Liz Duffy Adams

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Liz Duffy Adams is an American playwright who has written many plays including A Fabulous Beast,The Reckless Ruthless, Brutal Charge of It/Train Play, Dog Act, One Big Lie, The Listener, Or, and others.

In 2012, she was rewarded the "Women of Achievement Award" from the Women's Project Theater [1] as well as a 2010 Lily Award and a 2008 Weston Playhouse Music-Theatre Award among other notables.

Early life and education[edit]

Adams is an American playwright originally from Ipswich, Massachusetts, though with dual Irish and American citizenship.[2] She has a BFA from NYU's Experimental Theater Wing, and an MFA in Playwriting from Yale School of Drama.[3] She was the 2012–2013 Briggs-Copeland Visiting Lecturer in Playwriting at Harvard University.[4] She is an alumna of New Dramatists (2001-2008).[5]


Charles Isherwood, in his New York Times review of her historical play Or, wrote, "Ms. Adams fares remarkably well. Her language has a natural period flavor and a formidable wit; her characters possess the spark of fully animated spirits; and she weaves into her story both biographical detail and cultural context with grace."

Notable works[edit]

  • A Fabulous Beast, premiere One Dream Theater NYC, 1994, starring Edie Falco
  • The Reckless Ruthless Brutal Charge of It or, the Train Play, premiere Clubbed Thumb NYC, 2002
  • Dog Act, premiere Shotgun Players Berkeley, 2004
  • One Big Lie (Musical), premiere Crowded Fire, San Francisco, 2005
  • *Wet, or, Isabella The Pirate Queen Enters The Horse Latitudes, premiere Moxie Theatre, San Diego, 2006
  • The Listener, premiere Crowded Fire San Francisco, 2008
  • The Listener of Junk City (Musical) premiere Weston Playhouse, Weston VT, 2008
  • Or, premiere Women's Project NYC, 2009, starring Maggie Siff; West Coast premiere at Magic Theater, San Francisco, directed by Loretta Greco
  • Buccaneers (with music by Ellen Maddow), premiere Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis, 2012


Awards include a 2012 Women of Achievement award from the Women's Project Theater,[6] a 2010 Lily Award for playwrighting,[7] a 2008 Weston Playhouse Music-Theatre award, a 2006 NYFA award, a 2006 Frederick Loewe award in Music-Theatre and the Will Glickman award for Best New Play in 2004 (for Dog Act). She has held residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Millay Colony for the arts, and the Djerassi Resident Artists program. She was profiled in "American Theatre" magazine, December 2004.


  • Or, Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 2011
  • New Playwrights: The Best Plays 2010, Smith and Kraus, 2011
  • 2006: The Best Ten-Minute Plays for 3 or More Actors, Smith and Kraus, 2007
  • Dog Act, Playscripts, 2004
  • Best American Short Plays 2000-2001, Applause Books, 2002


  1. ^ "Women of Achievement Honorees - Women's Project Theater". Archived from the original on 9 May 2017. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Small pirates with big ideas". Archived from the original on 20 January 2015. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Liz Duffy Adams - Playscripts, Inc". Archived from the original on 7 May 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Creative Writing". Archived from the original on 4 March 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Liz Duffy Adams". Archived from the original on 13 December 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Women's Project Home Page". Archived from the original on 21 October 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  7. ^ "The Lilly Awards". Archived from the original on 15 April 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2017.

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