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The Kilroys List, Vol.2: 67 Monologues and Scenes by Female and Trans Playwrights

The Kilroys List, Vol.2: 67 Monologues and Scenes by Female and Trans Playwrights
Your Price: $23.95 CDN
Edited by: The Kilroys
Foreword by: Lynn Nottage
Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 192
Pub. Date: 2019
ISBN-10: 155936954X
ISBN-13: 9781559369541

About the Book:

A groundbreaking collection of monologues based on the advocacy work of The Kilroys, a theater collective formed to encourage more stage productions of work by women.

The Kilroys List, Volume Two contains 67 monologues and scenes for both male and female actors, all from a list of plays based on The Kilroys' national survey of hundreds of professional artistic directors, literary managers, professors, producers, directors, and dramaturgs. Members of The Kilroys act as facilitators throughout the process but do not recommend plays for "The List", which serves as a resource for producers and theatres committed to gender parity.

Not your typical book of monologues, this collection embodies the mission of The Kilroys, an advocacy group founded in Los Angeles in 2013 by women theatre producers and playwrights, dedicated to taking action in the face of gender disparity in American Theatre. The Kilroys' motto is "We Make Trouble and Plays"

In 2014, The Kilroys released their first annual List survey in response to systemic gender bias in theatre programming. The vetted collection of industry-recommended works was designed to bring worthy plays by women, trans, and non-binary playwrights to the forefront of the American theater conversation. The second volume includes a monologue or scene from each play from the 2016 version of The List (featuring plays that were unproduced at the time of nomination) and the 2017 version of The List (featuring plays by playwrights of colour). This collection represents an abundance of excellent work by female and trans playwrights and reflects a wide ethnic, geographic, and aesthetic diversity.

The collection The Kilroys List, Volume Two: 67 Monologues and Scenes by Female and Trans Playwrights, Volume One includes monologues and scenes from ALL plays selected for The List in 2016 and 2017:

• The book features a foreword by Lynn Nottage, two time winner of the Pulitzer Prize; the first in 2009 for Ruined, and the second in 2017 for Sweat
The List 2016-2015, from which the monologues are taken, includes such award-winning, talented, and recognizable contemporary female playwrights as Lauren Yee, Rachel Bonds, Hansol Jung, and Sylvia Khoury
• An essential reference guide for women's theatrical organizations, feminist reading groups, theatrical studies, and contemporary theatre students and organizations

What people say:

"While there remains a great deal of work to be done to reach racial and gender equity in the theater, the powerful and provocative writing presented here is part of the inciting incident that will no doubt shake up the status quo. It also is the culmination of the heroic efforts of the Kilroy collective, to advocate and agitate for more representation of cis-women and trans writers on the American stage." — Lynn Nottage, from her Foreword

"All but daring American theaters to put on new plays by women." — New York Times

"This is a historic compilation of fervent, fierce and formidable voices, who have been left on the margins for far too long, but who now, with the caliber of their writing, stake claim to what it means to be an American Playwright, in this time and place." — Tanya Saracho for The Kilroys

"The Kilroys exemplify the power of grassroots action - of communion based in savvy know-how and commitment effecting positive change with radical joy." — Santa Barbara Independent

About the Author:

The Kilroys are a collective of playwrights and producers in Los Angeles who advocate for the visibility of women playwrights in theatre. Founded in 2013, The Kilroys are named after the iconic graffiti tag "Kilroy Was Here" that was first left by WWII soldiers in unexpected places, a playfully subversive way of making their presence known. The members include Zakiyyah Alexander, Bekah Brunstetter, Sheila Callaghan, Carla Ching, Annah Feinberg, Sarah Gubbins, Laura Jacqmin, Joy Meads, Kelly Miller, Meg Miroshnik, Daria Polatin, Tanya Saracho, and Marisa Wegrzyn.

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