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First Draft Titles of Classic Plays

What makes the great writers great is their ability to edit. Any good writer knows that what must be removed is just as important as what stays in.

Would these classics have stood a chance to become iconic had they retained their original titles? I doubt it!

1.) A Woman Named Blanche, A Woman Named Stella, A Man Named Stanley, and A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

2.) The Events That Lead Up to The Death of A Salesman From Brooklyn Whose Name Was Willy Loman by Arthur Miller

3.) Pride and Prejudice and A Man With A Woman’s First Name As His Last Name by Jane Austen

4.) The Story of Two Dudes Who Are Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

5.) Arkansas! Oklahoma! by Rodgers & Hammerstein

6.) The Odd Couple of Divorced Men Who Are Forced Into a Situation When They Have to Live Together. One’s Clean and The Other Is a Slob. It’s Funny, Trust Me by Neil Simon

7.) Lysistrata and Her Plan To Not You-Know-What With All The You-Know-Who Wink Wink by Aristophanes

8.) A Play That’s Less About a Fiddler On The Roof and More About a Guy Named Tevye and His Family by Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick, and Joseph Stein

9.) I Want To Call This Play Hedda Gabler But Maybe That Name Is Too Weird? I’ll Call It Something Else If You Think It’ll Bring Out More People by Henrik Ibsen

10.) Romeo and Juliet and One Huge Misunderstanding That Leads to Two Deaths by Ben Jonson, Christopher Marlowe, the Earl of Derby, the Earl of Rutland, the Earl of Southampton, the Earl of Essex, Sir Walter Raleigh, or Francis Bacon William Shakespeare

Tim Racine, Brooklyn based writer and comedian.


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