Plays Published in American Theatre

In November 1985, American Theatre magazine's second year of existence, Emily Mann's Execution of Justice appeared in its pages. It was the first full play text the magazine had published. Since then, the list (see below) has grown to more than 150 plays—so, you could say the idea stuck.

To celebrate our 150th play in April 2013, we launched the podcast series AT OffScript, in which we'll revisit many of these plays with their authors. The first episodes have featured Richard Foreman, David Lindsay-Abaire, Donald Margulies, Melissa James Gibson, David Henry Hwang, and Philip Kan Gotanda. Click on the play titles in orange to listen to these new interviews, read previously published Q&As with the playwrights and more. To subscribe to AT OffScript, click here.

To order plays that have appeared in back issues of American Theatre, contact Customer Service at 212-609-5900 or or click here. (Supplies are limited.)


Find plays by playwright:

Johnna Adams

Gidion's Knot; December 2012

David Adjmi

Stunning; September 2008

Ayad Akhtar

Disgraced; July/August 2013

Edward Albee

Three Tall Women; September 1994
Edward Albee's Me, Myself & I ; December 2010

Luis Alfaro

Electricidad: A Chicano Take on the Tragedy of Electra; February 2006

Woody Allen

Central Park West; July 1995

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Jon Robin Baitz

Three Hotels; September 1993

Annie Baker

The Aliens; July/August 2010

Tanya Barfield

Blue Door; December 2006

Neil Bartlett, Translator

Moliere's The Misanthrope; July 1990

John Belluso

Pyretown; April 2004

Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen

Aftermath; April 2010

Lee Blessing

A Body of Water; July/August 2006

Eric Bogosian

Talk Radio; November 1987

Thomas Bradshaw

The Ashes; December 2011

Laurie Brooks

The Wrestling Season; November 2000

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Sheila Callaghan

That Pretty Pretty; or, The Rape Play; April 2009

Julia Cho

BFE; September 2005

Ping Chong

Truth & Beauty; March 2001

Anthony Clarvoe

The Living; December 1993

Pearl Cleage

Blues for an Alabama Sky; July 1996

Constance Congdon

Tales of the Lost Formicans; May 1989

Kia Corthron

Breath, Boom; November 2001 (out of print)

Culture Clash

Chavez Ravine; November 2003

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Lisa D'Amour

Detroit; February 2011

Don DeLillo

The Day Room; September 1986 (out of print)

Steven Dietz

Lonely Planet; December 1995

Rita Dove

The Darker Face of the Earth; November 1996

Steven Drukman

The Prince of Atlantis; July/August 2012

Christopher Durang

Betty's Summer Vacation; December 1999
The Marriage of Bette and Boo; March 1986

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Rinde Eckert

Highway Ulysses; September 2003

Elizabeth Egloff

The Swan; January 1992

Yussef El Guindi

Pligrims Musa and Sheri in the New World ; September 2012

Will Eno

The Realistic Joneses; April 2013

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David Feldshuh

Miss Evers' Boys; November 1990

Horton Foote

The Young Man from Atlanta; September 1995

Richard Foreman

The Gods Are Pounding My Head! (AKA Lumberjack Messiah); April 2005

Maria Irene Fornes

Abingdon Square; February 1988 (out of print)

Athol Fugard

Playland; March 1993 (out of print)
The Train Driver; September 2010


Mary Gallagher

De Donde?; November 1989

Melissa James Gibson

Brooklyn Bridge; July/August 2005
This; February 2010

Bob Glaudini

Jack Goes Boating; July/August 2007

Janusz Glowacki

Hunting Cockroaches; May 1987 (out of print)

Philip Kan Gotanda

Ballad of Yachiyo; February 1996

Richard Greenberg

Three Days of Rain; March 1998

Stuart Greenman

Silence, Cunning, Exile; January 1994

Stephen Adly Guirgis

Our Lady of 121st Street; February 2003

Danai Gurira

The Convert; September 2013

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Noah Haidle

Mr. Marmalade; February 2005

Jerome Hairston

A.M. Sunday; July 2002

Vaclav Havel

Temptation; March 1990

Amy Herzog

4000 Miles; April 2012

David Hirson

La Bete; June 1991 (out of print)

Danny Hoch

Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop; July 1998

Quiara Alegria Hudes

26 Miles; July/August 2009

Samuel D. Hunter

The Whale; February 2013

David Henry Hwang

M. Butterfly; July/August 1988 (out of print)
Yellow Face; April 2008

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Naomi Iizuka

36 Views; February 2002
Anon(ymous); February 2007

David Ives

All in the Timing; July 1994

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Rolin Jones

The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow; September 2006

Rajiv Joseph

Gruesome Playground Injuries; April 2011

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Stephen Karam

Sons of the Prophet; February 2012

Moisés Kaufman

Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde; November 1997

Kevin Kling

Lloyd's Prayer; November 1988

Harry Kondoleon

Zero Positive; September 1988

Arthur Kopit

Road to Nirvana; March 1991

Howard Korder

Search and Destroy; June 1990

Tony Kushner

Angels in America, Part 1: Millennium Approaches (section 1); June 1992
Angels in America, Part 1: Millennium Approaches (section 2); July 1992 (out of print)
Corneille's The Illusion adapted by Tony Kushner; January 1991

Christopher Kyle

The Monogamist; March 1996

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Larry Larson and Levi Lee

The Illuminati; May 1988

Young Jean Lee

Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven; September 2007

Warren Leight

Side Man; December 1998

Tracy Letts

Man from Nebraska; September 2004

David Lindsay-Abaire

Fuddy Meers; July 2000

Romulus Linney and Eleanor Cooney

Over Martinis, Driving Somewhere; September 2011

William Bryant Logan and Angel Gil Orrios, Translators

Federico Garcia Lorca's Once Five Years Pass; December 1986

Lisa Loomer

The Waiting Room; December 1994

Craig Lucas

Reckless; January 1989

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Eduardo Machado, Translator

Jose Cabrujas's The Day You'll Love Me; September 1989

Javier Malpica, translated by Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas

Our Dad Is in Atlantis; July/August 2008

David Mamet, Translator

Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters; July 1991 (out of print)

Emily Mann

Execution of Justice; November 1985

Ruth Margraff

Red Frogs; November 2002

Donald Margulies

Last Tuesday; July/August 2003
Sight Unseen; November 1992

Steve Martin

Picasso at the Lapin Agile; November 1994 (out of print)

Mustapha Matura

The Coup; February 1993

Richard Maxwell

People Without History; Sept 2009

Tarell Alvin McCraney

In the Red and Brown Water; March 2008

Heather McDonald

An Almost Holy Picture; February 2000

Ellen McLaughlin

Tongue of a Bird; March 1999 (out of print)

Conor McPherson

The Night Alive; December 2013

Scott McPherson

Marvin's Room; March 1992

Charles L. Mee

bobrauschenbergamerica; September 2001 (out of print)

Stephen Metcalfe

The Incredibly Famous Willy Rivers; January 1986

Marlane Meyer

The Chemistry of Change; September 1998

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Phyllis Nagy

The Scarlet Letter; February 1995

Richard Nelson

James Joyce's The Dead; September 2000 (with lyrics by Nelson and Shaun Davey)
Principia Scriptoriae; July 1986

Lynn Nottage

Las Meninas; July 2001 (out of print)

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Robert O'Hara

Insurrection: Holding History; February 1998

Han Ong

Middle Finger; February 2001

Dael Orlandersmith

The Gimmick; September 1999


I am a Man; November 1993

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Suzan-Lori Parks

The America Play; March 1994
In The Blood; March 2000

Sybille Pearson

Unfinished Stories; January 1993

Reynolds Price

August Snow; January 1990

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David Rabe

A Question of Mercy; July 1997 (out of print)

Adam Rapp

Stone Cold Dead Serious; February 2004

John Henry Redwood

The Old Settler; February 1999

Ronald Ribman

Sweet Table at the Richelieu; July 1987

José Rivera

Maricela de la Cruz Lights the World; December 1996
Marisol; July 1993

Paul Rudnick

I Hate Hamlet; November 1991

Sarah Ruhl

The Clean House; November 2004

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Louis Sachar

Holes; April 2002

Milcha Sanchez-Scott

Roosters; September 1987

Tanya Saracho

El Nogalar; July/August 2011

Sam Shepard

Buried Child; September 1996 (out of print)

Christopher Shinn

Where Do We Live; September 2002

Nicky Silver

Pterodactyls; February 1994

Octavio Solis

Santos & Santos; November 1995
Lydia; December 2008

Diana Son

Stop Kiss; July 1999

Biljana Srbljanovic

Family Stories; April 2003

Lloyd Suh

American Hwangap; Decemeber 2010

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Steve Tesich

The Speed of Darkness; July 1989 (out of print)

Lucy Thurber

Scarcity; December 2007

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Paula Vogel

The Baltimore Waltz; September 1991
The Mineola Twins; February 1997

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Stephen Wadsworth, Adaptor

Marivaux's The Triumph of Love; December 1992

Naomi Wallace

In the Heart of America; March 1995
The Retreating World; July/August 2003

Anne Washburn

The Internationalist; April 2007

Wendy Wasserstein

An American Daughter; September 1997
Third; April 2006

Michael Weller

Spoils of War; March 1989

Thornton Wilder

Rivers Under the Earth; March 1997

August Wilson

Radio Golf; November 2005

Lanford Wilson

Lemon Sky; May 1986

Tracey Scott Wilson

The Story; July/August 2004

George C. Wolfe

The Colored Museum; February 1987 (out of print)
Spunk; September 1990

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Laurence Yep

Dragonwings; September 1992


Stefanie Zadravec

Honey Brown Eyes; February 2009

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