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1776 The Musical
music and lyrics by
  Sherman Edwards

book by Peter Stone

4000 Miles
by Amy Herzog 

A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
adapted by Carey Perloff
  and Paul Walsh
music by Karl Lundeberg

A Doll's House
by Henrik Ibsen

A Little Night Music
Music and Lyrics by
   Stephen Sondheim

Book by Hugh Wheeler

A Moon for the Misbegotten
by Eugene O'Neill

A Mother
by Constance Congdon
adapted from Maxim Gorky's
 Vassa Zheleznova

A Number
by Caryl Churchill

After the War
by Philip Kan Gotanda

Ah, Wilderness!
by Tennessee Williams

American Buffalo
by David Mamet

Arcadia
by Tom Stoppard

Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City: A New Musical
libretto by Jeff Whitty
music and lyrics by Jake Shears
  and John Garden
based on Armistead Maupin's
  Tales of the City
and
  More Tales of the City

Between Riverside and Crazy
by Stephen Adly Guirgis

Black Watch
by Gregory Burke

Blackbird
by David Harrower

Blood Knot
by Athol Fugard

Boleros for the Disenchanted
by José Rivera

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
by Tennessee Williams

Clybourne Park
by Bruce Norris

Curse of the Starving Class
by Sam Shepard

Dead Metaphor
by George F. Walker

Edward Albee's At Home at the Zoo

Elektra
by Sophocles

Endgame and Play
by Samuel Beckett

Eve Ensler's The Good Body
Gem of the Ocean
by August Wilson

Happy End
lyrics by Bertolt Brecht
music by Kurt Weill
book and lyrics adapted by
  Michael Feingold

Hedda Gabler
by Henrik Ibsen

Humor Abuse
by Lorenzo Pisoni and Erica Schmidt

Indian Ink (1999)
by Tom Stoppard

Indian Ink (2015)
by Tom Stoppard

Lackawanna Blues
by Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Les Liaisons Dangereuses
adapted by Giles Havergal from
the novel by Choderlos de Laclos

Levee James
by Sherry Shephard-Massat

Let There Be Love
by Kwame Kwei-Armah

 

Love and Information
by Caryl Churchill

Major Barbara
by George Bernard Shaw

Maple and Vine
by Jordan Harrison

Marcus; or The Secret of Sweet
by Tarell Alvin McCraney

Monstress
by Philip Kan Gotanda
   and Sean San José
Based on the short stories
   by Lysley Tenorio

Mr. Burns: a post-electric play
by Anne Washburn
Score by Michael Friedman
Lyrics by Anne Washburn

Napoli!
by Eduardo De Filippo
translated by Linda Alper and Beatrice Basso

Night and Day
by Tom Stoppard

No Exit
by Jean-Paul Sartre

Noël Coward's Brief Encounter
adapted by Emma Rice

November
by David Mamet

Old Hats
Created by Bill Irwin and David Shiner
Music & Lyrics by and Featuring Shaina Taub

Once in a Lifetime
by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart

Phèdre
by Jean Racine

Race
by David Mamet

Rich and Famous
by John Guare

Rock 'n' Roll
by Tom Stoppard

Round and Round the Garden
by Alan Ayckbourn

Satchmo at the Waldorf
by Terry Teachout

Scapin
by Molière

Scorched
by Wajdi Mouawad Translated by Linda Gaboriau

Sexual Perversity in Chicago
by David Mamet

Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins
by Stephen Temperley

Speed-the-Plow
by David Mamet

Stuck Elevator
music by Byron Au Yong; libretto by Aaron Jafferis

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; book by Hugh Wheeler

Testament
by Colm Tóibín

The Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets
by Robert Wilson, Tom Waits, William S. Burroughs

The Caucasian Chalk Circle
by Bertolt Brecht

The Circle
by W. Somerset Maugham

The Constant Wife
by W. Somerset Maugham

The Dazzle
by Richard Greenberg

The Gamester
by Freyda Thomas
   loosely based on Le Joueur
   by Jean-Francois Regnard

The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?
by Edward Albee

The Government Inspector
by Nikolai Gogol

The Homecoming
by Harold Pinter

The Imaginary Invalid
by Molière

The Invention of Love
by Tom Stoppard

The Last Five Years
Written and Composed by
  Jason Robert Brown

The Little Foxes
by Lillian Hellman

The Normal Heart
by Larry Kramer

The Orphan of Zhao
adapted by James Fenton

The Overcoat
created by Morris Panych
   and Wendy Gorling
based on the short story
   "The Overcoat," by Nikolai Gogol

The Quality of Life
by Jane Anderson

The Rainmaker
by N. Richard Nash

The Real Thing
by Tom Stoppard

The Realistic Jonses
by Will Eno

The Rivals
by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

The Scottsboro Boys
music and lyrics by John Kander
   and Fred Ebb
book by David Thompson

The Suit
Based on "The Suit" by Can Themba, Mothobi Mutloatse, and Barney Simon
direction, adaptation, and musical direction by Peter Brook, Marie‐Hélène Estienne, and Franck Krawczyk

The Three Sisters
by Anton Chekhov

The Time of Your Life
by William Saroyan

The Tosca Project
created by Carey Perloff
   and Val Caniparoli

The Unfortunates
created by Jon Beavers,
Kristoffer Diaz
, Casey Hurt,
Ian Merrigan
, and Ramiz Monsef

The Voysey Inheritance
by Harley Granville-Barker
adapted by David Mamet

'Tis Pity She's a Whore
by John Ford

Travesties
by Tom Stoppard

Underneath the Lintel
by Glen Berger

Urinetown, The Musical
music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann book and lyrics by Greg Kotis

Venus in Fur
by David Ives

Vigil
by Morris Panych

Waiting for Godot
by Samuel Beckett

War Music
adapted by Lillian Groag
based on the book by
   Christopher Logue

Well
by Lisa Kron

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