Many of the great dramatists wrote wonderful one-act plays in addition to their full-length plays. It has proved difficult to point to which single one-act play is the "most" famous,
but certainly the following one-act plays are excellent contenders:
You will seldom hear anyone talkng about one-act plays without mentioning Anton Chekhov, whose hugely popular one-act farces include
The Wedding Proposal, The Anniversary, and The Boor (also known as The Bear).
Tennesee Williams (famous for writing A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) wrote an astonishing number of of one-act plays.
Suddenly, Last Summer is probably the most famous, notably because it was made into a popular film in 1959. (Tennesse himself considered The Frosted Glass Coffin to be one of the best.)
To see a full listing of his one-act plays on Wikipedia,
One of my favorite one-act plays is The Dumb Waiter by the fabulous English playwright Harold Pinter, who also wrote The Room, A Night Out
and The Lover. For a full list of his works, click here.
Tom Stoppard's very famous and Tony-winning play, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead was developed from an earlier one-act play called
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Meet King Lear.
Samuel Beckett - perhaps most famous for Waiting for Godot - wrote a very famous one-act play called Endgame, now considered one of his most
important works. To find out more, click here.
Edward Albee (best known for his full-length drama, Who's Afraid of Virginnia Wolf), wrote The American Dream, The Zoo Story
and The Sandbox. For a full list of his plays, click here.
Arthur Miller, an award-winning playwright, wrote A Memory of Two Mondays, and A View From The Bridge
(which was later expanded into a full-length play). To see a full listing of his one act plays, click here.
To find good one act plays, click here.
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