Plays/Drama Sitemap - Page 2 2016-09-26

"My Last Duchess," a Poem by Robert Browning: Analysis
Robert Browning's poem is a dramatic monologue, in which a character distinctly different from that of the poet is speaking to someone else.

Analysis of "My Last Duchess" - Page 2
A close reading of Robert Browning's dramatic monologue, including its characters and how women were treated in Victorian culture. Page 2.

Veronica from "Curse of the Pharaoh's Kiss"
Here's a comedic female monologue taken from a play that's set in 1930s Egypt.

A Raisin in the Sun - Study Guide and Plot Summary
A Raisin in the Sun - Study Guide and Plot Summary Lorraine Hansberry's Play about an African American family in the 1950s.

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Plays/Drama. Page 2.

"The Crucible,"a play by Arthur Miller
An analysis of the drama that used the story of the Salem Witch Trials of the 1600s to comment on the

Competitive Improv Theater Games for Improv Actors
Competitive Improv Games - Theater Games for Improv Actors

Best Villain Monologues by William Shakespeare
A collectyion of the best dramatic speeches by Shakespeare's villains.

12 Angry Pigs - Original Ten Minute Play
Free one act play, free for students and drama clubs to use. This comedic parody of

12 Angry Pigs - Part Two - Free One Act Play
The second part of

12 Angry Pigs - Part Three - Free One Act Play
The final part of

A Raisin in the Sun Summary & Analysis - Act 2, Scene 3
This plot summary and study guide for Lorraine Hansberry's play, A Raisin in the Sun, provides an overview of Act Two, Scene Three.

"A Streetcar Named Desire": Final Scene
Plot summary and analysis of the final scene of Tennessee Williams' play,including the famous line:

"A Streetcar Named Desire": The Rape Scene
Summary and analysis of Scene Ten of Tennessee Williams's tragedy, where Stanley Kowalski rapes Blanche DuBois.

Lady Bracknell & Jack Worthing Scene in Wilde's "Earnest"
A classic farce written by Oscar Wilde,

"How Do I Get an Equity Card?"
First of all, some of you may be wondering,

Comedic Male Monologue From Cowboys and Idiots
In this comedic male monologue from

Comedic Female Monologue - Funny Librarian Monologue
This original comedic female monologue from

Review of Arthur Miller's Play "The Crucible"
Arthur Miller's. Plays/Drama.

Santa's Reply - Christmas Monolog - Comedic Male Monologue
In this comedic male monologue, Santa replies to Mrs. Claus, as he desperately tries to win back her heart. Perfect for actors and students looking to perform a funny Christmas themed monologue.

Eliza Doolittle's Monologues from Pygmalion
A pair of comedic female monologues from George Bernard Shaw's

Improv Game - Surprise Guests
A fun improv game, great for drama students or party-goers.

How Do I Join the Screen Actors Guild? How to Get a SAG Card
How Do I Join the Screen Actors Guild? How to Get a SAG Card. This article explains how to become a professional actor. How to work with casting directors and land auditions. It also discusses the best ways to work as a background actor or an extra in movies and television.

"More from Story Theatre"
Here's another collection of ten dramatized stories by Paul Sills - a follow-up piece to

"All I Really Needed to Know I Learned by Being in a Bad Play"
If the theatre is a place where we learn many life lessons, this one-act demonstrates that many of those lessons come from being in a bad play.

Classroom Improvisation Guidelines
Here is a list of guidelines that can help ensure that classroom improvisation activities are productive and valuable.

Posters of Classroom Improvisation Guidelines
Classroom Improvisation Guidelines in poster form--one for older students and one for younger students.

Holiday Skits for Young Students
Now that December is here, the holidays are in full swing. To bring festivity into the classroom, grade school teachers can find a lot of free holiday skits

Robert Browning's Dramatic Monologues
Since April is National Poetry Month, it seems befitting to present the best of Robert Browning’s dramatic monologues. Although not as famous as his lyrical

"Just Another High School Play"
Ooh, am I jealous! Bryan Starchman has created the type of play I've often day-dreamed about writing. His farcical play spoofs (and celebrates) high school

What is an "Ad Lib"?
When you say something off-the-top of your head you are

"Death of a Salesman": What Does Willy Loman Sell?
In the play Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller avoids mentioning Willy Loman’s sales product. The audience never knows what this poor salesman sells. Why?

Is 'Waiting for Godot' a Comedy Or a Tragedy?
Samuel Beckett's classic Waiting for Godot is sometimes funny, sometimes depressing, and almost always strange. The play is subtitled:

"Promedy" - Newly Published Play for Teens
It's delightful for a playwright to see his/her work on stage. It's also a joy to see the work in print. I have been very fortunate to have had twenty of my

What is a Closet Drama?
No, a

Why Is It Titled "The Crucible"?
This fall, literally millions of high school students will be reading Arthur Miller's The Crucible for the very first time. Written in the early 1950s, this

"Irony" by Wade Bradford
With theater competitions upon us, many students are sending me emails with questions about monologues. The most common one has been about a one-act play of

Rippling Water and Stage Lighting Effects
During the next two months, I will be directing a new re-telling of The Little Mermaid. This version doesn't have any of those catchy Disney songs. But I am

Themes of "Long day's Journey into Night"
Plays/Drama.

The Santa Interviews - Short Christmas Play


"Rotten Tomatoes" for Theater
Whew! It took along time to find this website! And by a long time, I mean about fifteen minutes, which when you are googling can seem like traveling at glacier

Delusion and Denial in "A Streetcar Named Desire"
Plays/Drama.

The Greatest Play Ever Written?
Plays/Drama.

The Themes of "Doubt"
Plays/Drama.

Meaning of the Title: "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
Plays/Drama.

What Play Was Lincoln Watching?
Plays/Drama.

Plays About Cancer
Plays/Drama.

Compare and Contrast Characters
Plays/Drama.

"Who Am I This Time?"
When Helene and Harry act together, sparks fly. Helene falls hard, but is she in love with the man or with his character? Can she get Harry to change?

John Steinbeck's "The Pearl"
This one-act adaptation of the novella by John Steinbeck communicates the major events in this allegory and retains the mood and elegant language of the original work.

The Chronicles of Jane, Book Seven
A play with an unlikely title could be just the one-act you need for a large group of young actors:

The Fifteen Minute Hamlet
Playwright Tom Stoppard took Shakespeare’s words and plot and pared them down into a rapid-fire re-telling of the famous story for actors of all ages.

Plays
Detailed information on plays, one-acts, playwrights, and musicals for use by teachers, directors, actors, and students

Life Lessons from "A Chorus Line"
What can we learn from Edward Kleban and Marvin Hamlisch's musical

Man and Superman - Act Three: The Dream Sequence
Synopsis of

"Man and Superman" - Act Three Continued
Analysis of the Life Force and the Superman as discussed in George Bernard Shaw's play. Page 2.

The Little Mermaid - Act Two, Scene One (Part One)
Royalty free Little Mermaid play, written by Wade Bradford.

Private Lives by Noel Coward - Act One
A synopsis of Act One of Private Lives. Summary of the characters from Noel Coward's play.

Process Drama: Mantle of the Expert
Students play the roles of experts while the teacher plays someone who seeks information, advice, or explanations in this educational drama strategy.

"The Hundred Dresses"
This play set over 75 years ago dramatizes the effects that even mild bullying (mainly by girls) can have on both the bullied and the bystander.

"M. Butterfly," a play by David Henry Hwang
An overview,including plot,themes and production history,of this Tony-winning drama that starred BD Wong and John Lithgow on Broadway.

American plays vary in plot, but these 9 themes resurface.
American playwrights have repeatedly and successfully mined these 9 themes in their dramatic works. Need to compare and contrast several plays? Check here.

Eight Scenes for High School and College Actors from I and You"
A play that features 2 teenagers as the only characters -

"Ruthless! The Musical"
A two-act musical play that is an outrageous parody of Broadway musicals and plays and movies! And it has substantial roles for 8 females!

Story Theatre: The Play
Story Theatre by Paul Sills is a full-length play with music, adapted from fairy tales collected by the Brothers Grimm and a few of Aesop’s fables.

Its stories plus theatre!
Story Theatre involves actors in narrating and acting out short and long stories.

Fighting NOT for real!
Stage combat is the term used for any act of violence done or attempted by actors playing characters on other actors (playing characters) during the performance of a play.

Stage Combat
Stage combat is the term used for any act of violence done or attempted by actors playing characters on other actors (playing characters) during the performance of a play.

Baby Theatre
Baby Theatre or Theatre for the Very Young or Theatre for Early Years (TEY) is a relatively new genre of professional theatre and its target audience is not silent, still children who remain in their assigned seats. Multi-sensory and interactive, the productions seek to appeal to children at their developmental level.

The Human Slide Shows Drama Strategy
Human Slide Shows are series of Tableaux—several frozen pictures presented in chronological order to show what happened first, second, third, etc. in a sequence of events.

Scenes for Acting Practice
Selections of scenes from new and familiar plays for actors--especially student actors--to use in class.

Blog
Blog. Plays / Drama.

Pygmalion, Act One - Plot Summary
A plot synopsis of Pygmalion, a 1913 comedy written by G. B. Shaw.

Comic Superhero Improv Games
Learn about these three fun, easy-to-perform improv games. Each improvisation scene involves superhero characters. It's a great way to combine comedy and comic books!

Oedipus' Monologue From "Oedipus the King"
Accepting his fate as decreed by the gods, Oedipus realizes his tragic destiny.

Selection of Suspense Thrillers on Stage
Five of the best on-stage thrillers. Unlike mysteries in which the audience searches for clues to figure out “whodunit,” thrillers let viewers know who the bad guys are in advance. Then, the audience spends the rest of the play on the edge of their proverbial seats, who will win: the evil doer or the innocent victim?

List of Fantasy Themed Stage Plays
Fantasy has long since delighted young and old alike. Although this very visual genre offers a great many challenges to a director, it can be a very fulfilling experience to both the audience and the artists.

Beating Around the Bush Monologue From "The Roommates"
In this comedic male monologue from a Wade Bradford script called

Themes of Sam Shepard's Plays - "True West"
An analysis of the themes and characters found in Sam Shepard's family dramas such as the plays True West, Curse of the Starving Class, and Buried Child.

Husband's Comedic Monologue From "Tomorrow's Wish"
In this comedic monologue for male actors, David Pomerville, a man in his late forties, tries to win back his estranged wife. This humorous monologue comes from the play

5 Ways to Improve Your Grades With Drama
Improve your grades by using drama and theater skills. An amusing look at the benefits of acting lessons. 5 Ways Drama Class Can Improve Your Grades.

"Antigone" Study Questions - Characters and Themes
Antigone Study Questions - Characters and Themes of Antigone by Sophocles

Medea's Monologue by Euripides (Mother Character)
In one of the most chilling monologues in all of Greek Mythology, Medea seeks revenge against Jason (the father of her children) by stealing the lives of her offspring.

The Seagull by Chekhov - Character Analysis
A character analysis of the comically tragic characters in Chekhov's play,

The Seagull by Chekhov - Character Analysis
A character analysis of the comically tragic characters in Chekhov's play, Page 2.

The Seagull by Chekhov - Character Analysis
A character analysis of the comically tragic characters in Chekhov's play, Page 3.

A Streetcar Named Desire - Scene Three Plot Summary
A Streetcar Named Desire - Scene Three, Plot Summary of Tennessee Williams' Play

All My Sons Analysis and Plot Summary - Act Three
Act Three of Arthur Miller's. Plays / Drama.

Curtain Call Dos and Don'ts for the Stage
How to do a curtain call. Curtain call: dos and don'ts.

Comedic Female Monologue From "Cinderella in New York"
This original comedic female monologue from

Agatha Christie's Mystery Plays
Agatha Christie wrote more crime novels than any other writer. In the 1930s she began a “second career” as a record-breaking playwright. A look at five.

Character Arc - Analyze the Protagonist
A character arc studies the way in which a character changes. When studying a character in dramatic literature. There are several vital questions that should be explored: What motivates the character? How and why does the protagonist transform throughout the play?

Playwright Henrik Ibsen - Author of 'A Doll's House'
Norwegian playwright and poet Henrik Ibsen (1828 – 1906) created twenty-six plays and a volume of poetry. He is noted for his nationalistic spirit and for exploring Europe’s social problems during the 1800s.

Ismene's Monologue From "Antigone"
A dramatic female monologue from Sophocles' play

Teaching Drama Class for 2nd Grade Through 5th Grade
A guide to teaching drama class for 2nd through 5th grade. Most students this age are very outgoing and wildly imaginative. Make use of these qualities, and praise the students whenever they exhibit creativity.

Antigone's Defiant Monologue by Sophocles
In this scene, King Creon has just learned that Antigone has defied his laws by providing a proper burial for her disgraced brother.

'A Streetcar Named Desire' Study Guide - Act 1, Scene 1
A Streetcar Named Desire written by Tennessee Williams is set in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The year is 1947 - the same year in which the play was written.

How to Have Fun at a Renaissance Faire
Renaissance Faires are a fasinating form of entertainment and interaction. It's a combination of history, drama, and even a bit of drunken merriment. Learn how to make the most out of your visit to a Renaissance Faire.

A Streetcar Named Desire - Scene Four Study Guide
A Streetcar Named Desire - Scene Four Study Guide and Plot Summary.

'A Streetcar Named Desire' - Summary and Study Guide
A Streetcar Named Desire (Scene Eight)- A plot summary of Tennessee Williams' steamy drama, featuring a very pathetic birthday party for the faded southern belle, Blanche Du Bois.

Comedic Female Monologue From "Much Ado Out West"
This original comedic female monologue from the play

Youth Version of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Review of the children's theater adaptation of

A Streetcar Named Desire - Scene Five Summary
A Streetcar Named Desire - Scene Five - Study Guide and Plot Summary character analysis of Stella and Blanche DuBois. Essay help for Stanley Kowalski.

"No Exit" by Jean-Paul Sartre - Characters and Themes
Character Analysis of. Plays / Drama.

"Picasso at the Lapin Agile" by Steve Martin
Steve Martin's play (yes, that Steve Martin) is set in a Parisian bar and imagines a comical encounter between Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein.

The Crucible Study Guide - Plot, Characters, Themes
A study guide of Arthur Miller's masterwork The Crucible, including plot summary, main characters, themes and suggestions for further reading.

Stage Combat
Where are fights supposed to be done right? Well, on stage is one place!

Angels in America - Character Analysis
Essay help for Angels in America. A brief character analysis of Tony Kushner's protagonist, Prior Walter. Themes and plot summary.

Comedic Male Monologue From 10-Minute Play "Conflict"
This comedic monologue looks at how audiences crave hardship for the main characters in plays and stories, the narrator provides an example of a “boring” story without conflict.

"Hurlyburly," a Play by David Rabe - Character Analysis
This darkly comic drama set in the Hollywood Hills tells the story of four self-destructive bachelors, each of whom is pursuing careers in the film industry

Finding School Plays for Drama Teachers and Directors
Drama Teacher Resources - Play Publishing Companies for Drama TeachersFind a Play - School Plays for Drama Teachers and Directors

The Miracle Worker, a play by William Gibson
An overview of the play and film that tell the true story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan,the teacher who brought her deaf-blind pupil back into the world.

Theater Basics: How To Read A Play Script
Advice for students to get the most out of the reading of dramatic literature, including: Visualize the characters, and research the historical context.

"Doubt," a Play by John Patrick Shanley
Study guide of this Pulitzer Prize winning drama about a nun in a Catholic school in the Bronx in 1964 who suspects a priest of molesting a child.

Bus Stop, a 1955 Broadway Play by William Inge
William Inge's comedy was a Broadway play made into a movie starring Marilyn Monroe. Read about the plot, characters, and an analysis of its pros and cons.

An Analysis of Songs and Themes in 'Hairspray'
The messages of Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman's musical are important to understanding this upbeat and life-affirming broadway play.

Dramatic Monologues by Sophocles - Greek Theater
The speeches found in Sophocles' plays

"Glengarry Glen Ross" by David Mamet - Characters, Plot
Synopsis of the play with essay tips on characters, themes, and quotes. Also include an analysis of Alec Baldwin's monologue from the film.

Synopsis of A Raisin in the Sun - Act One, Scene Two
Synopsis of. Plays / Drama.

Getting Your Students to Work Productively in Classroom Drama
Ideas collected from successful drama teachers to help teachers help students participate productively in drama.

12 Costume Shop Survival Tips for Actors
Actors who want costumes that work well on stage should know how to work well with the people who make them.

Stage Directions (Left, Right, Upstage, Downstage)
How do you tell the difference between stage right and stage left? Upstage and downstage? Here is a handy diagram that clearly details the different stage directions.

"Death of a Salesman": Linda Loman
An analysis of the character of Willy Loman's wife in Arthur Miller’s American tragedy, a woman whose life has been filled with disappointment.

"Twelve Angry Men," a Play by Reginald Rose.
A study guide, including plot, production history, themes, for this courtroom drama about a jury deliberating a verdict for a young man accused of murder.

"Death of a Salesman" by Arthur Miller: Willy Loman
Analysis of the central character in this play - Willy Loman's childhood, how he's a poor role model, his affair, his friends and neighbors.

"A Streetcar Named Desire," by Tennessee Williams: Setting
An analysis of the setting for this play - Blanche's view of New Orleans, the two-room flat, cultural diversity in the French Quarter after World War II.

Stage Directions - Abbreviations
Abbreviated Stage Directions. Plays / Drama.

Stage Directions: Actor's Point of View
Stage Directions: Actor's Point of View

Top 10 Plays for Theater Newcomers
New to theater? If you only see ten plays in your entire life, follow this list and you'll be a culturally and artistically well-rounded theater-goer.

"A Dolls House," a Play by Henrik Ibsen: Plot Summary
The 1879 drama tells the story of a seemingly typical housewife who becomes disillusioned and dissatisfied with her condescending husband.

George Bernard Shaw: 5 Best Comedies and Dramas
George Bernard Shaw began writing plays in the late 1800s. Many consider Shaw’s body of work to be second only to Shakespeare. Shaw possesses a deep love of language, high comedy, and social consciousness.

Mother Character Monologue - The Glass Menagerie Monologue
Monologue from Amanda Wingfield, the mother character in Tennessee Williams

A Raisin in the Sun - Act Two, Scene Two Plot Summary and Study Guide
A Raisin in the Sun - Act Two, Scene Two Plot Summary and Study Guide to Lorraine Hansberry's play

"Ghosts" Character Analysis - Mrs. Alving from Henrik Ibsen's "Ghosts"
Mrs. Alving, the female lead from

"Amadeus" by Peter Shaffer
Overview and character analysis of

Neil Simon's Plays - Autobiographical Trilogy by Neil Simon
Where do comedy writer's get their ideas? This overview of Neil Simon's autobiographical plays analyzes how the playwright developed his unique sense of humor. Plot and character analysis of

Tennessee Williams Plays: My Favorite Five
A look at five of the more than 30 full-length plays by the Southern dramatist. 5.

Tennessee Williams' Best Plays
The last two plays of a list of the top five plays by Tennessee Williams. Page 2.

A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller
Character analysis of Eddie Carbone, protagonist from A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller.

"All in the Timing" - One Act Plays by David Ives
All in the Timing is a collection of one act plays by David Ives, including such comedies as

Themes & Characters - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Ken Kesey’s novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was adapted for the stage by Dale Wasserman. It premiered on Broadway in 1963.

"Mrs. Claus Dumps Santa," Monologue
This complete text of a short humorous monologue for a female features Mrs. Claus writing a Dear John letter to Santa, breaking up with him.

"A Dolls House," a Play by Henrik Ibsen: Nora Helmer
A character study of the protagonist in Ibsen's tragedy,one of the most complex characters of 19th century drama: childlike, clever, desperate,transformed

Monologue From "Sleeping Beauty and the Beast"
In this passage from a fairy tale spoof, the Wicked Witch offers Sleeping Beauty the gift of a curse.

Beatrix's Act Two Monologue from "Promedy"
In this comedic female monologue, Beatrix confronts Dante, an arrogant drama-geek. During her funny monologue she convinces him to take the cheerleader to the Prom. This monologue is from

Monologue from the play "Cinema Limbo" by Wade Bradford
The text of a humorous monologue by a character named Vicky, who complains about the geek who has fallen in love with her.

Funny Monologue for a Woman From "CSI Neverland"
This original comedic female monologue is from a play by Wade Bradford.

"The Crucible," a Play by Arthur Miller: Abigail Williams
A character study of the young, vicious and devious antagonist from the drama about the Salem witch trials.

One Act Plays and Scenes, Royalty-Free - List
Links to short plays and scenes to help drama teachers, directors and theater students find the perfect choice for your cast and/or classroom.

Prom Date Monologue - Comedic Monologue for Male Actors
This comedic monologue is taken from

Improv Game - Taxi Cab
An amusing, high-energy improvisation activity for ages 7 to 99. (Well, okay, I guess one-hundred year olds can play too!)

Dante's Revenge - Comedic Monologue from "Promedy"
Dante's Revenge - Comedic Monologue from

Roller Coaster Monolgue - Comedic Female Monologue
A comedic female monologue about a woman who tried to break up with her boyfriend while riding on a roller coaster. Funny monologue for actress.

Prom Monologue From Promedy by Wade Bradford
Text of speech from new play, in which 17-year-old Beatrix explains to her fellow student why the prom (which has been canceled) means so much to her.

"The Importance of Being Earnest," a Play by Oscar Wilde
A summary of Act 1 of the playwright's famous comedy.

"Proof," A Play by David Auburn
Plot summary and assessment of the Pulitzer-winning drama about the daughter of a brilliant but mad mathematician, now dead.Catherine fears she is mad too.

"Wit," a Play by Margaret Edson: Dr. Vivian Bearing
An analysis of the central character in this drama about a woman, who is a scholar of the work of John Donne, dying of cancer.

Introducing Tableau, Continued
Students practice the drama strategy Tableau - performing frozen, silent, concentrated poses that depict a significant moment in a text that they are reading.

"Hedda Gabler," a Play by Henrik Ibsen
An overview of the Norwegian playwright's 1890 tragedy about a bored and jealous housewife, with the setting, plot synopsis, and a few lines of dialogue.

Monologue of Coriolanus' Mother - Volumnia's Monologue from Coriolanus
Shakespeare Monologue - Volumnia, mother of Coriolanus, begs her son to stop his attack on Rome. A great classic monologue for auditions!

"Reasons to Be Pretty," a Play by Neil LaBute
A look at the characters and plot summary of this hard-edged comedy that focuses on the relationship between two couples. It premiered on Broadway in 2008.

My Favorite Stephen Sondheim Musicals
This beloved American theater composer and lyricist has been writing musicals since 1956. Here are the five I like the most,and why they are the best.

"Death of a Salesman," a Play by Arthur Miller: Review
Wade Bradford offers a critical look at this much-praised American tragedy and finds it overrated, explaining what he sees as its flaws.

Choosing Suicide
Wade Bradford offers a critical look at this much-praised American tragedy and finds it overrated, explaining what he sees as its flaws. Page 2.

"Fat Pig," a Play by Neil LaBute
Plot, characters, and importance of this comedy/drama about the problems a man feels in dating an overweight woman to whom he is attracted.

"The Crucible," a Play by Arthur Miller: Reverend Parris
A character study of the self-righteous spiritual leader of Salem in Miller's drama about the Salem Witch Hunts.

"Death of a Salesman," a Play by Arthur Miller
Plot summary of Miller's well-known tragedy about Willy Loman, with links to further reading.

"A Streetcar Named Desire," a Play by Tennessee Williams
Overview, plot summary, character breakdown and essay ideas for this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama.

A Raisin in the Sun Study Guide for Act Three
Study guide and plot summary for A Raisin in the Sun

"A Raisin in the Sun" - Act Two, Scene One - Summary
This plot summary and study guide for Lorraine Hansberry's play, A Raisin in the Sun, provides an overview of Act Two.

Introducing Tableau to Students
An arts-integrated teaching strategy that drama teaching artists use to help students make mental images of the texts that they read is Tableau.

A concise list of criteria that contribute to excellence in creating a Tableau
Tableau Excellence: A concise list of criteria that contribute to excellence in creating a Tableau

Ancient Greek Theater: Satyr Plays as the First Comedy
The modern sex comedy and satirical plays have their roots in the Ancient Greek's satyr plays. A look as well at

"Journey's End," a play by R.C. Sherriff
An overview of a drama that takes place in the trenches among British soldiers waiting for battle during World War I.

Mother Courage and Her Children, a Play by Bertolt Brech
An overview of this darkly humorous tragedy about a war profiteer who sells supplies to soldiers in the Thirty Years' War, but loses all her children.

The Boys Next Door, a Play by Tom Griffin
An overview of this 1980s comedy-drama about social worker Jack and four intellectually disabled men who live together in a small apartment.

How to be a Makeup Artist - Professional Stage Makeup
How does one become a professional stage makeup artist? This revealing interview with Makeup designer Judi Lewin provides advice and insight into a tough but creatively fulfilling career.

About Noel Coward's Supernatural Comedy- Blithe Spirit
The playwright is Noel Coward. And the play he created during England’s battle-scarred year of 1941 is Blithe Spirit, a delightfully satirical comedy about ghosts.

"Inherit the Wind" - Character Analysis
Inherit the Wind - Character Analysis of Evolution vs. Creationism Play Inherit the Wind, a fictionalize account of the Scopes Monkey Trial.

Inherit the Wind - Evolution vs. Creationism Play Inherit the Wind
Inherit the Wind - Character Analysis of Evolution vs. Creationism Play Inherit the Wind. Page 2.

Antigone's Monologue - Dramatic Speech From Sophocles
In this moving speech, Sophocles' devoted protagonist reflects upon her choices and their consequences.

Henrik Ibsen's "Ghosts" - Plot Summary of Act One
Study guide and plot summary of Henrik Ibsen's family drama.

Farce in Drama - Definition and Examples
What is a farce? Learn more about this comedic genre.

Theatre and Drama
Theatre and Drama: These terms are frequently used interchangeably, but there can be some distinctions between the two terms.

"Private Lives": Themes and Characters
Synopsis of the conclusion of Noel Coward's play, Private Lives. Includes biography of Noel Coward and an analysis of the domestic violence portrayed in the play.

Dramatic Female Monologue - Rose's Monologue from "Tomorrow's Wish"
Dramatic Female Monologue - Rose's Monologue from

The Critic's Monologue - Comedic Monologue for Men or Women
The Critic's Monologue - Comedic Monologue for Men or Women from a play called

The Actor Games - Scene from One Act Play
The first scene to

Profile of Lillian Hellman's Life and Career - Biography of Lillian Hellman
Biography of Lillian Hellman, her literary career and personal life. female playwright: Author of The Children's Hour and The Little Foxes.

The Real Thing - A Play by Tom Stoppard
A review of Tom Stoppard's relationship drama,

West Side Story
Which is better? The stage production of West Side Story, or the film version of West Side Story?

Thoroughly Modern Millie
Review of the Broadway Musical,

The Book of Mormon: The Musical
A review of The Book of Mormon - the musical created by Matt Stone and Trey Parker.

Review of Man of La Mancha - Musical of Don Quixote
A positive review of the Mitch Leigh / Joe Darion musical retelling of Cervantes'

"Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead" by Tom Stoppard - A Smart, Funny Spoof of Hamlet
Written by Tom Stoppard,

Improvisation Game - Foreign Film
In this improvisation activity two onstage actors ask the audience for a location. Once a setting has been selected, the scene can begin. The onstage actors speak in a fabricated language.

Improv Ask Fors: What is an Ask For?
Ask Fors are requests for suggestions from the audience. Improv actors receive some of their best material when the crowd shouts out simple, zany, and/or creative ideas. Here's a list of original ask fors.

Monologue from Great Expectations - Joe Gargery's Monologue
The novel

Improv Game - Off - Script
This amusing improvisation game involves one performer with a script and a second performer with a wild imagination.

Murder Mystery Comedies
The Best Murder Mystery Comedies ever! The 39 Steps, The Murder Room, the Musical Comedy Murders of 1940.

Sad Plays - Tragedies and Tear-jerkers
A list of the saddest plays ever written, including: Night Mother, Oedipus the King, Wit by Margaret Edson, and Death of a Salesman.

Tragedies and Tearjerkers - Top Ten Saddest Plays
Tragedies and Tearjerkers - Top Ten Saddest Plays

"The Heidi Chronicles" by Wendy Wasserstein
A brief critique of

Victorian Monologues - Poetry and Dramatic Monologues
Analysis of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning's influence on poetry and dramatic monologues of the Victoria Age.

Narrative Improv Games
An improvisation activity that helps actors tell stories and develop characters.

Improv Olympics - Olympic Themed Improv Games
Four new improvisation games, all of them perfect for Olympic Season! Easy to learn improv games.

Interview Improvisation
Interview-based improv games and activities.

Improv Sing Along Games - Musical Improv Activities
A list of music improv games including some favorite games from Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Compare and Contrast - Edgar Allan Poe with Robert Browning
Who is more demented? The speaker in Browning's dramatic monologue or the speaker in the poem

Scary Shakespeare Monologues
Creepy, scary Shakespeare monologues for women and men.

The Vampire Monologues - Vampire Monolog #1 - The Welcome Speech
A funny monologue from The Vampire Monologues

Vampire Monologue #3 - Aria the Forever Teenage Vampire
Like a vampire soap opera, perhaps similar to Dark Shadows, The Vampire Monologues is the ongoing story of misfit vampires who seek shelter from the harsh human world.

Scary Campfire Story Monologue
A monologue for a 40 - 60 year old female, written by Wade Bradford.

Best Non-Hamlet Monologues from "Hamlet"
Neither a borrower or a lender be. Read the best supporting character monologues from

Romeo's Monologues
Romeo's Best Monologues. Is Romeo really in love?

Mercutio Monologues
The best scenes and monologues featuring Mercutio from

Aristophanes - Comedic Monologues from Ancient reece
Two monologues by Aristophanes: Lysistrata and The Knights.

Teacher Monologues and Texting
Teacher Monologues: Classic vs. Rogerian

Jocasta from "Oedipus the King" - Jocasta's Monlogue
Dramatic female monologue of Queen Jocasta, the doomed mother of Oedipus.

Mother Character Monologue - Mama Rose from Gypsy
The lyrics to Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim's musical fable

Dramatic Monologue - My Last Duchess by Robert Browning
This sinister monologue is delivered by the Duke of Ferrara. During the scene, he shows the portrait of his late wife to a visitor. As he talks about the sweet, young Duchess, the audience learns that the Duke had her executed simply because she smiled at others.

Nina's Monologue from "The Seagull" by Anton Chekhov
Chekhov's protagonist, Konstantin, has written an experimental play. His love interest, Nina, has agreed to perform this avante-garde piece. The monologue provides insight into Chekhov's view of modern theater.

Comedic Male Monologue - Ishmael from "JT and the Pirates" Funny Monologue
This comedic male monologue from

Comedic Male Monologue - Romeo's Monologue from Spoof "Romeo Revised"


Dramatic Monologue - Porphyria's Lover by Robert Browning
This highly disturbing and violent poem is spoken from the point of view of a murderer. When his ladylove, Porphyria, confesses her love, the narrator strangles her with her own hair in order to preserve their “happiest moment.” Sick, twisted, and diabolically eloquent!

The Other Phantom Musical -- Kopit and Yeston's "Phantom"
Although Andrew Lloyd Webber's

Top Ten Jukebox Musicals
A top ten list of the best jukebox musicals of all time.

Top Five Jukebox Musicals
The best jukebox musicals on Braodway and the West End.

Urinetown - The Musical
A synopsis of Urinetown. Plays / Drama.

Lessons from The Book of Mormon
A look at the songs, messages, and meanings of The Book of Mormon - The Musical.

"The Santa Interviews" - Part One by Wade Bradford
Looking for a free Christmas play for kids? Or a seasonal comedy that could be performed by adults?

Cowboys and Idiots - Stage Play
In the funniest western comedy since Blazing Saddles, two idiots who are searching for money, revenge, and the meaning of life. Cowboys and Idiots is based upon a 2004 film, written and directed by Wade Bradford (with a lot of help from Joshua Eklund!).

Time Trippers - Skits for Kids
Time Trippers is written by Wade Bradford. The following script was adapted into a short web series by Wade Bradford and John Medlen.

Comedic Two Person Scene from Shaw's Pygmalion (My Fair Lady)
A comic scene between Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins from the play

Scene from Curse of the Pharaoh's Kiss - Veronica and Rodney
A scene from

"The Seafarer" by Conor Mcpherson - Summary of the Play
A plot summary of The Seafaraer by Conor McPherson. A look and the characters and events of this modern day supernatural tale about playing poker with the Devil.

Act Two of "The Seafarer" by Conor McPherson
Synopsis of The Seafarer, a play by Conor McPherson. Summary of the plot and characters from the supernatural drama about a devil who plays poker to win a man's soul.

The Misanthrope - Characters and Synopsis
A character and plot summary of Moliere's play,

Superior Donuts by Tracy Letts
Essay help and analysis of characters, themes, and the script Superior Donuts: a play by Tracy Letts.

Water by the Spoonful - Characters and Themes
What is Water by the Spoonful mean? Find out in this guide to Quiara Hudes' play.

Reasons to Be Pretty - Act Two
Study guide for reasons to be pretty by Neil labute

Clybourne Park - Conclusion
The ending of Clybourne Park, Bruce Norris' sort-of sequel to A Raisin in the Sun.

Run for Your Wife - Play by Ray Cooney
Run for Your Wife failed as a movie but was one of the most successful comedies of the 1980s. What happened? Why did Ray Cooney's film do so poorly?

"Race" by David Mamet - A Play About Skin, Sex, and Scandal
A character analysis of the principle figures in David Mamet's drama, Race.

"The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?" by Edward Albee
A plot and character synopsis of the script, The Goat, also known as Who Is Sylvia?

Long Day's Journey Into Night - Act One
Summary of

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - Act One
Plot summary and character analysis of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof: focus on Act One, featuring synopsis of Brick Pollitt, Maggie the Cat, and Big Daddy.

The Best of Shakespeare's History Plays - The Henriad
Wade's number one favorite work of Shakespeare: the epic tetralogy of Richard II, Henry IV, Part One, Henry IV Part Two, and Henry V.

A Streetcar Named Desire - Scene Six - Plot Summary for "Streetcar Named Desire"
A Streetcar Named Desire - Scene Six - Plot Summary for

"Uncle Vanya" - Essay Help and Study Guide
Uncle Vanya: Character Analysis and Plot Summary of Anton Chekhov's play about country life.

Uncle Vanya: Climax, Conclusion and Study Questions
Uncle Vanya: Climax, Conclusion, Themes and Essay Topics for Anton Chekhov's drama. Page 2.

Dracula - The Stage Play
Plot summary of Dracula, a play written by Steven Dietz based upon Bram Stoker's Dracula. This relatively faithful adaptation is not without its challenges for the actors and director. However, it's better than many other adaptations of this creep vampire story.

Jake's Women by Neil Simon
Plot and character analysis of Neil Simon's comedy,

Best of Shakespeare - Part Four - Hamlet
Hamlet is Shakespeare's most personal play, and although it is not his best play on my list, it comes very close to the top spot.

Sam Shepard Plays - "Curse of the Starving Class" and "Buried Child"
Character analysis of two plays by Sam Shepard: Buried Child and Curse of the Starving Class.

A Life in the Theatre
A Life in the Theatre - David Mamet's comedy about life on the stage.

The Mountaintop by Katori Hall
Katori Hall's play, The Mountaintop stars Samuel L. Jackson as Martin Luther King Jr. and Angela Bassett as an angel maid.

Barefoot in the Park - Neil Simon's Romantic Comedy
Character and themes in Neil Simon's romantic comedy: Barefoot in the Park.

Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest - Act Three of Oscar Wilde's Comedy
Importance of Being Earnest Study Guide of Oscar Wilde's play. In the climx of

Speed-the-Plow Plot Summary and Study Guide
Speed-the-Plow Plot Summary and Study Guide - Character Analysis and Story Synopsis of David' Mamet's

Scene Two of "A Streetcar Named Desire"
Plot summary and character analysis for A Streetcar Named Desire. Study tips and essay help for Tennessee Williams' play.

Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest - Act Two of Oscar Wilde's Comedy
Plot summary and study guide for

Ghosts - Plot Summary and Study Guide - Act Three of Henrik Ibsen's Ghost
The climax and resolution of Henrik Ibsen's drama,

You Can't Take It With You - Themes of Kaufmann and Moss Play You Can't Take It With You


Plays by John Patrick Shanley - Playwright of "Doubt"
An overview of plays by John Patrick Shanley, author of

Comedic Older Male Monologue - Mr. Doolittle from Shaw's Pygmalion
A comedic monologue for an older male actor from George Bernard Shaw's comedy,

What is "The Laramie Project"? - The Matt Shepard Play
The Laramie Project is a documentary-styled play that analyzes the death of Matthew Shepard, an openly gay college student who was brutally murdered because of his sexual identity. The play was created by playwright/director Moisés Kaufman and and members of the Tectonic Theater Project.

Henrik Ibsen Plays - Study Guides for A Doll's House, Hedda Gabler, and Ghosts.
Henrik Ibsen Plays - Study Guides for A Doll's House, Hedda Gabler, and Ghosts.

A Streetcar Named Desire - Scene Seven - Plot Summary and Study Guide
A Streetcar Named Desire - Scene Seven - Plot Summary and Study Guide: Character analysis of Blanche DuBois. Stanley Kowalski and his wife Stella discuss Blanche's life in her home town of Laurel, Mississippi.

A Streetcar Named Desire - Scene Nine
A Streetcar Named Desire - Scene Nine Plot Summary and Study Guide. Character analysis of Blanche Du Bois from Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams.

Develop Characters - Creating Non-Human Animal Characters
Acting like an animal helps younger drama students to physically assume different poses, not to mention adopt different perspectives. This article offers several tips and activities to help drama students develop non-human characters.

Find a Children's Theater - The Best Youth Theater Workshops
Youth theater or Children's Theatre Workshops can provide a terrific experience for kids, if the parents can find the right workshop. Find out all you need to know about Children's Theater Workshops.

Christmas Plays and Holiday Skits
Find information about free Christmas plays, seasonal skits and holiday classics such as

Mother Character Monologue - Arkadina's Monolgue The Seagull by Anton Chekhov
Female Monologue from Anton Chekhov's tragic-comedy

Scrooge's Monologue from "A Christmas Carol"
Scrooge's Monologue from

Musicals for Mothers - Musical Shows Perfect for Moms
The top five mother-friendly musicals.

Choose the Right Setting for Your Play
Oftentimes, aspiring playwrights make the mistake of creating plays with vague, uninteresting settings. Or, they do the opposite and write a play that has so many different settings that it might prove impossible to produce.

David Mamet Plays - Speed the Plow, and Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet
The Best of David Mamet's plays. A brief look at American Buffalo, Speed the Plow, and Glengarry Glen Ross, Olenna, and Duck Variations.

Pygmalion
Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw

Pygmalion
Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw

Slapstick
Slapstick. Plays / Drama.

Make Up
Make Up - Definition of Make Up. Plays / Drama.

Half
Half - Stage Manager Terms. Plays / Drama.

Seriously Scary Plays - Halloween Plays
Most Halloween productions are playful spoofs of worn out movie monsters. Although campy shows are a blast, there is nothing quite like getting thoroughly creeped out by a seriously bone-chilling play.

Sight Line
What are sight lines? Plays / Drama.

Trap Door
What is a trap door? Plays / Drama.

Vaudeville
What is Vaudeville? Plays / Drama.

Vomitorium
What is a vomitorium? Plays / Drama.

Work Lights
What are work lights? Plays / Drama.

Miracle Play
What is a Miracle Play? Plays / Drama.

Musical
Definition of a musical. Plays / Drama.

Opening Night
What is opening night? Plays / Drama.

Paper the House
What does it mean to

Prop Table
What is a prop table? (Also known as

Repertoire
What is a repertoire? Plays / Drama.

Hot Spot
What is a Hot Spot? Plays / Drama.

Hit
What is a hit? Plays / Drama.

Ham It Up
Ham It Up - Theater Slang Plays / Drama.

Jackknife Stage
What is a jackkinfe stage? Plays / Drama.

Lead
What is a lead? Plays / Drama.

Blind Seat
Blind Seat - the Worst seat ever!

Deus Ex Machina - God From the Machine - Lazy Conclusions and Resolutions
In greek drama, playwrights often ended the play with a god or goddess floating down to the stage, solving all of the characters' problems. This became known as deus ex machina.

Warm Up Activity - Emotion Orchestra
An excellent warm-up activity that gets performers to vocalize, emote, and pay attention.

Profile of Edward Albee's Life and Career - Biography of Edward Albee
A brief biography of Edward Albee, American playwright - author of

Improv Game - Genre Switching - Drama Activity
Improvisation game - perfect drama activity for improv actors who want to play around with different genres / styles of storytelling. Ideal for anyone seeking an easy, fun improv game.

Improv Game: Sit, Stand, Lean
A very phsyical and very funny improv game involving three performers.

Kill
What does kill mean? Theater terms: kill.

The Iceman Cometh
A review of Eugene O'Neill's classic drama, The Iceman Cometh. What are the flaws and strengths of this play? Analyze the characters Theodore Hickman (Hickey), Larry Slade, Harry Hope, and Don Parritt. What is the meaning of the title, The Iceman Cometh?

Principal
What is a principal role? Who are the principal actors?

Operetta
What is an Operetta? What is the difference between an opera and an operetta.

Rain Box
What is a rain box? Theater sound effect for rain.

Rear Projection
What is Rear Projection? How do you create a rear projection in a play or musical?

Spike Tape
What is spiking the stage? How to use spike tape.

Acoustics - Sound in the Theater Auditorium
Acoustics - Sound in the Theater Auditorium

Ghostlight
What is a ghostlight? Why do theaters use ghostlights? Are theaters haunted?

Greasepaint
What is Greasepaint? Theater / make-up glossary.

Jacobean Theatre
What is Jacobean Theatre? When was was age of Jacobean Theater?

Morality Play
What are morality plays? Definition of a morality play from the middle ages.

Muse
What is a Muse? Who are the nine Muses?

Chew the Scenery
Chew the Scenery - an old theater saying about one's limited acting ability.

Commedia dell'Arte
What is Commedia dell'Arte? A description of early Italian comedies.

Dark
Dark - Theater terms and definitions. What does it mean when a theater is

George Spelvin - Pseudonym for Actors
Who is George Spelvin? A traditional pseudonym used in American Theater.

Exposition - Expository Scene
What is exposition? What is an expository scene?

Astrov's Monologue from "Uncle Vanya" (Written by Anton Chekhov) - Monologue for a Male Actor
In the first act of Anton Chekhov's play,

Limelight
What is limelight? What does it mean to be in the limelight?

Spotlight
What is a followspot? Origins of spotlights in theater.

Pratfall
What is a pratfall? How do you do a pratfall?

Pyrotechnician
What is a pyrotechnician? What are pyro technics? What does a pyrotechnician do?

Denouement
Denouement - the resolution of a play.

Piper's Opera House
Piper's Opera House served as the entertainment center of the thirving mining town: Virginia City, Nevada.

"L" Theater Glossary - From "Laugh Line" to "Line Rehearsal"


Playwrights
Discover the struggles and triumphs of playwrights throughout the ages.