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A Doll's House

by Henrik Ibsen
Year Published: 1879

“Considered the first contemporary play ever written, Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House exposes the trappings of traditional domesticity, showing us what really happens behind closed doors and closed minds.”

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A Midsummer Night's Dream
by William Shakespeare
Year Published: 1600

“A story of order and disorder, reality and appearance, and love and marriage. Theseus, Duke of Athens, and Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons are to be married and great celebrations are planned.”

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by Sophocles
Year Published: 441 b.c.

“The curse placed on Oedipus lingers and haunts a younger generation in this new and brilliant translation of Sophocles' classic drama. The daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta, Antigone is an unconventional heroine who pits her beliefs against the King of Thebes in a bloody test of wills that leaves few unharmed. Emotions fly as she challenges the king for the right to bury her own brother.” Determined but doomed, Antigone shows her inner strength throughout the play.”

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The Cherry Orchard
by Anton Chekhov
Year Published: 1904

“Revolutions creep up one day at a time.  See how the drama of the impending Russian Revolution seeps into one family’s life.”

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The Importance of Being Earnest 

by Oscar Wilde
Year Published: 1898

“Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play's major themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage, and the resulting satire of Victorian ways. Contemporary reviews all praised the play's humour, though some were cautious about its explicit lack of social messages, while others foresaw the modern consensus that it was the culmination of Wilde's artistic career so far. Its high farce and witty dialogue have helped make The Importance of Being Earnest Wilde's most enduringly popular play.”

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Long Day's Journey Into Night
by Eugene O'Neill
Year Published: 1956

None of us can help what life has done to us? Can we?

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The Piano Lesson
by August Wilson
Year Published: 1990

At the heart of the play stands the ornately carved upright piano which, as the Charles family's prized, hard-won possession, has been gathering dust in the parlor of Berniece Charles's Pittsburgh home. When Boy Willie, Berniece's exuberant brother, bursts into her life with his dream of buying the same Mississippi land that his family had worked as slaves, he plans to sell their antique piano for the hard cash he needs to stake his future. But Berniece refuses to sell, clinging to the piano as a reminder of the history that is their family legacy. This dilemma is the real ‘piano lesson,’ reminding us that blacks are often deprived both of the symbols of their past and of opportunity in the present.”

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by George Bernard
Year Published: 1912

“Professor Higgins is a scientist of phonetics, and Colonel Pickering is a linguist of Indian dialects. The first bets the other that he can, with his knowledge of phonetics, convince high London society that, in a matter of months, he will be able to transform the cockney speaking Covent Garden flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, into a woman as poised and well-spoken as a duchess. Who will win and what will he lose in the process?”

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