Best LGBT Drama & Plays Books

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1. Mess with a Message

Author: by Ray 'Misster Ray' Cunningham
146 pages

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The single most daring thing I’ve seen in a theater in a long time. Wesley Morris, New York Times The Old South lives on at the MacGregor Plantationin the breeze, in the cotton fieldsand in the crack of the whip.

Nothing is as it seems, and yet everything is as it seems. Slave Play rips apart history to shed new light on the nexus of race, gender, and sexuality in twenty-first-century America.

3. Angels In America: A Gay Fantasia On National Themes

Author: by Tony Kushner
304 pages

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for DramaAngels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes includes Part One, Millennium Approaches and Part Two, PerestroikaGlorious. A monumental, subversive, altogether remarkable masterworkDetails of specific catastrophes may have changed since this Reagan-era AIDS epic won the Pulitzer and the Tony, but the real cosmic and human obsessionspower, religion, sex, responsibility, the future of the worldare as perilous, yet as falling-down funny, as ever.

Linda Winer, Newsday”A vast, miraculous play… Provocative, witty and deeply upsetting… A searching and radical rethinking of American political drama.” – Frank Rich, New York Times”A victory for theater, for the transforming power of the imagination to turn devastation into beauty.” – John Lahr, New YorkerAn enormously impressive work of the imagination and intellect, a towering example of what theater stretched to its full potential can achieve.

Philadelphia Inquirer”Angels in America is the finest drama of our time, speaking to us of an entire era of life and death as no other play within memory. It ranks as nothing less than one of the greatest plays of the twentieth century.” – John Heilpern, New York ObserverSome playwrights want to change the world.

4. Bath Haus: A Thriller

Author: by P.J Vernon

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Oliver Park, a recovering addict from Indiana, finally has everything he ever wanted: sobriety and a loving, wealthy partner in Nathan, a prominent DC trauma surgeon. Despite their difference in age and disparate backgrounds, they\x27ve made a perfect life together.

With everything to lose, Oliver shouldn\x27t be visiting Haus, a gay bathhouse. But through the entrance he goes, and it\x27s a line crossed. Inside, he follows a man into a private room, and it\x27s the final line.

Whatever happens next, Nathan can never know. But then, everything goes wrong, terribly wrong, and Oliver barely escapes with his life. He races home in full\-blown terror as the hand\-shaped bruise grows dark on his neck. The truth will destroy Nathan and everything they have together, so Oliver does the thing he used to do so well: he lies.

What follows is a classic runaway\-train narrative, full of the exquisite escalations, edge\-of\-your\-seat thrills, and oh\-my\-god twists.P.J. Vernon\x27s Bath Haus is a scintillating thriller with an emotional punch, perfect for readers curious for their next must\-read novel.

5. The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later

Author: by Moises Kaufman
Vintage (June 3, 2014)
224 pages

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The Laramie Project, one of the most-performed theater pieces in America, has become a modern classic. In this expanded edition, it is joined by an essential and moving sequel to the original play. On October 7, 1998, a young gay man was discovered bound to a fence outside Laramie, Wyoming, savagely beaten and left to die in an act of brutality and hate that shocked the nation.

Matthew Shepard’s death became a national symbol of intolerance, but for the people of the town, the event was deeply personal. In the aftermath, Moiss Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project went to Laramie and conducted more than 200 interviews with its citizens.

From the transcripts, the playwrights constructed an extraordinary chronicle of life in the town after the murder. In The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, the troupe revisits the town a decade after the tragedy, finding a community grappling with its legacy and its place in history.

The two plays together comprise an epic and deeply moving theatrical cycle that explores the life of an American town over the course a decade.

6. M. Butterfly: With an Afterword by the Playwright

Author: by David Henry Hwang

‎ English
100 pages

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Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and soon to be back on Broadway in a revival directed by the Lion King’s Julie Taymor, starring Clive Owen”A brilliant play of ideas a visionary work that bridges the history and culture of two worlds.”Frank Rich, New York TimesBased on a true story that stunned the world, and inspired by Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly, M.

Butterfly was an immediate sensation when it premiered in 1988. It opens in the cramped prison cell where diplomat Rene Gallimard is being held captive by the French governmentand by his own illusions. He recalls a time when Song Liling, the beautiful Chinese diva, touched him with a love as vivid, as seductiveand as elusiveas a butterfly.

How could he have known that his true love was, in fact, a spy for the Chinese governmentand a man disguised as a woman? The diplomat relives the twenty-year affair from the temptation to the seduction, from its consummation to the scandal that ultimately consumed them both.M.

7. A Strange Loop

Author: by Michael R. Jackson

120 pages

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Winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Drama To watch this show is to enter, by some urgent, bawdy magic, an ecstatic and infinitely more colorful version of the famous surreal lithograph by M.C. Escher: the hand that lifts from the page, becoming almost real, then draws another hand, which returns the favor.Which came first?

A Strange Loop is complex, teasing, thrilling. Vinson Cunningham, New Yorker Usher is a Black, queer writer, working a day job he hates while writing his original musical: a piece about a Black, queer writer, working a day job he hates while writing his original musical.

This blistering musical follows a young artist at war with a host of demonsnot least of which are the punishing thoughts in his own headin an attempt to understand his own strange loop.

8. Oscar Wilde Play Collection: The Importance of Being Earnest, Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband

Author: by Oscar Wilde
284 pages

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Four Books In One!In one volume, a new beautifully laid-out edition of four of Oscar Wilde’s most famous and influential plays. Included in this volume are:The Importance of Being Earnest (originally published in 1895)Lady Windermere’s Fan (originally published in 1892)A Woman of No Importance (originally published in 1893)An Ideal Husband (originally published in 1895)

9. Lickin' License: From Lust to Love to Deception and Death

Author: by Intelligent Allah
286 pages

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Candy is a 31 year old money getter who owns Candy’s Shop the hottest beauty salon in Harlem. She can have any man she wants, but men are not her thing. She s got a lickin’ license as her tongue craves the flesh of pretty young females like her lover, Vera.

Candy drives a customized BMW, sports the latest gear and has the beauty and body that most women are intimidated by or wish they had. Everyone who is someone goes to Candy’s Shop. Rich, one of Harlem’s most powerful drug dealers, gets his hair braided in the shop regularly.

One of the stylists, Chanel, is a street smart Brooklyn diva who has a major crush on Rich. She will do whatever it takes to get him into her bed. While Chanel has her eyes on Rich, he s aiming to slick-talk his way into Vanessa’s panties.

Vanessa is the recently hired 22 year old bohemian beauty that commands everybody s attention. Candy even wants a piece of the pie. She has to compete with Rich, but there s no limit to what she ll do in her effort to turn out Vanessa to the seductive world of lesbian lust.

10. The Importance of Being Earnest

Author: by Oscar Wilde
106 pages

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A new, beautifully laid-out edition of Oscar Wilde’s classic play.

11. A Faithful Son

Author: by Michael Garvin

CreateSpace (May 8, 2016)
May 8, 2016

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Winner of The Beverly Hills Book Awards*Best Of – The Novel Approach *Finalist – New York Book Festival *Kirkus Recommended *Five Stars San Francisco Book Review *Five Stars Foreward Reviews *Five Stars Clarion Review A Faithful Son is an award-winning, dazzling debut and genre-defying novel.”…

A Faithful Son is bound to be an all-time classic and reader’s favorite….” San Francisco Book ReviewThis captivating coming of age tale chronicles the life of Zach Nance, a young man struggling to find his place in an ever-shifting world and the zany cast of local characters who help him come to an understanding of himself and the secret he harbors.

The small town of Durango, Colorado provides the rural backdrop for Garvin’s masterful novel. A hunky traveling carnie, an eccentric gaggle of pious church spinsters, a flirty drag queen, and Jesus Christ, himself, all make appearances within the pages of this endearing novel.

After tragedy befalls the Nance’s, Zach’s close-knit family unravels. He vows to protect his beloved mother and sister from the fallout of his troubled father’s choices forcing young Zach to redefine his loyalties, his faith and his own destiny. A beautiful and heartrending tale in the grand tradition of To Kill A Mockingbird and The Help.

12. Barbecue / Bootycandy (TCG Edition)

Author: by Robert O'Hara
96 pages

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“Searing and sensationally funny… As raw in its language and raucous in spirit as it is smart and provocative.”The New York Times”Funny, smutty and enticingly subversive…. A toxically satiric portrait of American life.”Washington Post”When I told my mother that a theater was putting on my play Bootycandy, her response was, ‘What?!Bootycandy?

These white folks are going to let you put on a play called Bootycandy?!? Are they crazy???’ And my response was, ‘Yes. Yes indeed.'”Robert O’HaraSutter is on an outrageous odyssey through his childhood home, his church, dive bars, motel rooms, and even nursing homes.

The journey uncovers characters who are at once fascinating, zany, controversial, and even a bit smutty, painting a portrait of life as a societal outlier. Based on the author’s personal experience, Bootycandy is a kaleidoscope of sketches that interconnects to portray growing up gay and black.

This subversive, uproarious satire crashes headlong into the murky terrain of pain and pleasure and …BOOTYCANDY! Robert O’Hara is a playwright and director. His play Antebellum received a world premiere production from Woolly Mammoth Theater Company, and earned him a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play.

13. Truce 4: The Finale (The Cartel Publications Presents) (War Series)

Author: by T. Styles
369 pages

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Can a never-ending War really lead to a Truce? It’s true, Banks Wales is back with a vengeance. After regaining most of his memories, he makes it his business to resume his regularly scheduled program. Getting his family to the new and improved Wales Island.

But when a blast from the past with a vendetta learns of his plans, he releases Baltimore’s grimiest hoodlums, which cause Banks more problems than he can foresee. But outsiders are not his only concern. Although the Wales clan tries their hardest to stick with Banks’ program, they soon allow their personal lives and circumstances to interfere.

In the end blood and tears are shed as evil closes in on this family. Not every Wales will make it to paradise. Truce 4 applies pressure. This is an emotional ride.

14. Torch Song Trilogy: Plays

Author: by Harvey Fierstein
Ballantine Books
320 pages

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A new edition of the classic drama portraying gay life in New York in the 1970s and 80swinner of the Tony Award for Best Play, now back on Broadway in a revival hailed by The New York Times as irresistibly compelling.

What begins as a chance encounter in a New York nightclub leads drag performer Arnold Beckoff on a hilarious yet touching pursuit of love, happiness, and a life he can be proud of. From a failed affair with a reluctant lover to a committed relationship with the promise of a stable family, Arnold’s struggle for acceptance meets its greatest resistance when he faces off against the person whose approval is most important to him: his mother.

This edition contains for the first time ever both the original scripts for the three one-act plays (The International Stud, Fugue in a Nursery, and Widows and Children First! As they were performed in the 1970s, as well as the revised script for the 2017 revival that condensed all three into Torch Song.

It also includes a never-before-published introduction by Harvey Fierstein, as well as photographs from both the original production and the revival starring Michael Urie and Mercedes Ruehl and directed by Moiss Kaufman. Praise for Torch Song TrilogyHarvey Fierstein has created characters so vivid and real that they linger in the mind, talking the night away, long after the lights have been turned out and everyone has left.

15. Indecent (TCG Edition)

Author: by Paula Vogel
112 pages

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RevelatoryAs intimate and immediate as a whispered secret. Vogel’s play thrums with music, desire, and fear, and it’s shrewd about the ways in which America isn’t free, and about how art does and doesn’t transcend the perilous winds of history.

New Yorker Superbly realizedIndecent, the powerful play by Paula Vogel, sheds an eye-opening light on a little-known time when theatrical history, Jewish culture, and the frank depiction of homosexuality intersected, with explosive results. New York Times Gorgeous. Illuminating and heartbreaking.

Rich in sympathy and humor, Indecent has the scope of an epic but the intimacy of a chamber pieceIt celebrates and illustrates the power of theater. Time Out New York A moving and fascinating playA singular achievement The historical perspective is vast and knowingHas there ever been anything quite like Indecent, a play that touchesI mean deeply touchesso much rich emotion about history and the theater, anti-Semitism, homophobia, censorship, world wars, red-baiting, and oh, yes, joyful human passion?…

16. The Laramie Project

Author: by Moises Kaufman
January 13, 2010

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On October 7, 1998, a young gay man was discovered bound to a fence in the hills outside Laramie, Wyoming, savagely beaten and left to die in an act of hate that shocked the nation. Matthew Shepard’s death became a national symbol of intolerance, but for the people of Laramie the event was deeply personal, and it’s they we hear in this stunningly effective theater piece, a deeply complex portrait of a community.