Favorite Theater Texts (1822-1998)

(one text per author)

Medea (Seneca)

Jest Satire Irony and Deeper Significance (Christian Dietrich Grabbe, 1822)

Woyzeck (Georg Buchner, 1836/7)

Maria Magdalene (Friedrich Hebbel, 1844)

An Enemy of the People (Henrik Ibsen, 1882)

Salome (Oscar Wilde, 1891)

Pandora’s Box: A Monster Tragedy (Frank Wedekind, 1896; Eric Bently translation, “The First Lulu”)

Reigen [aka, La Ronde, Hands-Around](Arthur Schnitzler, 1896-7)

Cyrano de Bergerac (Edmond Rostand, 1897)

Uncle Vanya (Anton Chekhov, 1899)

Such Is Life (Frank Wedekind, 1902)

Elektra (Hugo von Hofmannsthal, after Sophocles, 1904)

Trifles (Susan Glaspell, 1916)

Six Characters In Search of An Author (Luigi Pirandello, 1921)

Divine Words (Ramon Maria del Valle-Inclan, 1924)

Four Saints In Three Acts (Gertrude Stein, 1927)

The Constant Wife (W. Somerset Maugham, 1927)

Journey’s End (R.C. Sherriff, 1929)

Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Bertolt Brecht, 1930)

Design for Living (Noel Coward, 1932)

Dead End (Sidney Kingsley, 1935)

The Women (Clare Boothe Luce, 1936)

You Can’t Take It With You (Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, 1936)

Our Town (Thornton Wilder, 1938)

The Little Foxes (Lillian Hellman, 1939)

The Time of Your Life (William Saroyan, 1939)

Arsenic and Old Lace (Joseph Kesselring, 1941)

Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Eugene O’Neil, 1942/1956)

A Streetcar Named Desire (Tennessee Williams, 1947)

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Edward Albee, 1961-2)

Dutchman (Amiri Baraka writing as LeRoi Jones, 1964)

The Boys In The Band (Mart Crowley, 1968)

The Tooth of Crime (Sam Shepard, 1972)

Betrayal (Harold Pinter, 1978)

Quartett (Heiner Muller, 1982)

Aunt Dan and Lemon (Wallace Shawn, 1985)

Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Christopher Hampton, 1985)

M. Butterfly (David Henry Hwang, 1988)

Angels In America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes [Part I: Millennium Approaches; Part II: Perestroika] (Tony Kushner, 1991-2)

Arcadia (Tom Stoppard, 1993)

The Cryptogram (David Mamet, 1995)

Phaedra’s Love (Sarah Kane, 1996)

Oedipus (Dare Clubb, 1998)

Intimacy (Thomas Bradshaw, 2014)