Samuel French Bookshop: Curl Up with a Play

 

The Samuel French Bookshop on Sunset Blvd.
The Samuel French Bookshop on Sunset Blvd.

Looking for a soul-satisfying way to spend your time over the long weekend? Journey on over to the Samuel French bookshop in Hollywood where you grab a cup of complimentary coffee, cozy up in a well-loved chair, and read a play. Not sure where to start? I have a few suggestions.  

Mr. Burns a post-electric play by Anne Washburn

As dynamic and unexpected as Bohemian Rhapsody. I had never read anything like this play.

Issac’s Eye by Lucas Hnath

My personal favorite from a playwright who always delivers queer hilarity and gripping conflict in a world that is uniquely his own.

Long Day’s Journey into Night by Eugene O’ Neill.

Perhaps this classic can be most enjoyed in a seat by the window with a view of the setting sun.

Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl

Ruhl’s retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth is packed with some of the most profound theatrical moments I have ever been challenged to imagine.

The Altruists by Nicky Silver.

Non-stop outrageousness at 99 miles per hour.

The Flick by Annie Baker.

This play will remind you of the summer you never forgot. Baker at her finest.

I Used to Write on Walls by Bekah Brunstetter.

Brunstetter has a wild sense of humor. One minute she’s braiding your hair at a sleepover, the next she’s delivering a swift kick to the gut. Side note – if there are any young actors looking to find age-appropriate scene work, this playwright had gold to mine.

Anything by Sheila Callaghan.

She’s a battery to the tongue. Pick any play from Callaghan’s few inches of shelf space and give it a read. You’re guaranteed to get electrocuted.

Anything by Will Eno.

He is the master of crafting the drama of a sentence. If you’re looking to spend a day feasting on the perfect order of words, read Eno. MiddleTown is a good place to start.

“Great things. Oh, Great things. Someone is born, someone will die, both are you. Unwind., unknow.”

Will Eno, MiddleTown 

Samuel French Theatre and Film Bookshop
7623 Sunset Blvd. (at Stanley)
Hollywood, CA  90046
866-598-8449
Free parking behind the  bookshop.

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About Mona Pirnot

Mona Pirnot is a recent graduate of the University of Miami where she received a BFA in Acting with an emphasis in Playwriting and a minor in Motion Picture Studies. She was the 2014 Literary Fellow at Center Theatre Group and is currently a proud member of Circle X Theatre Company.

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