Stage Plays Reading List

Stage plays are meant to be performed by actors and watched by an audience, but I still enjoy reading a new script and imagining the story unfold in my mind's eye.  Sometimes, reading a script can be just as enticing as seeing a live production. 

During the holiday season, I will have some time to do some leisure reading, and I have a stack of plays that are on my must-read list. 

I might re-read some great plays that I have already read: Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman, a wonderful adaptation of Ovid's myths set around a pool of water; The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh, a powerful and captivating tale of a writer in a totalitarian state who is interrogated because a series of murders are similar to the plots of his short stories; How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel, an extremely well-written play about survival; and Fifth Planet by David Auburn, a terrific one-act play about the relationship between an amateur astronomer and a scientist from the observatory where he works as a laborer.

Maybe I will read some new plays that I haven't had a chance to see or read before.  On my list are: Regrets Only by Paul Rudnick, a comedy set in a Manhattan penthouse, exploring marriage, friendship, and squandered riches; Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead by Bert V. Royal, a reimagining of the Peanuts characters in their adolescent years in a much darker but still entertaining narrative; Almost Maine by John Cariani, described as a "delightful midwinter night's dream;" Mr. Marmalade by Noah Haidle, a dark comedy about friends (imaginary and real) and "growing up in difficult times;" The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by one of my favorite playwrights Stephen Adly Guirgis, "set in a time-bending, darkly comic world between heaven and hell, re-examining the plight and fate of the New Testament's most infamous and unexplained sinner;" and After Ashley by Gina Gionfriddo, life in a "media firestorm" seen through the point-of-view of a teenage boy.

Maybe I'll be able to find the time to read them all.