Barlow, Judith E., ed. Plays by American Women: 1900- 1930. New York: Applause Theatre Books, 1985. A collection of plays by five U.S. women reflecting a woman’s perspective on a range of social issues. Includes an informative introduction to the playwrights and the contexts in which they wrote.
Betsko, Kathleen, and Rachel Koenig, comps. Interviews with Contemporary Women Playwrights. New York: Beech Tree Books, 1987. Interviews with thirty international women playwrights who answer questions about their personal experiences as playwrights, discuss a broad range of issues, and attempt to identify and define a female aesthetic.
Case, Sue-Ellen. Feminism and Theatre. New York: Methuen, 1988. A primary text that includes feminist criticism, theories, political stances, and exploration of theater practices as they relate to women dramatists.
Chinoy, Helen Krich, and Linda Walsh Jenkins, eds. Women in American Theatre. Rev. ed. New York: Theatre Communications Group, 1987. Historical and critical essays, interviews, lists, and bibliographies covering the range of women’s activities in U.S. theater.
Keyssar, Helene. Feminist Theatre: An Introduction to Plays of Contemporary British and American Women. New York: Grove Press, 1985. A rich discussion of alternative theater, women dramatists, and the connection between women’s theater and social change.
Kritzer, Amelia Howe, ed. Plays by Early American Women, 1775-1850. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1995. A collection of plays by eight U.S. women whose work has been neglected in U.S. theater history. These plays, satires, romances, and comedies, set in the context of world events, show how early U.S. women constructed their identities and assumed roles in an evolving society.
Malpede, Karen, ed. Women in Theatre: Compassion and Hope. 3d ed. New York: Limelight Editions, 1991. Reminiscences, theoretical essays, diary excerpts, and personal accounts by theater women that present women speaking from a variety of perspectives and artistic roles. Includes biographical material about the artists.
Moore, Honor, ed. The New Women’s Theatre: Ten Plays by Contemporary American Women. New York: Vintage Books, 1977. Plays by women whose works were not widely published in the 1970’s. These plays represent the beginning of a contemporary women’s theater. Introduction provides an overview of women dramatists.
Perkins, Kathy A., ed. Black Female Playwrights: An Anthology of Plays Before 1950. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1989. The playwrights anthologized represent a critical stage in the development of African American drama. Critical introduction, brief biography of each writer, and a list of plays and pageants written before 1950.