Good Kids, University of Michigan, 2014 (photo credit, Peter Smith Photography)

Big Ten Plays

The Big Ten Theatre Consortium

New Plays by and about Women

The Big Ten Theatre Consortium is commissioning a series of plays by outstanding American female playwrights. Each play features at least six substantial age-appropriate roles for young women. Men may also be included in the casts.

The purpose of the initiative is to promote the writing and production of new works about women by professional and academic theatres around the country. It is also meant to draw attention to the need to produce and support such plays.

Each year the theatre departments and schools of the Big Ten have the first opportunity to present the newly commissioned play. After that year, the play is available for production anywhere. At that time, arrangements for rights and royalties may be made through the writer’s agent.

As of October, 2015, four plays have been commissioned.


Good Kids, University of Iowa, 2014 (photo credit, Ian Servin)Good Kids, by Naomi Iizuka

Something happened to Chloe after that party last Saturday night.  Something she says she can’t remember. Something everybody at school is talking about. Was she raped? Did she ask for it? How could those boys do that to her? Or did they?  Set in a high school in the American Midwest, in a world of Facebook and Twitter, smart phones and YouTube, Good Kids explores a casual sexual encounter gone wrong and its very public aftermath. Who’s telling the truth?& Whose version of the story do you believe? And what does that say about you?

Production History
2014 - 15


  • University of Michigan
  • University of Iowa
  • Indiana University
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • University of Maryland
  • Purdue University

Good Kids, University of Michigan, 2014 (photo credit, Peter Smith Photography)Staged Readings

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • The Ohio State University
  • University of Minnesota

2015 – 16
Scheduled Productions

  • Penn State University
  • The Ohio State University
  • Many other schools and theatres outside the Big Ten

Interested in Producing Good Kids?
For information about producing Good Kids, contact


Baltimore, by Kirsten Greenidge

When Shelby accepts a Resident Advisor position at her university, she believes it is the perfect addition to her resume: limited commitment on her part—a few heart to heart chats, but nothing that will interfere too much with her classes or busy social calendar.   A millennial with helicopter parents to prove it, Shelby’s used to planning everything down to the minute. Her plans change suddenly when a racially charged incident occurs on her floor and Shelby has no idea how to respond. Suddenly her students demand she take sides.  But choosing who to believe and how to act is complicated. Was the incident a joke?  Or are its roots deeper than Shelby wants to admit?  Does it speak to some part of the American experience which Shelby, despite being black, just does not know how to talk about?  

Production History
2015 – 16
Scheduled Productions

  • Michigan State University
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Iowa
  • Boston University
  • The Ohio State University
  • With additional Big Ten productions of Baltimore still to be scheduled

Interested in Producing Baltimore?
For information about producing Baltimore beginning in 2016-17, contact

Good Kids, University of Iowa, 2014 (photo credit, R. Eric Stone)


Twilight Bowl, by Rebecca Gilman

Twilight Bowl takes place over Memorial Day weekend in Reynolds, Wisconsin.  Melissa is marrying her high school sweetheart and moving to his family’s farm.  Her friends have all come home from college to be bridesmaids.  They worry Melissa is wasting her potential and the bachelorette party soon becomes an intervention.  But maybe Melissa is right to stay down on the farm.

Twilight Bowl will be produced by Big Ten schools from 2017-2018.

Interested in Producing Twilight Bowl?
Beginning in the fall of 2018, contact: Jason Cooper at Creative Artists Agency


Dog Stars, by Madeleine George

This play will be produced by Big Ten schools from 2018-2019.

Prompt Book from GOOD KIDS @ Iowa, courtesy of Rachel Winfield, Stage Manager


Good Kids, University of Maryland, 2014 (photo credit, Stan Barouh)What is the Big Ten Theatre Consortium

The Big Ten Theatre Consortium is composed of the fourteen theatre departments and schools in the Big Ten Conference.

Production Archive

Good Kids

Good Kids, University of Michigan, 2014 (photo credits, Peter Smith Photography)

University of Michigan

Good Kids, University of Iowa, 2014 (photo credits, R. Eric Stone)

University of Iowa

Good Kids, University of Maryland, 2014 (photo credits, Stan Barouh)

University of Maryland

Good Kids, The Ohio State University, 2015 (photo credits, Matt Hazard)

The Ohio State University