Annual List of Most Produced Playwrights in America Reveals That… People Really Like Hitchcock?

09/21/2010 12:19 PM |

Theyll never suspect we were the most produced play this year, will they Richard?
  • “They’ll never suspect we were the most produced play this year, will they Richard?”

In its current newsletter the Theatre Communications Group, which publishes American Theatre, reveals which playwrights’ works will be the most produced in the country for the 2010-11 stage season (excluding Shakespeare, with 115, obvs). The list includes all kinds of familiar and unsurprising scribes, like Tracy Letts (August: Osage County, Superior Donuts, etc.) coming in second with 20 productions, Sarah Ruhl (The Passion Play, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, etc.) close behind with 19, and a three-way tie for fourth between Annie Baker, Lynn Nottage and August Wilson. The top slot, though, is a little surprising…

1. Patrick Barlow: 26 productions
2. Tracy Letts: 20
3. Sarah Ruhl: 19
4. Lynn Nottage: 17
5. August Wilson: 17
6. Annie Baker: 17
7. Tennessee Williams: 15
8. Steven Dietz: 15
9. Edward Albee: 15
10. George Bernard Shaw: 13

Yep, Patrick Barlow, the fellow who adapted The 39 Steps from the 1915 John Buchan novel and Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film adaptation thereof. Small cast, plenty of characters in fun costumes: a perfect recession-times play! (Playgoer)

3 Comment

  • Where the fuck is Mamet on this list?!

  • Good question. Maybe his absence has to do with his coming out of the Republican closet during the Obama era? Or a couple of Broadway flops (“November” and “Oleanna”)?

    In any case, Patrick Stewart in “A Life in the Theatre” (started previews tonight!) should be good enough make up the difference.

  • Or maybe his plays are just too swear-y to for community rep.