Modern day movies and tele-shows may be interesting and entertaining, but the feel of sitting in a theatre and watching live characters is absolutely incredible! That is the magic that playwrights put into plays. Output of a vivid imagination and a gripping story, plays are a form of literature and are basically intended for theatrical performance. While talking about playwrights and plays, one just cannot overlook the contribution of Americans. Unless you have been living under the rock, names like T.S Eliot, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Eugene O’Neil, Sarah Ruhl, Christopher Durang, August Wilson or Edward Albee cannot be unheard of. Truly outstanding in their work, American playwrights have a deep embedded insight for playwriting and a good knowledge and understanding of dramatic structure. Their play with words and sequence of the drama is so natural that at no point in their play, it seems like the characters are restricted to a particular script. Interestingly, plays by these playwrights have not just been performed in America alone but the world over. Enliven your spirit by reading about the life and works of some of the greatest American playwrights of all times. Their body of work would surely keep you entertained!
Sam ShepardSam Shepard
05 November 1943
Actor
Arthur MillerArthur Miller
17 October 1915
 

Tennessee WilliamsTennessee Williams
26 March 1911
American playwright

Robby BensonRobby Benson
21 January 1956
Actor

Danai GuriraDanai Gurira
14 February 1978
Actress

Tracy LettsTracy Letts
04 July 1965
Actor, Screenwriter
Nora EphronNora Ephron
19 May 1941
Screenwriter, Producer, Director

Rod SerlingRod Serling
25 December 1924
Screenwriter, TV Producer, Narrator

Gore VidalGore Vidal
03 October 1925
 

Neil SimonNeil Simon
04 July 1927
Playwright & Screenwriter
Henry JamesHenry James
15 April 1843
Writer

Eugene Gladstone O'Neill Eugene O'Neill
16 October 1888
Playwright
Roxann DawsonRoxann Dawson
11 September 1958
Actress

David MametDavid Mamet
30 November 1947
 

Joseph HellerJoseph Heller
01 May 1923
Novelist
Joyce Carol OatesJoyce Carol Oates
16 June 1938
Writer

Yolanda KingYolanda King
17 November 1955
Activist
Dick CusackDick Cusack
29 August 1925
Actor

Lillian HellmanLillian Hellman
20 June 1905
Dramatist and Screenwriter

John GalsworthyJohn Galsworthy
14 August 1867
Nobel Laureate in Literature
Irwin ShawIrwin Shaw
27 February 1913
Illness

James WongJames Wong
20 April 1959
Television producer
Lisa EdelsteinLisa Edelstein
21 May 1966
Playwright, Television actor, Actor, Film actor,

Amanda PalmerAmanda Palmer
30 April 1976
Singer, Street artist, Composer, Pianist,

Elaine MayElaine May
21 April 1932
Actor, Film director, Screenwriter, Stage actor,

Ernie HudsonErnie Hudson
17 December 1945
Actor
Leslie JordanLeslie Jordan
29 April 1955
Actor, Playwright, Stage actor, Television actor
Matthew CowlesMatthew Cowles
28 September 1944
Television actor, Film actor, Stage actor

Jim BeaverJim Beaver
12 August 1950
Actor

Colman DomingoColman Domingo
28 November 1969
Actor

Morgan SpurlockMorgan Spurlock
07 November 1970
Screenwriter, Film director, Journalist
Ruby DeeRuby Dee
27 October 1922
Actress

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David BaldacciDavid Baldacci
05 August 1960
Writer, Screenwriter, Lawyer, Novelist, Author

Howard ZinnHoward Zinn
24 August 1922
Playwright, Political scientist, Historian of the

Thomas HarrisThomas Harris
11 April 1940
Writer, Screenwriter, Novelist, Playwright,

Sidney SheldonSidney Sheldon
11 February 1917
Writer, Screenwriter, Novelist, Playwright, Film
Ron PalilloRon Palillo
02 April 1949
Actor, Stage actor, Television actor

Christine JorgensenChristine Jorgensen
30 May 1926
Actor
J. Michael StraczynskiJ. Michael Straczynski
17 July 1954
Screenwriter, Film producer, Novelist, Journalist,

Terrence McNallyTerrence McNally
03 November 1938
playwright, screenwriter, librettist, writer

Oscar Hammerstein IIOscar Hammerstein II
12 July 1895
Songwriter, Librettist, Song book, Screenwriter,
Eric BogosianEric Bogosian
24 April 1953
Actor

William GoldmanWilliam Goldman
12 August 1931
Novelist
Dan ButlerDan Butler
02 December 1954
Actor, Television actor

Howard AshmanHoward Ashman
17 May 1950
Composer, Screenwriter, Lyricist, Songwriter, Film

Don DeLilloDon DeLillo
20 November 1936
Writer, Playwright, Screenwriter, Novelist,

Lorraine HansberryLorraine Hansberry
19 May 1930
Writer, Theatre director, Screenwriter,

Eve EnslerEve Ensler
25 May 1953
Artist, Actor, Playwright, Autobiographer, Writer,
Austin PendletonAustin Pendleton
27 March 1940
Actor, Playwright, Writer, Stage actor, Television

Matt LetscherMatt Letscher
26 June 1970
Stage actor, Film actor, Television actor

Anna Deavere SmithAnna Deavere Smith
18 September 1950
Stage actor, Film actor, Television actor, Writer,

Jonathan LarsonJonathan Larson
04 February 1960
Composer, Writer
Edward AlbeeEdward Albee
12 March 1928
Playwright, Writer, Screenwriter, University

Tovah FeldshuhTovah Feldshuh
27 December 1952
Television actor, Film actor, Writer, Playwright,
Lorenz HartLorenz Hart
02 May 1895
Lyricist, Composer, Playwright, Songwriter,

Evan ChandlerEvan Chandler
25 January 1944
Dentist, Playwright

Tony KushnerTony Kushner
16 July 1956
Playwright, Screenwriter, Writer, Music educator
Patricia WettigPatricia Wettig
04 December 1951
Actor, Playwright, Stage actor, Television actor

Robert Anton WilsonRobert Anton Wilson
18 January 1932
Writer, Novelist, Philosopher, Essayist,
Clare Boothe LuceClare Boothe Luce
10 March 1903
Former U.S. Congressman, Diplomat, Journalist,

Roger Guenveur SmithRoger Guenveur Smith
27 July 1955
Actor, Screenwriter, Television actor

Frances Hodgson BurnettFrances Hodgson Burnett
24 November 1849
Dramaturge, Writer, Playwright, Children's writer,
Hunter FosterHunter Foster
25 June 1969
Singer, Librettist, Stage actor

Kevin HagenKevin Hagen
03 April 1928
Actor, Television actor
Kenneth LonerganKenneth Lonergan
16 October 1962
Screenwriter, Playwright, Theatre director, Actor,

Ira LevinIra Levin
27 August 1929
Playwright, Screenwriter, Novelist, Writer,

Frank LoesserFrank Loesser
29 June 1910
Composer, Librettist, Lyricist, Songwriter, Film

Paul Laurence DunbarPaul Laurence Dunbar
27 June 1872
Writer, Novelist, Playwright, Poet
Eli MarienthalEli Marienthal
06 March 1986
Actor, Stage actor, Television actor
Jason Robert BrownJason Robert Brown
20 June 1970
Composer, Pianist

Leslye HeadlandLeslye Headland
1981 AD
film director, screenwriter, playwright

Meredith WillsonMeredith Willson
18 May 1902
Conductor, Composer, Flautist, Pianist, Songwriter

Neil LaButeNeil LaBute
19 March 1963
Film director, Screenwriter, Writer
Nicholas KazanNicholas Kazan
30 November 1945
screenwriter, film director, film producer

W. S. MerwinW. S. Merwin
30 September 1927
Poet, Writer, Translator

John Patrick ShanleyJohn Patrick Shanley
03 October 1950
Screenwriter, Playwright, Writer, Film director,

Preston SturgesPreston Sturges
29 August 1898
American playwright

Nick FlynnNick Flynn
26 January 1960
Writer, Screenwriter
Horton FooteHorton Foote
14 March 1916
Screenwriter, Playwright, Actor

Suzan-Lori ParksSuzan-Lori Parks
10 May 1963
American playwright
George S. KaufmanGeorge S. Kaufman
16 November 1889
Theatre director, Screenwriter, Journalist,

George AbbottGeorge Abbott
25 June 1887
Actor, Film director, Playwright, Screenwriter,

Peter ViertelPeter Viertel
16 November 1920
Officer, Screenwriter, Writer, Playwright
Clifford OdetsClifford Odets
18 July 1906
Screenwriter, Film director, Actor, Writer,

David RabeDavid Rabe
10 March 1940
Screenwriter, Author, Playwright, Writer
Arthur LaurentsArthur Laurents
14 July 1917
Screenwriter, Librettist, Playwright, Writer

William IngeWilliam Inge
03 May 1913
American playwright

Moss HartMoss Hart
24 October 1904
Screenwriter, Playwright, Writer

Beau WillimonBeau Willimon
26 October 1977
Screenwriter, Playwright, Film producer, Writer
William GilletteWilliam Gillette
24 July 1853
actor, screenwriter, stage actor, writer

Archibald MacLeishArchibald MacLeish
07 May 1892
Librarian, Poet, Playwright, Writer, University
Luis ValdezLuis Valdez
26 June 1940
Film director, Playwright, Screenwriter, Actor,

Franz WerfelFranz Werfel
10 September 1890
Writer, Poet, Playwright, Screenwriter, Science
Edmund WilsonEdmund Wilson
08 May 1895
Journalist, Poet, Playwright, Literary critic,

Rick EliceRick Elice
17 November 1956
Actor, Stage actor
Israel HorovitzIsrael Horovitz
31 March 1939
Actor, Film director, Playwright, Screenwriter,