play·​wright | \ ˈplā-ˌrīt How to pronounce playwright (audio) \

Definition of playwright

: a person who writes plays

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Image Among contemporary writers, Mr. Love has a clear affinity with playwrights like Tarell Alvin McCraney and Suzan-Lori Parks, whose characters are sometimes burdened and sometimes elevated by the weight of history and myth. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Review: ‘Sugar in Our Wounds’ May Make You Cry About the Past, and the Present," 19 June 2018 Mrabet traveled with him to New York City, and with famed playwright Williams to Los Angeles. Sudarsan Raghavan, Washington Post, "Rediscovered in the alleys of Tangier, Morocco’s last link to the Beat Generation feels broken," 12 May 2018 Rediker, who co-wrote The Return of Benjamin Lay with acclaimed playwright Naomi Wallace, knows that his subject was no charmer. Kristin E. Holmes,, "Cast out by the Quakers, Abington's abolitionist dwarf finally has his day," 18 Apr. 2018 Talkback with playwright and actor and the man who inspired the paly after the performance. Mark Rapp,, "Cleveland Arts listings for April 13-19: Great Lakes Theater's "Macbeth" & More," 12 Apr. 2018 Even this year’s jukebox musical nominee, Ain’t Too Proud—the Life and Times of the Temptations, features a book by the MacArthur-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau. Adam Green, Vogue, "Takeaways From the 2019 Tony Nominations: Downtown Comes to Broadway," 30 Apr. 2019 The piece had been written by a local playwright whose father died in the tragedy. Danielle Stein Chizzik, Town & Country, "Jodie Comer Is Hollywood’s Next Great Chameleon," 8 Apr. 2019 The halting camaraderie that develops among them is a marvel of ensemble acting, with dialogue punctuated by the playwright’s lacerating wit. James Hebert,, "A struggle to cling to identity is at heart of La Jolla Playhouse's quietly moving 'Queens'," 10 July 2018 Both will be released simultaneously and feature 376 pages, 300 photographs and a forward by Atlanta playwright Pearl Cleage. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, "Grammy Museum Spotlights Photographer Bruce Talamon in New Soul, R&B and Funk Exhibit," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of playwright

1605, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for playwright

play entry 1 + obsolete wright maker — more at wright

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English Language Learners Definition of playwright

: a person who writes plays


play·​wright | \ ˈplā-ˌrīt How to pronounce playwright (audio) \

Kids Definition of playwright

: a writer of plays

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