Playbill is one of my favorite sources for theater news. They’ve got a season preview up today. I urge you to check it out, keeping in mind the recent discussions here and throughout the theater blogosphere about the underrepresentation of women and people of color on the New York stage. Playbill certainly cannot list every Off-Broadway production, or even every major Off-Broadway production, in a given season’s preview article. What they’ve chosen to preview here might shed a little light on the available offerings.
Not a single work by a female playwright is mentioned.
One single work by an artist of color is mentioned: Samm-Art Williams’ Home, presented as part of Signature’s Negro Ensemble Company season (and written in 1979).
(One caveat: it’s a bit harder to be sure how folks self-identify, and it is possible that someone in the article has a little color in them someplace).
I mean…they don’t even mention Sarah Kane?