play thirty three: oh, the humanity and other good intentions

Author: Will Eno Published: 2011 Synopsis: This collection of five short plays is explained best the Writer’s Note. “The five short plays that make up Oh, The Humanity and other good intentions move toward feeling by way of thought, and toward gratitude by way of loss. These largely sane plays feature people alone or in pairs, or…

i died for beauty

I died for beauty, but was scarce Adjusted in the tomb, When one who died for truth was lain In an adjoining room. He questioned softly why I failed? “For beauty,” I replied. “And I for truth – the two are one; We brethren are,” he said. And so, as kinsmen met a-night, We talked…

play twenty one: cat on a hot tin roof

Author: Tennessee Williams Published: 1955 Synopsis: A family sweats around the unspoken in a plantation home in the Mississippi Delta. It’s Big Daddy’s birthday and he’s been given false hope about his terminal illness, his youngest son Brick is drinking himself to death, Brick’s wife Maggie is doing her best to make what she can…

play seventeen: how i learned to drive

Author: Paula Vogel Published: 1997 (won Pulitzer in 1998) Synopsis: Our narrator Li’l Bit takes us along the mainline of her difficult life and her fraught relationship with her aunt’s husband, Uncle Peck. A series of purported driving lessons that extend from the cusp of pre-adolescence into adulthood explore the role that our rampant cultural misogyny plays in creating a…

play fourteen: angels in america part two: perestroika

Author: Tony Kushner Published: 1993 Synopsis: (as before) Three threads of American living gradually interweave in the cold new era of Reagan and in the face of the catastrophic AIDS crisis. Louis is confronted with his own cowardice as he abandons his lover Prior to struggle with his diagnosis of AIDS alone. Mormon couple Harper and…