, my first Hedwig and my last...so far), Next To Normal with Alice Ripley (who I wish I had seen in Side Show) in 2009 FAVORITE PLAYS (that’s more difficult—there have been so many and they are all so different): Angels in American, both on Broadway and off Lettice and Lovage with Dame Maggie Smith and Margaret Tyzack in 1987 Who's Afraid of Virginai Woolf with Tracy Letts and Amy Morton in 2012 Almost everything by Alan Ayckbourn, but especially Woman in Mind with Julia McKenzie in 1986 And to round out the five, maybe Proof with Mary Louise Parker in 2000. But ask me on a different day, and I might give you a different list. These are only ten theatre moments that I will remember for years to come, until I don’t have a memory anymore. There are many more that I didn't or couldn't remember, and I hope a tremendous number more to come. Thanks for reading. And remember: read, like, share, retweet, enjoy. For more go to frontmezzjunkies.com

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