Books for World Theater Day

By Coll Rowe | March 26 2024 | Performing Arts

In celebration of World Theater Day on March 27th, we are sharing classic and contemporary plays, and books about modern performing arts legends and about how theater can be used to work through conflict and tragedy.

The Greek Plays
Sixteen Plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides
A landmark anthology of the masterpieces of Greek drama, featuring all-new, highly accessible translations of some of the world’s most beloved plays, including Agamemnon, Prometheus Bound, Bacchae, Electra, Medea, Antigone, and Oedipus the King.
$25.00 US
Sep 05, 2017
864 Pages
Modern Library

Caligula and Three Other Plays

Four thought-provoking masterworks for the theater by the Nobel Prize–winning author of The Stranger and The Plague, in a restorative new translation by Ryan Bloom that brings together, for the first time in English, Camus’s final versions of the plays, along with deleted scenes and alternate lines of dialogue.

$18.00 US
Aug 22, 2023
592 Pages

The Wife of Willesden

Zadie Smith’s first time writing for the stage, a riotous twenty-first century translation of Geoffrey Chaucer’s classic The Wife of Bath.

$17.00 US
Feb 14, 2023
208 Pages
Penguin Books

The Theater of War
What Ancient Tragedies Can Teach Us Today
This is the personal and deeply passionate story of a life devoted to reclaiming the timeless power of an ancient artistic tradition to comfort the afflicted. For years, theater director Bryan Doerries has led an innovative public health project that produces ancient tragedies for current and returned soldiers, addicts, tornado and hurricane survivors, and a wide range of other at-risk people in society. 
$17.00 US
Aug 23, 2016
304 Pages

The Wind in the Reeds
A Storm, A Play, and the City That Would Not Be Broken
From acclaimed actor and producer Wendell Pierce, an insightful and poignant portrait of family, New Orleans and the transforming power of art.
$17.00 US
Sep 06, 2016
352 Pages
Riverhead Books

I Was Better Last Night
A Memoir
Here is a poignant and hilarious memoir from the cultural icon, gay rights activist, and four-time Tony Award–winning actor and playwright, revealing never-before-told stories of his personal struggles and conflict, of sex and romance, and of his fabled career.
$30.00 US
Mar 01, 2022
400 Pages

Shakespeare in a Divided America
What His Plays Tell Us About Our Past and Future

From leading Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro, a timely and insightful examination of what the world’s greatest dramatist can teach us about life in an America riven by conflict.

$18.00 US
Mar 09, 2021
320 Pages
Penguin Books

Oedipus Trilogy
New Versions of Sophocles' Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone

Here are Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone in fresh new versions for contemporary readers and audiences.

$17.00 US
Oct 26, 2021
496 Pages