play·​wright | \ˈplā-ˌrīt \

Definition of playwright 

: a person who writes plays

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Four hundred years after the playwright’s death, his influence spans the planet. The Atlantic, "What Book or Article Would You Make Required Reading for Everyone on Earth?," 26 June 2018 But both plays argue for Malleson as a playwright of insight and wit and cool compassion. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Review: ‘Conflict’ Reaches Across the Decades and the Aisle," 2 July 2018 That meant trying out playwrights, writers who weren't as tested and women with bad reputations. Bryn Elise Sandberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "TV Showrunners Talk Sexism in Writers Rooms, Hiring Diverse Staff and Weinstein's Blacklist," 9 June 2018 Scott, an actor-playwright who recently moved to South Florida from Los Angeles, is fascinating, a virtuoso of detail and extremely sympathetic as Ever. Christine Dolen, miamiherald, "‘Dancing Lessons’ involves one dance session, and a valuable life lesson | Miami Herald," 12 Mar. 2018 This movie depicts Shakespeare as a struggling playwright/actor who is out of ideas and searching for a muse. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "12 Best Romantic Movies to Watch on Your Next Girl's Night," 4 Dec. 2017 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

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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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