Reading links and Bibliography

Hard copies required:
Deavere Smith, Anna. Fires in the Mirror
Wilson, August. Seven Guitars

Links will be posted online on the MU Commons course site to the following plays, although hard copies are widely available and cheap if you prefer that mode:
Beckett, Samuel. Endgame pdf or html
Chekhov, Anton. The Three Sisters.
Glaspell, Susan. Trifles.
Jones, LeRoi (aka Baraka, Amiri). Dutchman.
Kennedy, Adrienne. Funnyhouse of a Negro (pdf on Canvas)
O’Neill, Eugene. The Emperor Jones.
Strindberg, August. The Stronger.
Williams, Tennessee. The Glass Menagerie
Suddenly Last Summer

Critical essays: Will be posted on Canvas or linked to MU Commons course site schedule

Deavere Smith, Anna. Fires in the Mirror (Partial only–you must use full text in hard copy; 6 Parts on YouTube link to Part 1).
YouTube clips of any of the plays in performance

You MUST see a live performance of one of the following plays:
Seven Guitars by August Wilson, Arena Stage April 3-May3
Suddenly Last Summer by Tennessee Williams, Theater on the Run/Avant Bard, February 27-April 5
 Links to details, pricing, etc. for extra credit theater options around the DC Metro area at

*Group tickets to  will be arranged to 2 performances, and it is strongly recommended that you attend one of these performances.

Additional readings/sources to support research:

Amiri Baraka
’60s Prejudice and Capitalism as a Big Blond Metaphor” New York Times (Jan 24, 2007): E5. ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The New York Times. Web.

McGee, Celia. “A Return to Rage, Played Out in Black and White” New York Times (14 Jan 2007): A4 ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The New York Times. Web.

Samuel Beckett
Fletcher, John & John Spurling. Beckett: A Study of his Plays. NY: Hill & Wang, 1972 .

Pilling, John, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Beckett. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994.

Susan Glaspell
Hardy, Rob. “‘We Live Close Together and We Live Far Apart’: A Look2 Essay on Susan Glaspell.” Ploughshares, vol. 42, no. 4, 2016, pp. 199–211. EBSCOhost,

Makovwsky, Veronica. “Susan Glaspell’s Poetics and Politics of Rebellion.” Comparative Drama, vol. 51, no. 3, 2017, pp. 421–423. EBSCOhost,

Anna Deavere Smith
Rose, Heidi. “A Conversation with Anna Deavere Smith.” Text and Performance Quarterly, vol. 31, no. 4, Oct. 2011, pp. 440–448. EBSCOhost,

Lewis, Barbara, and Anna Deavere Smith. “The Circle of Confusion: A Conversation with Anna Deavere Smith.” The Kenyon Review, vol. 15, no. 4, 1993, pp. 54–64. JSTOR,

Adrienne Kennedy
Brown, E. Bransley. “The Tragic Mulatta and (dis)integration of identity in Adrienne Kennedy’s Plays.” African American Review Summer 2001. 281-95.

Kolin, Philip C. “Revisiting Funnyhouse: An Interview with Billie Allen.” African American Review (Spring 2007): 165-75.

Osgood, Charles (host). “Life’s Stages; Playwright Adrienne Kennedy Shows her Dark Side in Her Plays.” 18 Feb 1996, CBS News Transcripts. Lexis/EBSCO Host, Web.

Soloski, Alexis. “Adrienne Kennedy, Playwright: Still Quiet, Still Bold, Still Furious.” The New York Times (14 Jan 2018): AR7; (10 Jan 2018). Web

Eugene O’Neill
Dowling, Robert M. Critical Companion to Eugene O’Neill.
Manuel, Carme.A Ghost in the Expressionist Jungle of O’Neill’s The Emperor Jones.” African American Review (Spring 2005): 67-83.

Stanislavsky and Group Theater: How Stanislavsky Reinvented the Craft of Acting (YouTube)
Levin, Irina and Igor. Working on the play and the role : the Stanislavsky method for analyzing the characters in a drama. Chicago: (1992).

August Strindberg
Morgan, Margery. August Strindberg. London: Macmillan, 1985.

Steene, Birgitta. The Greatest Fire: A Study of August Strindberg. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1973.

Tennessee Williams
Mississippi Writer’s Page:

Bloom, Harold, ed. Tennessee Williams (1987)
Devlin, A. J., ed. Conversations with Tennessee Williams. (1986).
Holditch Kenneth, and Richard Freeman. Tennessee Williams and the South Leavitt (2002).
Murphy, B. Tennessee Williams and Elia Kazan (1992)
Parker, R.B. The Glass Menagerie (1983)
Spoto, D.,The Kindness of Strangers by (1985)
Thompson, J. J. Tennessee Williams’s Plays (1987).
Thompson, Judith. Tennessee Williams’ Plays: Memory, Myth and Symbol. New York: P. Lang, 2002.
Yacowar, M. Tennessee Williams and Film  (1977)
Tom: the Unknown Tennessee Williams (1995)