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Update Regarding Wasserstein Prize

The firestorm around the Wasserstein Prize rages on.  And, for good reason. Female playwrights are severely underrepresented on the American stage.

In fact, 50/50 in 2020 was founded just last year to address this inequality.  The initiative’s goal is to proactively work for parity for professional women theater artists by 2020 (the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the U.S.).

Now, the Wasserstein Prize, only in its fourth year, one that is given for a play by an emerging female playwright, will not be awarded.  Nor the $25,000, an amount every playwright I know would love to receive.  This is indeed a setback, one that the theatre community can ill afford as Leonard Jacobs points out in his post on The Clyde Fitch Report.

So, again, I ask what can be done?  In addition to my previous suggestions, you can also sign the Facebook petition that asks the panel to reconsider its decision regarding the Wasserstein Prize.  The goal is 5,000 signatures.  It takes only a few seconds to show your support for female playwrights and their work.

5 comments on “Update Regarding Wasserstein Prize

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  2. Travis Bedard
    November 14, 2010

    the folks at have a modest proposal :

    • worksbywomen
      November 14, 2010

      Travis. Thanks so much for this. Awesome idea. Will spread around.


  3. daleandersen
    November 14, 2010

    On the other hand, maybe they’re right. Maybe all the entrees were less than outstanding. And maybe – just maybe – you’re blamiing the messenger.

    I’m reminded of these lines (slightly altered) from a Bob Dylan song:

    Oh, the leaves began to fallin’
    And the seas began to part
    And the people that confronted her were many
    And she was told but these few words
    Which cut right to her heart
    “If ye cannot bring good news, then don’t bring any”.

    • worksbywomen
      November 14, 2010


      As many people have pointed out, there are more than 19 plays written by women under the age of 32. There is certainly one play in all the country that meets the criteria of ‘outstanding.’


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