Theatre Reader Challenge: 1 Year of Plays to Read

To be a good actor/director/teacher/person is to be a good reader. Read one play a week for a year and watch how your craft develops. Seriously. 

Can you read 1 play every week? Here's the list:    

  1. Our Town by Thornton Wilder 
  2. A Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
  3. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  4. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  5. Noises Off by Michael Frayn
  6. The History Boys by Alan Bennett
  7. Doubt by John Patrick Shanley
  8. Oedipus Rex by Sophocles
  9. The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
  10. The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov
  11. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
  12. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
  13. The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
  14. A Dolls House by Henric Ibsen
  15. A Midsummer's Night Dream by William Shakespeare
  16. Arcadia by Tom Stoppard
  17. Uncommon Women and Others by Wendy Wasserstein 
  18. Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lorie Parks
  19. How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel
  20. 'night Mother by Marsha Norman
  21. The Shape of Things by Neil LaBute
  22. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
  23. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  24. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard
  25. Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes by Tony Kushner
  26. for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf by Ntozake Shange
  27. Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet
  28. Picnic by William Inge
  29. The Iceman Cometh by Eugene O'Neil
  30. No Exit by Jean-Paul Satre
  31. Proof by David Auburn
  32. Pygmailion by George Bernard Shaw
  33. Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen
  34. The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh
  35. Tartuffe by Molière
  36. The Children's Hour by Lillian Hellman
  37. The Bald Soprano by Eugène Ionesco
  38. The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht
  39. Long Day's Journey into Night by Eugene O'Neil
  40. Fences by August Wilson
  41. August: Osage County by Tracy Letts
  42. True West by Sam Shepard
  43. The Homecoming by Harold Pinter
  44. Six Degrees of Separation by John Guare
  45. Present Laughter by Noel Coward
  46. Machinal by Sophie Treadwell
  47. M. Butterfly by David Henry Hwang
  48. The Odd Couple by Neil Simon
  49. Top Girls by Caryl Churchill
  50. Tea and Sympathy by Robert Anderson
  51. The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie
  52. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolfe? by Edward Albee