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Nine Short Plays Paperback – February 1, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1432720254 ISBN-10: 1432720252

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From the Author

My modus operandi is to tell a story wherein the character's irresistible impulsion, usually toward some form of freedom, is checked by a seemingly immoveable force of society. If the characters have enough integrity and the situation enough authenticity, I find myself, at least for a while, wrestling with angels or demons. And then there is a break-through, a shift into another paradigm, where radical possibility abounds. This is why I write.

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"The culture of women we have never had is invented in Carolyn Gage's brilliant and beautiful plays."

-- Andrea Dworkin

"The work of an experienced and esteemed playwright like Carolyn Gage is the air that modern theatre needs."

-- Jewelle Gomez


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432720252
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432720254
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,995,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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Carolyn Gage is a playwright, performer, director, and activist. The author of nine books on lesbian theatre and sixty-five plays, musicals, and one-woman shows, she specializes in non-traditional roles for women, especially those reclaiming famous lesbians whose stories have been distorted or erased from history. She won the 2011 Maine Literary Award in Drama, and in 2009, her collection of plays The Second Coming of Joan of Arc and Selected Plays won the Lambda Literary Award in Drama, the top LGBT book award in the US. All of her books and plays are available online at

Gage tours internationally in her award-winning, one-woman play, The Second Coming of Joan of Arc, offering workshops and lectures on lesbian theatre. In 2012, her new musical about Babe Didrikson premiered in Phoenix, and her play The Countess and the Lesbians premiered at the Dublin International Gay Theatre Festival, where it was reviewed by The Irish Times and sold out the run. In 2012, her collection Starting from Zero: Short Plays about Lesbians in Love was published. In 2008, two collections of her plays were published: Nine Short Plays and The Second Coming of Joan of Arc and Selected Plays. In 2009, a revised and expanded version of her collection of Monologues and Scenes for Lesbian Actors was published, along with her anthology The Spindle and Other Lesbian Fairy Tales. In 2014, she was one of six international playwrights whose work was featured at the UNESCO-sponsored World Theater Day in Rome.

In 2004, her play Ugly Ducklings was nominated by the American Theatre Critics Association for the prestigious ATCA/ Steinberg New Play Award, an award with given annually for the best new play produced outside New York. It won the Lesbian Theatre Award from Curve Magazine, and a $150,000 documentary on the play premiered at the Frameline International Film Festival in San Francisco. The Anastasia Trials in the Court of Women was named national finalist for the Jane Chambers Award given by the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. Receiving top reviews in Miami and in Washington, DC, it was the subject of a feature article in The Washington Post. Her one act, Harriet Tubman Visits a Therapist, was presented at Actors Theatre of Louisville in the Juneteenth Festival of African American plays. It was a national winner of the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival, and is included in Random House's anthology Under 30: Plays for a New Generation.

Gage's musical, The Amazon All Stars is the first lesbian full book musical ever published by a mainstream play publisher. Published by Applause Books, it is the title work of an anthology of lesbian plays that was a national finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Her manual on lesbian theatre production, Take Stage! How to Direct and Produce a Lesbian Play was published by Scarecrow Press. The University of Oregon has acquired her personal papers for their Special Collections Archive.

Gage has lectured at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, and she has been a Guest Lecturer at Bates College in Maine. She has won the Oregon Playwrights Award from the Oregon Institute of Literary Arts. She has also been awarded grants from the Maine Arts Commission, the Maine Women Writers' Collection at the University of New England, the Walden Writer's Fellowship from Lewis and Clark College, the Oregon Institute of Literary Arts Writer's Grant, and the Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant. In 2005, she won the national Lynda Hart Memorial Grant from the Astraea Foundation. In 2010, she spent three months as a Artist-in-Residence at the Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, New Mexico.

One of the most prolific feminist playwrights in the world, Carolyn Gage is a dynamic speaker and a powerful role model.

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