Plays for Valentine’s Day

I am not so foolish as to think everyone loves Valentine’s Day. In fact, I know that indeed, a number of sentiments prevail on this most romantic of all romantic holidays, including annoyance, frustration, and the grand desire to mope. On the other hand, some people choose to see this day as full of love for friends and family, even without the affections of a “significant other.”  And then there are the people who burn things.

Whatever your inclination, I have put together a list of plays (by female playwrights, of course!) to suit your mood on this Valentine’s Day.

Passion & Vengeance: Because nothing says “I love you” like a knife in the back.

By the Bog of Cats by Marina Carr

The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman

Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie

Tainted Love: It’s twisted. It’s strange. It’s recommended for mature audiences only. And just to warn you: this is NOT the love you’ve been looking for!

Cloud Nine by Caryl Churchill

How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel

Wreckage by Caridad Svich

Tragic Romance: Sometimes things just don’t work out…because of Nazis. Or the god of the underworld. Or, you know…ghosts ‘n stuff.

Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl

Watch on the Rhine by Lillian Hellman

The Secret Garden adapted by Marsha Norman

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

The Heiress by Ruth & August Goetz

Friends are Forever: Gal pals trump jerky boys any day.

Reviving Ophelia by Dr. Mary Pipher & Cherie Bennett

Top Girls by Caryl Churchill

Family Affection: Tributes to family that might make you believe in love again.

The Baltimore Waltz by Paula Vogel

Language, Monkey by Juanita Rockwell

Industrious Angels by Laurie McCants

Romantic Comedy: Not always your typical romance, but they should have you laughing, crying…and sometimes singing by the end.

The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl

Wicked adapted by Winnie Holzman

Love & Marriage: There’s a lot to be said for good old-fashioned romance. These plays say it well.

Pride & Prejudice adapted by Christina Calvit

The Scarlet Pimpernel adapted by Nan Knighton

Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman

(and a few from our dramadudes, because I can’t resist…)

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

Ghost-Writer by Michael Hollinger

Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare (which I am directing this spring! For more on that, visit http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/109413172516854/).

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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About dramachicky

I am a dramachick: a playwright, actress, director, wife, singer, reader, aunt, daughter, student, teacher, and dreamer. My husband has taken to calling me dramachicky. :-) I have my M.A. and M.F.A. in creative writing/playwriting from Wilkes University. My husband and I started a small theatre group in northeast Pennsylvania called Ghostlight Productions. I love all things theatre and I am thrilled to launch this blog as a celebration of women playwrights.
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2 Responses to Plays for Valentine’s Day

  1. This list is great! It should become a holiday tradition!

  2. juanita says:

    It’s lovely to be in such illustrious company – and I love the wide range of valentinical emotion represented in your list.

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