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August: Osage County
August: Osage County By Letts, Tracy (Book - 2008 ) PS3612.E887 A75 2008 and more… Available in some locations

Annotation:The ultimate story of family dysfunction, this sensational drama from Chicago playwright Letts wowed audiences and won a Pulitzer Prize.

Dancing at Lughnasa
Dancing at Lughnasa By Friel, Brian (Book - 1990 ) PR6056.R5D36 1990 and more… Available in some locations

Annotation:Set in rural Ireland in the 30s, this tale of a large family enduring hardships is atmospheric and charming.

Doubt A Parable By Shanley, John Patrick (Book - 2005 ) PS3569.H3337D68 2005 and more… Available in some locations

Annotation:A nun who heads a Catholic school begins to suspect her resident priest of sexual misconduct towards a student in this play that took Broadway by storm.

Fat Pig
Fat Pig A Play By LaBute, Neil (Book - 2004 ) PS3612.A28F38 2004 and more… Available in some locations

Annotation:One of provocateur LaBute's best plays not to be made into a movie, this is the story of a young man and the overweight woman he falls in love with.

I Am My Own Wife
I Am My Own Wife Studies for A Play About the Life of Charlotte Von Mahlsdorf : A Play By Wright, Doug (Book - 2004 ) PS3573.R53252I3 2004 and more… Available in some locations

Annotation:Wright's one-man play tells a rich and astonishing life story based on interviews with German Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, an elderly transvestite who survived the Nazi and Communist regimes in East Berlin.

Metamorphoses A Play By Zimmerman, Mary (Book - 2002 ) PS3576.I66M47 2002 and more… Available in some locations

Annotation:Classic stories from myth, given sumptuous new life by Mary Zimmerman. The play includes photos from the spellbinding stage production.

Proof A Play By Auburn, David (Book - 2001 ) PS3551.U28P7 2001 and more… Available in some locations

Annotation:Set in Hyde Park, this surprising drama of genius and madness in a professor's family contrasts the drastically different natures of proof in mathematics and in life.

Shining City
Shining City Includes Come on Over By McPherson, Conor (Book - 2005 ) PR6063.C73S55 2005 and more… Available in some locations
The History Boys
The History Boys By Bennett, Alan (Book - 2006 ) PR6052.E5H57 2006 coll. Closed Stacks and more… In-library use only at this time in some locations
Wit A Play By Edson, Margaret (Book - 1999 ) PS3555.D4845W58 1999 and more… Available in some locations

Annotation:Dr. Vivian Bearing, a professor of English who is dying of ovarian cancer, shares the story of her illness and reflects on her life in this powerful modern work for the stage.

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