DRAMA 24 READING LIST
At least one copy of each play will be placed on reserve in the Library, but you are encouraged to find other copies: on the internet, Humboldt County Library and used bookstores. A full set of plays will be available for purchase at the College of the Redwoods Bookstore.
Take notes as you read the plays. Here some questions to focus your attention: How is the dramatic action unified? Are there cause and effect relationships of incidents? What are the given circumstances of time, place, character status etc.? How is this expressed?
Plot: When is the story set in motion (when is the "point of attack")? What is the inciting incident? What is the major conflict, dramatic question or unifying theme? How are any subplots related to the main plot? What is the dominant tone of the play?
Characterization: What are the biological, psychological, social and moral characteristics of the character based on that they say, what they do and what is said about them? What is the style of their language? How is it different from everyday language? What elements of "spectacle" are called for in the script? What kind of theatrical space was it written for?
THE POETICS by Aristotle
ANTIGONE by Sophocles
LYSISTRATA by Aristophanes
THE TRAGICAL HISTORY OF DOCTOR FAUSTUS by Christopher Marlowe
Eight Famous Elizabethan Plays
Drama of the English Renaissance
The Genius of the Early English Theatre
HAMLET by William Shakespeare
TARTUFFE by Moliere
Moliere, the Misanthrope and Tartuffe
Eight Plays by Moliere
A DOLLS HOUSE by Henrik Ibsen
Four Major Plays by Ibsen
Ibsen, the Complete Major Prose Plays
Six Plays by Henrik Ibsen
THE SEAGULL by Anton Checkov
Best Plays by Checkov
THE ADDING MACHINE by Elmer Rice
Three plays [by] Elmer Rice. PS3535.I224 T48
HAPPY DAYS; by Tom Stoppard
College of the Redwoods General Book Collection PR6003.E282 H3
CLOUD NINE by Caryl Churchill
Look in modern anthologies, HSU Library or play packet.