I was just paging through my Tony Award book the other day and started to wonder, is there an American playwright from the last 30 years or so (does not need to be living) who will rank among the “greats” of American theater? Who are the Eugene O’Neills, Arthur Millers or Tennessee Williamses of the recent years? I’m not thinking about who has the potential to write great things, I’m thinking about those who actually have a body of work that will be revived on Broadway until the end of time.
The only one that I can think of is August Wilson. Maybe because he set his plays in the past, they are timeless. There are many authors whose plays are so tied to the current time that they might feel dated fifty years from now.