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List: 2023 Reading Challenge: A Play

A photo of The Humans

The Humans

Tthe story of the quintessential family reunion: a group of people who love each other but still wrestle with basic human fears: old age, abandonment, poverty, and death. Filled with equal parts humor and hurt.

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Clybourne Park

Inspired by Hansberry's The Raisin in the Sun and winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play, Clybourne Park is a razor-sharp satire about the politics of race.

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Notes from a Black Woman's Diary

"A stunning collection of fiction, diary entries, screenplays and scripts by the brilliant African-American artist and filmmaker"

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Cat On a Hot Tin Roof

Brick, an alcoholic ex-football player, drinks his days away and resists the affections of his wife, Maggie. His reunion with his father, Big Daddy, who is dying of cancer, jogs a host of memories and revelations for both father and son.

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My Fair Lady

Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl takes speech lessons from professor Henry Higgins, a phonetician, so that she may pass as a lady. Despite his cynical nature and difficulty understanding women, Higgins grows attached to her.

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The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Three men, led by an old miner-philosopher, find gold in the mean and stormy terrain of the Sierra Madre mountains. Greed leads to gunplay and theft, the mine caves in and the gold is swept away by a windstorm. This version of the classic tale is sure to delight audiences with a swashbuckling tale that pits human nature against natural forces.


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Sexual Perversity in Chicago and the Duck Variations: Two Comedies

Two office workers, Danny and Bernie, are on the make in the swinging singles scene of the early 1970s. Danny meets Deborah in a library and soon they are not only lovers but roommates, and their story quickly evolves into a modern romance in all its sticky details. The Duck Variations is a dialogue between two old men sitting on a park bench. The conversation turns to the mating habits of ducks, but soon begins to reveal their feelings about natural law, friendship, and death.


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Storm of the Century

During the midst of a brutal blizzard, residents of an off-shore village are menaced by a powerful force of darkness in the form of a sinister stranger who begins to exploit the town members darkest secrets until they give him "what he wants"

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Ghost World

With only the plan of moving in together after high school, two unusually devious friends seek direction in life. As a mere gag, they respond to a man's newspaper ad for a date, only to find it will greatly complicate their lives.

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August: Osage County

A portrait of the dysfunctional American family at its finest-and absolute worst. When the patriarch of the Weston clan disappears one hot summer night, the family reunites at the Oklahoma homestead, where long-held secrets are unflinchingly and uproariously revealed.

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Proof is the story of an enigmatic young woman, Catherine, her manipulative sister, their brilliant father, and an unexpected suitor. They are all pieces of the puzzle in the search for the truth behind a mysterious mathematical proof.

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Inherit the Wind

A fictionalized account of the 1925 Scopes "Monkey" Trial, which resulted in John T. Scopes' conviction for teaching Charles Darwin's theory of evolution to a high school science class, contrary to a Tennessee state law.

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Good Will Hunting

Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.

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Vivian Bearing, a renowned professor of English who has spent years studying and teaching the intricate, difficult Holy Sonnets of the seventeenth-century poet John Donne, is diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer. Confident of her ability to stay in control of events, she brings to her illness the same intensely rational and painstakingly methodical approach that has guided her stellar academic career. But as her disease and its excruciatingly painful treatment inexorably progress, she begins to question the single-minded values and standards that have always directed her, finally coming to understand the aspects of life that make it truly worth living.


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Rabbit Hole

A play about a bereaved family with highly functional, unsentimental, spirited and, often, funny people who are trying to maneuver their way through their grief and around each other as best they can.

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The Lion in Winter

Depiction of the personal and political conflicts of Henry II of England, his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, their children and their guests during Christmas 1183.

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Blue Surge

Two policemen, Curt and Doug, are involved in a sting operation to prove that a massage parlor is actually a front for a prostitution ring. However, both Curt and Doug get involved with two of the women working there.

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On Golden Pond

Retired couple Ethel and Norman Thayer are spending their 48th summer at their vacation home on Golden Pond, in the woods of Maine. Their delightful summer routine--fishing, picking strawberries, enjoying old mementoes, listening to the loons call--is given a bitterly comedic edge by Norman’s unreliable memory and cantankerously morbid statements.


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Life Is Beautiful

When an open-minded Jewish waiter and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp.

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