List of Jewish American playwrights

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This is a list of famous Jewish American playwrights. For other famous Jewish Americans, see List of Jewish Americans.

  • Lynn Ahrens[1]
  • Sholom Aleichem[2]
  • Woody Allen (1935–) Academy Award-winning film director, writer, actor, and comedian[3]
  • George Axelrod[4]
  • Jeff Baron
  • S. N. Behrman[5]
  • David Belasco[6]
  • Saul Bellow[7]
  • Leo Birinski
  • Mel Brooks[8]
  • Paddy Chayefsky[9]
  • Comden and Green|Betty Comden & Adolph Green[1]
  • Norman Corwin[10]
  • Howard Dietz[11]
  • Edward Einhorn [12]
  • Eve Ensler[13]
  • Harvey Fierstein[14]
  • Edna Ferber[15]
  • Herb Gardner[9]
  • Larry Gelbart[16]
  • Les Golden comedy/murder mysteries[17][18]
  • Josh Greenfeld[19]
  • Oscar Hammerstein II[20]
  • Otto Harbach[1]
  • Yip Harburg[21]
  • Moss Hart[22]
  • Ben Hecht[23]
  • Lillian Hellman[24]
  • Peretz Hirshbein[25]
  • Israel Horovitz[26]
  • Sidney Howard[27]
  • George Jessel (actor)|George Jessel[28]
  • George S. Kaufman[22]
  • Sidney Kingsley[29]
  • Tony Kushner[30]
  • James Lapine[31]
  • Arthur Laurents[32]
  • H. Leivick[33]
  • Alan Jay Lerner[34]
  • Ira Levin[35]
  • Craig Lucas[36]
  • David Mamet[37]
  • Donald Margulies[38]
  • Arthur Miller[39]
  • Becky Mode [40]
  • Itamar Moses
  • Clifford Odets[41]
  • Jonathan Rand[42]
  • Carl Reiner[43]
  • Elmer Rice[44]
  • Morrie Ryskind[45]
  • Rod Serling[46]
  • Irwin Shaw[47]
  • Wallace Shawn[48]
  • Sidney Sheldon[49]
  • Martin Sherman[50]
  • Neil Simon[51]
  • Isaac Bashevis Singer[52]
  • Jill Soloway — playwright, television writer[53]
  • Aaron Sorkin (1961–) screenwriter, producer and playwright[54]
  • Gertrude Stein
  • Joseph Stein[55]
  • Jeffrey Sweet[56]
  • Alfred Uhry[57]
  • Wendy Wasserstein (1950–2006) playwright and an Andrew Dickson White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University, also the recipient of the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama[58]
  • Jerome Weidman[59]
  • Franz Werfel[60]
  • Norman Wexler screenwriter of "Saturday Night Fever","Joe", "Serrpic", "Mandingo"
  • Turn left at Gilgamesh|Rory Winston Playwright, poet, comedy writer, reviewer[61]

See also


  • List of Jewish American authors
  • List of Jewish American poets
  • Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States
  • Before Columbus Foundation


  1. ^ a b c Jewish-Composed Musicals
  2. ^ [1] "Recognized as the best Jewish writer who ever lived in Russia and wrote in Yiddish..."
  3. ^ "Motion Pictures". Encyclopaedia Judaica. (1971–1972). Keter Publishing House. Retrieved on 2006-11-17.
  4. ^ Notable Jewish deaths in 2003
  5. ^ [2] "He was the third child of Joseph and Zelda Behrman, Jewish immigrants living on Worcester's East Side."
  6. ^ [3] "It was staged by the young David Belasco, a Sephardic Jew..."
  7. ^ [4] "American author, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1976, one of the major representatives of Jewish-American writers..."
  8. ^ [5] "as the 77-year-old Brooklyn-born Jewish comedian put it unrepentantly..."
  9. ^ a b JewishAmThea
  10. ^ [6] "Corwin, who is Jewish, started his journalism career sans a high school..."
  11. ^ Hebrew Melodies
  12. ^ Edward Einhorn - Novelist, Playwright, Director
  13. ^ [7] [8] "The celebrated actress-playwright, born to a Jewish father and non-Jewish mother, sees herself as “a Jewish being. My mother looked like Doris Day. I was a dead ringer for Anne Frank. I came out Jewish.”"
  14. ^ [9] "Harvey Fierstein, nice Jewish boy from Bensonhurst, dressed in holiday finery..."
  15. ^ Edna Ferber
  16. ^ [10] "Besides writing the Oscar-nominated screenplay "Oh, God!" the Jewish comedy screenwriter is famous..."
  17. ^ Zorn, Eric. (1995) “This candidate is a "Cut the Taxes" above the rest,” Chicago Tribune (Metrowest), October 3, p. 1
  18. ^
  19. ^ [11] "He, Josh Greenfeld, was a Jewish writer from Greenwich Village."
  20. ^ [12] "When American Jewish songwriters Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II wrote Oklahoma!, they were, Felstiner argues, doing what all children of immigrant parents do: desiring to possess the new land."
  21. ^ [13] [14]
  22. ^ a b [15] (on Hart and George S. Kaufman) "Both were tall, dark and Jewish, and both had private demons..."
  23. ^ [16] "Ben Hecht was an American Jewish journalist, novelist, and playwright.
  24. ^ [17] [18] "She is Jewish."
  25. ^ National Foundation for Jewish Culture
  26. ^ [19] [20]
  27. ^ [21] "Sidney Howard was of course Jewish having emigrated to the United States from Germany twenty years before.
  28. ^ This article is unavailable - HighBeam Research
  29. ^ [22] "second-generation American Jewish writers: Miller, Odets, Sidney Kingsley"
  30. ^ [23] "The gay, Jewish socialist raised in Louisiana and educated at Columbia and NYU most enjoys addressing audiences that are receptive to ideas for change and progress."
  31. ^ [24] "finest Jewish playwrights, including Elizabeth Swados, William Finn and James Lapine, Herb Gardner..."
  32. ^ [25] "...the creation of Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins, Arthur Laurents, and Stephen Sondheim: four gay Jewish men, all working at the very top of their craft." [26] "Laurents also writes extensively on being gay, Jewish, left-wing..."
  33. ^ MET's Past Productions: The Golem - Notes on the Play
  34. ^ [27] [28]
  35. ^ [29] "Dickens wasn’t Jewish, in case you were wondering. But Bette just did a remake of The Stepford Wives, based on the novel by Ira Levin, who is."
  36. ^ [30] "Besides the mainstage premiere of a major new work by acclaimed Jewish playwright Craig Lucas..."
  37. ^ [31] "David Mamet is a Jewish writer, though until recently few accounts of his life or work suggested as much..."
  38. ^ [32] "he was Donald Margulies, the darling of regional theater, the state-sanctioned "Jewish American Playwright""
  39. ^ [33] "Let's have a look. Miller, like myself, (and like Ed Siegel) is a Jewish-American, meaning, simply..."
  40. ^ Time Magazine "Best Theater 2000" #4
  41. ^ [34] "...introduced the work of Jewish playwrights Aaron Hoffman, Clifford Odets, and Paddy Chayefsky to contemporary audiences..."
  42. ^ - The official website of playwright Jonathan Rand
  43. ^ [35] "But consider the milieu the show's Jewish creator, Carl Reiner, was trying to portray: the heavily Jewish New York comedy scene out of which came Your Show..."
  44. ^ [36] "Elmer Rice, nee Reizenstein, an American/Jewish writer of the ‘20s and ‘30s, did not necessarily focus on Jewish characters and issues..."
  45. ^ [37] "George and Ira Gershwin team up with another Jewish team—George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind..."
  46. ^ [38] "Rod was Jewish and that doesn't necessarily mean that it should have meant more..."
  47. ^ [39] "Amis and I often talked about Jewish matters, such as novels by American Jews, like Irwin Shaw – that dates it."
  48. ^ JUF : Tweens : Celebrities : Wallace Shawn
  49. ^ Jewish Literature Month - Palm Beach County Library System
  50. ^ [40]""Being Jewish and being gay are the most important parts of me," he explains, "and they’re the DNA in my bones.""
  51. ^ [41] "Broadway Bound is the least known play of prolific Jewish playwright Neil Simon’s trio of comical semi-autobiographical dramas."
  52. ^ Isaac Bashevis Singer
  53. ^ Soloway[42] "One aspect of herself that Soloway reveals in her book, due out in paperback next month (published by Free Press), is that she, a self-described "Jewess," feels a sisterly solidarity with Monica Lewinsky, as well as Chandra Levy"
  54. ^ Sorkin[43] "...says the Jewish Sorkin..."
  55. ^ 350th Play List
  56. ^ All About Jewish Theatre - The Sins of the Father, Another Holocaust Play
  57. ^ [44] "I’ve probably come late to the party accepting, and being proud of, the fact that I’m Jewish. But I’m here. Am I an observant Jew? No. Maybe I’ll get there."
  58. ^ Wasserstein[45] "“My father loved me dearly, but I’m not a Jewish American Princess,” playwright Wendy Wasserstein said. “I’m a Jewish mother, but I’m not Molly Goldberg.”"
  59. ^ Contemporary Jewish-American Novelists —
  60. ^ [46] "Werfel was a German-speaking Jew and never forgot his Jewish background..."
  61. ^ Template:Cite article