Tlaloc’s 101 F*ck Yeah Plays

by Tlaloc Rivas

A couple of months ago, a blogger posted a list of 101 (supposedly) kick-ass plays.

I looked at the list and it absolutely bored me to death. That is to say, if a theater company had a 100-play season and these were the plays they had chosen, about half of them I would've just passed on. Some of the them were great. Many were not. Nearly all of them were written exclusively by dead, Anglo, male writers.

It is interesting to note that, at this moment, many regional and LORT theater's are announcing their season - and if you were to combine their selections, it would have resembled this list.

It may be too late to throw my hat it, but I created my own list. This list was created by the CORAJE (it's a Spanish word that really doesn't have an English equivalent) I was feeling about what people seem to believe is "kick-ass".

"Kick-ass" is a American term - and thusly, many of the plays here are and by American writers. But I also want to reclaim "Kick-ass" in the name of diversity, of feminism, and other underrepresented voices in the theater.

You will find that the many of the Greeks and Shakespeare are not on this list - however some remain and other plays are inspired by those works. It is my belief that contemporary works that allude to or are inspired by the classisc are often the best bridge to the original works. Because I'm professional director as well as an educator, this would be a list I would give a freshman in college and tell them, "This is a list of 101 plays you must read ... before you I hand you your degree".

There are some personal tastes reflected in this initial list. You will not find Six Characters nor No Exit on this list - because I can't stand them personally. And you will not find any Restoration plays here - no one has been able to convince me they're any good, and I've never seen a good production of them ... yet.

So here is my list. It's a list every artistic director, literary office, actors, directors, dramaturgs and educators should know about. Or, like I said earlier, its a list I would give to the prospective theater student as they begin their journey.

And when they graduate - I am going to hand them the next 101 plays and say, "Go to."

Any theatres that might be reading, these are also plays you should be looking at. 

Tlaloc’s 101 F*ck Yeah Plays

1. Accidental Death of an Anarchist
2. Alchemy of Desire/Dead Man’s Blues
3. American Buffalo
4. Angels in America, Part I
5. Arcadia
6. The Beauty Queen of Leenane
7. The Blacks
8. Blasted
9. Blood Knot
10. Blood Wedding
11. blu
12. The Brothers Size
13. Buried Child
14. The Chairs
15. The Cherry Orchard
16. Cloud Tectonics
17. The Colored Museum
18. The Conduct of Life
19. The Cripple of Inishmann
20. Death & The Maiden
21. Death of a Salesman
22. The Devils (Egloff)
23. A Doll’s House
24. The Dumb Waiter
25. The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity
26. Electricidad
27. The Emperor Jones
28. Endgame
29. The Exonerated
30. F.O.B.
31. Fires in the Mirror
32. Fool for Love
33. For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide…
34. Fuente Ovejuna
35. Funnyhouse of a Negro
36. The Good Person of Szechuan
37. The Great White Hope
38. Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde
39. “The Hairy Ape”
40. Happy Days
41. Hedda Gabler
42. Heroes & Saints
43. The House of Bernarda Alba
44. The Homecoming
45. Insurrection: Holding History
46. Jesus Hopped the “A” Train
47. Joe Turner’s Come & Gone
48. Kaspar (Handke)
49. King Hedley II
50. Kiss of the Spider Woman (Puig)
51. Krapp’s Last Tape
52. A Lie of the Mind
53. Life is a Dream
54. Look Back in Anger
55. Loot
56. Lorca in a Green Dress
57. M. Butterfly
58. Mad Forest
59. Marat/Sade
60. The Marriage of Figaro (Beaumarchais)
61. “Master Harold”…and the Boys
62. The Misanthrope
63. Miss Julie
64. Mother Courage and Her Children
65. Mud
66. Oedipus El Rey
67. Playboy of the Western World
68. Porcelain (Yew)
69. Pygmalion
70. A Raisin In The Sun
71. The Rover
72. Ruined
73. Santos & Santos
74. Saturday Night, Sunday Morning
75. The Servant of Two Masters
76. Short Eyes
77. Six Degrees of Separation
78. Skin (Iizuka)
79. Songs of the Dragon Flying to Heaven
80. Spring Awakening
81. Statements After An Arrest Under The Immorality Act
82. Still Life
83. Streamers
84. A Streetcar Named Desire
85. That Pretty, Pretty; or The Rape Play
86. Through the Leaves
87. Topdog/Underdog
88. Translations
89. Trial by Water (Nguyen)
90. The Trickster of Seville (Molina)
91. Trifles
92. Trouble In Mind
93. Under Milkwood
94. The Visit
95. Waiting for Godot
96. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
97. Woyzeck
98. Yankee Dawg You Die
99. Yellowman
100. The Zoo Story
101. Zoot Suit
Bengal Tiger in a Bagdad Zoo
Elliot, a Soldier's Fugue
Exit, Pursued By A Bear
Force Continuum
Kita y Fernanda
Last of the Suns
Vilna’s Got A Golem