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Jacquelyn’s suggestions of some GREAT CONTEMPORARY DRAMATIC PLAYS

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(**italics denotes that the play has female/female scenes)

A Raisin in the Sun-Lorraine Hansberry


Death of A Salesman-Arthur Miller
The Crucible-Arthur Miller
A View From the Bridge-Miller
All My Sons-Arthur Miller
After the Fall-Arthur Miller
The Price—Arthur Miller
Broken Glass—Arthur Miller
A Streetcar Named Desire-Williams
Night of the Iguana-Williams
Glass Menagerie-Williams
Suddenly Last Summer-Williams
Summer and Smoke-Williams
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof-Tennessee Williams
Orpheus Descending—Tennessee Williams
Awake and Sing!-Clifford Odets
Waiting for Lefty-Clifford Odets
The Big Knife-Clifford Odets
The Country Girl-Clifford Odets
Rocket to the Moon-Clifford Odets
Till the Day I Die-Clifford Odets
The Piano Lesson-August Wilson
Fences-August Wilson
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom-August Wilson
Seven Guitars-August Wilson
Joe Turner’s Come and Gone—August Wilson
Two Trains Running—August Wilson
Dutchman—LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka)
The Slave—LeRoi Jones
Long Day’s Journey Into Night-Eugene O’Neill
A Moon for the Misbegotten-Eugene O’Neill
Mourning Becomes Electra-Eugene O’Neill
Anna Christie-Eugene O’Neill
Machinal-Sophie Treadwell
Our Town-Thornton Wilder
Look Back in Anger—John Osbourne
The Children’s Hour-Lillian Hellman
The Little Foxes-Lillian Hellman
Toys in the Attic-Lillian Hellman
Mary, Queen of Scotland-Maxwell Anderson
Becket-Jean Anouihl
Antigone—Jean Anouihl
A Man for All Seasons-Robert Bolt
Scorched—Majdi Mouawad
The Playboy of the Western World—J.M. Synge
Yerma-Federico Garcia Lorca
House of Bernarda Alba-Lorca
Blood Wedding-Lorca
Aurangzeb by Indira Parthasarathy
Betrayal-Harold Pinter
The Lover—Harold Pinter
Old Times—Pinter
Street Scene-Elmer Rice
Under milk wood-Dylan Thomas
Spring’s Awakening-Frank Wedekind
Blues for Mr. Charlie—James Baldwin
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?—Edward Albee
The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?--Edward Albee
Three Tall Women—Edward Albee
The Zoo Story-Edward Albee
A Delicate Balance—Edward Albee
Everything in the Garden—Edward Albee
All Over—Edward Albee
Mud-Maria Irene Fornes
Fefu and Her Friends-Maria Irene Fornes
What of the Night?—Maria Irene Fornes
Sarita-Maria Irene Fornes
For colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf-Ntozake Shange
Top Girls-Caryl Churchill
Mad Forest-Caryl Churchill
The Skriker-Caryl Churchill
Vinegar Tom-Caryl Churchill
Fen—Caryl Churchill
Ice Cream—Caryl Churchill
Blue Heart-Caryl Churchill
Cloud 9-Caryl Churchill
A Number-Caryl Churchill
Angels in America Parts I and II-Tony Kushner
A Bright Room Called Day-Tony Kushner
Homebody/Kabul-Tony Kushner
The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the
Scriptures-Tony Kushner
Arcadia—Tom Stoppard
The Real Thing-Tom Stoppard
The Coast of Utopia Parts I, II, III-Tom Stoppard
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead—Tom Stoppard
The Invention of Love-Tom Stoppard
Rock and Roll—Tom Stoppard
Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me-Frank McGuinness
Mutabilitie-Frank McGuinness
Dolly West’s Kitchen—Frank McGuinness
The Factory Girls—Frank McGuinness
Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Toward the Somme—Frank McGuinness
Dancing at Lughnasa—Brian Friel
Translations-Brian Friel
The Mai—Marina Carr
By the Bog of Cats—Marina Carr
Shining City-Conor McPherson
The Weir-Conor McPherson
Dublin Carol-McPherson
Beauty Queen of Leenane- Martin McDonagh
The Cripple of Inishmaan—Martin McDonagh
The Lieutenant of Inishmoore—Martin McDonagh
A Skull in Connemara—Martin McDonagh
The Pillowman—Martin McDonagh
Sharon’s Grave-John B. Keane
Burn This—Lanford Wilson
Balm in Gilead-Lanford Wilson
The Rimers of Eldritch-Lanford Wilson
Buried Child-Sam Shepard
True West-Sam Shepard
Curse of the Starving Class-Sam Shepard
The Late Henry Moss-Sam Shepard
Fool for Love-Sam Shepard
A Lie of the Mind-Sam Shepard
Buried Child—Sam Shepard
Anna in the Tropics-Nilo Cruz
Two Sisters and A Piano—Nilo Cruz
Death and the Maiden-Ariel Dorfmann
Purgatorio—Ariel Dorfman
Marisol-Jose Rivera
The Dark at the Top of the Stairs-William Inge
Picnic-William Inge
Bus Stop-William Inge
A Hatful of Rain-Michael Gazzo
The Lark-Jean Anouilh, translation Lillian Hellman
Bent-Martin Sherwood
The Miracle Worker-William Gibson
The Morning After the Miracle-William Gibson
Agnes of God-John Pielmeir
Equus-Peter Schaffer
Amadeus-Peter Schaffer
‘night, Mother-Marsha Norman
Reckless-Craig Lucas
Prelude to A Kiss-Craig Lucas
Through a Glass, Darkly--Ingmar Bergman/Jenny Worton
The Lion in Winter—James Goldman
I Am A Camera—John Van Druten
The Stonewater Rapture—Doug Wright
Marvin’s Room-Scott McPherson
Art-Yazmina Reza
God of Carnage-Yasmina Reza
The Heidi Chronicles-Wendy Wasserstein
Isn’t It Romantic-Wendy Wasserstein
Uncommon Women and Others-Wendy Wasserstein
Third-Wendy Wasserstein
Taste of Honey-Sheilah Delaney
The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek—Naomi Wallace
One Flea Spare—Naomi Wallace
Slaughter City--Naomi Wallace
And I in Silence—Naomi Wallace
American Buffalo—David Mamet
Glengarry Glen Ross-David Mamet
Oleanna-David Mamet
The Cryptogram-David Mamet
The Woods-David Mamet
Sexual Perversity in Chicago—David Mamet
The Water Engine—David Mamet
Boston Marriage-David Mamet
Edmond-David Mamet
Race—David Mamet
Jerusalem-Jez Butterworth
Mojo-Jez Butterworth
Master Harold…and the Boys-Athol Fugard
The Road to Mecca-Athol Fugard
The House of Blue Leaves-John Guare
Six Degrees of Separation-John Guare
Landscape of the Body—John Guare
Lydie Breeze—John Guare
The Love of the Nightingale—Timberlake Wertenbaker
Our Country’s Good—Timberlake Wertenbaker
Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune-Terrence McNally
Rabbit Hole-David Lindsay Abaire
Good People—David Lindsay Abaire
Doubt-John Patrick Shanley
The Little Flower of East Orange-Stephen Adly Gurgis
Our Lady of 121st St. St.-Stephen Adly Gurgis
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot-Stephen Adly Gurgis
Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train—Stephen Adly Gurgis
The Motherfucker With the Hat—Stephen Adly Gurgis
The Diary of Anne Frank—Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett
Ruby Sunrise—Rinne Groff
OTMA-Kate Moira Ryan
Five Flights-Adam Bock
The Drunken City-Adam Bock
Museum-Tina Howe
Orphans-Lyle Kessler
Next Fall—Geoffrey Nauffts
Gruesome Playground Injuries—Rajiv Joseph
Animals Out of Paper—Rajiv Joseph
Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo—Rajiv Joseph
Guards at the Taj—Rajiv Joseph
M. Butterfly—David Henry Hwang
Yellow Face—David Henry Hwang
Chinglish—David Henry Hwang
Ashes of Light—Marco Antonio Rodriguez
Still Life-Emily Mann
Dying City-Christopher Shinn
The Normal Heart—Larry Kramer
Blue/Orange-Joe Penhall
The Brother/Sister Plays—Tarell Alvin McCraney
356 Days/365 Plays-Suzan Lori Parks
Venus-Suzan Lori Parks
Top Dog/Underdog-Suzan Lori Parks
Fucking A-Suzan Lori Parks
In the Blood-Suzan Lori Parks
Father Comes Home From the War, Parts 1, 2, &3—Suzan Lori Parks
The Violet Hour-Richard Greenberg
Three Days of Rain-Richard Greenberg
Eastern Standard-Richard Greenberg
Take Me Out—Richard Greenberg
Wedding Band: A Love-Hate Story in Black and White—Alice Childress
I Will Marry When I Want/Ngaahika Ndeeda--Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
The Beginning of August-Tom Donaghy
The Shadow Box-Michael Christopher
Tea and Sympathy—Robert Anderson
I Never Sang for My Father—Robert Anderson
Loose Ends—Michael Weller
Moonchildren—Michael Weller
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds—Paul Zindel
Enron-Lucy Prebble
Intimate Apparel-Lynn Nottage
Ruined—Lynn Nottage
Crumbs from the Table of Joy—Lynn Nottage
The Elephant Man—Bernard Pomerance
Sight Unseen—Donald Margulies
Time Stands Still—Donald Margulies
Dinner With Friends—Donald Margulies
Brooklyn Boy—Donald Margulies
How I Learned to Drive—Paula Vogel
Indecent—Paula Vogel
Plenty—David Hare
Skylight—David Hare
The Secret Rapture—David Hare
Amy’s View—David Hare
In the Blue Room—David Hare
August: Osage County-Tracy Letts
Killer Joe—Tracy Letts
Superior Donuts—Tracy Letts
In the Next Room/The Vibrator Play—Sarah Ruhl
Eurydice-Sarah Ruhl
Melancholy Play-Sarah Ruhl
The Clean House-Sarah Ruhl
Late: A Cowboy Song-Sarah Ruhl
Dead Man’s Cell Phone-Sarah Ruhl
Passion Play—Sarah Ruhl
Stage Kiss-Sarah Ruhl
Orange Flower Water—Craig Wright
The Pavilion—Craig Wright
Wit-Margaret Edson
Copenhagen-Michael Frayn
Street Scene-Elmer Rice
Translations--Brian Friel
Going to St. Ives-Lee Blessing
Two Rooms-Lee Blessing
Pains of Youth—Ferdinand Bruckner
Dying City-Christopher Shinn
Danny and the Deep Blue Sea-John Patrick Shanley
Doubt—John Patrick Shanley
Defiance—John Patrick Shanley
Storefront Church—John Patrick Shanley
Red -- John Logan
The Paris Letter—Jon Robin Baitz
Other Desert Cities-Jon Robin Baitz
Venus in Fur-David Ives
Blackbird—David Harrower
Clybourne Park—Bruce Norris
Body Awareness—Annie Baker
Circle Mirror Transformation—Annie Baker
The Flick—Annie Baker
John—Annie Baker
Mareech the Legend by Arun Mukherjee
Agra Bazar by Habib Tanvir
The Djinss of Eidgah by Abhishek Majumdar
Harper Regan—Simon Stephens
Bluebird—Simon Stephens
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime—Simon Stephens
Our New Girl—Nancy Harris
Casa Valentina—Harvey Fierstein
Water by the Spoonful-Quiara Alegría Hudes
“The Apple Family” Plays—Richard Nelson
“The Gabriels” Plays—Richard Nelson
I’m Gonna Pray for You So Hard—Halley Feiffer
Skeleton Crew—Dominique Morriseau
Detroit 67—Dominique Morriseau
Disgraced—Ayad Akhtar
The Who and the What—Ayad Akhtar
The Invisible Hand-Ayad Akhtar
Junk—Ayad Akhtar
The Humans—Stephen Karam
Eclipsed—Danai Gurira
Gloria—Branden Jacob Jenkins
An Octoroon—Branden Jacob Jenkins
Appropriate—Branden Jacob Jenkins
Dry Land—Ruby Rae Speigel
How Black Mothers Say I Love You—Trey Anthony
Sojourners---Mfoniso Udofia
Her Portmanteau-- Mfoniso Udofia
A Doll House Part 2—Lucas Hnath
Straight White Men—Young Jean Lee
Sweat—Lynn Nottage
The Wolves—Sarah DeLappe
The Homecoming Queen—Ngozi Anwanyu
Small Mouth Sounds—Beth Wohl