Plays Summaries

Hamlet

  • Last updated on April 8, 2021

“infobox Book “ name Hamlet image image caption Cambridge School of Shakespeare Edition author William Shakespeare country England language English genre Shakespearean Tragedy publisher Cambridge University Press release date 1609 media type Play pages 289 isbn 0521618746 Outside Elsinore Castle in Denmark, a ghost has begun haunting the night. The ghost bears a striking resemblance […]

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The Zoo Story

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

“infobox Book “ name The Zoo Story image image caption Black Rat Production cover author Edward Albee country United States language English language genre(s) Play publisher Penguin Group release date 1958 media type Paperback pages 42 isbn 0698104188 The Zoo Story is a one-act play written by Edward Albee and published in 1958. The play […]

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The Sisters Rosensweig

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

“Book” Title The Sisters Rosensweig Link http://www.enotes.com/sisters-rosensweig Author Wasserstein, Wendy The Sisters Rosensweig is a play focusing on Jewish themes, and was written by Wendy Wasserstein. The play first opened in April 1992 at the Seattle Repertory Theatre. It premiered off-Broadway in a Lincoln Center Theater production at the Mitzi Newhouse Theater on October 22, 1992, and closed on February […]

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12 Angry Men

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

Twelve Angry Men is a 1954 teleplay written by Reginald Rose for the Studio One anthology television series. Initially staged as a CBS live production on 20 September 1954, the drama was later rewritten for the stage in 1955 under the same title and again for a feature film, 12 Angry Men (1957). The episode […]

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Life of Galileo

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

Life of Galileo (in German: Leben des Galilei) is a play written by the German dramatist Bertold Brecht, of which exist many versions and revisions. The most important ones were written in the years 1938-1939 (Danish version), 1943-1945 (American version) and 1956 (Berliner version). The work tells about Galileo Galilei’s life. Summary Act 1 Act […]

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A Raisin in the Sun

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

“infobox Book “ name A Raisin in the Sun image image caption Random House cover author Lorraine Hansberry country America language English language genre(s) Social issues publisher Random House release date 1959 media type Paperback pages 162 isbn 0375508333 A Raisin in the Sun is a play by Lorraine Hansberry that debuted on Broadway in […]

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The Miracle Worker

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

The Miracle Worker is a cycle of 20th century dramatic works derived from Helen Keller’s autobiography The Story of My Life. Each of the various dramas describe the relationship between Keller — a deafblind and initially almost feral child — and Anne Sullivan, the teacher who introduced her to education, activism, and international celebrity. Its […]

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Twelfth Night

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

Twelfth Night, Or What You Will is a comedy by William Shakespeare, based on the short story “Of Apolonius and Silla” by Barnabe Riche. It is named after the Twelfth Night holiday of the Christmas season. It was written around 1601 and first published in the First Folio in 1623. The main title is believed […]

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Tis Pity She’s a Whore

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

Tis Pity She’s a Whore‘ is a tragedy written by John Ford. It was likely first performed between 1629 and 1633, by Queen Henrietta’s Men at the Cockpit Theatre. The play was first published in 1633, in a quarto printed by Nicholas Okes for the bookseller Richard Collins. Ford dedicated the play to John Mordaunt, […]

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The House of Bernarda Alba

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

The House of Bernarda Alba (La casa de Bernarda Alba) is a play by the Spanish dramatist Federico García Lorca. Along with Blood Wedding and Yerma it forms Lorca’s ‘Rural Trilogy’. Lorca’s last play, it was completed on June 19, 1936, several months before Lorca’s execution, and first performed in 1945. The play centers on […]

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A Doll’s House

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

“infobox Book “ name A Doll’s House original title Et dukkehjem image image caption Student edition author Henrik Ibsen translator Michael Meyer country Norway language Original: Norwegian Translated: English genre(s) Social issues publisher Hard Press release date 1879 media type Hardback and Paperback pages 122 isbn 1406914835 A Doll’s House (literally translated A Doll’s Home, […]

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a romantic comedy by William Shakespeare, written sometime in the 1590s. It portrays the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of amateur actors, their interactions with the Duke and Duchess of Athens, Theseus and Hippolyta, and with the fairies who inhabit a moonlit forest. The play is […]

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The Tempest

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

“infobox Book “ name The Tempest title_orig translator image image_caption author William Shakespeare illustrator cover_artist country England language English languageEnglish genre Drama, Play publisher release_date pages isbn “The Tempest”, written by William Shakespeare, embodies both seemingly timeless romance and the historically specific moment in which Europe begins to explore and conquer the New World. Prospero, […]

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Death of a Salesman

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize winning play of 1949 is widely considered to a cornerstone of American letters. A caustic attack on the “American Dream” of materialism, Death of a Salesman is a three-act play (two acts and a “requiem”), centering on the main character, Willy Loman. At age sixty-three, Willy has been a traveling salesman […]

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Antigone

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

“infobox Book” name Antigone image image caption Cover of Fagles translation orig title Ἀντιγόνη author Sophocles translator Robert Fagles country Greece language Original: Ancient Greece Translated: English series The Three Theban Plays genre(s) Greek Tragedy publisher Penguin release date Original: <441 BC Translation: 1984 media type Play pages 432 isbn 9780140444254 preceded_by Oedipus at Colonus […]

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The Crucible

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

“infobox Book “ name The Crucible image image caption Penguin Classics edition author Arthur Miller country America language English language genre(s) Social issues publisher Penguin release date 1953 media type Paperback pages 143 isbn 0142437336 The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a play written in 1953 during the time of McCarthyism, when the US government blacklisted accused […]

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Othello

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

“Infobox Book” name Othello title_orig translator image image_caption author William Shakespeare illustrator cover_artist country language English series subject genre publisher release_date english_release_date media_type pages isbn preceded_by followed_by Othello opens in the stately city of Venice, a worldwide hub for trade and commerce. The first characters introduced are Iago, an ensign denied promotion by Othello, and […]

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Bodas de Sangre (english)

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

Bodas de Sangre centers around the struggle of Leonardo, a man who is married and has one child, with another to be born soon, but who is still in love with his ex-girlfriend of 3 years. He even rides his horse so hard that everyone has noticed, and his “suegra” tells him that he will […]

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Much ado about nothing

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

Written by William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy. Set during Medieval times, it is also, essentially, a love story. Young Count Claudio has returned from war, and meets the lovely Hero, daughter of the man Claudio is staying with. He asks her to marry him, and she consents. But the night before […]

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Romeo and Juliet

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

“Infobox Book “ name Romeo and Juliet image image caption Folger Shakespeare Library Edition author William Shakespeare country England language English genre Tragedy, Love publisher Simon & Schuster release date 1597 media type Paperback pages 301 isbn 0743477111 The play begins with a large fight between the Capulets and the Montagues, two prestigious families in […]

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Macbeth

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

“Infobox Book “ name Macbeth image image_caption Cover of Updated Edition author William Shakespeare country England language English genre Tragedy publisher Folger Shakespeare Library release_date 1606 media_type play pages 249 isbn 0743477103 The play opens with Macbeth and Banquo, two of the Scottish King Duncan’s generals, returning from battle when they encounter three witches in […]

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