Amy Herzog onstage the The 63rd Annual Obie Awards. (Photo by Jenny Anderson/Getty Images for The American Theatre Wing)
If you judged the state of playwriting by this year’s Tony nominations for best play, you might think some unidentified virus had wiped out a generation of American writers. Three of the five nominees are British imports and another contender is a one-man show that is more akin to a stand-up routine than a full-fledged play. This is particularly distressing because of the current crop — one of the largest in memory — of talented and diverse playwrights in this country, such as recent New York Drama Critics’ Circle-winner Amy Herzog and Obie Award-winner Dominique Morisseau. Many of them are…

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