Amy Herzog onstage the The 63rd Annual Obie Awards. (Photo by Jenny Anderson/Getty Images for The American Theatre Wing)
If you judged the state of playwriting by this year’s Tony nominations for best play, you might think some unidentified virus had wiped out a generation of American writers. Three of the five nominees are British imports and another contender is a one-man show that is more akin to a stand-up routine than a full-fledged play. This is particularly distressing because of the current crop — one of the largest in memory — of talented and diverse playwrights in this country, such as recent New York Drama Critics’ Circle-winner Amy Herzog and Obie Award-winner Dominique Morisseau. Many of them are…

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  1. Interesting proposition from this still-Off-Off-Broadway playwright’s perspective. Given the overwhelming majority of Tony-eligible venues house for-profit productions, I suggest instead that the American Theatre Wing and the Broadway League add only for-profit Off-Broadway venues to eligibility for all awards. Non-profit theater will always have a leg-up on producing quality shows due to their financing and subscribers’ expectations from seeing so many works each year. The shows without the built-in audience would achieve a greater benefit from a Tony bounce.