Drama for Reading & Performance: Collection Two


Exciting plays by distinguished playwrights will revive your language arts or drama curriculum

Drama adds interest and variety to your curriculum, develops speaking and listening skills, and builds students' confidence as they read or perform.

Collection One, 350 pages.

Collection Two, 480 pages.

Each anthology features contemporary one-, two-, and three-act plays by distinguished playwrights and authors

A unique two-path approach lets you use the plays for literary analysis or classroom performance. Your students will learn about

The Components of a Literary Analysis

  • characterization
  • motivation
  • foreshadowing
  • irony
  • symbolism
  • plot
  • theme
  • and more!

The Fundamentals of a Performance

  • the set
  • movement and timing
  • improvisation
  • creating a character
  • costumes and makeup
  • character analysis
  • lighting and sound
  • and more!

Multiple dramatic formats broaden your students' perspective of

  • drama
  • mime
  • contemporary realism
  • TV and radio
  • commedia dell'arte
  • Noh theatre
  • farce

A glossary defines key literary and theatrical terms.

Teacher Resources

  • plot summaries
  • support for teaching the anthology
  • assessment opportunities
  • enrichment activities


  • The Actor's Nightmare, Christopher Durang
  • He Who Says Yes and He Who Says No, Bertolt Brecht
  • The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail, Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
  • Us and Them, David Campton
  • A Waitress in Yellowstone, David Mamet 
  • Sorry, Right Number, Stephen King
  • The Post Office, Rabindranath Tagore
  • The Love Doctor, Molière adapted by Marvin Kaye
  • The Migrant Farmworker's Son, Silvia Gonzalez S.
  • Haiku, Katherine Snodgrass
  • Death Knocks, Woody Allen 
  • The Janitor, August Wilson
  • Lost in Yonkers, Neil Simon 
  • The Proposal, Anton Chekhov
  • Variations on the Death of Trotsky, David Ives
  • The Lottery, Shirley Jackson, dramatized by Brainerd Duffield 
  • My Children! My Africa!, Athol Fugard 
  • Madman on the Roof, Kikuchi Kan
  • The Diary of Anne Frank, Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, adapted by Wendy Kesselman
  • Zap, Paul Fleischman

Part of Drama for Reading & Performance: Collection One

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