Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

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Slave Play

A play that rips apart history to shed new light on the nexus of race, gender, and sexuality in twenty-first-century America.

The Melville Boys

Owen and Lee Melville arrive at a lakeside cabin for a weekend of fishing, but their plans are thrown out of whack by the arrival of two sisters who become catalysts for a tenderly funny and unsentimental look at four lives in transition.

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Skin & Liars: Two Plays

Two plays from one of Canada's leading writers and directors of theatre for young people.

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The Way We Live Now: American plays and the AIDS crisis

A collection of dramatic material - plays, extracts from plays and dramatic adaptations - concerning the AIDS epidemic.

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Pacific Overtures

Exploring the opening up of Japan to American influence and using motifs from Japanese theatre and music, this is one of Sondheim's most adventurous musicals.

Assassins

A dark and funny look at the end of the American dream - Stephen Sondheim lifts musical theatre to new heights of brilliance.

Romulus Linney: Six Plays

Endowed with Linney's lyric intensity, augmented by his rich sense of humour, these plays illuminate a major talent of the American theatre.

A Bright Room Called Day

From the author of Angels in AmericaA Bright Room Called Day was Kushner's first major play. Written against the backdrop of Reagan's America, it is a powerful portrayal of individual resolution in the face of political catastrophe.

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Passion

A musical based on a 19th-century Italian novel, Passion tells of the consequences of a sickly woman's love for a handsome young army captain.

The America Play and other works

A volume of work by the innovative African-American playwright, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Topdog/Underdog.

Company (US edition)

Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's iconic musical comedy about life, love and marriage.

Testimonies: Four Plays

Four significant plays from a writer whose choice of ‘uncomfortable’ but well-documented subjects has gained her a reputation for controversy:

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Collected Stories

A play exploring the vexed emotional and legal question of a writer's right to create art from another person's life.

Dogeaters

A hard-hitting play about the Philippines in the Marcos era, adapted by Jessica Hagedorn from her own novel of the same name.

Talk

In the age of McCarthy and the Beat poets, a controversial African-American artist, Archer Aymes, became an overnight sensation with his first book, Mother and Son. Ten years later he was found dead in a prison cell.

Intimate Apparel & Fabulation: Two Plays

Two companion pieces spanning 100 years in the lives of African American women.

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Radio Golf

A real-estate developer sets about trying to redevelop the 'blighted' Hill District of Pittsburgh in the final part of August Wilson's Century Cycle, his epic dramatisation of the African American experience in the twentieth century.

Spring Awakening (musical)

The groundbreaking rock musical about teenage sexuality, with book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik.