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NMSU Theatre Arts Departmental Reading List

(updated 7/15/2019)


Aeschylus                             Oresteia (Agamemnon, Libation Bearers, Eumenides)

Albee, Edward                      Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Anonymous                          Everyman, Abraham and Isaac

Aristophanes                        Lysistrata

Auburn, David                      Proof

Baitz, Jon Robin                   Other Desert Cities

Beckett, Samuel                   Endgame, Happy Days, Waiting for Godot

Booth Luce, Clare                The Women

Brecht, Bertolt                      The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Mother Courage and Her Children

Chekhov, Anton                   The Cherry Orchard, The Seagull, Three Sisters

Churchill, Caryl                    Cloud 9

Coward, Noel                       Hay Fever, Private Lives

Cruz, Nilo                              Anna in the Tropics

Dumas fils, Alexandre           La Dame aux Camélias

Etherege, George                The Man of Mode

Euripides                              The Bacchae  Hippolytus, Medea

Farquhar, George                The Beaux’ Stratagem

Feydeau, Georges               A Flea in Her Ear

Frayn, Michael                     Copenhagen, Noises Off

Fugard, Athol                       Master Harold and the Boys, The Road to Mecca

Gay, John                             The Beggar’s Opera

Glaspell, Susan                    Trifles

Gogol, Nicolai                      The Inspector General

Guare, John                        The House of Blue Leaves

Gunderson, Lauren             Silent Sky

Hansberry, Lorraine             A Raisin in the Sun

Hellman, Lillian                    The Children’s Hour

Henley, Beth                         Crimes of the Heart

Hwang, David Henry             M. Butterfly

Ionesco, Eugene                  The Bald Soprano, The Chairs

Ibsen, Henrik                        A Doll’sHouse, Ghosts, The Master Builder

Jones, LeRoi                        Dutchman

(Amiri Baraka)

Jonson, Ben                          Volpone

Kanin, Garson                      Born Yesterday

Kaufman, George S.

and Moss Hart                     The Man Who Came to Dinner, Once in a Lifetime

Kushner, Tony                      Angels in America I: Millennium Approaches

LaBute, Neil                          The Shape of Things

Lorca, Federico Garcia        Blood Wedding, The House of Bernada Alba

Lillo, George                         The London Merchant

Mamet, David                       Oleanna

Margulies, Donald               Dinner With Friends

Marlowe, Christopher          Doctor Faustus

Medoff, Mark                       Children of a Lesser God, When You Comin’ Back Red Ryder

Middleton, Thomas

and William Rowley             The Changeling

Miller, Arthur                       After the Fall, Death of a Salesman, A View from the Bridge

Molière                                The Misanthrope Tartuffe

Nichols, Peter                      Passion Play

Norman, Marsha                  ‘night, Mother

Odets, Clifford                      Awake and Sing!, Waiting For Lefty

O’Neill, Eugene                    Beyond the Horizon, Desire Under the Elms, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Mourning Becomes Electra

Orton, Joe                             Loot, What the Butler Saw

Parks, Suzan-Lori                The America Play

Pinter, Harold                      The Homecoming

Pirandello, Luigi                  Six Characters in Search of an Author

Priestley, J.B.                       An Inspector Calls, Time and the Conways

Racine, Jean                        Phaedra

Rostand, Edmond                Cyrano de Bergerac

Ruhl, Sarah                          The Clean House

Saroyan, William                  The Time of Your Life

Sartre, Jean Paul                 No Exit

Shaffer, Anthony                 Murderer

Shaffer, Peter                      Equus

Shakespeare, William         Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest,Twelfth Night

Shaw, George Bernard       Candida, Mrs. Warren’s Profession

Shepard, Sam                     Buried Child, True West

Sheridan, Richard              Brinsley The Critic, The School for Scandal

Simon, Neil                          Brighton Beach Memoirs

Sophocles                           Antigone, Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus

Steele, Richard                   The Conscious Lovers

Stoppard, Tom                     Arcadia Travesties

Strindberg, August              Miss Julie, The Father

Treadwell, Sophie                Machinal

Valdez, Luis                          Zoot Suit

Vogel, Paula                        How I Learned to Drive

Wasserstein, Wendy            The Heidi Chronicles, Uncommon Women and Others

Webster, John                      The Duchess of Malfi

Wedekind, Frank                 Spring Awakening

Weiss, Peter                        Marat/Sade

Wilde, Oscar                        The Importance of Being Earnest, Lady Windermere’s Fan, Salome

Wilder, Thornton                 Our Town, The Skin of Our Teeth

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

Wilson, August                    Fences

Wycherley, William              The Country Wife

Musical Theatre

Gershwin, George

and Dubose Heyward           Porgy and Bess

Kander, John

and Fred Ebb                       Cabaret

Kirkwood, James

and Marvin Hamlisch,

Edward Kleban                     A Chorus Line

Larson, Jonathan                 Rent

Laurents, Arthur, and

Leonard Bernstein,

Stephen Sondheim               West Side Story

Laurents, Arthur, and

Stephen Sondheim,

Jule Styne                            Gypsy

Lerner, Alan J. and

Frederick Loewe                    Camelot, My Fair Lady

Rodgers, Richard, and

Oscar Hammerstein II             Oklahoma!, The Sound of Music, South Pacific

Sondheim, Stephen,

and James Goldman                Follies

Sondheim, Stephen

and Hugh Wheeler                  A Little Night Music

Stein, Joseph, and

Jerry Bock, Sheldon

Harnick                                    Fiddler on the Roof


Musical Theatre History

Leon, Ruth                   The Sound Of Musical

McMillin, Scott           The Musical As Drama

Miller, Scott                  Strike Up The Band: A New History of Musical Theatre



Aesthetics, Theory, History, and Criticism


Adler, Stella                                                  The Art of Acting

Barton, Robert                                             Style for Actors

Bogart, Anne, and Tina Landau                   The Viewpoints Book

Bruder, Melissa                                            A Practical Handbook for the Actor

Chekhov, Michael                                        To the Actor

Chekhov, Michael                                        On the Technique of Acting

Cohen, Robert                                            Acting One

Cole, Toby, and Helen Chinoy                     Actors on Acting

Hagen, Uta                                                  Respect for Acting

Hagen, Uta                                                  A Challenge for the Actor

Meisner, Sanford                                        Sanford Meisner on Acting

Shurtleff, Michael                                        Audition

Stanislavsky, Constantine                          An Actor Prepares, Building a Character, Creating a Role



Arnold, Janet                                                Pattern of Fashion (2 volumes)

Corson, Richard                                           Stage Makeup

Cunningham, Rebecca                                The Magic Garment

Ingham, Rosemary, and Liz Covey               The Costume Technician’s Handbook

Laver, James                                                The Concise History of Fashion



Albert, David                                                 Rehearsal Management for Directors

Brook, Peter                                                 The Empty Space

Cole, Toby, and Helen Chinoy                       Directors on Directing

Jones, David Richard                                   Great Directors at Work


History, Theory, and Criticism

Aristotle                                                        Poetics

Bentley, Eric, ed.                                          Theory of the Modern Stage

Brockett, Oscar                                            History of the Theatre (10th edition)

Caputi, Anthony, ed.                                    Eight Modern Plays

Carlson, Marvin                                           Theories of the Theatre

Clurman, Harold                                          The Fervent Years

Dukore, Bernard, ed.                                  Dramatic Theory and Criticism

Golden, Leon, and O.B. Hardison              Aristotle’s Poetics: A Translation and Commentary for Students of Literature

Hart, Moss                                                  Act One

Hartnoll, Phyllis, ed.                                    The Theatre: A Concise History (4th ed)

Jacobus, Leo, ed.                                      The Bedford Introduction to Drama  (7th ed)

Miller, Arthur                                               Timebends

Rousseau, Jean-Jacques                           Politics and the Arts (“Letter to M. D’Alembert”)



Hays, David                                                   Light on the Subject

Pilbrow, Richard                                            Stage Lighting

Rosenthal, Jean                                            The Magic of Light

Schiller, Brad                                                The Automated Lighting Programmer’s Handbook

Shelley, Steven Louis                                   A Practical Guide to stage Lighting



Thurston, James                                          Theatre Props Handbook


Set Design

Aronson, Arnold                                          American Set Design

Carter, Paul, and George Chiang               Backstage Handbook: An Illustrated Almanac of Technical Information

Crabtree, Susan, and Peter Beudert          Scenic Art for the Theatre

Payne, Darwin Reid                                    Design for the Stage

Jones, Robert Edmund                               The Dramatic Imagination

Ma, Wenhai                                                Scene Design: Rendering and Media

Pecktal, Lynn                                              Designing and Drawing for the Theatre Designing and Painting for the Theatre

Rose, Rich                                                  Drafting Scenery for Theatre, Film, and Television

Woodbridge, Patricia, and Hal Tine          Designer Drafting and Visualizing for the Entertainment World





A.S. Gillette/J. Michael Gillette               Stage Scenery: It’s Construction and Rigging

John Holloway                                        Illustrated Theatre Production Guide

Jay O. Glerum                                        Stage Rigging Handbook

J. Michael Gillette                                   Theatrical Design and Production




Collison, David                                             Stage Sound