American playwrights have made some of the most significant contributions to theatre. A number of the greatest playwright of all time are American, and so we thought it appropriate to make a list of the best American Playwrights. As always, creating a subjective ‘best of’ list is difficult, however, this is our pick of best American playwrights. You can learn more about any of the playwrights by clicking on their name.
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Top 10 American Playwrights
Death of a Salesman, The Crucible
A Street Car Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie
Long Day’s Journey into Night, The Iceman Cometh
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, The Zoo Story
Buried Child, Fool for Love
Our Town, The Skin of Our Teeth
Brighton Beach Memoirs, Barefoot in the Park
Glengarry Glen Ross, American Buffalo
Fences, The Piano Lesson
Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, Angels in America: Perestroika
Other Great American Playwrights
Neil LaBute (Fat Pig)
David Rabe (In the Boom Boom Room)
T.S. Eliot (The Cocktail Party)
Lorraine Hansberry (A Raisin in the Sun)
James Goldman (The Lion in Winter)
John Patrick Shanley (Doubt)
Tracy Letts (August: Osage County)
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