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2019 Plays

  1. Boy Overboard – P. Cornelius – READ #AWW2019
  2. Midsummer Night’s Dream – W. Shakespeare – READ  #ClassicMasterList
  3. Othello – W. Shakespeare – READ  #ClassicMasterList
  4. Richard II – W. ShakespeareREAD  #ClassicMasterList
  5. HamletW. ShakespeareREAD  #ClassicMasterList
  6. Chimerica – Lucy Kirkwood – READ
  7. Come On HomePhillip McMahon – READ #ReadingIrelandMonth19
  8. Lally the Scut Abbie Spallen – READ #ReadingIrelandMonth19
  9. The Almighty SometimesK. Feaver – READ WINNER NSW Lit Prize Playwriting 2018
  10. Black is the New WhiteN. Lui – READ – WINNER NSW Lit Prize for Playwriting 2018
  11. The Glass Menagerie – Tennessee Williams (play)
  12. August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle 13 essays – ed. S. ShannonREAD #20BooksOfSummer
  13. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? E. AbleeREAD #20BooksOfSummer
  14. Noises Off – M. Frayn – READ #20BooksOfSummer
  15. Fences – A. Wilson – READ #20BooksOfSummer
  16. Streetcar Named Desire – T. Williams – READ #20BooksOfSummer
  17. Glengarry Glen RossD. Mamet – READ #20BooksOfSummer
  18. The Glass Menagerie – Tennessee Williams – READING #20BooksOfSummer
  19. Waiting for Godot – S. Beckett – READ #20BooksOfSummer
  20. Angels in America: T. Kushner $$$$ paperback 7 hr play,   NOT reading now…
  21. Twenty-First Century American Playwrights – C. Bigsby – READ #20BooksOfSummer
  22. Indecent  – Paula Vogel READ
  23. The Weir – Conor McPherson – READ
  24. Broken – M.A. Butler – READ

 

 

2018 Plays

  1. Girls and Boys – D. Kelly – READ
  2. St. Joan – George Bernard Shaw – READ
  3. Alice Trilogy – T. Murphy – READ
  4. Tartuffe – Molière – READ
  5. Famine – Tom Murphy – READ
  6. Two Pints – Roddy Doyle – READ
  7. The Drover’s Wife – L. Purcell – READ
  8. Do Not Go Gentle – P. Cornelius – READ
  9. Kitchen Sink Realisms – D. Chansky – READ (play analysis)
  10. Pipeline – D. Morisseau – READ
  11. Rice – M. Lee – READ
  12. Between Riverside and Crazy – S. Guirgis (Pulitzer Prize 2015) – READ
  13. Looking for Lorraine – I. Perry – READ (biography playwright L. Hansberry)
  14. A Raisin in the Sun – L. Hansberry – READ
  15. Rosmersholm – Henk Ibsen – READ
  16. Electra – Sophocles – READ
  17. Death of a Salesman –  A. Miller – READ
  18. Philadelphia, Here I Come! – Brian Friel – READ
  19. Infinity – Hannah Moscovitch – READ  #CanBookChallenge

 

Theater:

 

Sneak Previews:

  1. While Broadway was once home to all major American plays
  2. …it has  ceased being the  generator of new dramatic work.
  3. If you want to get a sneak preview of up and coming plays
  4. …here are the theaters…where they may premier:
  5. Yale Repertory Theatre  (Ct.)
  6. La Jolla Playhouse (Calif.)
  7. Vineyard Theatre (NY.)
  8. Roundabout Theatre (NY.)
  9. The Royal Court Theatre (London)
  10. The Abbey Theatre Ireland
  11. Sydney Theatre Company Australia
  12. Melbourne Theatre Company Australia
  13. 10 BEST Regional Playhouses USA

 

READ 2017:    

  1. Medea (Euripides) – READ
  2. The Persians – Aeschylus – READ
  3. Oepidus Rex – Sophocles – READ
  4. True West (S. Shepard) – READ
  5. Creditors (A. Strindberg) – READ
  6. Doctor Faustus (C. Marlowe)– READ
  7. Silent Engine (J. Garner)– READ
  8. Long Day’s Journey into Night (E. O’ Neill)– READ
  9. Suzannah (J. Fosse)– READ
  10. Vietgone (Q. Nguyen)– READ
  11. Ça ira (1) Fin de Louis (J. Pommerat) winner Molière 2016 – READ
  12. Famine – T. Murphy – READ

 

Olivier Awards 2019: Winners

Best Actor

  1. Adam Godley, Ben Miles and Simon Russell Beale for The Lehman Trilogy
  2. Arinzé Kene for Misty
  3. Ian McKellen for King Lear
  4. Kyle Soller for The Inheritance – WINNER
  5. David Suchet for The Price

Best Actress

  1. Gillian Anderson for All About Eve
  2. Eileen Atkins for The Height Of The Storm
  3. Patsy Ferran for Summer And Smoke  – WINNER
  4. Sophie Okonedo for Antony And Cleopatra
  5. Katherine Parkinson for Home, I’m Darling

Best Actor in a Musical

  1. Marc Antolin for Little Shop Of Horrors at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
  2. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith for Tina – The Tina Turner Musical at Aldwych Theatre – WINNER
  3. Zubin Varla for Fun Home at Young Vic
  4. Ken Watanabe for The King And I at The London Palladium

Best Actress in A Musical

  1. Sharon D. Clarke for Caroline, Or Change at Playhouse Theatre – WINNER
  2. Rosalie Craig for Company at Gielgud Theatre
  3. Kelli O’Hara for The King And I at The London Palladium
  4. Adrienne Warren for Tina – The Tina Turner Musical at Aldwych Theatre

Best New Play

  1. The Inheritance at Young Vic and Noël Coward Theatre – WINNER
  2. The Lehman Trilogy at National Theatre
  3. Misty at Trafalgar Studios 1
  4. Sweat at Donmar Warehouse

 

Best New Comedy

  1. Home, I’m Darling  – WINNER
  2. Nine Night
  3. Quiz

Best Revival

  1. King Lear
  2. The Lieutenant Of Inishmore
  3. The Price
  4. Summer And Smoke  – WINNER

Best Musical Revival

  1. Caroline, Or Change
  2. Company  – WINNER
  3. The King And I

 

Mastercard Best New Musical

  1. Come From Away  – WINNER
  2. Fun Home
  3. Six
  4. Tina – The Tina Turner Musical

 

Outstanding Achievement In Music

  1. Come From Away  – WINNER
  2. Fun Home
  3. The Inheritance
  4. A Monster Calls
  5. Six

Best Actor In A Supporting Role

  1. Keir Charles for Quiz
  2. Adam Gillen for Killer Joe
  3. Adrian Lukis for The Price
  4. Malcolm Sinclair for Pressure
  5. Chris Walley for The Lieutenant Of Inishmore – WINNER

Best Actress In a Supporting Role

  1. Susan Brown for Home, I’m Darling
  2. Monica Dolan for All About Eve – WINNER
  3. Cecilia Noble for Nine Night
  4. Vanessa Redgrave for The Inheritance

 Best Actor In A Supporting Role In A Musical

  1. Jonathan Bailey for Company  – WINNER
  2. Clive Carter for Come From Away
  3. Richard Fleeshman for Company
  4. Robert Hands for Come From Away

Best Actress In a Supporting Role In A Musical

  1. Patti LuPone for Company  – WINNER
  2. Ruthie Ann Miles for The King And I
  3. “The Queens” – Aimie Atkinson, Alexia McIntosh, Millie O’Connell, Natalie Paris, Maiya Quansah-Breed and Jarneia Richard-Noel – for Six
  4. Rachel Tucker for Come From Away

Sir Peter Hall Award for Best Director

  1. Christopher Ashley for Come From Away
  2. Stephen Daldry for The Inheritance – WINNER
  3. Marianne Elliott for Company
  4. Rebecca Frecknall for Summer And Smoke
  5. Sam Mendes for The Lehman Trilogy

 

Best Actor In A Supporting Role

  1. Keir Charles for Quiz
  2. Adam Gillen for Killer Joe
  3. Adrian Lukis for The Price
  4. Malcolm Sinclair for Pressure
  5. Chris Walley for The Lieutenant Of Inishmore

Best Actress In a Supporting Role

  1. Susan Brown for Home, I’m Darling
  2. Monica Dolan for All About Eve  WINNER
  3. Cecilia Noble for Nine Night
  4. Vanessa Redgrave for The Inheritance

Best Actor In A Supporting Role In A Musical

  1. Jonathan Bailey for Company – WINNER
  2. Clive Carter for Come From Away
  3. Richard Fleeshman for Company
  4. Robert Hands for Come From Away

Best Actress In a Supporting Role In A Musical

  1. Patti LuPone for Company
  2. Ruthie Ann Miles for The King And I
  3. “The Queens” – Aimie Atkinson, Alexia McIntosh, Millie O’Connell, Natalie Paris, Maiya Quansah-Breed and Jarneia Richard-Noel – for Six
  4. Rachel Tucker for Come From Away WINNER

 

TONY AWARDS 2019

Best Musical

Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations

Beetlejuice

Hadestown

The Prom

Tootsie

Best Play

Choir Boy

The Ferryman

Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus

Ink

What the Constitution Means to Me

Best Revival of a Musical

Kiss Me, Kate

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

Best Revival of a Play

Arthur Miller’s All My Sons

The Boys in the Band 

Burn This

Torch Song

The Waverly Gallery

Best Leading Actor in a Play 

Paddy Considine, The Ferryman

Bryan Cranston, Network

Jeff Daniels, To Kill a Mockingbird

Adam Driver, Burn This

Jeremy Pope, Choir Boy

Best Leading Actress in a Play 

Annette Bening, All My Sons

Laura Donnelly, The Ferryman

Elaine May, The Waverly Gallery

Janet McTeer, Bernhardt/Hamlet

Laurie Metcalf, Hillary and Clinton

Heidi Schreck, What the Constitution Means to Me

Best Leading Actor in a Musical

Brooks Ashmanskas, The Prom

Derrick Baskin, Ain’t Too Proud

Alex Brightman, Beetlejuice

Damon Daunno, Oklahoma!

Santino Fontana, Tootsie

Best Leading Actress in a Musical 

Stephanie J. Block, The Cher Show

Caitlin Kinnunen, The Prom

Beth Leavel, The Prom

Eva Noblezada, Hadestown

Kelli O’Hara, Kiss Me, Kate

Best Featured Actor in a Play 

Bertie Carvel, Ink

Robin De Jesús, The Boys in the Band

Gideon Glick, To Kill a Mockingbird

Brandon Uranowitz, Burn This

Benjamin Walker, All My Sons

Best Featured Actress in a Play 

Fionnula Flanagan, The Ferryman

Celia Keenan-Bolger, To Kill a Mockingbird

Kristine Nielsen, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus

Julie White, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus

Ruth Wilson, King Lear

Best Featured Actress in a Musical 

Lilli Cooper, Tootsie

Amber Gray, Hadestown

Sarah Stiles, Tootsie

Ali Stroker, Oklahoma!

Mary Testa, Oklahoma!

Best Featured Actor in a Musical 

Andre De Shields, Hadestown

Andy Grotelueschen, Tootsie

Patrick Page, Hadestown

Jeremy Pope, Ain’t Too Proud

Ephraim Sykes, Ain’t Too Proud

Best Book of a Musical

Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations: Dominique Morisseau

Beetlejuice: Scott Brown and Anthony King

Hadestown: Anaïs Mitchell

The Prom: Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin

Tootsie: Robert Horn

Best Original Score

Beetlejuice, music and lyrics: Eddie Perfect

Be More Chill, music and lyrics: Joe Iconis

Hadestown, music and lyrics: Anaïs Mitchell

The Prom, music by Matthew Sklar; lyrics by Chad Beguelin

Tootsie, music and lyrics: David Yazbek

To Kill a Mockingbird, music by Adam Guettel

Best Direction of a Play

Rupert Goold, Ink

Sam Mendes, The Ferryman

Bartlett Sher, To Kill a Mockingbird

Ivo van Hove, Network

George C. Wolfe, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus

Best Direction of a Musical

Rachel Chavkin, Hadestown

Scott Ellis, Tootsie

Daniel Fish, Oklahoma!

Des McAnuff, Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations

Casey Nicholaw, The Prom

 

READ  2016:   18/18

  1. Saturday night, Sunday morning –  Katori Hall   (new playwright)
  2. The Humans  – (S. Karam) ( winner best play  Tony Award f2016)
  3. A View From The Bridge   Arthur Miller
  4. Le Père   Zeller, F.  Molière Award 2014  Nominated Tony Award 2016
  5. No Man’s Land    Pinter, H.   (Nobel Prize)
  6. The Spanish Tragedy  Kyd,  T.   (revenge play 1587)
  7. The Revenger’s Tragedy   Middleton, T. (revenge play 1606)
  8. The Winter’s Tale – (Shakespeare, W.)
  9. Romeo and Juliet  (1595)  (Shakespeare, W.)
  10. Merchant of Venice  (1596) (Shakespeare, W.)
  11. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955) (Williams, T.)  Pulitzer Prize Drama 1955
  12. The Weir – McPherson, C. (1997)
  13. The Clouds – Aristophanes
  14. The Mandrake – Machiavelli
  15. Twelfth Night – (Shakespeare, W.)
  16. Winter’s Tale(Shakespeare, W.)
  17. Separate Tables – R. Rattigan
  18. Agamemnon – Aeschylus
  19. Aeschylus – The Libation Bearers

READ:

  1. Medea – READ
  2. The Persians – Aeschylus – READ
  3. Oepidus Rex – Sophocles – READ
  4. Electra – Sophocles – READ

 

  1. Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

    Perhaps one of the best-known of the classical dramas, Aristotle used Oedipus Rex as an example of perfectly orchestrated tragedy in his work Poetics (also a great read). First performed in 429 BCE, it was the second of Sophocles’ Theban plays to be produced, and follows a cursed family who tries in vain to escape their fate. The main character of the tale is, naturally, Oedipus, whose own father orders him executed, believing the young child will kill him. He is rescued after being left to die in a field and raised by another royal family as their own. Told by an oracle that he will murder his father and sleep with his mother, Oedipus flees home, only to end up encountering his true parents who abandoned him long ago. With disastrous results, of course! Acclaimed since it was first performed, the play is a must-read for any student and will put the Oedipus Complex’s true meaning in context.

  2. The Oresteia by Aeschylus

    Not a single play, but rather a trilogy (though it should have been four — one has been lost to history) of tragedies, The Oresteia follow another cursed family, the House of Atreus. This series is the only surviving example of a trilogy in Greek drama, and took first prize in the Dionysia festival when it was first performed in 458 BCE. The first, Agamemnon, follows the King of Argos as he returns home to an adulterous wife intent on murdering him for sacrificing their daughter. The second, The Libation Bearers, continues the story, with Agamemnon’s children Electra and Orestes uniting to avenge the death of their father by taking revenge on their mother. The final installation is called The Eumenides and concerns the legal backlash all of these killings have, with Orestes receiving punishment for his crimes. Filled with love-hate relationships, murder, intrigue and drama, the plays are just as engaging as any modern-day soap opera.

  3. Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus

    While it is unclear who wrote this play, it has traditionally been attributed to Aeschylus. Regardless of who is the true author, the drama is a great read for students who want to improve their knowledge of Greek texts. Another classic tragedy, the story is based in the myth of Prometheus, a Titan who was punished by Zeus for giving mankind fire. This involves being chained to a rock and having an eagle eat his liver every day, only to have it grow back and experience the entire ritual again, ad infinitum. The play follows not only his punishment, but the wrath of Zeus as well, and is an excellent introduction to Greek mythology in all its violent and sexually-charged glory.

  4. Antigone by Sophocles

    More than likely originally a part of a trilogy starting with Oedipus Rex, Antigone, the third installment of this tale, focuses on the eponymous daughter of the doomed Oedipus and his mother Jocasta. In the preceding play, Seven Against Thebes (also worth reading), two brothers fight each other for the throne, with one dying and the other demanding that he be left to rot and eaten by animals on the battlefield — the harshest punishment at the time. Antigone mourns for her fallen brother and sets out to bury him, facing the death penalty for her actions if she is caught. And, of course, she is. Death, violence and punishment by the gods follow, as is appropriate and expected for any Greek tragedy. Ultimately a morality tale against pride, the play is not only an essential read for wrapping up the Oedipus story, but its own merits as well.

  5. Medea by Euripedes

    Like many other Greek tragedies, this play focuses on betrayal and revenge. This time, the main characters are Medea and her husband Jason (who is perhaps known for the Argonauts mythology, his slaying of the monster Medusa and capture of the golden fleece). The play begins with Medea grieving and raging, as her husband has left her for another woman, though he has promised to keep her as a mistress (so noble). She gets her revenge, but the plot leaves you wondering who the bad guy in the tale is really. Held up by many as being an early feminist text, the play explores many different issues that are just as relevant today as when it was written, including love, passion, vengeance, justice, racism and misogyny.

  6. Alcestis by Euripedes

    Even the Greeks loved a good romantic tale, though this particular one might be a bit troubling for modern day audiences. The titular character Alcestis’ father has promised her to any man who can yoke a lion and a boar to a chariot. With the help of Apollo, Admetus manages to accomplish this feat and is allowed to marry her. But in his joy, the victor fails to pay appropriate homage to Artemis, and she fills his bed with snakes. Apollo intervenes, and Admetus is allowed to live if he can find someone to step in and take his place in Hades. None are willing to make the sacrifice, save his new wife. She dies in his place, with the wish that he not remarry or engage in any merrymaking after her death. Forced to entertain the visiting Hercules, Admetus must break one of these promises, but it may be for the best. Called the “problem play”, this work differs from the typical tragic formula, employing comedic elements as well.

  7. The Persians by Aeschylus

    Yet another ancient tragedy (the Greeks were quite fond of them, it seems), this play is notable for being the oldest surviving example of the medium in the history of theatre — and the only surviving tragedy to focus on contemporary events! As the name might suggest, the tale’s main focus is the Persian Empire, more specifically Xerxes’ response to news that the military defeat at the Battle of Salamis — a decisive battle in the Greco-Persian Wars. It is worth reading because it can be considered both sympathetic to the Persians and a celebration of Greek victory — depending on how you read it — and, of course, for its unique place in the history of drama.

  8. Ajax by Sophocles

    Written in the 5th century BCE, this tragic play chronicles the life of the warrior Ajax after the events in Homer’s Iliad, but before the Trojan War ended. At the outset of the play, the eponymous protagonist is enraged because the fallen Achilles’ armor has been awarded to Odysseus rather than him. Bitter, he decides to get revenge on the Greek leaders he believes shamed him. To add insult to injury, he is tricked by the goddess Athena and thinks he is now even more of a laughingstock. Despondent, he takes matters into his own hands in a tragic resolution.

  9. The Frogs by Aristophanes

    Perhaps one of the first works of literary criticism ever created, The Frogs pokes fun at the giants of Greek playwriting, Euripedes and Aeschylus. A comedy rather than the typical tragedy, the work pits the two writers against one another in an imagined battle to see who is the best tragic poet, with Dionysus serving as judge. It’s not all fluff of course, and some serious political commentary lurks behind this fictional battle of wits, with Aristophanes focusing on real solutions to current Athenian events occurring at the time the play was first produced. While it is a great read, students should peruse a quick summary of Peloponnesian Wars to get a better framework. Those who want a slightly more updated version of the tale should check out the musical of the same name produced by Steven Sondheim, which pits William Shakespeare against George Bernard Shaw.

  10. Lysistrata by Aristophanes

    Also focusing on the Peloponnesian War, this comedy is not only entertaining, but exposes some of the sexual politics in ancient Greece’s heavily patriarchal society. The story revolves around Lysistrata, a woman who calls for women across the empire to withhold sexual gratification from their husbands until they find a way to negotiate peace in the ongoing war. Her ploy, however silly it may sound, actually works. While today it is often held up as a feminist work, in reality Aristophanes stereotypes and belittles the women in the story, even if he lets Lysistrata triumph in the end.

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