This concise introduction to American drama gives readers an overview of how American drama developed from the end of the Second World War to the turn of the twenty-first century. * Provides a balanced assessment of the major plays and playwrights of the period. * Shows how these dramatists broke new ground in their contribution to political, economic, social and cultural debates, as well as in their dramaturgical strategies. * Organized chronologically, with plays, playwrights and movements clustered around different movements such as realism and experimentalism. * Gives readers a sense of the development of American drama over time.