Play Time


This past spring semester I needed to fulfill my university honors requirements, so I “contracted” a creative writing class focused on time, by designing an additional curriculum of nine plays that I would read and respond to—all of them dealing with time in some way. Thus, Play Time—nine essays analyzing specific plays, pulling apart the ways the playwrights are using the medium of theatre to manipulate or comment on or distort or theorize about time. The idea wasn’t so much to definitively state What X Play is About, but more to point out what I find interesting in each play, and figure out how the artist—or how theatre as a medium—achieved it.

You can read all the essays here, or buy them in ebook form on Smashwords or Amazon.

  1. We Are Proud to Present a Presentation about the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, from the German Südwestafrika, between the Years 1884-1915 by Jackie Sibblies Drury
  2. Not I, Footfalls, and Rockaby by Samuel Beckett
  3. Strange Interlude by Eugene O’Neill
  4. Top Girls by Caryl Churchill
  5. Dangerous Corner by J.B. Priestley
  6. Time and the Conways by J.B. Priestley
  7. I Have Been Here Before by J.B. Priestley
  8. An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley
  9. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard