Or, at least, our "most produced" plays announced in the current 2009-2010 season at professional nonprofit theatres across the country--according to American Theatre Magazine.
(*=number of announced productions this season, presumably including co-productions?)
boom (9)* by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb
The Seafarer (8)by Conor McPherson
Speech & Debate (8)by Stephen Karam
Dead Man's Cell Phone (8)by Sarah Ruhl
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (7)by Rachel Sheinkin & William Finn
Around the World in 8o Days (7)adapted by Mark Brown from Jules Verne
The Glass Menagerie (7)by Tennessee Williams
Opus (7)by Michael Hollinger
Our Town (6)by Thornton Wilder
Shipwrecked! An Entertainment (6)by Donald Margulies
Souvenir (6)by Stephen Temperley
Yankee Tavern (6)by Steven Dietz
Black Pearl Sings! (6)by Frank Higgins
Boeing-Boeing (6)translated by Beverly Cross from Marc Camoletti
Some off the cuff observations:
-What is boom??? I have to admit I'm ashamed I never heard of the most produced play in America!
-Note that David Cromer's hit Off Broadway revival of "Our Town" is not one of the 6 productions indidcated, since it is a commercial mounting in a non-TCG member theatre. (The production's debut in Chicago last season could have counted--but Our Town didn't even make the list last year.) So, aside from this always being a popular play, did Cromer's production spur even more (perhaps less creative) revivals?
-American Artistic Directors really like Sarah Ruhl; Eurydice had 11 productions last season.
-Is Steven Dietz America's most popular playwright never produced in New York?
-Subscription audiences will never, never get tired of Glass Menagerie. (9 productions last season.) And theatre companies will never tire of its 4 characters and one set.
-Glass Menagerie, 4 characters; Opus, 4 characters; Seafarer, 5 characters; Speech & Debate, 4 characters; Souvenir, 2 characters; Shipwrecked, multiple characters, 3 actors. Playwrights, do the math.