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C. Jester and C. Svich

Fifty Playwrights on their Craft

Bloomsbury 2018

New Books in Arts & LettersNew Books in Literary StudiesNew Books in Performing Arts July 9, 2020 Andy Boyd

In Fifty Playwrights on their Craft (Bloomsbury, 2018), Caroline Jester and Caridad Svich talk to writers from the US, the UK, and countries around the world about...

In Fifty Playwrights on their Craft (Bloomsbury, 2018), Caroline Jester and Caridad Svich talk to writers from the US, the UK, and countries around the world about what it means to be a playwright today. Playwrights range from avant-gardists like Erik Ehn and Sibyl Kempson to well-known playwrights like Willy Russell and Paula Vogel.

Each playwright provides a definition of what a playwright is, as well as thoughts about the role of playwriting in our current age of digital storytelling. Taken together, these interviews provide evidence that the craft of playwriting has never been as diverse, as exciting, or as necessary as it is right now.  


Andy Boyd is a playwright based in Brooklyn, New York. He is a graduate of the playwriting MFA program at Columbia University, Harvard University, and the Arizona School for the Arts. His plays have been produced, developed, or presented at IRT, Pipeline Theatre Company, The Gingold Group, Dixon Place, Roundabout Theatre, Epic Theatre Company, Out Loud Theatre, Naked Theatre Company, Contemporary Theatre of Rhode Island, and The Trunk Space. He is currently working on a series of 50 plays about the 50 U.S. states. His website is AndyJBoyd.com, and he can be reached atandyjamesboyd@gmail.com.