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

Definition of playwright

: a person who writes plays

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The playwright also tends to use running gags that don't pay off, such as the adults constantly being interrupted by unseen people looking for the bathroom. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Make Believe': Theater Review," 16 Aug. 2019 Luckily, Stern knows this, director Bill Fennelly knows this, and the playwright knows this. Christopher Arnott,, "Review: 'Fully Committed’ a funny, moving, juggling act from TheaterWorks," 12 Aug. 2019 From clandestine meetings with other celebrities to going undercover on the floor, the Hamilton playwright has generated plenty of wholesome Comic-Con content. Caroline Tew,, "Lin-Manuel Miranda is this year's MVP of San Diego Comic-Con," 23 July 2019 The top six plays will be critiqued by three judges who are not affiliated with Dover players or the playwrights. Carol Kovach,, "Bridal fashions are featured in Lakewood Historical Society fundraiser: A Place in the Sun," 16 July 2019 As the playwright intended, an all female, non-binary cast performs the all-male roles — a device that ineffably but undeniably deepens our connection to what might otherwise have been a standard recapitulation of historical events. Matt Cooper,, "SoCal theater, July 14-21: Musical parodies of ‘Friends’ and ‘Lost’ and more," 12 July 2019 Audience members will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite new play and the top three playwrights will receive cash prizes. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "Scripps Ranch Theatre hosting eighth annual play festival," 10 July 2019 And playwright Coyle might have found a way to temper the drama with a bit more levity, along the lines of a very funny anecdote about a child’s imaginary friend near the play’s end. Matthew J. Palm,, "‘Show of Force’ gives a different perspective of military life | Review," 17 Sep. 2019 Culture Clash co-founder and San Diego Rep resident playwright Herbert Sigüenza weaves present-day politics into this satirical world-premiere work. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fall arts 2019 | Theater: ‘Almost Famous,’ ‘Anastasia,’ ‘Cambodian Rock Band’ and more," 15 Sep. 2019

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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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