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SCENES IDEAS
FOR SCENE CLASS


On the left, below, you can find a list of plays on which Larry has coached many actors. The recent award-winning plays on the right might also be a great resource in your search for top-notch material. And don't miss out on links to Film Scripts. Scroll down on your right.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Instead of a listing, simply contact Larry about any Shakespearean scene. Include Title, Act and Scene (i.e. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act 3, scene 2). Larry can discuss with you just about any scene you have in mind.

Or go to
www.gutenberg.org/browse/authors/s and download the Bard's (and other's) plays FREE.

OTHER CLASSICAL Playwrights

Farquhar/THE BEAUX-STRATAGEM Mrs.Sullen/Dorinda
> The Full Play >
Congreve/THE WAY OF THE WORLD Millamant/Mirabell
> The Full Play >

VARIOUS CONTEMPORARY PLAYWRIGHTS

These are plays from which Larry has coached actors. Use as a guide to get ideas. To help you sort things out, the scenes are arranged alphabetically by author. Some have various scene notations such as:
m/w-1 man,1 woman
m/m- 2 men
w/w-2 women
3p- 3 person scene
4p- 4 person scene
20s, 30s, etc- age ranges

Due to Copyright restrictions, listings only.

Got a scene you want to work on?
Contact Larry.

Alexander/ NOBODY LOVES AN ALBATROSS
Allensworth/ INTERURBAN
Albee/ THE AMERICAN DREAM
Albee/ THE ZOO STORY
Albee/ WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF
Auburn/ PROOF (Robert 50's/Catherine/Hal/Claire-20's, 2p,3p)
Ayckbourn/ THE NORMAN CONQUESTS:
TABLE MANNERS
LIVING TOGETHER
ROUND AND ROUND THE GARDEN
Ayckbourn/ A SMALL FAMILY BUSINESS
Ayckbourn/ ABSURD PERSON SINGULAR
(All Ayckbourn plays: many ages, 2p, 3p scenes of all combinations, British accents, broad comedy)
Anouilh/ BECKET
Baitz/ A FAIR COUNTRY (Gil-20's/Patrice-40's)
Baitz/ TEN UNKNOWNS (Julia-30/Judd-30)
Baitz/ THE FILM SOCIETY (Sutter/Balton-middle aged)
Baitz/ THE PARIS LETTER
Baitz/ THE SUBSTANCE OF FIRE (Sarah/Martin-20's)
Ball/ FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS (Tracy/Tripp)
Barnett, Udell, Rose/ SHENANDOAH (Musical) (Sam-20's/Charlie late 40's)
Barry/ HOTEL UNIVERSE (Ann-28/Pat-32; other m/w 2p, 3p scenes)
Barry/ THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (Tracy/Dexter 30's, Tracy/Mike 30's)
Beckett/ WAITING FOR GODOT
Bergmann/ SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE
Benet/ JOHN BROWN'S BODY
Berkoff--Kafka/ THE TRIAL
Berkoff--Kafka/ METAMORPHOSIS
Bogosian/ SUBURBIA (Sooze/Jeff)
Bourgeade/ THE PASSPORT
Bond/ THE WAR PLAYS-A Trilogy
Bond/ LEAR
Bond/ BINGO
Bradbury/ PILLAR OF FIRE (m/m, w/m, 3p, 30s and up, highly unusual material)
Brecht/ MOTHER COURAGE
Brecht/ SAINT JOAN OF THE STOCKYARDS
Brecht/ THE CAUCASIAN CAULK CIRCLE
Brecht/ THE GOOD WOMAN OF SETZUAN
Brecht/ THE RESISTABLE RISE OF ARTURO UI
Brecht/ THE THREE PENNY OPERA
Bulwer-Lytton/ MONEY
Bunin/THE CREDEAUX CANVAS
Butterfield/ JOINED AT THE HEAD (w/w, 30s)
Byron/ ASLEEP ON THE WIND (Rootie/Beau)
Casella--Ferris/ DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY
Chase/ HARVEY
Chayefsky/ THE TENTH MAN
Cho/ BFE (w/w, w/m, teens, Asian and American characters, many scenes)
Clark and Bobrick/ MURDER AT THE HOWARD JOHNSONS (Mitchell/Arlene)
Cohan/ THE TAVERN
Chekhov/ IVANOV (Ivanov-30's/Lebedev-30's; Ivanov/Anna-20's; many various others)
Chekhov/ THE CHERRY ORCHARD (Lopakhin-20's, 30's/Varya-20's; Ranevskaya 30's,
40's/Trofimov-20's; many various others)
Chekhov/ THE SEA GULL (Arkadina-30's/Treplev-late teens, early 20's; Nina-late teens/Treplev; many various others)
Chekhov/ THE THREE SISTERS (Vershinin-30's/Masha-20's; great group scenes)
Chekhov/ UNCLE VANYA (Elena-20's/Sonya-20's; many various others)
Christie/ TEN LITTLE INDIANS
Cherniak, Morgan and Ross/ THE ANGER IN ERNEST & ERNESTINE (Ernest/Ernestine)
Churchill/ A NUMBER (m/m, father/son; sophisticated dialog and text, for experienced actors)
Churchill/ CLOUD NINE
Churchill/ SERIOUS MONEY
Churchill/ TOP GIRLS (w/w, 30's, w/w teens; various scenes, various British dialects)
Craviotto/ PIZZA MAN (Alice/Julie, 20's many scenes)
Cristopher/ THE SHADOW BOX
Coopersmith/ THE DIARY OF ADAM AND EVE (Adam-teens/Eve-teens)
Coward/ BLITHE SPIRIT
Coward/ DESIGN FOR LIVING
Coward/ HAY FEVER
Coward/ PRIVATE LIVES
Coward/ PRESENT LAUGHTER
Drake/ THE DAY LARRY KRAMER KISSED ME
Dumas/ THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO (Benedetto/deVillefort)
Durang/ DURANG DURANG: FOR WHOM THE SOUTHERN BELLE TOLLS
Durang/ SISTER MARY IGNATIUS EXPLAINS IT ALL FOR YOU
Durang/ BEYOND THERAPY (Prudence/Bruce; Prudence/Manuel)
Flagg/ FRIED GREEN TOMATOES (Idgie/Ruth)
Foote/ BHUTAN (Mary, 39/Frances, 16/Warren, 19; various scenes)
Gazzo/ A HATFUL OF RAIN (Johnny/Celia, 20's; Ceila/Polo)
Glass/ ARTICHOKE (Margaret-30's/Gibson-40)
Greenberg/ EASTERN STANDARD (May/Ellen)
Greenberg/ TAKE ME OUT (Darren/Mason)
Guare/ THE LOVELIEST AFTERNOON OF THE YEAR (He/She)
Guirgis/ IN ARABIA WE'D ALL BE KINGS (Vic/Lenny)
Guirgis/ JESUS HOPPED THE 'A' TRAIN (Angel/Mary-Jane)
Hare/ THE BLUE ROOM (Poltician-30's/Call Girl-early 20's)
More scenes from David Hare's THE BLUE ROOM
* The Girl (Irene) (Scene I & X)
* The Cab Driver (Fred) (Scene I & II)
* The Au Pair (Marie) (Scene II & III)
* The Student (Anton) (Scene III & IV)
* The Married Woman (Emma) (Scene IV & V)
* The Politician (Charles)(Scene V & VI)
* The Model (Kelly) (Scene VI & VII)
* The Playwright (Robert) (Scene VII & VIII)
* The Actress (Scene VIII & IX)
* The Aristocrat (Malcolm) (Scene IX & X)

Harris/ HOT COFFEE
Hart/ ONCE IN A LIFETIME (many ages, 2p, 3p of all combos)
Hellman/ THE CHILDREN'S HOUR (Karen/Martha-late 20's)
Henley/ THE MISS FIRECRACKER CONTEST (Carnelle/Popeye)
Horovitz/ INDIAN WANTS THE BRONX (Joey/Murph-20's, urban, street-wise)
Howe/ COASTAL DISTURBANCES (Holly/Leo)
Ibsen/ GHOSTS (Osvald/Mrs.Alving)
Ibsen/ HEDDA GABLER (Hedda/Mrs.Elvstead)
Inge/ ELEVEN SHORT PLAYS (many ages, 2p, 3p of all combos, 1950's melodrama
Inge/ BUS STOP (Grace/Elma/Will, other scenes)
Inge/ A LOSS OF ROSES (Kenny-20's/Lila-30's)
Inge/ PICNIC (Hal-young/Madge-young) (Howard-40's/Rosemary-30's)
Inge/ COME BACK LITTLE SHEBA (Lola/Doc, 30's-40's)
Ionesco/ RHINOCEROS
Ionesco/ THE KILLING GAME (1st citizen/2nd citizen, any age/gender)
Ives/ ALL IN THE TIMING-FOURTEEN PLAYS (many ages, 2p, 3p scenes of all combinations, skit-like material)
Johnson-Abba/ MAMMA MIA! (Sam/Harry/Bill, late 30's-Sophie late teens, early 20s)
Jones/ A TEXAS TRILOGY: (many ages, 2p, 3p scenes of all combinations, Texas accents)
THE LAST MEETING OF THE KNIGHTS OF THE WHITE MAGNOLIA
LU ANN HAMPTON LAVERTY OBERLANDER
THE OLDEST LIVING GRADUATE
Joseph/ ALL THIS INTAMCY (Jen/Frannie, 20's)
Kaufman/ GROSS INDECENCY (Wilde-30's/various prosecutors 30's, 40's, trial scenes)
Kava/ THE EARLY GIRL (Lily/Jean)
Kramer, L./ THE NORMAL HEART
Kramer, S./ SPEAK NOW (Harold/Casey)
Kesselman/ MY SISTER IN THIS HOUSE (Christine/Leah)
Kesselring/ ARSENIC AND OLD LACE (Mortimer/Elaine, 20's)
Kessler/ ORPHANS (Philip/Treat-20s/Harold-40's, 2p, 3p, many scenes)
Kosh/ TEMPTATION
LaBute/ FAT PIG (Helen/Tom/Carter/Jeannie--20's, 30's, 2p, 3p, many scenes)
LaBute/ THE MERCY SEAT (Abby 40's/Ben 30's, many scenes)
LaBute/ THE SHAPE OF THINGS (Adam/Evelyn/Jenny/Phillip--20's, 2p, 3p, many scenes)
LaBute/ THIS IS HOW IT GOES (Man/Woman/Cody-30's, 2p, many scenes)
Lerner and Loewe/ MY FAIR LADY (Higgins-30's/Eliza-20, many scenes)
Lindsay-Abaire/ WONDER OF THE WORLD (Kip/Cass)
Lonergan/ THIS IS OUR YOUTH (Dennis-21/Warren-19/Jessica-19, many scenes and combos)
Lorca/ THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA
Luce/ THE WOMEN (w/w, 20's, 30's, many scenes; vital and young, these are not old women)
MacLeod/ SCHOOL GIRL FIGURE (Patty/Renee)
Mamet/ AMERICAN BUFFALO (Donnie/Bobby/Teach, fast-paced, street-wise)
Mamet/ FOUR A.M. (Interviewer/Caller-any age, M or F)
Mamet/ PINT'S A POUND THE WORLD ROUND (2M, young-middle age)
Mamet/ OLEANNA (Carol-20's/John 40's, highly stylized dialogue, many scenes)
Manhoff/ THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT (Felix/Doris)
Margulies/DINNER WITH FRIENDS (Gabe/Karen/Beth/Tom-40s), 2p, 3p, 4p, many scenes)
Marber/ CLOSER (Alice/Dan/Larry/Anna-20's, 30's, 2p, 3p, m/w, w/w, many scenes, strong adult situations)
Mathison/ E.T.-THE EXTRATERRESTRIAL (Elliot-boy/Michael-young teen)
Melfi/ BIRDBATH (Velma/Frankie)
Miller/ ALL MY SONS (Ann/Sue)
Miller/ A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE (Rodolpho/Catharine)
Miller/ DEATH OF A SALESMAN (Biff/Happy; Biff/Willy; Biff/Happy/Linda; Willy/Bernard)
Miller/ PLAYING FOR TIME (Fania/Alma)
Miller/ THE AMERICAN CLOCK (Lee-late 20's/Edie-late 20's)
Miller/ THE CRUCIBLE (Proctor/Elizabeth; Proctor/Abigail)
Morales/ GALAXY VIDEO (m/m, m/f--teens, 20's; many fast & short scenes, offbeat comedy)
Murray-Smith/ HONOUR (Claudia/Sophie)
Nash/ THE RAINMAKER
Norman/ GETTING OUT (Arlene/Ruby-young women)
Nigro/ SEASCAPE WITH SHARKS AND DANCER (Ben/Tracy, 20's, quirky, dark love tale)
Odets/ WAITING FOR LEFTY (m/m, m/f, good group scenes, 20's, 30's)
Odets/ GOLDEN BOY (Joe/Lorna, 20's)
Odets/ ROCKET TO THE MOON (Stark/Belle, Stark/Cleo, m/f, late 20's, 30's, various others)
O'Neill/ LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT (Edmund/Jamie)
Pendleton/ORSON'S SHADOW (Ken/Orson--30's,40's)
Pinero/ SHORT EYES
Pintauro/ REX (Eric 30's/Jenn 30's)
Pinter/ THE DUMB WAITER (Gus/Ben, 20's, 30's)
Rabe/ GOOSE AND TOMTOM (Goose/Tomtom)
Rabe/ HURLYBURLY (Eddie/Darlene)
Rabe/ THOSE THE RIVER KEEPS (Phil/Susie)
Rebeck/ SPIKE HEELS (Edward 20's/Andrew 20's)
Rebeck/ THE BUTTERFLY COLLECTION
Rilke/ NINE PLAYS
Roos and Waldman/LOVE AND OTHER IMPOSSIBLE PURSUITS (Scripts only available via Larry; Jack 6/Emilia 30's
Sargent/ UNFAITHFUL (Scripts only available via Larry;Connie-30's/Edward-40's/Paul-28; 2p, m/w, various scenes)
Shaffer/ EQUUS
Shaffer/ AMADEUS (Wolfgang/Costanze)
Shanley/ DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA
Shanley/ THE DREAMER EXAMINES HIS PILLOW (Tommy/Donna)
Shanley/ THE RED COAT (Mary/John) PNAO
Shanley/ SAVAGE IN LIMBO (Denise/Linda, both 32 years old)
Shepard/ FOOL FOR LOVE (Eddie/May, 20s. 30's)
Shepard/ TRUE WEST (Lee/Austin)
Sherman/ BEAU JEST (Sarah/Bob)
Shue/ THE FOREIGNER
Silver/ PTERODACTYLS/ (Emma/Tommy, 20's)
Simon/ BAREFOOT IN THE PARK (Paul and Corie, 20s)
Simon/ CHAPTER TWO (George/Leo/Jennie/Faye, 30s-40's; many scenes)
Simon/ PROPOSALS (Josie/Kenny)
Simon/ THE ODD COUPLE (Felix/Oscar); see also 2-woman version
Slade/ ROMANTIC COMEDY (Phoebe/Jason)
Son/ STOP KISS (Callie/Sara, 20's, 30's, various scenes; Callie/Detective Cole-30's,40's; Mrs.
Winsley 40's, 50's/Det. Cole; also scenes with Peter and George 20', 30's)
Steinbeck/ OF MICE AND MEN
St. Germain/ OUT OF GAS ON LOVERS LEAP (Grouper-late teens/Myst-late teens)
Stoppard/ ARCADIA (Tomasina, teens/Septimus, 20's)
Taylor and Bologna/ LOVERS AND OTHER STRANGERS (Wilma/Johnny)
Taylor and Bologna/ BEDROOMS
Thomas/ A MOON TO DANCE BY (Scripts only available via Larry; Freida-59/Monty-39/Angelo 40's, 2p, 3p, m/w, m/m, various scenes)
Tolan/ STAY CARL STAY (C.L./Dr.Weiss)
Rudnik/ VALHALLA (Ludwig/Sophie)
Vogel/ HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE (Li'l Bit, 17/Peck, 40; various scenes)
Wade/ KEY EXCHANGE (Lisa-20's/Philip-20's)
Wasserstein/ ISN'T IT ROMANTIC? (Janie/Harriet)
Watson and Gallagher/ FINAL PLACEMENT (Mary/Luellen)
Weller/ MOONCHILDREN
Weller/ SPLIT
Wilde/ THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (Jack 20s/Algernon 20s; Gwendolyn 20's/ Cecily 20s)
Wilder/ THE MATCHMAKER (Cornelius 20s/Barnaby 20's)
Williams/ CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (Maggie/Brick-- late 20's-30's)
Williams/ HELLO FROM BERTHA (Bertha/Goldie)
Williams/ SUMMER AND SMOKE (Alma/John)
Williams/ THE ROSE TATTOO (Rosa/Jack)
Williams/ VIEUX CARRE' (Jane/Tye)
Wilson/ THE PIANO LESSON (Lymon late 20's/Berniece 30s; also Boy Willie/Doaker)

Two Women Scenes:

A COUPLA WHITE CHICKS SITTING AROUND TALKING by John Ford Noonan
A DELICATE BALANCE by Edward Albee
AGNES OF GOD by John Pielmeier
ALBUM by David Rimmer
ALL MY SONS by Arthur Miller
ALL THIS INTIMACY by Ragiv Joseph
CLOSER by Patrick Marber
CRIMES OF THE HEART by Beth Henley
EASTERN STANDARD by Richard Greenberg
EVERYBODY LOVES OPAL by John Patrick
EVERYTHING IN THE GARDEN by Edward Albee
FINAL PLACEMENT by Ana Watson and Mary Gallagher
FRIED GREEN TOMATOES by Fannie Flagg
GETTING OUT by Marsha Norman
HEDDA GABLER by Henrik Ibsen
HELLO FROM BERTHA by Tennessee Willaims
HONOUR by Joanna Murray-Smith
ISN'T IT ROMANTIC? by Wendy Wasserstein
JOINED AT THE HEAD by Catharine Butterfield
LAUNDRY AND BOURBON by James McLure
LUNCH HOUR by Jean Kerr
MY CUP RUNNETH OVER by Robert Patrick
MY SISTER EILEEN by Joseph A. Fields and Jerome Chodorov
MY SISTER IN THIS HOUSE by Wendy Kesselman
ON GOLDEN POND by Ernest Thompson
ONCE A CATHOLIC by Mary O'Malley
PIZZA MAN by Darlene Craviotto
PLAYING FOR TIME by Arthur Miller
PROOF by David Auburn
SAVAGE IN LIMBO by John Patrick Shanley
SPIKE HEELS by Theresa Rebeck
STOP KISS by Diana Son
TABLE MANNERS (from THE NORMAN CONQUESTS) by Alan Ayckbourn
TEACH ME HOW TO CRY by Patricia Joudry
THE CHILDREN'S HOUR by Lillian Hellman
THE CRUCIBLE by Arthur Miller
THE EARLY GIRL by Caroline Kava
THE FACULTY LOUNGE by Michael Schulman
THE GINGERBREAD LADY by Neil Simon
THE GREAT NEBULA IN ORION by Lanford Wilson
THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA by Federico Garcia Lorca
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST by Oscar Wilde
THE WOMEN by Claire Booth Luce
TOP GIRLS by Caryl Churchill
UNCOMMON WOMEN AND OTHERS by Wendy Wasserstein




IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT PLAYS NOT LISTED,
CONTACT LARRY (subject line: 'scenes')
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DRAMA DESK WINNERS SINCE 2000

Winners in Bold

2000
Copenhagen by Michael Frayn
Contact with the Enemy by Frank D. Gilroy
Dinner with Friends by Donald Margulies
Dirty Blonde by Claudia Shear
Jitney by August Wilson
The Tale of the Allergist's Wife by Charles Busch

2001
Proof by David Auburn
Boy Gets Girl by Rebecca Gilman
Comic Potential by Alan Ayckbourn
The Invention of Love by Tom Stoppard
Lobby Hero by Kenneth Lonergan
The Unexpected Man by Yasmina Reza

2002
The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? by Edward Albee
Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman
Franny's Way by Richard Nelson
The Shape of Things by Neil LaBute
Thief River by Lee Blessing
Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks

2003
Take Me Out by Richard Greenberg
Buick by Julian Sheppard
Our Lady of 121st Street by Stephen Adly Guirgis
Peter and Vandy by Jay DiPietro
Talking Heads by Alan Bennett
Yellowman by Dael Orlandersmith

2004
I Am My Own Wife by Doug Wright
The Beard of Avon by Amy Freed
The Distance from Here by Neil LaBute
Humble Boy by Charlotte Jones
Moby-Dick by Julian Rad
The Tricky Part by Martin Moran

2005
Doubt by John Patrick Shanley
Democracy by Michael Frayn
Pentecost by David Edgar
The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh
Sailor's Song by John Patrick Shanley
Sin (A Cardinal Deposed) by Michael Murphy

2006
The History Boys by Alan Bennett
Dedication or The Stuff of Dreams by Terrence McNally
The Lieutenant of Inishmore by Martin McDonagh
No Foreigners Beyond This Point by Warren Leight
The Pavilion by Craig Wright
Stuff Happens by David Hare

2007
The Coast of Utopia by Tom Stoppard
The Accomplices by Bernard Weintraub
Blackbird by David Harrower
Frost/Nixon by Peter Morgan
Radio Golf by August Wilson
Some Men by Terrence McNally

2008
August: Osage County by Tracy Letts
Dividing the Estate by Horton Foote
From Up Here by Liz Flahive
Horizon by Rinde Eckert
Intimate Exchanges by Alan Ayckbourn
Rock 'n' Roll by Tom Stoppard

2009
Ruined by Lynn Nottage
Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo
Body Awareness by Annie Baker
Fifty Words by Michael Weller
Lady by Craig Wright
reasons to be pretty by Neil LaBute

2010
Red by John Logan
Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker
Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris
Happy Now? by Lucinda Coxon
My Wonderful Day by Alan Ayckbourn
Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffts

2011
War Horse by Nick Stafford
A Bright New Boise by Samuel D. Hunter
A Small Fire by Adam Bock
Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo by Rajiv Joseph
Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire
The Motherf**ker with the Hat by Stephen Adly Guirgis
Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz

2012
Tribes by Nina Raine
The Big Meal by Dan LeFranc
By the Way, Meet Vera Stark by Lynn Nottage
Chinglish by David Henry Hwang
Completeness by Itamar Moses
The Lyons by Nicky Silver
Unnatural Acts by Members of Plastic Theatre

2013
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang
The Assembled Parties by Richard Greenberg
Belleville by Amy Herzog
Falling by Deanna Jent
Finks by Joe Gilford
The Flick by Annie Baker
Sorry by Richard Nelson

2014
All the Way by Robert Schenkkan
Core Values by Steven Levenson
Domesticated by Bruce Norris
The Explorers Club by Nell Benjamin
The Night Alive by Conor McPherson
Outside Mullingar by John Patrick Shanley
Regular Singing by Richard Nelson

2015
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Simon Stephens
You Got Older by Clare Barron
Airline Highway by Lisa D'Amour
The City of Conversation by Anthony Giardina
Between Riverside and Crazy by Stephen Adly Guirgis
My Manãna Comes by Elizabeth Irwin
Let the Right One In by Jack Thorne

2016
The Humans by Stephen Karam
The Christians by Lucas Hnath
John by Annie Baker
King Charles III by Mike Bartlett
The Royale by Marco Ramírez

2017
Oslo by J. T. Rogers
If I Forget by Steven Levenson,
Indecent by Paula Vogel
A Life by Adam Bock
Sweat by Lynn Nottage

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African-American Plays

For more information on the background of these plays go to the Wikipedia link here.

A
A Rat's Mass by Adrienne Kennedy
The Amen Corner by James Baldwin
...And Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi by Marcus Gardley
Anne and Emmett by Janet Langhart Cohen

B
Big White Fog by Theodore Ward
Black Children's Day by Adrienne Kennedy.
Black Girl by J. E. Franklin
Les Blancs by Lorraine Hansberry
Blues for Mister Charlie by James Baldwin

C
Ceremonies in Dark Old Men by Lonne Elder III
Color Struck by Zora Neale Hurston

D
Dame Lorraine by Steve Carter
Dreaming Emmett by Toni Morrison
Dutchman by Amiri Baraka

E
Eden by Steve Carter

F
Fences by August Wilson
Fly by Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf by Ntozake Shange
Funnyhouse of a Negro by Adrienne Kennedy

G
Gem of the Ocean by August Wilson

I
Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage

J
Jitney by August Wilson
Joe Turner's Come and Gone by August Wilson

K
King Hedley II by August Wilson

M
Marilyn and Ella by Bonnie Greer
The Mountaintop by Katori Hall
A Movie Star Has To Star in Black and White by Adrienne Kennedy

N
Nevis Mountain Dew by Steve Carter

O
One Last Look by Steve Carter
One Monkey Don't Stop No Show by Don Evans
One Night in Miami by Kemp Powers

P
Pecong by Steve Carter
The Piano Lesson by August Wilson
Platanos Y Collard Greens by David Lamb
The Purple Flower by Marita Bonner

R
Radio Golf by August Wilson
A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
The River Niger by Joseph A. Walker
Ruined by Lynn Nottage

S
Seven Guitars by August Wilson
A Soldier's Play by Charles Fuller

T
Talk by Carl Hancock Rux

W
We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884–1915 by Jackie Sibblies Drury

Y
Yellowman by Dael Orlandersmith
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Steve Carter

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Adrienne Kennedy

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Lynn Nottage

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August Wilson

Sorry these are out of order. Some are not precisely since the year 2000, but I include them as they are very recent in feel. Many of these plays students have brought to my attention and worked on since 2015 in Circle In The Square's Contemporary Scene Workshop when I asked them to concentrate on plays from 2000 to present.

Dead Man's Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl.
In The Next Room or the vibrator play by Sarah Ruhl.
Parallel Lives by Gaffney and Najimy.
Completeness by Itamar Moses
The Four Of Us by Itamar Moses
Killer Joe by Tracy Letts
Bug by Tracy Letts
August Osage County by Tracy Letts
Belleville by Amy Herzog
I See You Have White Horses by Peter Dee
Cockeyed by William Missouri Downs
The Coast of Utopia part one Voyage; part two Shipwreck; Part three Salvage by Tom Stoppard
Rock 'n' Roll by Tom Stoppard
Plays by Yazmina Reza including Art, The Unexpected Man, Conversations After a Burial, Life x Three, God of Carnage.
And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little by Paul's Zindel
13 Hands and other plays by Carol Shields
Where Is My Money? By John Patrick Shanley
13 by Shanley by John Patrick Shanley
You Can Count On Me by Kenneth Lonergan
I Have Before Me A Remarkable Document Given To Me By A Young Lady From Rwanda by Sonja Linden
The complete plays of Theresa Rebeck volumes 1,2 and 3
The complete plays of Patrick Marber
Red by John Logan
In Love and Warcraft by Madhuri Shekar
Really Really by Paul Downs Colaizzo
Mickey and Sage by Sara Farrington
Disgraced by Atad Akhtar
Constellations by Nick Payne
Gruesome Playground Injuries by Rajiv and Joseph
Jailbait by Deirdre O'Connor
The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh
The Beauty Queen if Leenane by Martin McDonagh
All plays by Neil Labute including Fat Pig, This Is How It Goes, Bash, Autobahn, The Shape of Things, Some Girls, Reasons To Be Pretty
Dog Sees God by Bert V Royal
Where We're Born by Lucy Thurber
Be a Good Little Widow by Becca Brunstetter
Venus in Fur by David Ives
Mirror Mirror by Sarah Treem
Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies
Honour by Joanna Murray-Smith
Win Lose or Draw by Ara Watson and Mary Gallagher
The Dream of the Burning Boy by David West Reed
Black playwrights contained in the book Best Black Plays edited by Chuck Smith, including Sundown Names and Night-Gone Things by Leslie Lee, Ma Noah by Mark Clayton Southers, The Diva Daughter is Dupree by Kim Euall
Black Comedy: Nine Plays edited by Pamela Faith Jackson and Karimah
Black Theater USA from 1935 until today edited by James V. Hatch and Ted Shine

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