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Unknown Playwrights is where unknown playwrights can become known. We profile current and historical playwrights every Thursday. You will see playwrights who were famous 300 years ago but have been neglected. You can also see playwrights who wrote/write in languages besides English and are relatively unknown in the Anglosphere. You’ll meet talented playwrights who are working nowadays in relative obscurity.

An alphabetical listing of all playwrights featured on the blog follows this brief write up.

Every Monday we have Monologue Mondays, where you can view and comment on monologue videos from Youtube. A complete list of monologues follow the list of playwrights.

A new feature is Theatre Horror Stories

Unknown Playwrights is a project put together by playwright and translator Bryan Stubbles. You can find him on Twitter or read his plays on NPX.

If you want to watch his play about a suicidal candy bar, just click here.

If you’re into Liberian murder mysteries set during WW2, please buy lots and lots of copies of this play. If you wanna see Frida Kahlo beat up Donald Trump, check out this play.

His recent translation of an Indonesian play can be found here. His even more recent translation of a Korean piece can be found here.

Also, if you’re a playwright and want an amazing play submission resource, please check out Play Submissions Helper. Enjoy!

The Playwrights

Rae Abraham (Milk as Theatre)

Mary Aldis

Jane Andrews

Manuel Antonio Álvares de Azevedo

Madalene Barnum (Thanksgiving Plays)

John Bavoso

Florence Bell (Feline Theatre)

Neith Boyce

John Patrick Bray

Stacey A. Bryan

Diana Burbano (Gun Violence Plays)

Irene Woodbridge Clark (Feline Theatre)

J. Douglas Cook

Beulah Marie Dix

Alice Dunbar-Nelson

William Edgar Easton

Annie Eliot

Hilma Lewis Enander

Alice Gerstenberg

Benjamin Gonzales

Angelina Weld Grimké

Victoria Heindel (Milk as Theatre)

Greg Hovanesian

Isabella H. Huggins (Milk as Theatre)

Jo Jung-hwan/조중환

Megan Ann Jacobs

Eric Jones (Gun Violence Plays)

Effie Louise Koogle (Halloween Plays)

Yolanda Mendiveles

Frances Sankstone Mintz (Feline Theatre)

Mark Harvey Levine (Gun Violence Plays)

John Minigan (Gun Violence Plays)

Minnie H. Niemeier (Milk as Theatre)

Thomas Norton

Denise O’Neal

Martha Patterson

Mary Pix

Effa Estelle Preston (Thanksgiving Plays)

Hennie Raché

Andy Rassler

Alan Rejón (Feline Theatre)

Mary Robinson

Mattie Rydalch

Thomas Sackville

Estelle Silverman (Milk as Theatre)

Ada M. Skinner

Ricardo Soltero-Brown

María de Soto y Sáez

Makrenna Sterdan

Edwin Stoker

Althea Thurston

Lydia Valentine

War Food Administration (Niacin Theatre)

Carolyn Wells

Frances Gillespy Wickes (Valentine’s Day play)

Edyth M. Wormwood (Halloween Plays)

Asher Wyndham

Theatre Horror Stories

Locked Out of My Own Reading

The Director Stole My Money

We Changed the Deadline (and didn’t tell you)

A Famous Theatre Wasted a Year of My Life

Sequels Verboten! (except we just made that up)

Big City Folk (don’t know how to use a phone)

The Monologues

Almost 16 by Gabriel Davis

American Klepto by Allison Moore

Asian Goggles by Jenny Yang

Bad Jews (Daphna) by Joshua Harmon

The Beanstalk by Tara Meddaugh

The Best Marriage Advice by Tara Meddaugh

Black Coffee

Brumbly the Elf

Cactus by David Hansen

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Maggie) by Tennessee Williams

Cinema Limbo (Vicky) by Wade Bradford

Coffee Slave by Gabriel Davis

Coffee Table by Joseph Arnone

Crazy by Mindy Jones

Cymbeline (Imogen/Innogen) by Shakespeare

Dido, Queen of Carthage by Marlowe

Dreams in Captivity (Deafening Applause/My Father’s Blue Eyes/Barry’s monologue) by Gabriel Davis

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon-Marigolds (Tillie, Beatrice, Ruth, Janice) by Paul Zindel

Enemies (She) by Neith Boyce

Ferret Envy by Tera Meddaugh

FOB (Grace & Dale) by David Henry Hwang

for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf (Jo/Lady in Red) by Ntozake Shange

Fourteen (Mrs. Pringle) by Alice Gerstenberg

Fuenteovejuna (Laurencia) by Lope de Vega

A Girl’s Guide to Coffee (Alex) by Eric Coble

Hate Male by Daniel Guyton

Henry IV, part 2 (Rumor) by Shakespeare

How to Be a Bitch by Frank Edwards (maybe) in English and Portuguese

An Ideal Husband (Mabel Chiltern) by Oscar Wilde

In the Boom Boom Room (Chrissy & Susan) by David Rabe

Incendiary (Elise) by Adam Szymkowicz

Ipheginia at Aulis (Iphigenia, Agamemnon & Clytenmestra) by Euripides

Iphigenia in Splott (Iphigenia/Effie) by Gary Owen

It Came from Texas by Josh Weckesser

Jitney (Rena) by August Wilson

Jitney (Becker) by August Wilson

Karma by David Hansen

Kim Kutledge by Josh Weckesser

Lacey’s Last Chance by Gabriel Davis

Laughing Wild/Tuna fish monologue by Christopher Durang

Laundry and Bourbon (Elizabeth & Hattie) by James McLure

Life is a Dream/La vida es sueño (Segismundo) by Calderón de la Barca – in 4 languages!

March in Line by Tara Meddaugh

My Name is Tania Head by Alexandra Wood

Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music (Catherine) by Lee Blessing

No by Palesa Molefe

No Release by Tara Meddaugh

No Smoking/No Fumadores (Lady/Señora) by Jacinto Benavente

On the Verge by Aurora Rooker

Picnic (Madge & Millie) by William Inge

Pretty Theft (Allegra) by Adam Szymkowicz

Quiche isn’t Sexy by Gabriel Davis

Rather Be a Man by Joseph Arnone

Rare Birds (Evan & Janet) by Adam Szymkowicz

References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot (Gabriela) by José Rivera

Romeo & Juliet (the Nurse) by Shakespeare

St. Valentine’s Day (Elinor/Letty) by Annie Eliot

Salomé by Oscar Wilde

Single Crutch by Tara Meddaugh

Sir Thomas More (Thomas More) by Anthony Munday, Henry Chettle, Thomas Heywood, Thomas Dekker & Shakespeare

Slow Dance on the Killing Ground (Rosie, Glas) by William Hanley

Social Media

Star-Spangled Girl (Sophie) by Neil Simon

Stop Kiss (Callie & Sara) by Diana Son

Strawberries in January (Sophie) by Evelyne de la Chenelière

A Streetcar Named Desire (Blanche) by Tennessee Williams [+ in Portuguese]

Titus Andronicus (Aaron) by Shakespeare

Two-Faced Diva by Keith Myers

Thunderbolts and Dunderheads (Iris) by Todd McGinnis

The Two Noble Kinsmen (Jailer’s Daughter) by Shakespeare & Fletcher

When It Rains Gasoline by Jason D. Martin

Wishing by D.M. Larson

Would You Love Me If… by Joseph Arnone

Intimate Theatre