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Plays

Women Of Influence: What Macbeth Taught Us About Women In Power

That Scottish Shakespearian tragedy, so shrouded in mystery that it is unlucky even to say its name, gave society new ideas about women that have stayed with us since 1606, when the play debuted in London.  

Alice Babette Toklas moves in permanently with Gertrude Stein.

September 9, 1910
Alice Babette Toklas heard distinct chiming when she met Gertrude Stein.

Birth of writer Dorothy Parker

August 22, 1893

Writer Dorothy Parker is born

Lillian Hellman's "The Children's Hour" is banned in Boston

December 14, 1935

Boston's Mayor Frederick Mansfield banned production of Lillian Hellman's play "The Children's Hour."

Wendy Wasserstein first woman playwright to win Tony Award

June 4, 1989

Wendy Wasserstein became the first woman playwright to win a Tony Award for Best Play, for "The Heidi Chronicles."

Michal Govrin

As the child of a Holocaust survivor, Michal Govrin has used her writing to open a broader conversation about the enduring legacy of the Holocaust.

Lillian Mellen Genser

After the narrowly averted disaster of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Lillian Mellen Genser decided to train people to think differently about conflict from early childhood onward.

Elizabeth Swados

One of the youngest playwrights ever to have a play produced on Broadway, Liz Swados was unafraid of tackling heavy subjects like politics, racism, and mental illness.

Kate Bornstein

Through performance art pieces like Kate Bornstein Is a Queer and Pleasant Danger and The Opposite Sex is Neither, Kate Bornstein questions society’s understanding of gender as a binary.

Sarah Treem

Television writer Sarah Treem’s work with Hagai Levi, adapting In Treatment for an American audience, led to their collaboration on the Golden Globe-winning The Affair.

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