Which plays to read ? 5/5: Women's plays


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 are going to focus on works written by women authors. Here you will find references to classic French and foreign works as well as contemporary French and foreign works. 

Women authors are indeed less numerous but especially less highlighted in literature, yet you will find great works in the field : 

Catherine Bernard, known as Mademoiselle Bernard is a French playwright of the 17th century

  • Aodamie, Queen of Epirus tragedy, 1689 
  • Brutus, tragedy, at the widow of Louis Gontier, 1691

Eve Ensler is a contemporary American playwright

  • The Vagina Monologues, 1996 
  • I am an emotional creature, 2011

Coline Serreau is a contemporary French playwright and director

  • Three Men and a Bassinet, 1985
  • Le salon d'été, 1998
  • Rabbit Rabbit, 1998

Nathalie Sarraute is a French-Russian writer and playwright who died in 1999

  • Pour un oui ou pour un non, 1982

Marguerite Yourcenar is a French author and playwright, died in 1987

  • Électre ou la Chute des masques, Plon, 1954
  • The Mystery of Alceste, 1963 
  • Who doesn't have his Minotaur? 1963

George Sand (Amantine Aurore Lucile Dupin de Francueil) is a 19th century French author and playwright

  • The Marriage of Victorine, 1851

More and more women are taking up the pen to create their own plays and thus work towards a greater diversity and richness of the stage world. Stay curious and you'll see more and more of them appearing in the news. 

What's next ? 

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