The underrepresentation of women playwrights is a well-known and documented fact, and it increases exponentially when it comes to Indigenous women, women of colour, and trans artists. Frequently, ADs, producers, and educators state that they do not produce shows by women or trans people simply because they do not know of any good plays by them. SureFire is a community-generated resource intended to help alleviate this problem, and it complements other like-minded initiatives, such as The Pledge Project and The 49 List.
For our first Canadian rendition, we contacted over two hundred theatre aficionados (“Recommenders”) all across the nation, who were nominated by PGC’s Staff, Women’s Caucus Committee, and National Forum (Regional) Reps. The individual identities of the Recommenders are confidential, as are their chosen play picks, but the majority work in the industry as administrators, artistic directors, critics, dramaturges, educators, and/or practitioners. The 2018 Recommenders were asked to send PGC their top three “passion-picks” for under- or un-produced plays by Canadian women, trans-femme, and/or non-binary playwrights. We gathered the results, ranked the findings, and created SureFire to provide the community with a useful resource to help identify remarkable, production-ready plays by Canadian women. Comprised of 23 plays, the 2018 SureFire List is impressive for its diversity (not only in terms of racialization, age, region, and so forth, but also for aesthetic style), and we hope it will be picked-up, shared, read, discussed, and implemented far and wide.
Check back in March for SureFire 2020! Coming soon…
In the meantime, we invite all PGC Women’s Caucus members to send in nominations for Recommenders who should be included in 2020.