Catalog of Plays

Plays in the Cold Reads digital collection are posted individually in Category: Digital Scripts, under a range of sub-topics (period, type, length, etc.) All full-length plays are listed below, alphabetically by author, with links to the text. For links to one-acts and ten-minute plays, click Short Plays.

NOTE: Posted scripts rarely include descriptive information.  Most are comprehensively discussed and analyzed on line. For a concise overview, Wikipedia is a good start.

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Alphabetically by Author:

David Lindsay-Abaire: Rabbit Hole
Rick Abbott: Play On!
Liz Duffy Adams:
Or,
Terry Adcock: Swept Away by Murder
Aeschylus:
AgamemnonLibation Bearers; Eumenides; Oresteia; Oresteia-Lowell (Lowell translation)
Zoë Akins: The Old Maid
Ayad Akhtar:
  Disgraced
Edward Albee: 
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?A Delicate BalanceSeascape, Three Tall Women; Tiny Alice; Five Short Plays
Maxwell Anderson:
Both Your Houses; Winterset

Anonymous: EverymanThe Second Shepherds Play
Anonymous: Pierre Pathelin
Anonymous: The York Cycle
Jean Anouilh:
Antigone
Aristophanes: Birds; Frogs
David Auburn: 
Proof  
Ann Baker: The Flick
James Baldwin: Blues for Mister Charlie
Alan Ball:
Five Women Wearing the Same Dress
Samuel Beckett: Waiting for GodotEndgame
Aphra Behn: The Rover 
David Belke: That Darn Plot
Michael Bennett: A Chorus Line  –
Bertolt Brecht: 
Saint Joan of the StockyardsMother Courage and Her ChildrenThe Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui ; Galileo
Calderon de la Barca: Life is a Dream
Marc Camoletti: Don’t Dress for Dinner; Boeing Boeing
Albert Camus: The Misunderstanding
Karel Capek: R. U. R.
John Cariani: Almost, Maine
Marina Carr:
By the Bog of Cats
Paddy Chayevsky: Marty
Anton Checkov: The Cherry OrchardThe Seagull; Uncle Vanya
Agatha Christie” The Mousetrap
Michael Cristofer – The Shadow Box 

Donald L. Coburn: The Gin Game

William Congreve: The Way of the World
Marc Connelly: The Green Pastures
Ray Cooney: Funny Money, Run for Your Wife
Noel Coward: Three from Tonight at 8:30; Blithe Spirit
Russel Crouse & Howard Lindsay: State of the Union
Nilo Cruz: Anna in the Tropics
Owen Davis:   
Icebound
Clarence Day: Life with Father
Nick Dear:
The Art of Success
Alonzo Delano: A Live Woman in the Mines
Joe DiPietro: 
Over the River and Through the Woods
by Katherine DiSavino:  Nana’s Aaughty Knickers
Rita Dove: The Darker Face of the Earth
John Dryden: All for Love
Christopher Durang: 
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; The Marriage of Bette & Boo
Margaret Edson:  
Wit
Arthur Duke Ernsberger & Albert L Dulin: Doctor Rocket’s Last Night on Earth
Jackie Sibblies Drury: Fairview
Albert R Dulin: Sitting for Suzie
Friedrich Durrenmatt: The Physicists
T S Eliot: Murder in the Cathedral; The Cocktail Party
George Ethredge: The Man of Mode
Euripides: 
Bacchae
Jules Feiffer: Feiffer’s People
Georges Feydeau: A Flea in Her Ear
Henry Fielding: The Tragedy of Tragedies
Horton Foote: The Young Man From Atlanta
Norm Foster: Bedtime Stories; Halfway There; Opening Night; The Gentleman Clothier; One Moment
Michael Frayn: Noises Off
Max Frisch: The Firebugs
Athol Fugard: Master Harold and the Boys
Charles Fuller:  
A Soldier’s Play
Brian Friel: Dancing at Lugnasa
Ketti Frings: Look Homeward, Angel
Zona Gale:  
Miss Lulu Bett
Jean Genet: The Balcony
Frank D. Gilroy: The Subject Was Roses
Jean Giraudoux: 
The Madwoman of Chaillot
Susan Glaspell:  
Alison’s House
Nikolai Gogol: The Government Inspector
Carlo Goldoni: The Servant of Two Masters
Oliver Goldsmith:
She Stoops to Conquer
Charles Gordone: No Place to be Somebody
George Gray: The Dog Man of Brignoles; Implausible Truths
Philip Grecian: A Christmas Story
David Valdes Greenwood: The Mermaid Hour
Stephen Adly Guirgis:  Between Riverside and Crazy
Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich: 
The Diary of Anne Frank 
Paul Green: In Abraham’s Bosom
Diana Grisanti: River City 
Patrick Hamilton: Angel Street
Wendy Hammond: Absence
David Hare: The Judas Kiss
Jeremy O. Harris: Slave Play
Jordan Harrosin:
Maple & Vine
Moss Hart: Light Up the Sky
Vaclav Havel: The Garden Party
; Leaving
Lillian Hellman: The Little Foxes; Another Part of the Forest
Beth Henley: 
Crimes of the Heart
Sidney Howard:  They Knew What They Wanted 
Quiara Alegría Hudes:  Water by the Spoonful
Hatcher Hughes: Hell-Bent fer Heaven
Henrik Ibsen: 
The Master BuilderHedda Gabler, An Enemy of the People
, Peer Gynt; Pillars of Society
Eugene Ionesco: Rhinoceros
William Inge: PicnicBus Stop; The Mall
Alfred Jarry: Ubu Roi
Ben Johnson: Volpone
Terry Johnson: Hysteria
Rajiv Joseph:
Gruesome Playground Injuries
G. S. Kaufmann & Moss Hart: 
You Can’t Take It With YouOf Thee I Sing
George Kelly:  Craig’s Wife
Joseph Kesselring: Arsenic and Old Lace
Sidney Kingsley:  
Men in White, Five Plays
Jack Kirkland: Tobacco Road
Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey: Next to Normal
Jon Klein: T Bone N Weasel
Joseph Kramm: The Shrike
Tony Kushner: Angels in America: Millennium Approaches
Jonathan Larson: Rent
G E Lessing:  Nathan the Wise
Tracy Letts: 
August: Osage County
Ira Levin: Deathtrap
Frank Loesser and Abe Burrows: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Adam Long, Reed Martin & Austin Tichenor: The Complete History of America (Abridged)
Federico Garcia Lorca: Blood Wedding; The House of Bernarda Alba
Ken Ludwig: Lend Me a Tenor
Robert Luxford: Nuns
Archibald MacLeish: J. B.

Maurice Maeterlinck: Pélléas and Mélisande; The Blue Bird
David Mamet: Glengarry Glen Ross; Romance; OleannaSexual Perversity in Chicago; Duck Variations; Faustus; Lakeboat; A Life in the Theatre; American Buffalo; The Woods; The Water Engine
Jean-Pierry Martinez: Strip Poker
Donald Margulies:  
Dinner with Friends
Edgar Lee Masters: Spoon River Anthology book (the book)
W. Somerset Maugham: The Constant Wife
Ivan Menchell: The Cemetery Club
Molly Smith Metzner: Elemenopea
Arthur Miller:  The CrucibleDeath of a Salesman
Jason Miller: That Championship Season
Lin-Manuel Miranda:  Hamilton
Moliere:
TartuffeThe Misanthrope; The Miser; The Imaginary Invalid
Tad Mosel:
 All the Way Home

Don Nigro: The Curate Shakespeare As You Like It
Hideki Noda: The Red Demon
Marsha Norman: 
‘night, Mother
Bruce Norris:  
Clybourne Park
Lynn Nottage: Ruined; Sweat; Crumbs from the Table of Joy
Sean O’Casey: The Shadow of a Gunman
Clifford Odets: Waiting for Lefty; Awake and Sing!
Eugene O’Neill:  
Beyond the HorizonAnna ChristieThe Emperor JonesThe Hairy ApeMarco MillionsAll God’s Chillun Got WingsDesire Under the ElmsLazarus LaughedThe Great God BrownStrange InterludeMourning Becomes ElectraAh, Wilderness!The Iceman Cometh A Moon for the MisbegottenA Touch of the Poet; Long Day’s Journey Into Night; Diff’rent; The First Man; Gold
Joe Orton: What the Butler Saw
; Loot
John Osborne: Look Back in Anger; Luther
Peter Oswald: Lucifer Saved
Suzan-Lori Parks: Father Comes Home from the WarsTopdog/Underdog
John Patrick: The Teahouse of the August Moon
Harold Pinter: Betrayal; The Homecoming; One-Acts
Luigi Pirandello:
Six Characters in Search of an AuthorRight You Are (If You Think You Are)Enrico IV
Plautus: Menaechmi
JB Priestly:  An Inspector Calls
Nina Raine: Consent
David Rambo: God’s Man in Texas
Adam Rapp:
Red Light Winter
Elmer Rice:   
Street Scene; The Adding Machine
Mark A. Ridge: The Vultures
Gary Richards: Second Summer
Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Joshua Logan:
South Pacific
J T Rogers: Oslo
Reginald Rose:
Twelve Angry Men
Sarah Rule: Melancholy Play: A Contemporary Farce
Howard Sackler: The Great White Hope
William Saroyan: The Time of Your Life; The Beautiful People
Robert Schenkkan: The Kentucky Cycle
Peter Shaffer: Amadeus
William Shakespeare: 
Complete Works (courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library); ALSO other editions of The Winter’sTale; As You Like It; King John; The Comedy of Errors; The Taming of the Shrew
John Patrick Shanley:  
Doubt: A Parable
G. B. Shaw: Man and SupermanMajor BarbaraMrs. Warren’s ProfessionCandidaSaint JoanThe Devil’s DiscipleJohn Bull’s Other Island, Back to Methuselah, The Doctor’s Dilemma; Too True to Be Good
Wallace Shawn: 
Marie and Bruce
Sam Shepard:  Curse of the Starving ClassBuried Child:  True West
; Fool for Love
Janes Sherman: Beau Jest
Richard Brinsley Sheridan: The School for Scandal
Robert E. Sherwood: Abe Lincoln in IllinoisThere Shall Be No Night; Idiot’s Delight
Dell Shores: Daddy’s Dyin’, Who’s Got the Will?
Larry Shue: The Foreigner
Neil Simon:  Lost in Yonkers, California Suite, Star Spangled Girl, The Good Doctor, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Play It Again, Sam; Rumors
Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine:
Sunday in the Park with George
Sophocles: Oedipus RexAntigone
Gary Ray Stapp: The Trouble with Cats
Tom Stoppard: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are DeadRock ‘n’ Roll; The Real Inspector Hound
J. M. Synge: 
Playboy of the Western World
Tom Taylor: The Ticket-of-Leave Man
Dylan Thomas: Under Milk Wood; A Child’s Christmas in Wales
Leo Tolstoy: The Power of Darkness
Ivan Turgenev: A Month in the Country
Alfred Uhry: Driving Miss Daisy
Paula Vogel: How I Learned to Drive
Kurt Vonnegut: Happy Birthday, Wanda June
Anne Washburn: Mr Burns: A Post Electric Play
Dale Wasserman: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Wendy Wasserstein:
The Heidi Chronicles
Jerome Weidman, George Abbott, Jerry Bock, and Sheldon Harnick: Fiorello!  –
Peter Weiss: Marat-Sade
Oscar Wilde:
The Importance of Being Earnest, A Woman of No Importance; Lady Windermere’s Fan
Thornton Wilder: 
The Skin of Our TeethOur Town; The Matchmaker
Jesse Lynch Williams  
Why Marry?
Tennessee Williams: 
The Glass MenagerieCat On a Hot Tin RoofNot About NightingalesThe Rose TattooA Streetcar Named Desire27 Wagons Full of Cotton and other playsAmerican BluesSummer and SmokeNight of the IguanaOrpheus DescendingSuddenly Last SummerSweet Bird of YouthPeriod of Adjustment
August Wilson: The Piano Lesson;  Fences
Lanford Wilson: Talley’s Folly
Doug Wright: I Am My Own Wife
William Wycherly:
The Country Wife
James Yaffe: The Deadly Game
Karen Zacarias: Native Gardens

Paul Zindel: The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

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