Words on Plays Archive

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1776 The Musical
music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards
book by Peter Stone

4000 Miles
by Amy Herzog 

A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
adapted by Carey Perloff and Paul Walsh
music by Karl Lundeberg

A Doll's House
by Henrik Ibsen

A Moon for the Misbegotten
by Eugene O'Neill

A Mother
by Constance Congdon adapted from Maxim Gorky's Vassa Zheleznova

A Number
by Caryl Churchill

After the War
by Philip Kan Gotanda

American Buffalo
by David Mamet

by Tom Stoppard

Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City: A New Musical
libretto by Jeff Whitty
music and lyrics by Jake Shears and John Garden
based on Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City and More Tales of the City

Black Watch
by Gregory Burke

by David Harrower

Blood Knot
by Athol Fugard

Boleros for the Disenchanted
by José Rivera

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
by Tennessee Williams

Clybourne Park
by Bruce Norris

Curse of the Starving Class
by Sam Shepard

Dead Metaphor
by George F. Walker

Edward Albee's At Home at the Zoo

by Sophocles

Endgame and Play
by Samuel Beckett

Eve Ensler's The Good Body
Gem of the Ocean
by August Wilson

Happy End
lyrics by Bertolt Brecht
music by Kurt Weill
book and lyrics adapted by Michael Feingold

Hedda Gabler
by Henrik Ibsen

Humor Abuse
by Lorenzo Pisoni and Erica Schmidt

Indian Ink (1999)
by Tom Stoppard

Indian Ink (2015)
by Tom Stoppard

Lackawanna Blues
by Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Les Liaisons Dangereuses
adapted by Giles Havergal from the novel by Choderlos de Laclos

Levee James
by Sherry Shephard-Massat

Let There Be Love
by Kwame Kwei-Armah

Major Barbara
by George Bernard Shaw

Maple and Vine
by Jordan Harrison

Marcus; or The Secret of Sweet
by Tarell Alvin McCraney

Mr. Burns: a post-electric play
by Anne Washburn
Score by Michael Friedman
Lyrics by Anne Washburn

by Eduardo De Filippo
translated by Linda Alper and Beatrice Basso

Night and Day
by Tom Stoppard

No Exit
by Jean-Paul Sartre

Noël Coward's Brief Encounter
adapted by Emma Rice

by David Mamet

Old Hats
Created by Bill Irwin and David Shiner
Music & Lyrics by and Featuring Shaina Taub

Once in a Lifetime
by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart

by Jean Racine

by David Mamet

Rich and Famous
by John Guare

Rock 'n' Roll
by Tom Stoppard

Round and Round the Garden
by Alan Ayckbourn

by Molière

by Wajdi Mouawad Translated by Linda Gaboriau

Sexual Perversity in Chicago
by David Mamet

Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins
by Stephen Temperley

by David Mamet

Stuck Elevator
music by Byron Au Yong; libretto by Aaron Jafferis

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; book by Hugh Wheeler

by Colm Tóibín

The Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets
by Robert Wilson, Tom Waits, William S. Burroughs

The Caucasian Chalk Circle
by Bertolt Brecht

The Circle
by W. Somerset Maugham

The Constant Wife
by W. Somerset Maugham

The Dazzle
by Richard Greenberg

The Gamester
by Freyda Thomas; loosely based on Le Joueur, by Jean-Francois Regnard

The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?
by Edward Albee

The Government Inspector
by Nikolai Gogol

The Homecoming
by Harold Pinter

The Imaginary Invalid
by Molière

The Invention of Love
by Tom Stoppard

The Little Foxes
by Lillian Hellman

The Normal Heart
by Larry Kramer

The Orphan of Zhao
adapted by James Fenton

The Overcoat
created, by Morris Panych and Wendy Gorling; based on the short story "The Overcoat," by Nikolai Gogol

The Quality of Life
by Jane Anderson

The Rainmaker
by N. Richard Nash

The Real Thing
by Tom Stoppard

The Rivals
by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

The Scottsboro Boys
music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb book by David Thompson

The Suit
Based on "The Suit" by Can Themba, Mothobi Mutloatse, and Barney Simon
direction, adaptation, and musical direction by Peter Brook, Marie‐Hélène Estienne, and Franck Krawczyk

The Three Sisters
by Anton Chekhov

The Time of Your Life
by William Saroyan

The Tosca Project
created by Carey Perloff and Val Caniparoli

The Voysey Inheritance
by Harley Granville-Barker
adapted by David Mamet

'Tis Pity She's a Whore
by John Ford

by Tom Stoppard

Underneath the Lintel
by Glen Berger

Urinetown, The Musical
music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann; book and lyrics by Greg Kotis

Venus in Fur
by David Ives

by Morris Panych

Waiting for Godot
by Samuel Beckett

War Music
adapted by Lillian Groag; based on the book by Christopher Logue

by Lisa Kron

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