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Plays for Teens

Amadeus by Peter Shaffer (822 Shaffer)
A highly subjective view, in dramatic format, of the relationship between Mozart and Salieri.

Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon (812 Simon)
A witty play about a young married couple living in New York.

Brian’s Song by William Blinn (Bio Piccolo)
This edition is the screenplay of the television movie about the doomed football player Brian Piccolo.

Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon (812 Simon)
The first of 3 semi-autobiographical plays about the growing pains of Brooklyn-born Eugene Jerome. The other 2 are: Biloxi Blues and Broadway Bound.

Camelot by Alan Jay Lerner (822 Lerner)
This musical tells of the tragic love of King Arthur and Guenevere.

The Crucible by Arthur Miller (822 Miller)
A powerful play that deals with the Salem witch trials of 1692.

The Darker Face of the Earth by Rita Dove (812.54 Dove)
This verse play, based on the story of Oedipus and placed within the context of slavery, is set on a plantation in antebellum South Carolina.

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller (812 Miller)
The powerful drama of Willy Loman, a salesman, and his tragic end.

Deathtrap by Ira Levin (812.54 Levin)
A suspenseful mystery, with interesting plot twists, that keep the reader guessing.

The Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich (812 Goodrich)
A translation into play format of the famous diary kept by the Jewish girl hiding from the Nazis.

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds by Paul Zindel (812.54 Zindel)
This play deals with a widow and her 2 daughters, one of whom finds fulfillment in a science project.

The Fantasticks by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt (782.14 Schmidt)
The text and lyrics of the long-running musical about young love and meddling fathers.

Fences by August Wilson (812.54 Wilson)
The prize-winning play about a black family living in Pittsburgh in 1957 and ruled by a domineering father.

Fiddler on the Roof: Based on Sholem Alecihem’s Stories by Joseph Stein and Sheldon Harnick (782.14 Bock)
The script and lyrics of this musical set in pre-Revolutionary Russia.

Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde (822 Wilde)
Mistaken identities are one of the dramatic ploys used in this comedy of manners.

Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee (812 Lawrence)
A dramatic re-creation of the evolution trial that pitted Darrow against Bryan.

Lion in Winter by James Goldman (812.54 Goldman)
A rich historical play about Henry II, his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, and their 3 sons.

Lost in Yonkers by Neil Simon (812 Simon)
Prize-winning play about 2 brothers forced to live with their strict grandmother and ditzy aunt after their mother dies.

A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt (822 Bolt)
The story in play form of the conflict between Sir Thomas More and Henry VIII.

Man of La Mancha by Dale Wasserman (812 Wasserman)
Based loosely on Cervantes’ novel, this is the story of the adventures of Don Quixote and his servant Sancho Panza.

The Miracle Worker: A Play for Television by William Gibson (812 Gibson)
An expanded version of the television play about Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller.

The Most Popular Plays of the American Theatre: Ten of Broadway’s Longest-Running Plays ed. by Stanley Richards (812.08 Most)
The 10 hits include Life with Father, Tobacco Road, Abie’s Irish Rose, and more recent plays like Same Time, Next Year and Barefoot in the Park.

The Mousetrap and Other Plays by Agatha Christie (822.912 Christie)
Eight mystery thrillers, including Witness for the Prosecution.

My Fair Lady by Alan Jay Lerner (782.14 Lerner)
This adaptation of Shaw’s Pygmalion contains both the script and the lyrics by Lerner.

The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee (812.54 Lawrence)
A play based on the incident when Thoreau refused to pay taxes.

Our Town by Thornton Wilder (812 Wilder)
Life in the town of Grover’s Corners, in New Hampshire, as portrayed in the prize-winning play.

The Piano Lesson by August Wilson (812.54 Wilson)
Pulitzer Prize-winning play about an African American family in Pittsburgh in the 1930s.

A Raisin in the Sun: A Drama in Three Acts by Lorraine Hansberry (812 Hansberry)
The drama that involves a middle-class black family in Chicago.

Shakespeare Stories by Leon Garfield (822.33 Garfield)
A modern retelling of the stories of 12 of Shakespeare’s most popular plays.

Six Plays by Lillian Hellman by Lillian Hellman (812.52 Hellman)
This collection includes Watch on the Rhine, The Little Foxes, and The Children’s Hour.