Introduction: Thinking About Drama
Lady Gregory, The Rising of the Moon

THE GREEKS 
Greek Drama 
Greek Stage 
Greek Actors
Aeschylus, Agamemnon
Sophocles, Oedipus Rex
Sophocles, Antigone
Euripides, The Bacchae
Aristophanes, Lysistrata

THE ROMANS
Roman Drama
The Roman Stage
Roman Actors Plautus, The Twin Menaechmi, Act. III
Terence, The Brothers, Act V
Seneca, Thyestes, Act V, Sc. ii.

MEDIEVAL DRAMA
The Role of the Church
The Medieval Stage
The Medieval Actor
Hrosvitha, Dulcitius
Anonymous, Second Shepherd's Pageant
Anonymous, Everyman

RENAISSANCE DRAMA 
The Italian Theater
Commedia dell’Arte
The Elizabethan Theater
The Elizabethan Actor
Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus
William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream
William Shakespeare, Hamlet

A CULTURAL CASEBOOK: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE,
THE TEMPEST
Pedro Calderon de la Barca, Life Is a Dream

LATE SEVENTEENTH- AND EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY DRAMA
The Restoration: Rebirth of Drama
Theater on the Continent: Neoclassicism
Theater in England
The Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Actor
Moliere, Tartuffe
Aphra Behn, The Rover; Or, The Banished Cavaliers
Chikamatsu, The Love Suicides at Sonezaki
William Congreve, The Way of the World

NINETEENTH-CENTURY DRAMA THROUGH THE TURN OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
The Nineteenth-Century Theater
The Nineteenth-Century Actor
Henrik Ibsen, A Doll House
August Strindberg, Miss Julie A Stylistic Casebook
on Melodrama   

Anna Cora Mowatt, Fashion, Act V
George Aiken, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Act VI
Dion Boucicault, Notes on Acting
Bronson Howard, Shenandoah, Act III
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest
Anton Chekhov, The Cherry Orchard
Bernard Shaw, Mrs. Warren's Profession 

CASEBOOK ON THE “WOMAN QUESTION‛ IN THE LATE NINETEENTH CENTURY
John Stuart Mill, On the Subjection of Women
August Strindberg, The Woman Question‛ Women’s Rights
Johan Thorsten Sellin, Marriage and Divorce in Sweden
Richard Panofsky, A Nineteenth-Century Husband’s Letter to His Wife
Helen Watterson Moody, What It Means to Be a Wife 
Flora Tristan, London Journal: Prostitutes in London... All the Streets Are Full of Them
A Letter to the Times (London) from a Prostitute
Barbara Mell Hobson, Successful Madams

 

THE BEDFORD INTRODUCTION TO DRAMA
7th Edition
Bedford/St. Martins, 2013

The most comprehensive selection with 54 chronologically arranged plays representing every major period from classic times to the present.

This book includes the great classic playwrights and their plays, including several from the great period of Japanese drama. A critical casebook on Shakespeare's The Tempest introduces Coleridge as well as Aime Cesaire, Ania Loomba, and Margery Garber. Many of the most important current playwrights are also included, such as Conor McPherson, Sara Ruhl, Lynn Nottage, and Suzan-Lori Parks. An important feature are the special casebooks. A stylistic casebook appears with a selection of nineteenth-century melodramas; a cultural casebook appears with George Bernard Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession; and a production background casebook appears with Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. Another cultural casebook on the Abbey Theatre is available online at www.bedfordstmartins.com/jacobus.

 

DRAMA IN THE EARLY AND
MID-TWENTIETH CENTURY 

Realism and Myth
Myth and Culture
The Early and Mid-Twentieth-Century Stage
The Early and Mid-Twentieth-Century Actor
John Millington Synge, Riders to the Sea
Susan Glaspell, Trifles 
Luigi Pirandello, Six Characters in Search of an Author
Federico Garcia Lorca, The House of Bernarda Alba
Eugene O'Neill, Desire Under the Elms
Bertolt Brecht, Mother Courage and Her Children
Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie
Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman

A PRODUCTION CASEBOOK ON THE PRODUCTION OF DEATH OF A SALESMAN
Jo Mielzener, Designing a Play: Death of a Salesman
Elia Kazan, Directing Death of a Salesman
Brenda Murphy, Racial Consciousness in Casting Death of a Salesman
Arthur Miller, From The American Theater
June Schluetter and James K. Flanagan, Memorable Willy
Catherine Diamond, Death of a Salesman in Taipei Ionesco, The Bald Soprano 
Samuel Beckett, Endgame
Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun
Wole Soyinka, The Strong Breed

CONTEMPORARY DRAMA 
Experimentation
Theater of Cruelty
Environmental Theater
“Poor Theater‛
Theater of Images
Gay and Lesbian Theater and Other New Ensembles
Experiments with Theater Space
The Contemporary Theater
The Contemporary Actor
Luis Valdez, Zoot Suit
Harold Pinter, The Homecoming
Sam Shepard, Buried Child
Caryl Churchill, Cloud Nine
Athol Fugard, “MASTER HAROLD‛‛... and the Boys
David Mamet, Glengarry Glen Ross
August Wilson, Fences
Tony Kushner, Angels in America: Millenium Approaches 
Tom Stoppard, Arcadia
Paula Vogel, How I Learned to Drive
Moises Kaufman, The Laramie Project
Suzan/Lori Parks, Topdog/Underdog   
Sara Ruhl, Eurydice                                              
John Patrick Shanley, Doubt: A Parable                  
Conor McPherson, The Seafarer                            
Yasmin Reza, God of Carnage                              
Tracy Letts, August: Osage County                      
Lynn Nottage, Ruined

Appendices
Writing About Drama
Glossary of Dramatic Terms