THE LIST 2015: The Top 7%

The following are the 53 most recommended new plays by female and trans* authors per our survey results. Each play received between 4 and 20 nominations. For more about the selection process, visit our About the List page. Playwrights have been encouraged to list their plays on the New Play Exchange to make them as accessible as possible.

  • YOU GOT OLDER
    Clare Barron
    When Mae's dad gets sick at the same moment her life implodes, she ends up moving in with him back home.
    3W 4M
    Contact: Rachel Viola / UTA
  • PEERLESS
    Jiehae Park
    Twin sisters M&L have given up everything to get into The College. So when a classmate gets “their” spot, they’ve got only one option: kill him.
    3W 2M
    Contact: Michael Finkle / WME
  • THE GHOSTS OF LOTE BRAVO
    Hilary Bettis
    Juanda Cantu’s daughter has disappeared, her last hope is to pray to La Santa Muerte for visions before it is too late.
    4W 4M
    Contact: Chris Till / CAA
  • SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS
    Bess Wohl
    In the overwhelming quiet of the woods, six runaways from city life embark on a silent retreat.
    3M 3W 1GN
    Contact: Chris Till / CAA
  • CARDBOARD PIANO
    Hansol Jung
    A church in Uganda. Two girls steal in to seal their love in a secret wedding ceremony, and a child soldier runs in, seeking sanctuary.
    2W 2M
    Contact: Ben Izzo / Abrams
  • THE ROOMMATE
    Jen Silverman
    Sharon needs a new start. So does Robin. A dark comedy about what it takes to re-route your life - and what happens when the wheels come off.
    2W
    Contact: Kate Navin / Gersh
  • KENTUCKY
    Leah Nanako Winkler
    Hiro finally returns to Kentucky to be the maid of honor in her newly born-again Christian little sister's wedding.
    5M 11W 1GN
    Contact: Leahnana@gmail.com
  • NO MORE SAD THINGS
    Hansol Jung
    A girl catches a flight to Maui. A boy finds girl on the shores of Ka’anapali. They have sex on the beach. A Guidebook serenades...
    1W 2M
    Contact: Ben Izzo / Abrams
  • SOJOURNERS
    Mfoniso Udofia
    Abasiama came to America with high hopes but when her husband is seduced by America, she must choose between the Nigerian or American Dream.
    2W 2M
    Contact: Leah Hamos / Gersh
  • I WILL BE GONE
    Erin Courtney
    A play about a ghost town and the ways we try to hold onto our dead.
    4W 4M
    Contact: Antje Oegel / AO International
  • BALLAST
    Georgette Kelly
    A story of two relationships between trans and cis partners, exploring how gender seeps into our love, our dreams, and our ability to take flight.
    4-5W, 2M (incl. 2T)
    Contact: GeorgetteKelly.com/contact
  • FEATHERS AND TEETH
    Charise Castro Smith
    A dark comedy about grief, stepmothers and evil little beast creatures.
    2W 2M
    Contact: Di Glazer / ICM
  • FRUITING BODIES
    Sam Chanse
    A family lost in a fog-enveloped woods meets a mysterious young boy. Limited visibility, the interfamilial politics of race and gender, and thought experiments pushed to extre...
    2W 3M
    Contact: schanse@gmail.com
  • GIRL SHAKES LOOSE HER SKIN
    Zakiyyah Alexander and Imani Uzuri
    An overqualified black Girl struggles to find her way home. A musical about growing up when you're already grown.
    5W 2M
    Contact: Olivier Sultan & Ally Shuster / CAA
  • KING LIZ
    Fernanda Coppel
    When sports agent Liz Rico signs Freddie Luna, a volatile high school basketball superstar, how far will she go to ensure her success?
    3W 3M
    Contact: Scott Chaloff / WME
  • STILL NOW
    Katie Bender
    After witnessing the fall of the twin towers, Annie heads to Japan to study Butoh.
    3W 1M 4GN
    Contact: katiebender@utexas.edu
  • WOLF PLAY
    Hansol Jung
    A Korean boy is re-adopted by a lesbian couple. His ex-father will do anything to get him back.
    2W 3M
    Contact: Ben Izzo / Abrams
  • KING OF THE YEES
    Lauren Yee
    Playwright Lauren Yee races through San Francisco Chinatown in search of her father in this joyride through Chinatown’s disappearing past.
    2W 3M
    Contact: Antje Oegel / AO International
  • MILLER, MS
    Boo Killebrew
    Miller, Mississippi is a lurid family drama set against the backdrop of a Civil Rights Era Mississippi.
    3W 2M
    Contact: Rachel Viola / UTA
  • PETTY HARBOUR
    Martyna Majok
    Haunted, poetic thriller set on the rocky shores of Petty Harbour, Newfoundland. Desire, pride, forgiveness, and being a woman with an appetite.
    5M 2W
    Contact: Kate Navin / Gersh
  • SMART PEOPLE
    Lydia R. Diamond
    Will Brian, a white neuroscientist, find success, or be undone by his hypothesis - that whites are biologically predisposed to be racist.
    2W 2M
    Contact: Derek Zasky / WME
  • SOLDIER X
    Rehana Lew Mirza
    Monica, a uniformed social worker, falls for Jay, a recent veteran. Only Jay is in love with Amani, the sister of his deceased Muslim comrade.
    4W 1M
    Contact: Leah Hamos / Gersh
  • THE WOLVES
    Sarah DeLappe
    Left quad. Right quad. Lunge. In perfect sync, a girls indoor soccer team warms up.
    10W
    Contact: Val Day & Di Glazer / ICM
  • UGLY LIES THE BONE
    Lindsey Ferrentino
    Jess returns from war severely burned and her Florida hometown in a state of decay. With video game therapy, she tries to restore all that was lost.
    3W 2M
    Contact: Chris Till & Ally Shuster / CAA
  • UNSEEN
    Mona Mansour
    A mother and ex-girlfriend of a conflict photographer try to figure out why she was found, alive, at the scene of a massacre.
    3W
    Contact: Jessica Amato / Gersh
  • SAGITTARIUS PONDEROSA
    MJ Kaufman
    Archer (still Angela to his family) moves back his childhood home in eastern Oregon and unexpectedly falls in love.
    2M 2W 1T
    Contact: mjkaufmanster@gmail.com
  • SWEAT
    Lynn Nottage
    Rumors of layoffs at a factory shake up a group of friends. Their fragile bonds splinter. A horrific crime sends shock waves across two generations.
    3W 6M
    Contact: Olivier Sultan / CAA
  • AN ALMANAC FOR FARMERS AND LOVERS IN MEXICO
    Kate Tarker
    Flora and Pelé were eager for their Mexican wedding, until Pelé transformed into a bird. A bird's eye view of love, youth, and commitment.
    3M 4W
    Contact: kate@katetarker.com
  • CAMDENSIDE
    Sarah Burgess
    A great white shark named Doug drives around Florida in a motorized wheelchair, hunting for the person who killed his wife in a boating accident.
    2W 3M
    Contact: Scott Chaloff / WME
  • COLONY COLLAPSE
    Stefanie Zadravec
    Two ex-junkies re-start their lives on an Oregon orchard; but the bees have disappeared, a girl is missing & a lost son finds home.
    7W 4M
    Contact: Kate Navin / Gersh
  • MANAHATTA
    Mary Kathryn Nagle
    Manahatta tells the story of Jane Snake, a brilliant young Native American woman with a Stanford MBA who moves home to her ancestral homeland.
    5M 2W
    Contact: Michael Finkle / WME
  • NATIVE SON
    Nambi E. Kelley
    Native Son focuses on the landscape inside the mind of Bigger Thomas.
    4W 3M
    Contact: Peregrine Whittlsey / Peregrine Whittlesey Agency
  • ROMEO & NAOMI RAMIREZ
    Kathryn Walat
    She’s an undercover rookie cop. He’s an honor student living up to his Shakespearean name. Is it a love story—or tragedy? Who will you believe?
    2W 2M
    Contact: Seth Glewen / Gersh
  • RESIDENCE
    Laura Jacqmin
    New mom/medical supply rep Maggie moves into an extended-stay hotel in Tempe, desperate to make a sale before her troubled history catches up to her.
    3W 2M
    Contact: Derek Zasky / WME
  • THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN PORNOGRAPHY
    Hilary Bettis
    It’s Star Papapzian’s 40th birthday and she’s ready to lose her virginity, but first she must relive her past growing up in the family porn empire.
    3W 4M
    Contact: Chris Till / CAA
  • NOLLYWOOD DREAMS
    Jocelyn Bioh
    It's the 90's and in Lagos, Nigeria, the "Nollywood" film industry is exploding!
    4W 2M
    Contact: Rachel Viola / UTA
  • MEN ON BOATS
    Jaclyn Backhaus
    Ten explorers. Four boats. One grand canyon. A true(ish) story.
    10 W/GQ
    Contact: jaclynbackhaus@gmail.com
  • SPILL
    Leigh Fondakowski
    Spill is a play based on interviews, court documents, and testimony collected in the aftermath of the 2010 DEEPWATER HORIZON/BP oil spill.
    7M 3W
    Contact: Michael Moore / Michael Moore Agency
  • BULLY
    Amina Henry
    In this loose adaptation of William Golding's Lord of the Flies, a group of women battle each other and exercise their inner demons.
    6W
    Contact: aminahenry1@gmail.com
  • COCKED
    Sarah Gubbins
    Lesbian couple, Taylor and Izzie have their world turned inside out when Taylor's brother arrives for an unexpected visit.
    2W 1W
    Contact: Mark Subias / UTA
  • DIRTY CRUSTY
    Clare Barron
    You're never too old to learn ballet. A play about dance, sex, bad hygiene, and the attempt to reclaim big dreams.
    2W 1M
    Contact: Rachel Viola / UTA
  • FADE
    Tanya Saracho
    Lucia was just hired as a TV writer on a show with a problematic take on its Latina protagonist -- will she become another Hollywood stereotype?
    1W 1M
    Contact: Mark Orsini / Bret Adams Ltd.
  • GIVE IT ALL BACK
    Calamity West
    In a French hotel room in 1966, an artist hides out from a world that’s turned on him and tries not to think about acoustic versus electric.
    3F 2M 2GN
    Contact: calamitywest@gmail.com
  • THE LAST MATCH
    Anna Ziegler
    Journey inside the minds of two tennis greats as they play a US Open semifinal. A funny and visceral look at the sacrifices we make to stay on top.
    2W 2M
    Contact: Seth Glewen / Gersh
  • MADAME HO
    Eugenie Chan
    Madame Ho tells the story of the playwright’s great grandmother – a 19th c. Chinatown brothel madam. About survival, complicity and the American West.
    6W 2M 1GN
    Contact: Toochis Morin / Brant Rose Agency
  • SUPERTRUE
    Karen Hartman
    A romantic, comic, and economic reckoning for two humans and a puppet.
    1W 1M 1 PUPPET
    Contact: Di Glazer / ICM
  • THE ASHES UNDER GAIT CITY
    Christina Anderson
    Simone The Believer, an online guru, sets out to create a Black mecca in Gait City, Oregon. How far will she go gain followers?
    3W 2M
    Contact: Alexis Williams / Bret Adams Ltd.
  • THE INSURGENTS
    Lucy Thurber
    After losing her athletic scholarship, Sally Wright returns home to face her beer guzzling father, wayward brother, and the dearth of hope in her dead end northeastern town....
    2W 3M
    Contact: George Lane / CAA
  • THE TIGER AMONG US
    Lauren Yee
    A Midwestern ghost story about a Hmong American family living in outstate Minnesota and the tenuous bonds that tie us together.
    2W 3M
    Contact: Antje Oegel / AO International
  • THE UNDENIABLE SOUND OF RIGHT NOW
    Laura Eason
    Hank struggles to keep his legendary Chicago rock club going amid changing times, changing tastes & the destructive power of the Next Big Thing.
    2W 4M
    Contact: Derek Zasky / WME
  • THE WOLFE TWINS
    Rachel Bonds
    Lewis invites his estranged sister Dana on a trip to Rome to reconnect. Old wounds fester and intimate secrets are revealed.
    2W 2M
    Contact: Kate Navin / Gersh
  • TO THE BONE
    Lisa Ramirez
    Examines the nature of equality and justice through the eyes of women whose migration to the U.S. brings its own test of the human spirit.
    5W 3M
    Contact: Gloria Bonelli glo@gloriabonelli.com
  • TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY
    Susan Soon He Stanton
    Told through live radio & phone calls, Today… is a comedy about life with a thousand friends on Facebook & no one to have dinner with on Friday night.
    2-3 W 2-3 M
    Contact: Jessica Amato / Gersh

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