play·wright | \ˈplā-ˌrīt \

Definition of playwright 

: a person who writes plays

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The play was about the playwright’s divorce, basically. Nina Metz,, "My worst moment: 'Condor's' Bob Balaban on the actor's nightmare," 19 June 2018 Most performers want to be seen at any cost, but actors—at least, those as good as Butler—are both determined and relaxed in their ambition to do justice to the playwright’s text while contributing to the life of the story. Ian Frazier, The New Yorker, "Eugene O’Neill’s Unhappy Hour," 30 Apr. 2018 While both playwright and director would be wise to carve out a bit of breathing room in the action, if only to help audiences navigate several currently incomprehensible plot turns, the evening's furious precision is a technical feat. Justin Hayford, Chicago Reader, "Adventures of Spirit Force Five," 12 July 2018 His grandparents and great-grandparents were writers and playwrights, and his parents are both actors and directors. Joel Brown,, "Capturing the villainy of Richard III, from the inside out," 12 July 2018 The discussion series, led by local author David Garnes, and held a week before opening night, provides the public a rare opportunity to learn some about the playwright and back story of the play, and to meet various participants in the production. Annie Gentile, Courant Community, "Lunchtime Lecture Series Explores "Love/Sick"," 6 June 2018 In fact, the playwright goes even further by relegating the defining events of that life mostly to between-scenes interludes. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Mary Page Marlowe': Theater Review," 13 July 2018 When the Viennese playwright Arthur Schnitzler staged his ten-act play Reigen, better known as La Ronde, in Berlin in 1921, the result was a mob scene. Max Maller, Chicago Reader, "Fucking Men struggles with onstage intimacy realness," 11 July 2018 In spite of poking merciless fun at theater, the troupe’s and the playwright’s real affection for their art shines through. Patti Restivo, Howard County Times, "Laurel Mill Playhouse presents 'Laughing Stock'," 6 July 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


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: a writer of plays

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