Recommended plays

In addition to a long list of canonical classics, Cornell’s theatre faculty recommends students read a wide range of contemporary works, including the following.

Edward Albee, The Goat

Sam Shepard, A Lie of the Mind

Maria Irene Fornes, Mud

Athol Fugard, Blood Knot

Christopher Durang, Betty’s Summer Vacation

Tony Kushner, Angels in America (Parts One and Two)

Naomi Wallace, One Flea Spare

Suzan-Lori Parks, In the Blood

Charles L. Mee, Big Love

Dario Fo, Accidental Death of an Anarchist

Paula Vogel, How I Learned to Drive

Peter Shaffer, Equus

Peter Weiss, Marat/Sade

Neil LaBute, The Distance from Here

Terrence McNally, Love! Valor! Compassion!

Ntozke Shange, for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf

Kia Corthon, Breath, Boom

Sarah Kane, Blasted

Juan Rivera, Marisol

John Patrick Shanley, Doubt

Cherrie Moraga, Heroes and Saints

Martin McDonagh, The Pillowman

Will Eno, The Flu Season