Plays and Playwrights

Young Adult Bibliography

Plays and Playwrights

ED 5502 Reading and Literature, Grades 5-12

prepared by Jane M. Gangi, PhD


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American Alliance of Theatre and Education Distinguished Play Award:



Acosta, Belinda, 3 Girls and Clorox

Alfaro, Luis, Black Butterfly, Jaguar Girl, Pinata Woman and Other Super Hero Girls Like Me

Aristophanes, Lysistrata, The Wasps

Asher, Sandra Fenichel, A Woman Called Truth: A Play in 2 Acts Celebrating the Life of Sojourner Truth

Ayckbourn, Alan, Gizmo

Berghammer, Greta, and Rod Caspars, Broken Hearts

Brecht, Bertolt

Brooks, Laurie, Deadly Weapons, Everyday Heroes, Selkie, The Tangled Web, The Wrestling Season, Devon’s Hurt

Bush, Max, Ezigbo the Spirit Child

Chekhov, Anton

Childress, Alice, When the Rattlesnake Sounds

Clunie, Gloria Bond, North Star

Cole, Norma, And the Tide Shall Cover the Earth

Davis, Ossie, Langston, A Play, Escape to Freedom: A Play about Young Frederick Douglass

Doyle, Sir Arthur

Draper, Sharon, Romiette and Julio

Durang, Christopher

Fugard, Athol, Master Harold …and the Boys

Gibson, William, The Miracle Worker

Gilbreth, Frank, Cheaper by the Dozen

Greig, Noël, Rainbow’s Ending

Hansberry, Lorraine, A Raisin in the Sun

Hines, Kim, Home on the Mornin’ Train

Holman, David, Whale:  The Story of Puti, Siki and K’Nik:  A Family Audience Play for a Multi-racial      Cast

Ibsen, Henrik, Hedda Gabler, A Doll’s House

Jennings, Caleen, A Lunch Line: Contemporary Scenes for Contemporary Teens

Jennings, Coleman, and Gretta Berghammer, Theatre for Youth: Twelve Plays with Mature Themes

Jennings, Lola H., and Coleman A. Jennings, Braille: The Early Life of Louis Braille

Kaufman, Bel, Up the Down Staircase

Kaufman, Moises and the Tectonic Theater Project, The Laramie Project

Kesselman, Wendy, Maggie Magalita

Koste, Virginia Glasgow, The Chicago Gypsies

Macleish, Archibald, J.B.

Mamet, David, Oleanna

Marques, Rene, La Carreta/The Oxcart

Masters, Edgar Lee, Spoon River Anthology

Medoff, Mark, Children of a Lesser God

Menken, Alan and Howard Ashman, Little Shop of Horrors:  A New Musical

Miller, Arthur, Death of a Salesman; The Crucible

Moliere, Tartuffe, The Doctor in Spite of Himself

Myers, Ben, Walking with Shadows

O’Neill, Eugene, Long Day’s Journey into Night

Parks, Suzan-Lori, Topdog/Underdog

Pinter, Harold

Pullman, Philip, Sherlock Holmes and the Limehouse Horror


Raspanti, Celeste, I Never Saw Another Butterfly

Rostand, Edmond, Cyrano de Bergerac

Ryan, Tammy, The Music Lesson

Saar, David, The Yellow Boat

Shakespeare, William, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth, Much Ado about Nothing

Shange, Ntozake, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide, When the Rainbow Is Enuf

Shaw, George Bernard, Pygmalion; Arms and the Man

Shephard, Sam, Buried Child

Sheridan, Richard, School for Scandal

Simon, Neil, Proposals

Smith, Anna Deaver, Fires in the Mirror; Twilight: Los Angeles

Soto, Gary

Sophocles, Antigone, Oedipus

Steinbeck, John, Of Mice and Men

Still, James, Amber Waves, And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank

Stoppard, Tom, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Strindberg, August

Surface, Mary Hall, Most Valuable Player and Four Other All-Star Plays for Middle and High School         Audiences, Prodigy

Taylor, Drew Hayden, The Bootlegger Blues, Toronto at Dreamer’s Rock

Thomas, Dylan, Under Milkwood

Vigil, Angel, ¡Teatro!: Hispanic Plays for Young People

Weller, Michael, Fifty Words

Wilde, Oscar, The Importance of Being Earnest

Wilder, Thornton, Our Town, The Skin of Our Teeth

Wilson, August, Fences, Ma Rainey’s Big Black Bottom

Williams, Tennessee.  The Glass Menagerie, Summer and Smoke, A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Yamauchi, Wakako, And the Soul Shall Dance