A little GEM for the actors out there – AGE APPROPRIATE PLAYS!

Courtesy of my colleague Jonathan Flom.  If you haven’t read his book yet (Get the Callback!) run out and buy it today!  It is full of wonderful information and has been receiving raving reviews.  The following list is not all inclusive, but it is a GREAT place to start.  Read the plays, find the monologues, and start memorizing.  Remember:  Avoid telling a story; avoid emotional extremes; and feel free to piece together multiple lines directed at another person in order to make a piece that is engaging someone else on stage (just be sure not to answer or respond to questions we never get to hear the other person ask.)

Break a leg!!!



Mauritius by Teresa Rebeck

Jailbait by Deirdre O’Connor

Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo

US Drag by Gina Gionfriddo

Wonder of the World by David Lindsey-Abaire

Rabbit Hole by David Lindsey-Abaire

This is Our Youth by Kenneth Lonergan

Lobby Hero by Kenneth Lonergan

Stick Fly by Lydia R. Diamond

Loves and Hours by Stephen Metcalf

Picasso at the Lapin Agile by Steve Martin

Beirut by Alan Bowne

All My Sons by Arthur Miller

Summer and Smoke by Tennessee Williams

Boom by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb

Detroit by Lisa D’Amour

Ride by Eric Lane

Killer Joe by Tracy Letts

Dead Man’s Cell Phone by Sara Ruhl

Fifth of July/Talley’s Folly/Talley and Sons (Trilogy) by Lanford Wilson

Burn This by Lanford Wilson

Proof by David Auburn

Women of Manhattan by John Patrick Shanley

Doubt by John Patrick Shanley

Five Women Wearing the Same Dress by Alan Ball

The Farnsworth Invention by Aaron Sorkin

Snakebit by David Marshall Grant

Arcadia by Tom Stoppard

The Goat (Or Who is Sylvia) by Edward Albee

Oleanna by David Mamet

The Shape of Things by Neil LaBute

The Altruists by Nicky Silver

Stop Kiss by Diana Son

Key Exchange by Kevin Wade

SubUrbia by Eric Bogosian

Red Angel by Eric Bogosian


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