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PLAYWRITING

MODERN

Ibsen: The Master Builder, The Wild Duck, A Doll’s House,
Hedda Gabler

Chekov: Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard, The Seagull
Strindberg: Dance of Death, Ghost Sonata, The Father, Miss Julie
Pirandello: Six Characters in Search of an Author, Henry IV
Genet: The Balcony, The Maids
Brecht: The Good Woman of Setzuan, Puntilla Arturo Ui, The Caucasion Chalk Circle
Wilde: The Importance of Being Earnest
Shaw: Heartbreak House, Major Barbara, Mrs. Warren’s Profession
O’Neill: Long Day’s Journey into Night, Desire Under the Elms,
The Iceman Cometh. Hairy Ape
Williams: A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Tin Roof,
The Glass Menagerie

Odets: Waiting for Lefty, Awake and Sing
Miller. Death of a Salesman, The Price
Pinter: Homecoming, The Birthday Party
Beckett: Waiting for Godot, Endgame
Ionesco: The Bald Soprano, The Chairs
Shepard: The Curse of the Starving Class
Synge: Playboy of the Western World
Eliot: Murder in the Cathedral, The Cocktail Party
Albee: Zoo Story, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
O’Casey: Plough and the Stars, Juno and the Paycock
Gelber: The Connection, Sleep
L. Wilson: The Gingham Dog, Hot L Baltimore

GREEK

Sophocles: Oedipus series
Aristophanes: Lysistrata
Aeschylus: Seven Against Thebes

ROMAN

Plautus: The Menaechmi
Terrence: The Brothers
Seneca: Medea

ELIZABETHAN

Shakespeare: Hamlet, King Lear, Measure for Measure,
Twelfth Night

Janson: Volpone
Webster: The Duchess of Malfi
Ford: ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore

RESTORATION

Dryden: All for Love
Otway: Venice Preserved
Farquhar: The Beaux’ Stratagem
Moliere: The School for Wives, The Miser

CRITICAL TEXTS

Francis Fergusson: The Idea of Theatre
Albert Bermel: Contradictory Characters
Eric Bentley: The Lite of the Drama
Artaud: The Theatre and its Double
Peter Brook: The Empty Space

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