Reading List

  Instructions: What follows is a suggested list of plays and theatre texts that a literate theatre major should be familiar with by the time they graduate. The list includes plays that are representative of significant dramaturgies, and which exemplify the historical and cultural variety of dramatic literature. Students are encouraged to use their time reading and becoming familiar with these playwrights and specific play titles. The list is not intended to be exhaustive, but rather representative of various time periods and locations-providing a basis for further reading in these periods and cultures.  

List I- plays students should be familiar with when they enter BYU-Idaho Theatre Studies i.e. in their first year
Lorraine Hansberry A Raisin in the Sun
Henrik Ibsen A Doll's House
Arthur Miller Death of a Salesman
Shakespeare Macbeth Romeo & Juliet A Midsummer Night's Dream Hamlet
Sophocles Oedipus Rex
Thornton Wilder Our Town
Tennessee Williams The Glass Menagerie

List II-plays students should be familiar with when they graduate  

DRAMA OF GREECE AND ROME
Sophocles Antigone
Euripedes Medea The Bacchae
Aeschylus The Oresteia
Aristophanes Lysistrata The Birds
Plautus Terence The Menaechmi The Self-Tormentor
Seneca Thyestes
DRAMA FROM EASTERN CULTURES
Guan Hanqing Snow in Midsummer
Namiki Gohei III Kanjincho
Kan'ami Kiyotsugu Matsukaze
MEDIEVAL EUROPE
Anonymous Everyman The Second Shepherd's Play
ITALIAN COMMEDIA DELL'ARTE
Niccolo Machiavelli The Mandrake
ELIZABETHAN AND JACOBEAN DRAMA
Christopher Marlowe Dr. Faustus
Ben Jonson Volpone The Alchemist
John Webster The Duchess of Malfi
Shakespeare King Lear Julius Caesar Othello The Taming of the Shrew Much Ado About Nothing Twelfth Night
SPANISH GOLDEN AGE DRAMA
Lope de Vega Fuente Ovejuna
Pedro Calderon de le Barca Life is a Dream
Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz (Mexico) El Divino Narciso
FRENCH NEO-CLASSICAL DRAMA
Moliere The Misanthrope Tartuffe The Imaginary Invalid
Racine Phaedra
RESTORATION AND EIGHTEENTH CENTURY ANGLO/EUROPEAN DRAMA
John Dryden All for Love
Aphra Behn The Rover
William Congreve The Way of the World
Carlo Goldoni Servant of Two Masters
Pierre de Beaumarchais The Marriage of Figaro
Richard Brinsley Sheridan The School for Scandal The Rivals
Oliver Goldsmith She Stoops to Conquer
MODERN EUROPEAN DRAMA
Georg Buchner Woyzeck
Frederich Schiller Mary Stuart
Henrik Ibsen A Doll's House Hedda Gabler Ghosts
August Strindberg Miss Julie
Anton Chekhov The Cherry Orchard Uncle Vanya The Three Sisters
Oscar Wilde The Importance of Being Earnest An Ideal Husband
Noel Coward Blithe Spirit
G.B. Shaw Pygmalion Major Barbara
Georges Feydeau A Flea in Her Ear
Edmond Rostand Cyrano de Bergerac
Luigi Pirandello Six Characters in Search of an Author
Frederico Garcia Lorca Blood Wedding The House of Bernarda Alba
J.M. Synge The Playboy of the Western World Riders to the Sea
Harold Pinter The Caretaker The Birthday Party
Alfred Jarry Ubu Roi
Bertholt Brecht The Good Woman of Setzuan The Caucasian Chalk Circle
Samuel Beckett Waiting for Godot
Jean-Paul Sartre No Exit
Peter Schaffer    Equus Amadeus
MODERN DRAMA OF AFRICAN CULTURES
Athol Fugard   Master Harold and the Boys The Road to Mecca
Wole Soyinka Death and the King's Horseman  
MODERN DRAMA OF AMERICAN CULTURES
Susan Glaspell Trifles
Clifford Odets Waiting for Lefty
Eugene O'Neill Long Day's Journey Into Night Hairy Ape Ah, Wilderness!
Lillian Hellman The Children's Hour Little Foxes
Thornton Wilder The Skin of Our Teeth
Susan-Lori Parks Top dog / Underdog
Luis Valdez Zoot Suit
Tennessee Williams A Streetcar Named Desire
Henry David Hwang M. Butterfly
Arthur Miller Death of a Salesman The Crucible
Neil Simon   Barefoot in the Park Lost in Yonkers
Marsha Norman 'night Mother
August Wilson The Piano Lesson Fences
Robert Bolt A Man For All Seasons
Tony Kushner Angels in America
Tracey Letts August: Osage County
Brian Friel Dancing at Lughnasa
Edward Albee Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Paula Vogel How I Learned to Drive
David Mamet American Buffalo Glengarry Glen Ross Oleanna
Sam Shepard Curse of the Starving Class Buried Child True West
Eugene Ionesco   Rhinoceros The Bald Soprano
John Osborne Look Back in Anger
Dario Fo Accidental Death of an Anarchist
Tom Stoppard Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead Arcadia
Caryl Churchill Top Girls
Yazmina Reza Art God of Carnage
MUSICALS AND OPERETTAS
Stephen Sondheim West Side Story
  Sweeney Todd
  Sunday in the Park with George
Gilbert and Sullivan The Pirates of Penzance
  The Mikado
Arthur Laurents Gypsy
Rodgers and Hammerstein South Pacific
  Oklahoma!
George an Ira Gershwin Porgy & Bess
 
CRITICAL/THEORETICAL TEXTS
Aristotle Poetics
Plato The Cave
Robert Edmond Jones The Dramatic Imagination
Jersy Grotowski Towards a Poor Theatre
Bertolt Brecht (Willet ed.) Brecht on Theatre
Augusto Boal Theater of the Oppressed
Konstantin Stanislavski An Actor Prepares
Peter Brook The Empty Space