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NEW YORK, NY – Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is pleased to announce the publication of The Kilroys List: 97 Monologues and Scenes by Female and Trans Playwrights, Volume One. The Kilroys are a gang of playwrights and producers who came together in Los Angeles in 2013 to stop talking about gender parity in theatre and start taking action. In 2014, they released their first annual List: a vetted collection of plays written by female and trans writers, nominated by hundreds of professional artistic directors, literary managers, professors, producers, directors, and dramaturgs. This collection includes a monologue or scene from each play from the 2014 and 2015 editions of The List.
“And at last there are the Kilroys. A group of kick-ass theatre artists who declare there is no excuse, in the twenty-first century, for producers and artistic directors to insist they cannot find women or women of color in the field. The incredible Kilroys List makes visible proof that there are infinite playworlds of which our current pipelines can only dream. The Kilroys have amassed writers aplenty to fill hundreds of pipelines.” —Paula Vogel, from her Foreword
The List 2017, released this week, features the most recommended un- and under-produced plays written by female and trans writers of color, following a survey of hundreds of professional artistic directors, literary managers, professors, producers, directors, and dramaturgs. The List is organized by The Kilroys: an independent, LA-based group of female playwrights and producers, dedicated to taking action in the face of gender disparity in American Theatre. Learn more here.
“These plays have been developed and vetted for artistic excellence; they just happen to possess the added bonus of representing a voice that’s currently being underproduced. It’s part of a larger movement to say: ‘There’s an embarrassment of riches here.’” —Sheila Callaghan
“The superheroines of the theater.” —Backstage
“The Kilroys are not only taking action to flip the script for women in theater and achieve parity—or better—on America’s storied stages, but also celebrating the voices of women who just need a venue to be heard.” —Ms. Magazine
For over 50 years, Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre, has existed to strengthen, nurture and promote the professional not-for-profit American theatre. TCG’s constituency has grown from a handful of groundbreaking theatres to nearly 700 Member Theatres and Affiliate organizations and more than 12,000 individuals nationwide. TCG offers its members networking and knowledge-building opportunities through conferences, events, research and communications; awards grants, approximately $2 million per year, to theatre companies and individual artists; advocates on the federal level; and serves as the U.S. Center of the International Theatre Institute, connecting its constituents to the global theatre community. TCG is North America’s largest independent trade publisher of dramatic literature, with 15 Pulitzer Prizes for Best Play on the TCG booklist. It also publishes the award-winning American Theatre magazine and ARTSEARCH®, the essential source for a career in the arts. In all of its endeavors, TCG seeks to increase the organizational efficiency of its member theatres, cultivate and celebrate the artistic talent and achievements of the field and promote a larger public understanding of, and appreciation for, the theatre. www.tcg.org.