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!
Danai GuriraDanai Gurira
14 February 1978
Rod SerlingRod Serling
25 December 1924
Screenwriter, TV Producer, Narrator

Sam ShepardSam Shepard
05 November 1943

Arthur MillerArthur Miller
17 October 1915

Neil SimonNeil Simon
04 July 1927
Playwright & Screenwriter

Gore VidalGore Vidal
03 October 1925
Tennessee WilliamsTennessee Williams
26 March 1911
American playwright

Nora EphronNora Ephron
19 May 1941
Screenwriter, Producer, Director

Tracy LettsTracy Letts
04 July 1965
Actor, Screenwriter

Eugene Gladstone O'Neill Eugene O'Neill
16 October 1888
Henry JamesHenry James
15 April 1843

Roxann DawsonRoxann Dawson
11 September 1958
David MametDavid Mamet
30 November 1947

Joseph HellerJoseph Heller
01 May 1923

Yolanda KingYolanda King
17 November 1955
Joyce Carol OatesJoyce Carol Oates
16 June 1938

Dick CusackDick Cusack
29 August 1925
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
James WongJames Wong
20 April 1959
Television producer

Evan ChandlerEvan Chandler
25 January 1944
Dentist, Playwright
Amanda PalmerAmanda Palmer
30 April 1976
Singer, Street artist, Composer, Pianist,

Leslie JordanLeslie Jordan
29 April 1955
Actor, Playwright, Stage actor, Television actor

Lisa EdelsteinLisa Edelstein
21 May 1966
Playwright, Television actor, Actor, Film actor,

Matthew CowlesMatthew Cowles
28 September 1944
Television actor, Film actor, Stage actor
W. S. MerwinW. S. Merwin
30 September 1927
Poet, Writer, Translator
Lorraine HansberryLorraine Hansberry
19 May 1930
Writer, Theatre director, Screenwriter,

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

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

Thomas HarrisThomas Harris
11 April 1940
Writer, Screenwriter, Novelist, Playwright,
Elaine MayElaine May
21 April 1932
Actor, Film director, Screenwriter, Stage actor,

Morgan SpurlockMorgan Spurlock
07 November 1970
Screenwriter, Film director, Journalist

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

Sidney SheldonSidney Sheldon
11 February 1917
Writer, Screenwriter, Novelist, Playwright, Film

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Oscar Hammerstein IIOscar Hammerstein II
12 July 1895
Songwriter, Librettist, Song book, Screenwriter,
Ron PalilloRon Palillo
02 April 1949
Actor, Stage actor, Television actor

Christine JorgensenChristine Jorgensen
30 May 1926
Jonathan LarsonJonathan Larson
04 February 1960
Composer, Writer

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

J. Michael StraczynskiJ. Michael Straczynski
17 July 1954
Screenwriter, Film producer, Novelist, Journalist,
Dan ButlerDan Butler
02 December 1954
Actor, Television actor

Matt LetscherMatt Letscher
26 June 1970
Stage actor, Film actor, Television actor
Howard AshmanHoward Ashman
17 May 1950
Composer, Screenwriter, Lyricist, Songwriter, Film

Edward AlbeeEdward Albee
12 March 1928
Playwright, Writer, Screenwriter, University

Tovah FeldshuhTovah Feldshuh
27 December 1952
Television actor, Film actor, Writer, Playwright,

Austin PendletonAustin Pendleton
27 March 1940
Actor, Playwright, Writer, Stage actor, Television

Robert Anton WilsonRobert Anton Wilson
18 January 1932
Writer, Novelist, Philosopher, Essayist,
Frances Hodgson BurnettFrances Hodgson Burnett
24 November 1849
Dramaturge, Writer, Playwright, Children's writer,

Patricia WettigPatricia Wettig
04 December 1951
Actor, Playwright, Stage actor, Television actor

Tony KushnerTony Kushner
16 July 1956
Playwright, Screenwriter, Writer, Music educator

Kevin HagenKevin Hagen
03 April 1928
Actor, Television actor
Roger Guenveur SmithRoger Guenveur Smith
27 July 1955
Actor, Screenwriter, Television actor

Leslye HeadlandLeslye Headland
1981 AD
film director, screenwriter, playwright
Eve EnslerEve Ensler
25 May 1953
Artist, Actor, Playwright, Autobiographer, Writer,

Paul Laurence DunbarPaul Laurence Dunbar
27 June 1872
Writer, Novelist, Playwright, Poet

Kenneth LonerganKenneth Lonergan
16 October 1962
Screenwriter, Playwright, Theatre director, Actor,
Eli MarienthalEli Marienthal
06 March 1986
Actor, Stage actor, Television actor

Clare Boothe LuceClare Boothe Luce
10 March 1903
Former U.S. Congressman, Diplomat, Journalist,
Frank LoesserFrank Loesser
29 June 1910
Composer, Librettist, Lyricist, Songwriter, Film

Hunter FosterHunter Foster
25 June 1969
Singer, Librettist, Stage actor

Ira LevinIra Levin
27 August 1929
Playwright, Screenwriter, Novelist, Writer,
Meredith WillsonMeredith Willson
18 May 1902
Conductor, Composer, Flautist, Pianist, Songwriter

Nicholas KazanNicholas Kazan
30 November 1945
screenwriter, film director, film producer
Jason Robert BrownJason Robert Brown
20 June 1970
Composer, Pianist

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

Suzan-Lori ParksSuzan-Lori Parks
10 May 1963
American playwright

Terrence McNallyTerrence McNally
03 November 1938
playwright, screenwriter, librettist, writer
Neil LaButeNeil LaBute
19 March 1963
Film director, Screenwriter, Writer
Horton FooteHorton Foote
14 March 1916
Screenwriter, Playwright, Actor

Preston SturgesPreston Sturges
29 August 1898
American playwright

Lorenz HartLorenz Hart
02 May 1895
Lyricist, Composer, Playwright, Songwriter,

Clifford OdetsClifford Odets
18 July 1906
Screenwriter, Film director, Actor, Writer,
Moss HartMoss Hart
24 October 1904
Screenwriter, Playwright, Writer

Nick FlynnNick Flynn
26 January 1960
Writer, Screenwriter

Arthur LaurentsArthur Laurents
14 July 1917
Screenwriter, Librettist, Playwright, Writer

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

William IngeWilliam Inge
03 May 1913
American playwright
Peter ViertelPeter Viertel
16 November 1920
Officer, Screenwriter, Writer, Playwright

Beau WillimonBeau Willimon
26 October 1977
Screenwriter, Playwright, Film producer, Writer
George S. KaufmanGeorge S. Kaufman
16 November 1889
Theatre director, Screenwriter, Journalist,

Luis ValdezLuis Valdez
26 June 1940
Film director, Playwright, Screenwriter, Actor,

David Henry HwangDavid Henry Hwang
11 August 1957
Dramaturge, Screenwriter, Author, Actor, Writer
David RabeDavid Rabe
10 March 1940
Screenwriter, Author, Playwright, Writer

Danny HochDanny Hoch
23 November 1970
Actor, Film actor
Archibald MacLeishArchibald MacLeish
07 May 1892
Librarian, Poet, Playwright, Writer, University

Franz WerfelFranz Werfel
10 September 1890
Writer, Poet, Playwright, Screenwriter, Science

Edmund WilsonEdmund Wilson
08 May 1895
Journalist, Poet, Playwright, Literary critic,

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

Michael CristoferMichael Cristofer
22 January 1945
Actor, Film director, Screenwriter, Playwright,
Adolph GreenAdolph Green
02 December 1914
Screenwriter, Songwriter, Librettist, Lyricist

Louis MustilloLouis Mustillo
28 May 1958
Playwright, Television actor, Film actor, Actor

Frank WildhornFrank Wildhorn
29 November 1958

Betty ComdenBetty Comden
03 May 1917
Screenwriter, Librettist, Performer, Stage actor,
Annie BakerAnnie Baker
31 March 1981
screenwriter, author, writer