play·​wright | \ ˈplā-ˌrīt \

Definition of playwright

: a person who writes plays

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An Obie Award–winning playwright whose work tackles issues connected to the Pan-African experience, she’s used to seeing the continent of Africa depicted stereotypically in movies and television. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, and Scarlett Johansson Toast Black Panther," 11 Dec. 2018 Every Act of Life Documentary about playwright Terrence McNally. Susan Dunne,, "Hartford Actress Part Of LGBT Film Fest's Spotlight On Trans Issues," 23 May 2018 The playwright-in-residence's work examines how the invention changed womanhood forever. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "The new Phoenix Theatre is built like an energy-efficient bunker. Here's what you need to know.," 28 Apr. 2018 Winston-Salem playwright and actor Angus MacLachlan wears a little sneer on his lip and carries an intellectual chip on his shoulder as Louis Ironson, Prior's lover. Tony Brown, charlotteobserver, "1996: 'Angels' is heavenly: Kudos to Charlotte Rep for tackling the work | Charlotte Observer," 30 Mar. 2018 Beleaguered playwright/director finds actress to play female lead in his adaptation of classic sadomasochistic tale. Rasputin Todd,, "Things to do this week in Cincinnati: March 12-18," 12 Mar. 2018 The Rep also continues its close relationship with Brookfield Central graduate and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Ayad Akhtar, who recently joined the Rep board of directors. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Repertory Theater plans Miranda's 'In the Heights,' Austen Christmas show," 12 Feb. 2018 Neil Simon A pivotal, Pulitzer-winning playwright who gave American theatre such classics as The Odd Couple and Barefoot in the Park, Simon died in August at age 91. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "In Memoriam: All of the Celebrities, Politicians, and Notable People Who Died in 2018," 13 Dec. 2018 Award-winning playwright Edward Albee lived for many years in a Tribeca loft in a former cheese warehouse. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Playwright Edward Albee’s Manhattan Loft Hits Market for Almost $9 Million," 27 Nov. 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 \

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: a writer of plays

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