Romeo & Juliet
The Montagues and Capulets are two feuding families, whose children, Romeo and Juliet, meet and fall in love. When Capulet, Juliet's father, finds out about her affair with Romeo, he demands that she marry Paris immediately or risk being disowned. She then takes a potion that makes her appear to be dead. Romeo enters the Capulet tomb and sees Juliet (apparently) dead. Paris, who had entered previously, but had been hiding, recognizes Romeo as a Montague and challenges him to a duel. Romeo kills him and then commits suicide. When Juliet awakes and sees Romeo dead next to her, she stabs herself with Romeo's sword, and dies.
A Midsummer's Night Dream
It tells the story of four lovers who each want someone who they can't have. The play includes two rulers from different worlds looking forward to their honeymoons; a group of clumsy actors, trying to put on a "tragic" play for their Duke's upcoming wedding and the marital quarrels of two omnipotent beings, who's conflicts wreak havoc on the weather and those around them. All of this craziness is tied together by a mischievous imp.
Prince Hamlet of Denmark laments both his father's death and his mother's remarriage to Hamlet's uncle, Claudius.The ghost of Hamlet's father appears to him and tells him that Claudius has murdered him. Hamlet swears revenge against Claudius. In his vengeful rage, he kills the eavesdropping Polonius, the court chamberlain. In turn, Polonius's son Laertes returns to Denmark to avenge his father's death. Meanwhile, in the aftermath of her father's death, Ophelia (Hamlet's lover) goes mad with grief and drowns in the river. Eventually, Hamlet kills his mother, Gertrude, and Claudius. Laertes succeeds in cutting Hamlet but then is killed by his own blade. After Hamlet dies, Fortinbras, a Norwegian prince with ambitions of conquest, leads his army to Denmark and comes upon the scene.
Set in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, amid the chaos of the infamous witch trials. After the Reverend Samuel Parris catches his daughter, Betty, dancing with her friends in the woods, she faints and becomes deathly ill. Meanwhile, the Reverend's niece, Abigail, has had an affair with John Proctor, a farmer. When he refuses to confess his love for her, Abigail tells the authorities that the girls, including John's wife, were performing witchcraft. In the end, John and others are wrongly executed for being witches.
Raisin in the Sun
Tells the story of an African-American family, the Youngers, living and struggling on Chicago's South Side in the 1950s. The play opens with the family receiving a $10,000 insurance check made payable to Lena (Mama) Younger because of the death of her husband. The family has always been poor and each member wants to do different things with the money. After quarreling with each other, the family ends up moving to a wonderful new home the formerly all white community of Clybourne Park to begin a new life.
A story of temptation, ambition and seduction. At the start of the play, Macbeth is a good and heroic leader who has just won a great battle. Nevertheless, he fails to notice the triple enemy fighting for his heart and mind--the mysterious Weird Sisters, his wife, and his own desire for power and success. Macbeth begins his bloody rise to power, including the murder of the Scottish king, Duncan, and the guilt-ridden pathology of evil deeds generating still more evil deeds. Eventually, his friends and allies become aware of the evil breaking into his soul and fight to stop him. In the end, Macbeth is beheaded.
Much Ado About Nothing
Set primarily at the home and grounds of Leonato in Messina, a coastal city on the island of Sicily. It is a romantic comedy about simple misunderstandings that turn into serious accusations, particularly when jealousy and deceit are involved. The plot revolves around two pairs of lovers, Beatrice and Benedick and Claudio and Hero. The story focuses on obstacles to the union of the two young lovers - Claudio and Hero. The love-hate relationship of Beatrice and Benedick features the traditional war of the sexes. Benedick thinks he hates Beatrice but really loves her and Beatrice who thinks she hates Benedick but really loves him.
Set at the turn of the 20th century, the play reveals the ordinary lives of the people in the small town of Grover's Corners, New Hampshire, U.S.A. It focusses particularly on the lives of George Gibbs, a doctor's son, and Emily Webb, the daughter of a newspaper editor. Act I takes place in 1901 and depicts a typical day in the town. Act II, which takes place in 1904, shows the wedding of George Gibbs and Emily Webb. Act II, which takes place in 1913, depicts the interaction between Grover's Corners dead townspeople and the living ones.
The play takes a fond look at the follies of theatre folk, whose susceptibility to out-of-control egos, memory loss and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high-risk adventure. This comedy-within-a-comedy captures a touring theatre troupe's production of Nothing On in three stages: dress rehearsal, the opening performance, and a performance toward the end of the run. Each performance is portrayed from behind the scenes, progressing from flubbed lines and missed cues in the dress rehearsal to mounting friction between cast members in the final performance.
Death of a Salesman
In the play, Willy Loman reviews a life of desperate pursuit of financial success. He is a man unequipped to deal with the 'American Dream'. As the play unfolds,we peel away layers of Willy Loman's psyche and past and begin to understand his poor relationships with his wife Linda and his sons Biff and Happy. By the end of the play, Willy's dreaming and his inability to face reality contribute heavily to his own death.