Front Lines: Political Plays by American Women

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New Press, 2009 - Drama - 378 pages

Front Lines is a pathbreaking collection of the most important, critically acclaimed plays written by the country's leading contemporary female playwrights. Including seven full scripts and accompanying materials, Front Lines provides both major examples of the playwright's craft and an essential introduction to the politically inspired work of female dramatists of the twenty-first century.

Here is Jessica Blank's widely heralded The Exonerated (written with Erik Jensen), based on interviews with American prisoners incarcerated for crimes they did not commit. Also included is Nilaja Sun's outstanding No Child . . . , winner of the Outer Critics Circle's 2007 John Gassner Award for Best New Play—a funny, stirring one-woman show centering on an inner-city teacher's success at involving her rebellious students in their own education by putting on a play. Rounding out the collection are Emily Mann's Mrs. Packard; Paula Vogel's Hot 'n' Throbbing; Shirley Lauro's Clarence Darrow's Last Trial; Quiara Alegrķa Hudes's Eliot: A Soldier's Fugue; and Cindy Cooper's Words of Choice, co-adapted with Suzanne Bennett.

With a preface by distinguished playwright Shirley Lauro and an introduction by theater critic Alexis Greene, Front Lines also includes short biographies of the playwrights and a production photo of each play.

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Plays tell stories, and the best ones stay with us. Compiled by theater critic Greene (Women Who Write Plays) and playwright Lauro (Open Admissions), the stories in this collection of critically ... Read full review

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Alexis Greene writes about the arts, women's issues, and the environment. She is the author of Women Who Write Plays: 23 Interviews with American Dramatists; a co-author, with Julie Taymor, of The Lion King: Pride Rock on Broadway; and a co-editor, with Shirley Lauro, of Front Lines: Political Plays by American Women (The New Press). She is also the author of a biographical study of Wendy Wasserstein for young theater students, Wasserstein in an Hour.

Shirley Lauro's plays include the Tony-nominated drama Open Admissions and the widely acclaimed A Piece of My Heart. She is a co-editor, with Alexis Greene, of Front Lines: Political Plays by American Women (The New Press). She lives and writes in New York City.

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