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The Good Person of Szechwan by Bertolt Brecht

Shen Teh, a prostitute, agrees to provide lodging for three gods. Before they leave, they pay her a generous sum, which she uses to buy a tobacconist shop. Due to her newfound success, she is soon beset with requests for help and various payments. Her cousin, Shui Ta, arrives and helps with the business. He cuts off the handouts. Shen Teh continues to be imposed upon.

Hot l Baltimore by Lanford Wilson (3 Acts)

The residents of a hotel are notified that it’s being torn down; they have a month to leave. Some of the residents include two prostitutes, a hustler and her brother, an argumentative old man, and a college student. They figure out what they’re going to do.

The Lower Depths by Maxim Gorky

We see learn about the lives and see the interactions between the residents of an underground lodging house. Life is harsh, with much despair and indignity.

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