Liz Duffy Adams


Liz Duffy Adams can be an American playwright that has written many takes on including THE PERFECT Beast,The Reckless Ruthless, Brutal Charge of It/Teach Play, Dog Work, One Big Lay, The Listener, Or, while others. In 2012, she was rewarded the “Ladies of Accomplishment Award” through the Women’s Task Theater and a 2010 Lily Award and a 2008 Weston Playhouse Music-Theatre Award among additional notables.

Early life and education

Adams can be an American playwright originally from Ipswich, Massachusetts, though with dual Irish and American citizenship. She's a BFA from NYU's Experimental Movie theater Wing, and an MFA in Playwriting from Yale College of Crisis. She was the 2012–2013 Briggs-Copeland Going to Lecturer in Playwriting at Harvard College or university. She actually is an alumna of New Dramatists (2001-2008).


Charles Isherwood, in his NY Times overview of her historical play Or, wrote, "Ms. Adams fares incredibly well. Her vocabulary has a organic period taste and a formidable wit; her people contain the spark of completely cartoon spirits; and she weaves into her tale both biographical details and cultural framework with sophistication."

Notable works

THE PERFECT Beast, premiere 1 Fantasy Theater NYC, 1994, starring Edie Falco The Reckless Ruthless Brutal Charge from it or, the Teach Play, premiere Clubbed Thumb NYC, 2002 Pet Work, premiere Shotgun Players Berkeley, 2004 1 Big Lay (Music), premiere Crowded Open fire, SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, 2005 *Damp, or, Isabella The Pirate Queen Enters The Equine Latitudes, premiere Moxie Theatre, NORTH PARK, 2006 The Listener, premiere Crowded Open fire SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, 2008 The Listener of Rubbish City (Music) premiere Weston Playhouse, Weston VT, 2008 Or, premiere Women's Task NYC, 2009, starring Maggie Siff; Western Coastline premiere at Magic Theatre, SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, directed by Loretta Greco Buccaneers (with music by Ellen Maddow), premiere Children's Theater Business, Minneapolis, 2012


Awards add a 2012 Ladies of Achievement honor from your Women's Project Theatre, a 2010 Lily Honor for playwrighting, a 2008 Weston Playhouse Music-Theatre honor, a 2006 NYFA honor, a 2006 Frederick Loewe honor in Music-Theatre as well as the Can Glickman honor for Best New Play in 2004 (for Doggie Act). She's held residencies in the MacDowell Colony, Millay Colony for the arts, as well as the Djerassi Citizen Artists system. She was profiled in "American Theater" magazine, Dec 2004.


Or, Dramatists Play Support, Inc., 2011 New Playwrights: THE VERY BEST Takes on 2010, Smith and Kraus, 2011 2006: THE VERY BEST Ten-Minute Takes on for 3 or even more Stars, Smith and Kraus, 2007 Doggie Take action, Playscripts, 2004 Greatest American Short Takes on 2000-2001, Applause Books, 2002