100 Women We Love 2014

From professors, to musicians, to activists, we present to you 2014’s 100 Women We Love.

Sarah Pappalardo

The gay experience has been well-documented by male playwrights, ranging from Harvey Fierstein to Mart Crowley to Terrence McNally, but it can be harder to find the lesbian experience on stage. Enter Sarah Pappalardo, who is bridging the gap with works like Cold, about the conflicts between the older owners and younger patrons of a lesbian dive bar. (It was recently produced in Philadelphia at the Plays and Players Theater.) In addition, Pappalardo is a co-founder of the satirical news magazine Reductress, which is something like The Onion, except for women. ″If anything,″ she says, ″being comfortable in my own skin has affected my success more than being ´out,´ but the two are obviously connected. Being comfortable with whoever you are will bring you more success than hiding it-smart people know when you´re hiding something.″ Pappalardo has had the good fortune to ″work with a bunch of hilarious women of wildly different backgrounds. I get to see how their personal history informs their comedy and their writing.″ Another rewarding aspect to her work? ″I get to laugh a lot and watch bad television.″ Sounds like our kind of girl! -GH

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