In 2013, a collective known as The Kilroys formed in Los Angeles. Named after the iconic graffiti tag “Kilroy Was Here,” first left by WWII soldiers in unexpected places in order to make their presence known, these thirteen women advocate for gender parity in the American theater. No longer can theaters complain that they would love to produce more plays by female & trans authors, but they just can’t find the work. Now there is The List, designed to combat the systemic institutional bias against female & trans playwrights.
Four lists have been released since 2014, and 167 plays from those lists are now rumbling around the American theater. Well over 100 productions of plays on The List have been mounted or announced. Through scene study and discussion we will explore the work of the up-and-coming female & trans writers on the four lists. In our own way, we will hopefully start to change the world through advocacy, activism and art.
At ANTAEUS: The Little Foxes, The Hothouse, The Liar, Macbeth, Peace in Our Time. Other Theater: The Road Theatre Company, New World Stages, Skylight Theatre Company, South Coast Repertory, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, The Troubadour Theater Company, Rogue Machine Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Mark Taper Forum, The Old Globe. Film includes: First Love, To Hell and Gone, Bad Samaritan, Mother’s Day, Fishing Naked, Boost, New Year’s Eve, The Soloist, Cellular, American Wedding. TV includes: NCIS: Los Angeles, Superior Donuts, Modern Family, The Librarians, Grey’s Anatomy, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Criminal Minds, NCIS, Mad Men, Eli Stone, Everwood, The Guardian, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dawson’s Creek. Education: Northwestern University. Spouse: Heather Allyn. Pug: Houston. robnagle.com