MY FAVORITE PLAYS
We should all read more plays! Reading plays is not the same as seeing plays. Reading sheet music, even when you understand it, isn't the same as hearing it. But reading a play is a unique experience of its own. Enjoy!
- •Othello - William ShakespeareMy favorite play by Shakespeare and possibly my favorite play of all time. It's bold and brash and risky with actual roles for women and POC. A brilliant play.
- •Twilight: Los Angeles - Anna Deveare SmithA verbatim play researched and performed by the playwright. I believe you can find a TV adaptation online and you should. Anna Deveare Smith is slowly redefining the word playwright and she's a goddamn hero.
- •The Glass Menagerie - Tennessee WilliamsWhen I was 15 I had to read this play in drama class and I hated it. When I was 17 I read it in English class and adored it. The stage directions alone are worth the read.
- •A Raisin in the Sun - Lorraine HansberryBeautiful important play about the inter generational struggles of a black family in mid century America. I gave it to my intern to read and she flipped it over to see a picture of Hansberry and she looked up at me and said "she's black?". She'd never seen a playwright who looks like her. Will probably name my first daughter Lorraine.
- •The Crucible - Arthur MillerStunning. It's engaging and romantic and frustrating. Every character is three dimensional and eternally relevant. I adore this play.
- •Passion Play - Sarah RuhlAn exploration of passion plays (trial and crucifixion of Jesus) told in different time periods by the same cast of actors. It's inventive and biting. A great read.
- •Trifles - Susan GlaspellA delightfully dark proto-feminist play about female friendship. Presents three dimensional female characters who are presented independent of their men.
- •The Method Gun - Kirk LynnKirk is a personal hero and former professor of mine. He wrote me two kickass recommendations that got me into grad school and now my dream job so I'm biased. But Kirk is a rad playwright and if you can ever see or read his work you should do it. He's a genius.