Why The List?
The 2020 List has been created to honor and hold space for new plays which were cancelled, postponed, or closed early due to COVID-19, and were written by the women, trans, and non-binary writers of the American theatre. It is our hope that this List will serve as a snapshot in time of this moment in the American Theatre, and that when we are allowed to gather once more as artists and audiences, the leadership of theatres large and small across the country will remember that audiences were primed and eager for risky, vital new plays by exciting and diverse voices.
How We Made The 2020 List
In lieu of nominations, production information was collected from the members and leadership of The Dramatist Guild, Theatre Communications Group, National New Play Network, LA STAGE Alliance, League of Chicago Theatres, Theatre Philadelphia, and Princeton University’s Brian Herrera’s “Our Lost Season of Latinx Plays” list. We’re so grateful to the members of these orgs for their collaboration on this undertaking.
To be Eligible for The 2020 List, a Play Must:
- be a full-length play or musical
- receiving a first or second production
- authored by a trans, nonbinary, and/or woman writer (collaborations with cis-male authors are welcomed so long as one of the authors–playwright, lyricist, book writer–identifies as nonbinary, trans, and/or a woman.)
- cancelled, prematurely closed, or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.