Play Recommendations

DEPARTMENT READING LIST

We recommend that all students be familiar with the following plays for general discussion in theatre classes. Students are encouraged to use their time reading and becoming familiar with these playwrights and specific play titles. The list is not exhaustive; we encourage students to read broadly.

Sophocles
 
Euripedes

Antigone

Oedipus Rex

Medea

Plautus
Terence

The Menaechmi

The Self-Tormentor

Medieval

Everyman

The Woman Taken in Adultery

The Second Shepherd's Play

Moliere

The Misanthrope

Tartuffe

Racine

Phaedra

Shakespeare

Hamlet

King Lear

Othello

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Lope de Vega

Fuente Ovejuna

Calderon de le Barca

Life is a Dream

Richard Brinsley Sheridan

The School for Scandal

Oliver Goldsmith

She Stoops to Conquer

Henrik Ibsen

A Doll's House

Hedda Gabler

Ghosts

Anton Chekhov

The Cherry Orchard

Uncle Vanya

The Three Sisters

G.B. Shaw

Pygmalion

Major Barbara

Thornton Wilder

The Skin of Our Teeth

Our Town

Eugene O'Neill

Long Day's Journey Into Night

Hairy Ape

Ah, Wilderness!

Lillian Hellman

Little Foxes

Tennessee Williams

A Streetcar Named Desire

The Glass Menagerie

Arthur Miller

Death of a Salesman

The Crucible

Neil Simon
 

Barefoot in the Park

The Odd Couple

Loraine Hansbury

Raisin in the Sun

Marsha Norman

'night Mother

August Wilson

The Piano Lesson

Fences

Beth Henley

Crimes of the Heart

William Nicholson

Shadowlands

Robert Bolt

A Man For All Seasons

Harold Pinter

The Caretaker

Edward Albee

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Bertholt Brecht

The Good Woman of Setzuan

The Caucasian Chalk Circle


 

ADDITIONAL PLAY RECOMMENDATIONS - DRAMATIC

All My Sons

Angels in America

Assassins

Dancing at Lughnasa

Deathtrap

Enchanted April

Equus

I'm Not Rappaport

Inherit the Wind

Les Liaisons Dangerueses

Lion in Winter

Lost in Yonkers

Mother Courage

Picnic

Prelude to a Kiss

Proof

Rashomon

Six Characters in Search of an Author

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

The Man Who Came to Dinner

The Miracle Worker

The Mousetrap

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

The Sea Horse

The Spitfire Grill

Wait Until Dark

Waiting for Godot

Waverly Gallery

Wit

 

ADDITIONAL PLAY RECOMMENDATIONS - COMEDIC

Arsenic and Old Lace

Blithe Spirit

Chapter Two

Educating Rita

Harvey

I Hate Hamlet

Lettice and Lovage

Ludlow Fair

Noises Off

Private Lives

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

See How They Run

Steel Magnolias

The Art of Dining

The Curious Savage

The Foreigner

The Last Night of Ballyhoo

The Matchmaker

The Nerd

The Odd Couple

The Odd Couple - female version

The Rainmaker

The Underpants

You Can't Take It With You


SCENE RECOMMENDATIONS - TWO WOMEN

'Night Mother

A Lie of the Mind

Arsenic and Old Lace

Assassins

Doubt

Harvey

Lettice and Lovage

Little Women

Night of the Iguana

On Golden Pond

Picnic

Proof

Steel Magnolias

Streetcar Named Desire

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

The Heidi Chronicles

The Odd Couple - female version

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

The Spitfire Grill

Wit

 

SCENE RECOMMENDATIONS - TWO MEN

1776

A Lie of the Mind

All My Sons

Angels in America

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Death of a Salesman

Equus

Fences

I Hate Hamlet

I'm Not Rappaport

Inherit the Wind

Long Day's Journey Into Night

On Golden Pond

Prelude to a Kiss

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Streamers

The Dumbwaiter

The Foreigner

The Nerd

The Odd Couple

The Piano Lesson

True West

Waiting for Godot

 

SCENE RECOMMENDATIONS - ONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN

1776

A Streetcar Named Desire

Amadeus

Angels in America

Barefoot in the Park

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Children of a Lesser God

Doubt

Educating Rita

I Hate Hamlet

Les Liaisons Dangerueses

Lion In Winter

Loman Family Picnic

Night of the Iguana

Picnic

Prelude to a Kiss

Proof

Shadowlands

Talley's Folly

The Crucible

The Glass Menagerie

The Heidi Chronicles

The Mousetrap

The Piano Lesson

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

The Rainmaker

The Sea Horse

The Shape of Things

Wait Until Dark

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

 

MONOLOGUES - WOMEN - COMEDIC

Arsenic and Old Lace

Greater Tuna

Harvey

Lion in Winter

Lost in Yonkers

The Art of Dining

The Foreigner

The Odd Couple - female version


MONOLOGUES - WOMEN - DRAMATIC

'Night Mother

A Thousand Clowns

Angels in America

Brighton Beach Memoirs

Dancing at Lughnasa

Enchanted April

Equus

Lion in Winter

Long Day's Journey Into Night

Look Back in Anger

Over the River and Through the Woods

Painting Churches

Picnic

Prelude to a Kiss

Proof

Rashomon

Shadowlands

Steel Magnolias

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

The Glass Menagerie

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

The Rainmaker

The Sea Horse

The Spitfire Grill

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Wit

 

MONOLOGUES - MEN - DRAMATIC

1776

Absurd Person Singular

All My Sons

Amadeus

Angels in America

Assassins

Brighton Beach Memoirs

Children of a Lesser God

Dancing at Lughnasa

Death of a Salesman

Doubt

Equus

Jeffrey

Long Day's Journey Into Night

Look Back in Anger

Lost in Yonkers

Prelude to a Kiss

Proof

Rashomon

Shadowlands

The Mousetrap

The Piano Lesson

The Zoo Story

Wait Until Dark

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?


MONOLOGUES - MEN - COMEDIC

Greater Tuna

Harvey

Last Night of Ballyhoo

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Talley's Folly

The Actor's Nightmare

The Foreigner

The Nerd

The Rainmaker


MONOLOGUES - CLASSICAL - GREEK/ROMAN

Agamemnon

Antigone

Lysistrata

Medea

Oedipus at Colonus

Oedipus the King

Phedre

 

MONOLOGUES - CLASSICAL - MEDIEVAL

Abraham and Isaac

The Second Shepherd's Play


MONOLOGUES - CLASSICAL - ELIZABETHEAN/SHAKESPEAREAN

anything by William Shakespeare

Dr. Faustus

Life Is a Dream

 

MONOLOGUES - CLASSICAL - RESTORATION/COMEDY OF MANNERS

An Ideal Husband

Lady Windermere's Fan

She Stoops to Conquer

Tartuffe

The Critic

The Imaginary Invalid

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Rivals

The Rover

The School for Scandal