4 Plays You Have to Read and Why

We love the stage: the lights, the audience, the fall of the curtain. But what we love even more is perfecting our craft and finding new ways to do so. One stellar way you can get more in touch with the stage is to look at it from a new perspective. Discover these four must-read plays, and learn how they will help you improve your acting skills.

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Let’s start with the basics: Hamlet is considered part of the foundation of theatre. Actually reading Shakespeare’s Hamlet will offer you great insight into how a famous story can transform over the years. You’re also sure to notice a number of phrases and quotes in his writing that we still reference to in today’s storytelling.

When considering Hamlet and your acting skills, your biggest takeaway from this play should be issues concerning morality. A further understanding of such a concept can help you connect to a vast number of roles in your future.

Angels in America by Tony Kushner

This bittersweet and powerful play is one that every serious actor or lover of the stage should read. The complex characters presented in Kushner’s Angels in America will demonstrate the brilliance of writing. Additionally, the themes discussed in this play are very relevant to today’s world. Concepts like sexuality, religion, and community are all explored in-depth in this story.

To improve your acting skills, focus on how the stage can be the perfect arena to discuss these controversial topics. Through your craft, you can help others see through the eyes of someone else. There can’t be anything more powerful than that.

No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre

No Exit is another classic that all actors just have to read. Jean-Paul Sartre was known for his existentialism, which is demonstrated in his brilliantly written play. The characters in this story contemplate themes of choice and freedom, all within the existentialist mindset. The setting of the story takes place in one room, where three deceased people must determine whether or not they’re in hell.

When reading No Exit, you can improve your acting skills by appreciating the minimalist aspect of the play. Sartre successfully demonstrates that you don’t need lavish props or costumes to get a point across. Expertly delivered dialogue, timing, and passion are really all you need to convey strong, meaningful messages — even those as deep as life after death.

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

We actually performed A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry here at Lionheart not too long ago, so this show is dear to our hearts. Discussing race and family, Hansberry delivers us a story that proves what love really means. If you want to read something moving and powerful, pick up a copy of this play.

To improve on your acting skills, pay attention to the way she writes stage directions. The beautiful descriptions she builds allow for you to envision the stage in your head just as a director would.

Improve Your Acting Skills at Lionheart Theatre

If you want to further improve your acting skills, practice is key! Bring your newfound knowledge and love of the theatre to Lionheart and let us help you perfect your craft. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to stay current on auditions and shows happening right here in Norcross.

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