Which plays to read ? 3/5 : Contemporary works

théâtre contemporain

Want to read theater but don't know where to start ? Here are some tips to get you started ! 

You will find many pieces of any kind, any period and any language. But what to read ?

If you're new to the field and want to build a first literary foundation, here are some guidelines to get you started. 

Today we will focus on contemporary plays. Here you will find references to classic French and foreign works. 

We speak of contemporary texts for texts written since the 20th century. 

Wajdi Mouawad is a Lebanese-Quebecois playwright. He has directed the Théâtre National de la Colline in Paris since 2016.

  • The blood of promises (Littoral, Incendies, Forêts, Ciels)
  • All birds, 2018

Eugène Ionesco is a Romanian-French playwright who died in 1994

  • The Bald Cantatrice, 1950 
  • The Lesson, 1951
  • Rhinoceros, 1959
  • The King is Dying, 1962

Bernard-Marie Koltès is a French playwright, died in 1989

  • Sallinger, 1977
  • Quai Ouest, 1985 
  • In the Solitude of the Cotton Fields, 1985 
  • Roberto Zucco, 1988

Jean-Paul Sartre is a French writer and playwright, died in 1980 

  • The Flies, 1943
  • Huis Clos, 1944 
  • The Respectful Whore, 1946
  • Les mains sales, 1948 

Albert Camus is a French writer and playwright, died in 1960

  • The Misunderstanding, 1944
  • The Just, 1949

What next ? 

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