(Original post by robbo3045)
I hate how everyone is so fixated with writings from the 19th and 20th century.
We do have good playwrights today you know.
Edward Bond - (Saved)
Anthony Neilson - (Penetrator)
Phillip Ridley - (The Pitchfork Disney)
Sarah Kane - (Blasted)
*Note these arent your average reads, and some of these plays are quite explicit, but are very beautiful.
Brilliant suggestion - I wasn't a fan of many previous suggestions of naturalistic plays (not a fan of naturalism, and I get especially bored with Wilde, Chekhov and Tennessee Williams), but this list is wicked
Especially Sarah Kane, any of Kane's stuff is amazing.
Someone suggested Godot earlier, that's a wicked play as well.
I'd also add:
John McGrath - The Cheviot, The Stag, and The Black, Black, Oil
Heiner Muller - Hamletmachine
Jim Cartwright - Road
some Howard Barker if you want a completely new theory of what a play should be and a playwright's role, although I'm not a big fan.
And also, my favourite play of all time ever:
Timberlake Wertenbaker - Our Country's Good