Ideas about the following plays from the contemporary period are found: Endgame, Mother Courage, Hedda Gabler, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Oedipus Rex or Lysistrata.
Tony Kushner's Angels in America
Sam Shepard's True West
August Wilson's Fences
Although these choices present endless possibilities for writing topics, I offer you some ideas to help with your own essay.
First of all, I think that themes of alienation, existentialism, and despair permeate both Hedda Gabler and Endgame. Because Beckett's play offers a grim perspective on life, like Hedda Gabler does, these two might offer some parallels for you. Both plays also seem to present a longing to escape from life. Life is presented as miserable, meaningless, and cruel in both pieces. For example, you might notice how Endgame shows a desire for the end. Just as Hedda, too, desires an end to her meaningless, miserable existence, Hamm suggests, "it's time it ended and yet I hesitate to-(he yawns)-to end."
Endgame's characters as well as Hedda seem to desire the end, but they also hesitate in reaching that goal. Maybe there are waiting for something to change their minds, their courses?
You might also notice how both texts present a grim view on life. There is a sense of foreboding and loss in Hedda. Please find quotes to exemplify. Similarly, you might also notice how Clov and Hamm use words such as hell, no sun, no light, no darkness to depict the setting. Hamm also is pessimistic as he emphasizes loss in life with "We lose our hair, our teeth! Our bloom! Our ideals!" You might find similar quotes by Hedda where she, too, laments her losses emotionally, ...
Contemporary drama comparative essay topics are brainstormed.