Recommended script reading list

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Theatre students are encouraged to broaden their script knowledge outside the classroom by reading different genres, styles and authors. Below is a recommended script list. Many of these scripts are available for check out through the Department of Theatre Arts.

If you want to work in American theatre, you should know the plays and playwrights listed below.  Luckily, you will read a number of these plays in your classes at UW-La Crosse!  In particular, note the contemporary playwrights listed at the bottom   Read more of their work than just the plays listed.  These are the playwrights working in American theatre today, and you will be more than likely to encounter their work as an actor, designer, stage manager, and/or director.  Also note:  This is an extremely partial list of plays and playwrights that you will encounter in American theatre.  Let this be a starting point!

Script Title Author
Oedipus the King Sophocles
The Bacchae Euripides
Lysisstrata Aristophanes
Everyman Anonymous
'Tis Pity She's a Whore      John Ford
Hamlet William Shakespeare
As You Like It William Shakespeare
Tartuffe Moliere
The Rover Aphra Behn
Life is a Dream Pedro Calderon de la Barca
Faust Goethe
A Doll's House Henrik Ibsen
A Dream Play August Strindberg
Ubu Roi Alfred Jarry
The Importance of Being Earnest Oscar Wilde
The Seagull Anton Chekhov
Rachel Angelina Weld Grimke
Out Town Thornton Wilder
Six Characters in Search of An Author    Luigi Pirandello
Mother Courage Bertolt Brecht
A Streetcar Named Desire Tennessee Williams
Death of a Salesman Arthur Miller
Waiting for Godot Samuel Beckett
The Maids Jean Genet
The Children's Hour Lillian Hellman
Long Day's Journey Into Night Eugene O'Neill
Funnyhouse of a Nero Adrienne Kennedy
The Birthday Party Harold Pinter
A Tempest Aime Cesaire
A Raisin in the Sun Lorraine Hansberry
Buried Child Sam Shepard
Fefu and Her Friends Maria Irene Fornes
Fences August Wilson
Contemporary Playwrights:
M. Butterfly David Henry Hwang
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Tom Stoppard
Cloud 9 Caryl Churchill
Fires in the Mirror Anna Deavere Smith
Angels in America: Millennium Approaches    Tony Kushner
The American Play Suzan-Lori Parks
How I Learned to Drive Paula Vogel
The Greek Plays (collection) Ellen McLaughlin
Ruined Lynn Nottage