Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

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The Light in the Piazza

The book and lyrics of the hit Broadway musical based on Elizabeth Spencer's 1960 novella.

Defiance

A timely play tackling issues of race and authority within the US Marine Corps - part of a trilogy of plays, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Doubt, that explore issues of power and morality within a hallowed American institution.

Beauty of the Father

A play infused by the spirit and language of Lorca, about what we will sacrifice in the name of love.

Birth and After Birth and Other Plays

Four plays from the award-winning American playwright which together form a complete 'marriage cycle'.

Mrs. Packard

Elizabeth Packard is committed by her husband to an asylum. Based on true-life historical events, Emily Mann's play tells of one woman's enduring struggle to reform an unfair and ineffectual system.

Yellow Face

A mock documentary that puts Hwang himself centre-stage as he uses the controversy over colour-blind casting for Miss Saigon and the racially motivated federal investigation of his own father to explore Asian identity and the ever-changing definition of what it is to be an American.

Road Show

Sondheim's Obie-Award-winning musical telling the real-life story of the Mizner brothers, following their fortunes from the 1890s Alaskan gold rush to the 1920s land boom.

Shipwrecked!

A story about the nature of storytelling, based on a Victorian hoaxer's tale of being a castaway in the South Pacific - complete with buried treasure, a giant killer octopus, and cannibals.

Prayer For My Enemy

Billy has returned from Iraq, to discover that his pregnant sister Marianne has married his friend and former lover Tad. Meanwhile, his mother Karen struggles daily to keep her husband Austin from falling off the wagon, and in the backdrop are the Red Sox and Yankees battling it out for the 2004 pennant.

Stunning and other plays

The first collection by a striking new voice in American theatre.

Havana is Waiting and other plays

Eduardo Machado’s Havana is Waiting and other plays examines the intersection of the personal and the political on a generation of immigrants. With humor and passion, the author pursues his lifelong exploration of the Cuban-American experience.

This and Other Plays

The first collection from a major new voice in American theatre.

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Outside Mullingar

A tale of romance between two neighbours in rural Ireland, by turns poetic, uplifting, dark and funny as hell. From the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning author of Doubt.

The Shadow of the Hummingbird

A charming meditation on the beauty and transience of the world around us, by acclaimed playwright, actor and director Athol Fugard.

The Monument

A powerful play exploring the ambiguities of morality and justice in a time of war when a young soldier is convicted of war crimes.

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Mom, Dad, I'm Living With A White Girl

A Chinese son must tell his parents he has moved in with his white girlfriend. In a counter-narrative, the play explodes Asian stereotypes in a B-movie spoof called 'Wrath of the Yellow Claw'.

Coastal Disturbances: Four Plays

Four plays by Tina Howe: Coastal Disturbances, Museum, The Art of Dining and Painting Churches.

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Between Worlds: Contemporary Asian-American Plays

Edited by Misha Berson

A collection of contemporary Asian-American plays.

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