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Below are frequently-mispronounced playwright names. If you have a question about a playwright’s name that is not on this list, send an e:mail, we’ll find out how to pronounce it, and add it to the list.

 

Alan Ayckbourn ACHEborn
Neena Beber BEEber
Steven Dietz DEETZ
Tom Donaghy DONagee (hard G)
John Guare GWARE (Rhymes with “Bear”)
Stephen Adly Guirgis GEARgis (both G’s are hard)
Warren Leight LIGHT
Wendy MacLeod MaCLOUD
David Mamet Rhymes with “Dammit”
Phyllis Nagy NAHJ with a French ‘J’ as in “je”
Don Nigro NIGHgro
Ralph Pape Rhymes with “Cape”
David Rabe Rhymes with “Babe”
Theresa Rebeck REEbeck
Keith Reddin RedDEEN
Diana Son SUN
Shelagh Stephenson SHEILA