Dramatic Literature Comprehensive Exam Reading List


Aeschylus Agamemnon; The Libation Bearers; The Eumenides

George Aiken Uncle Tom’s Cabin  

Anonymous  The York Cycl

Anonymous Rabinal Achi

Anonymous Everyman

Aristophanes   The Frogs


Pedro Calderón de la Barca Life Is a Dream; The Great Theater of the World

Samuel Beckett Waiting for Godot; Endgame; Krapp’s Last Tape; Not I

Aphra Behn The Rover; The Forc'd Marriage

Big Art Group SOS

Dion Boucicault   The Octoroon

Bertolt Brecht The Measures Taken; Mother Courage and Her Children

Georg Büchner Woyzeck

William Wells Brown The Escape; or A Leap for Freedom


Karel Čapek   R.U.R.

Anton Chekhov  The Cherry Orchard; Three Sisters

Aimé Césaire A Tempest

Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz The Loa for the Auto Sacramental of The Divine Narcissus

Marjorie Chan  China Doll

Collective Creation The Farm Show

Caryl Churchill Cloud Nine; A Number; A Dream Play

Hélène Cixous / Ariane Mnouchkine  Tambour sur la digue/ Drums on the Dam


Jess Dobkin Everything I’ve Got

Marguerite Duras Hiroshima, Mon Amour


Euripides  Medea, The Bacchae


Karen Finley We Keep Our Victims Ready

Maria Irene Fornés Fefu and her Friends; Mud

Brad Fraser Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love

Athol Fugard, John Kani, and Winston Ntshona The Island


Hrotsvit of Gandersheim Dulcitius

Jean Genet The Maids

Susan Glaspell  Trifles

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Faust, Part 1

Nikolai Gogol The Inspector General

Olympe de Gouges Black Slavery, or the Happy Shipwreck

Guan, Hanqing Snow in Midsummer


Tawfiq al-Hakim Song of Death

Peter Handke Offending the Audience

Vaclav Havel Memorandum

Tomson Highway Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing

Langston Hughes Don’t You Want to Be Free

Zora Neale Hurston Color-Struck

David Henry Hwang M. Butterfly


Henrik Ibsen  Peer Gynt; Hedda Gabler


Alfred Jarry King Ubu

Elfriede Jelinek Sports Play

Branden Jacobs Jenkins An Octoroon

Ben Jonson  Masque of Blackness


Kalidasa The Recognition of Sakuntala* 

Sarah Kane Blasted

Tony Kushner Angels in America, Part I: Millennium Approaches

Thomas Kyd The Spanish Tragedy


Young Jean Lee The Shipment

Gotthold Ephraim Lessing Nathan the Wise

George Lillo The London Merchant

Federico García Lorca The House of Bernarda Alba


Taylor Mac The Lily’s Revenge

Pierre de Marivaux  The Dispute

Christopher Marlowe The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus

Vladimir Mayakovsky The Bedbug

David Mamet Glengarry Glen Ross

Arthur Miller The Crucible

Heiner Mueller Hamletmachine

Monique Mohica Princess Pocahontas and the Blue Spots

Molière Tartuffe; The Bourgeois Gentleman


Eugene O’Neill The Emperor Jones

Andrés de Olmos (attribution) Final Judgement


Suzan-Lori Parks The America Play;  Topdog/Underdog

Harold Pinter The Homecoming  

Luigi Pirandello Six Characters in Search of an Author

Titus Maccius Plautus The Captive  


Tracy Chima Utoh-Ezeajugh Nneora: An African Doll’s House


Jean Racine Phaedra

Tadeusz Rozewicz The Card Index


Djanet Sears The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God

Lucius Annaeus Seneca Thyestes

Ntozake Shange For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is Enuf

William Shakespeare  Hamlet ; Twelfth Night, or, What You Will ; The Tempest; Richard III

George Bernard Shaw  Pygmalion

Sam Shepard Buried Child

Richard Brinsley Sheridan The School for Scandal

Sophocles  Antigone, Oedipus the King

Wole Soyinka Death and the King’s Horseman

György Spiró Chickenhead

Gertrude Stein Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights

Tena Stevičić 3 Winters

John Augustus Stone  Metamora

August Strindberg Miss Julie, A Dream Play       

John Millington Synge   Riders to the Sea


Sophie Treadwell Machinal

Michel Tremblay Hosanna

Tristan Tzara Gas Heart


Various  Futurist Sintesi

Lope de Vega  Fuente Ovejuna

Guillermo Verdecchia Fronteras Americanas

Vyasa Mahabharata


Derek Walcott The Sea at Dauphin

The Wakefield Master  The Second Shepherds’ Play

John Webster  The Duchess of Malfi

Oscar Wilde  The Importance of Being Earnest

Tennessee Williams A Streetcar Named Desire; Camino Real

August Wilson Fences

Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz The Mother


d’bi young.anitafrika  Yagaya. Two.womyn.black.griots


Zeami, Motokiyo Atsumori