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Exclusive: The Kilroys release ‘The Web’ with aim to improve theatrical ecosystem

Instead of the collective’s annual “List,” the Kilroys are pursuing a new endeavor.

The Kilroys (Credit: Vexx Daniel)

The Kilroys have released their latest project — and it looks different. In 2014, the renowned theatrical collective — a group of playwrights, directors, performers and producers — became known for its annual Kilroys List, an inventory of unproduced or underproduced plays written by people of marginalized genders. The first list was released as a way to further the Kilroys’ mission of achieving gender parity in American theater. The most recent list, released in 2020, featured productions that had been postponed or canceled due to the pandemic shutdown.

Past Lists have paved the way for work on Broadway. Antoinette Nwandu’s drama “Pass Over,” the first play to open on Broadway after the shutdown, was featured on the 2016 List. Selina Fillinger’s farce “POTUS” snagged a spot on the 2019 List and bowed on the Main Stem in 2022. (Theresa Rebeck was featured on the inaugural List and, though she had been produced on Broadway before, her play “Bernhardt/Hamlet” came to the Main Stem in 2018 and her new comedy “I Need That” will open in November.) With that track record, the Web could also affect who is produced on Broadway.

For 2023, the Kilroys have replaced The List with The Web.

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