15 More Plays to Read
When You're Not Writing
'I'll keep writing about the decreasing power of the individual and the increasing responsibility of the individual. I'm in pursuit of something, and it's a long-term notion.'
-- Jon Robin Baitz
More Plays to Read
- Lisa Loomer, The Waiting Room
A marvelous innovation in Time structure, combining characters from different centuries and countries confronting attitudes toward medical treatments for women.
[Available from Dramatists Play Service and in the December 1994 issue of American Theatre magazine.]
- Wallace Shawn, Aunt Dan & Lemon
A tough play, though with a dose of humor, based on an extended opening Monologue by the Narrator.
- Wendy Wasserstein, The Sisters Rosensweig
A conventional Serious Comedy with a marvelous use of Curtain Lines.
- Robert Schenkkan, The Kentucky Cycle
An example of a huge number of characters  arranged so they can be played by a small number of performers.
- William Hoffman, As Is
Still one of the best 'Seriocomedies' around with a great opening monologue by the Narrator.
- Amlin Gray, How I Got That Story
One of the best of the so-called American Vietnam plays, a technical miracle involving one of two characters playing nearly 30 roles.
- A. R. Gurney, The Dining Room
A very clever use of an interwoven Time structure where characters existing at different time periods overlap with each other in the same stage setting.
- Athol Fugard, "Master Harold" . . . and The Boys
One of the great plays of the last 50 years with a brilliantly violent -- but nearly non-violent -- Climax and a very mild Suspense Plot.
- Jules Feiffer, The White House Murder Case
A classic of American violent farce by the famous American cartoonist using short Scenes to interweave related stories happening thousands of miles apart.
- David Mamet, Glengarry Glen Ross
One of his most famous plays, especially notable for his signature Voice and the rhythm of the dialogue.
- Frank Galati [Steinbeck], The Grapes of Wrath
A fine Adaptation of the famous American novel by John Steinbeck.
- Jon Robin Baitz, Three Hotels
A brilliant use of extended Monologues -- each act is a single monologue by one of two characters.
- Velina Hasu Houston, Tea
ORDER Unbroken Thread including TEA and 5 other plays by Asian American women.
A strong play on cultural isolation and connection in America involving Japanese 'war brides.'
- John Guare, Six Degrees of Separation
A wild play based on only the briefest of news reports regarding an imposter claiming to be the [nonexistent] son of a famous celebrity.
- August Wilson, Joe Turner's Come and Gone
A classic by a lyrical writer -- who's also a poet -- with a powerful Climax.
And for more suggested plays to read . . .
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