Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

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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.

Jelly's Last Jam

The hit Broadway musical based on the life of the jazz great, Jelly Roll Morton.

Moon Marked and Touched by the Sun

Plays by African-American Women

Edited by Sydné Mahone

A collection of plays by African-American women.

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Gypsy

One of the greatest musicals of all time, with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and a book by Arthur Laurents.

The Substance of Fire and other plays

This collection contains Jon Robin Baitz's debut play, The Film Society, alongside two more recent works: The End of the Day and the title play, The Substance of Fire.

Three Hotels: Plays and Monologues

‘A work of burning anger and bruising emotional power’ about the foisting of powdered milk on Third World infants. Plus seven monologues.

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The Mill on the Floss (stage version)

A re-invention of George Eliot's classic story of loss, tragedy and the relentless nature of fate.

The Clearing

A powerful play about the effects of Oliver Cromwell's military campaign in Ireland.

The Crack in the Emerald

New Irish Plays

Edited by David Grant

Four Irish plays from the late 1980s, selected and introduced by David Grant of the Dublin Theatre Festival.

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Low in the Dark

A witty and absurdist play that dismantles the myths of motherhood and exposes the sexism of language and religious imagery.

Published in volume The Crack in the Emerald

    Misogynist

    A powerful anatomy of misogyny, by 'one of the most significant new Irish writers of his generation' (Sunday Times).

    Published in volume The Crack in the Emerald

      The Hamster Wheel

      When one partner in a marriage becomes unable to look after themselves and is completely dependent on the other, what happens to the relationship between them?

      Published in volume The Crack in the Emerald

        The Lament for Arthur Cleary

        Bestselling novelist Dermot Bolger transposes an old story of love and death to modern-day Dublin.

        Published in volume The Crack in the Emerald

          The Essential Bogosian

          A collection of work by Eric Bogosian, one of America's leading performers and most original playwrights.

          The America Play and other works

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

          Berlin Bertie

          An intimate and at times savagely funny psychological study of two sisters, one of who has made her home in East Berlin and one who has stayed on in their native London.

          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.