List of Jewish American playwrights

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This is a list of famous Jewish American playwrights. For other famous Jewish Americans, see List of Jewish Americans.

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  2. ^ a b c Jewish-Composed Musicals
  3. ^ [1] "Recognized as the best Jewish writer who ever lived in Russia and wrote in Yiddish..."
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  5. ^ JM Appel Phoning Home University of South Carolina Press 2014
  6. ^ Notable Jewish deaths in 2003
  7. ^ [2] "He was the third child of Joseph and Zelda Behrman, Jewish immigrants living on Worcester's East Side."
  8. ^ [3] "It was staged by the young David Belasco, a Sephardic Jew..."
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  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-05-19. Retrieved 2010-12-17.  "as the 77-year-old Brooklyn-born Jewish comedian put it unrepentantly..."
  11. ^ a b JewishAmThea
  12. ^ [4] "Corwin, who is Jewish, started his journalism career sans a high school..."
  13. ^ Hebrew Melodies
  14. ^ Edward Einhorn - Novelist, Playwright, Director
  15. ^ [5] [6] "The celebrated actress-playwright, born to a Jewish father and non-Jewish mother, sees herself as “a Jewish being. My mother looked like Doris Day. I was a dead ringer for Anne Frank. I came out Jewish.”"
  16. ^ [7] "Harvey Fierstein, nice Jewish boy from Bensonhurst, dressed in holiday finery..."
  17. ^ Edna Ferber
  18. ^ [8] "Besides writing the Oscar-nominated screenplay "Oh, God!" the Jewish comedy screenwriter is famous..."
  19. ^ Peterson, Gary (November 4, 1982). "Donna Peckett: a tap dancing fool". The Capital Times. Madison, Wisconsin. pp. 6–7, Off Hours section. 
  20. ^ [9] "He, Josh Greenfeld, was a Jewish writer from Greenwich Village."
  21. ^ [10] "When American Jewish songwriters Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II wrote Oklahoma!, they were, Felstiner argues, doing what all children of immigrant parents do: desiring to possess the new land."
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  23. ^ a b [13] (on Hart and George S. Kaufman) "Both were tall, dark and Jewish, and both had private demons..."
  24. ^ [14] "Ben Hecht was an American Jewish journalist, novelist, and playwright.
  25. ^ [15] [16] "She is Jewish."
  26. ^ National Foundation for Jewish Culture
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  28. ^ [19] "Sidney Howard was of course Jewish having emigrated to the United States from Germany twenty years before.
  29. ^ This article is unavailable - HighBeam Research
  30. ^ [20] "second-generation American Jewish writers: Miller, Odets, Sidney Kingsley"
  31. ^ [21] "The gay, Jewish socialist raised in Louisiana and educated at Columbia and NYU most enjoys addressing audiences that are receptive to ideas for change and progress."
  32. ^ [22] "finest Jewish playwrights, including Elizabeth Swados, William Finn and James Lapine, Herb Gardner..."
  33. ^ [23] "...the creation of Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins, Arthur Laurents, and Stephen Sondheim: four gay Jewish men, all working at the very top of their craft." [24] "Laurents also writes extensively on being gay, Jewish, left-wing..."
  34. ^ MET's Past Productions: The Golem - Notes on the Play
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  36. ^ [27] "Dickens wasn’t Jewish, in case you were wondering. But Bette just did a remake of The Stepford Wives, based on the novel by Ira Levin, who is."
  37. ^ [28] "Besides the mainstage premiere of a major new work by acclaimed Jewish playwright Craig Lucas..."
  38. ^ [29] "David Mamet is a Jewish writer, though until recently few accounts of his life or work suggested as much..."
  39. ^ [30] "he was Donald Margulies, the darling of regional theater, the state-sanctioned "Jewish American Playwright""
  40. ^ [31] "Let's have a look. Miller, like myself, (and like Ed Siegel) is a Jewish-American, meaning, simply..."
  41. ^ Time Magazine "Best Theater 2000" #4
  42. ^ [32] "...introduced the work of Jewish playwrights Aaron Hoffman, Clifford Odets, and Paddy Chayefsky to contemporary audiences..."
  43. ^ - The official website of playwright Jonathan Rand
  44. ^ [33] "But consider the milieu the show's Jewish creator, Carl Reiner, was trying to portray: the heavily Jewish New York comedy scene out of which came Your Show..."
  45. ^ [34] "Elmer Rice, nee Reizenstein, an American/Jewish writer of the ‘20s and ‘30s, did not necessarily focus on Jewish characters and issues..."
  46. ^ [35] "George and Ira Gershwin team up with another Jewish team—George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind..."
  47. ^ Kaplan, Ron. "NJ native hosts game show with twist of the news". New Jersey Jewish News Life and Times Feature. New Jersey Jewish News. Retrieved 7 February 2017. 
  48. ^ "Peter Sagal". Dramatic Publishing. Retrieved 7 February 2017. 
  49. ^ [36] "Rod was Jewish and that doesn't necessarily mean that it should have meant more..."
  50. ^ [37] "Amis and I often talked about Jewish matters, such as novels by American Jews, like Irwin Shaw – that dates it."
  51. ^ JUF : Tweens : Celebrities : Wallace Shawn Archived 2011-07-17 at the Wayback Machine.
  52. ^ Jewish Literature Month - Palm Beach County Library System
  53. ^ [38]""Being Jewish and being gay are the most important parts of me," he explains, "and they’re the DNA in my bones.""
  54. ^ [39] "Broadway Bound is the least known play of prolific Jewish playwright Neil Simon’s trio of comical semi-autobiographical dramas."
  55. ^ Isaac Bashevis Singer
  56. ^ Soloway[40] "One aspect of herself that Soloway reveals in her book, due out in paperback next month (published by Free Press), is that she, a self-described "Jewess," feels a sisterly solidarity with Monica Lewinsky, as well as Chandra Levy"
  57. ^ Sorkin[41] "...says the Jewish Sorkin..."
  58. ^ 350th Play List
  59. ^ "Deaf writer shines at RADAR festival". Hearing Times. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  60. ^ All About Jewish Theatre - The Sins of the Father, Another Holocaust Play
  61. ^ [42] "I’ve probably come late to the party accepting, and being proud of, the fact that I’m Jewish. But I’m here. Am I an observant Jew? No. Maybe I’ll get there."
  62. ^ Wasserstein[43] "“My father loved me dearly, but I’m not a Jewish American Princess,” playwright Wendy Wasserstein said. “I’m a Jewish mother, but I’m not Molly Goldberg.”"
  63. ^ Contemporary Jewish-American Novelists —
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  65. ^ "Survivor's Dictionary". 2003.