Theatre Arts Play Reading List

Classical Period

Aeschylus, Agamemnon, Libation Bearers, Eumenides
Sophocles, Oedipus Rex, Antigone
Euripides, Medea, Bacchae
Aristophanes, Lysistrata
Plautus, The Menaechmi
Terence, The Brothers
Seneca, Thyestes

Medieval Period

Hrosvitha, Dulcitius
Anonymous, Second Shepherd's Play
Anonymous, Everyman

Renaissance Period

Marlowe, Doctor Faustus
Johson, Volpone, Masque of Blackness
Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hamlet, Lear, Othello
Webster, Duchess of Malfi
Ford, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore
Calderon, Life Is a Dream
Lope de Vega, Fuente Ovejuna
Machiavelli, The Mandrake
Moliere, Tartuffe,The Misanthrope

Restoration and 18th Century

Behn, The Rover
Congreve, Way of the World
Goldsmith, She Stoops to Conquer
Sheridan, School for Scandal
Gay, Beggars Opera

19th Century


Hugo, Hernani
Dumas, Fils , Lady of the Camellias
Labiche , Italian Straw Hat
Scribe, Marriage for Money


Gogol, The Inspector General
Ostrovsky, The Thunderstorm
Turgenev, A Month in the Country


Smith, The Drunkard
Howard-Aiken, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Herne, Margret Fleming

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"Classical" Modern Drama


Ibsen, A Doll House, Hedda Gabler,
Stringberg, Miss Julie, Ghosts
Gorki, The Lower Depths
Wilde, Importance of Being Earnest
Chekhov, Cherry Orchard, Three Sisters, Sea Gull
Shaw, Mrs. Warren's Profession, Pygmalion
Synge , Playboy of the Western World
Coward , Blithe Spirits


O/Neill, Long Day's Journey into Night
Glaspell, Trifles
Anderson, Elizabeth the Queen
Wilder, Our Town
Rice, Street Scene
Odets, Golden Boy
Hellman, Little Foxes
Hansberry , Raisin in the Sun
Williams, Glass Menagerie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Miller, Death of a Salesman, The Crucible
Inge, Bus Stop

"Experimental" Modern Drama

Brecht, Mother Courage
Lorca, House of Bernarda Alba
Pirandello, Six Characters in Search of an Author
Ionesco, The Lesson
Beckett, Endgame, Waiting for Godot
Genet, The Balcony
Sartre, No Exit
Pinter, The Birthday Party
Soyinka, The Strong Breed

Contemporary Drama

Orton, Loot
Kopit, Indians
Rabe, Streamers
Jones, Dutchman
Valdez , Zoot Suits
Ayckbourn , Round and Round the Garden
Stoppard, Jumpers
Durang , Baby With the Bath Water
Churchill, Cloud Nine
Shepherd, True West, Buried Child
Shaffer, Equus
Fugard, Master Harold and the Boys
Wilson , Fences
Mamet, American Buffalo
Kushner, Angels in America : Millennium Approaches
Reza, Art

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