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The 2013-14 Top 10 Most-Produced Plays
Oct 3, 2013

American Theatre MagazineAmerican Theatre magazine, published by Theatre Communications Group (TCG), has released its annual October "Season Preview" issue, featuring the Top 10 Most-Produced Plays list. Based on the 2013-14 seasons reported by TCG's Member Theatres in Theatre Profiles, the Top 10 list omits holiday themed shows (such as The Santaland Diaries and A Christmas Carol) as well as works by Shakespeare. The issue also features articles on successful playwright and actor relationships, musical adaptations of Shakespeare, and Robert Schenkkan's two plays based on the life of President Lyndon Johnson.

"The Top 10 Most-Produced Plays list is more than just an exciting snapshot of the upcoming season," said Teresa Eyring, executive director of TCG. "It also takes the temperature of the kinds of stories our theatres feel compelled to tell. In 2013-14, TCG Member Theatres are wrestling with issues of class (Good People, Detroit), race (Clybourne Park, The Whipping Man), the legacy of progressive political movements (The Mountaintop, 4000 Miles) and those perennial favorites, sex (Venus in Fur) and family (Other Desert Cities, Tribes). It also marks the first time since 2005-6 that female playwrights make up half the list."

The 2013-14 Top 10 Most-Produced Plays list is as follows (a tie for the final slot makes this a Top 14):

Venus in Fur (22)
by David Ives

Clybourne Park (16)
by Bruce Norris

Good People (14)
by David Lindsay-Abaire

Other Desert Cities (13)
by Jon Robin Baitz

The Mountaintop (13)
by Katori Hall

4000 Miles (12)
by Amy Herzog

Tribes (12)
by Nina Raine

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (11)
by Christopher Durang

The Cat in the Hat (8)
adapted by Katie Mitchell from Dr. Seuss

Detroit (7)
by Lisa D'Amour

God of Carnage (7)
by Yasmina Reza

Red (7)
by John Logan

The Whipping Man (7)
by Matthew Lopez

Water by the Spoonful (7)
by Quiara Alegría Hudes

For more information and selected articles from the October 2013 issue of American Theatre, visit

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