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date: 30 November 2020

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This essay examines the representation of new sexualities in American drama, beginning with attempts by Mae West, Lillian Hellman, and Tennessee Williams to represent queer experience in the theatre. It traces the influence of the gay rights movement and the AIDS crisis on the development of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) characters on stage, both in mainstream and alternative theatres. This essay also analyzes plays by Tony Kushner, Terrence McNally, Paula Vogel, and others who explore queer identities and the intersections of class, race, gender, and sexuality.

Keywords: sexuality, American drama, queer experience, Mae West, Lillian Hellman, Tennessee Williams, gay rights, AIDS, Tony Kushner, Terrence McNally, Paula Vogel, LGBT characters

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