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Theater Resources on the Web

Accents / Dialects

American English Dialect Recordings
Speech Accent Archive
The Village Voice OBIE Awards

Awards

American Theatre Wing - Theatre References - Theatre Awards
Tony Awards Online
The Village Voice OBIE Awards

Costume

Cornell Costume and Textile Collection
Costume Gallery
Couturière Parisienne
Elizabethan Costume Page
Fashion History Costume Trends and Eras, Trends Victorians - Haute Couture
Gentleman's Page
Godey's Lady's Book
History of Costume by Braun & Scheider
Metropolitan Museum of Art - The Collection Online: The Costume Institute
AllSewn Up: Millinery, Dressmaking, Clothing and Costume
Books from 1907-1940 include the history of clothing, styles, of dress, and design and construction.
Motley Collection of Theatre & Costume Design
NYPL Picture Collection Online
OSU Historic Costume & Textiles Collection
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Has had several fashion exhibits.
Screen Search Fashion
Film fashions from the 20's and 30's.
Stage Costume, the Victoria and Albert Museum
Cornell Costume and Textile Collection
Vintage Couture from the Henry Ford Museum

Guides

Art+Culture
McCoy's Guide to Theatre and Performance Studies
UW Libraries - Drama
WWW Virtual Library: Theatre and Drama

History

American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment, 1870-1920
CESAR - Calendrier Electronique des Spectacles sous l'Ancien Régime
French Theatre
The New Deal Stage: Selections from the Federal Theatre Project Collection- 1935-1939
Internet Broadway Database
IBDB provides detailed records on Broadway shows, including original production information, original and current cast lists, awards, and songs.
Lortel Archives: The Internet Off-Broadway Database
Production history for off-Broadway shows.
Performing Arts in America 1875 -1923
Theatre History on the Web

Miscellaneous

Great Performances
Performing Arts Encyclopedia
Stagework
From the National Theatre, London.

News and Reviews

Backstage
Broadway.org
New York Times Theatre Reviews
Playbill
Variety

Plays

Dramatists Play Service
Doollee.com
Iowa State University Play Concordances
Lortel Archives--The Internet Off-Broadway Database
Samuel French, Inc. The House of Plays & Musical Plays for Over 175 Years
Small-Cast One-Act Guide Online

Playwrights

eOneill.com: An Electronic Eugene O'Neill Archive
Gilbert and Sullivan Archive

Set Design

Joseph Urban Stage Design Models & Documents
Milwaukee Repertory Theater Photographic History
Mordecai (Max) Gorelik Papers
Over 800 scene designs by Broadway designer Mordecai Gorelik. The collection and additional papers are housed at the Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Scenery Collection: University of Minnesota Libraries

Shakespeare

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
Illustrated Shakespeare Collection
Internet Shakespeare Editions
Shakespeare's Staging
Shakespearean Prompt-Books of the Seventeenth Century

Filmed Theater Performances and Film Adaptations

The following is a list, organized by playwright, of some of the filmed theater performances and film adaptions available for checkout at COD Library.

Anouilh, Jean, Adapted from a play by Sophocles

Antigone
General PQ2601.N67 A56 2001 & Online

Beckett, Samuel

Beckett on Film (4 volumes)
General PR 6003.E282 B435 2001

Brecht, Bertolt

Bertolt Brecht’s Galileo
Popular DVD (Shelved by title)

Die 3 Groschen Oper = The 3 penny opera
General PT 2603 .R397 D5 1985

Chayefsky, Paddy

Marty
General OS3505 .H632 M3 1993

Chekhov, Anton

The Seagull
General PG3456.C5 C452 2002

Uncle Vanya
General PG3456.D5 G3 1990

Chin, Frank

The Year of the Dragon
General PS3553.H4897 Y4 1990 & Online

Euripides

The Trojan Women
General PA3975.T7 C3 2004

Iphigeneia
Popular DVD

Gurney, A. R.

The Dining Room
General PS 3557 .U82 D5 1988

Hansberry, Lorraine

A Raisin in the Sun
General PN1997 .R342 2004

David Henry Hwang

M. Butterfly
Popular VHS

McNally, Terrence

Andre's Mother
General PS3563.A323 A5 1998

Christopher Marlowe

Doctor Faustus
General PR2664 .A23 2013

Miller, Arthur, Adapted from a play by Henrik Ibsen

Arthur Miller's Adaptation of An Enemy of the People
General PT8862 .A1 2002

Miller, Arthur

The Crucible
Popular DVD (shelved by title)

Death of a Salesman
General PS3525.I5156 D423 2002

An Enemy of the People
General PT8862 .A3 1998 & Online

A Memory of Two Mondays
General PS3525.I5156 M466 2001 & Online

Odets, Clifford

Awake and Sing
General PS3529.D46 A93 2002 & Online

Paradise Lost
General PS3529.D46 P37 2000 & Online

Rocket to the Moon
General PS 3529 .D46 R6 1988

O'Neill, Eugene

Eugene O'Neill's Hughie
General PS 3529 .N5 H8 1984

Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh
General PS3529.N5 I3 2003

A Moon for the Misbegotten
General PS3529.N5 M68 2002 & Online

Mourning Becomes Electra (3 volumes)
General PS3529.N5 M78 2000 & Online

Parnell, Peter

The Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket
General PS 3566 .A752 R5 1988

Pirandello, Luigi

Six Characters in Search of an Author
General PQ4835.I7 S45 2002 & Online

Saroyan, William

The Time of Your Life
General PS3537.A826 T53 1999

Shakespeare, William

Antony and Cleopatra
General PR2802 .A23 1993

Hamlet (2 volumes)
General PR2807.A2 B8 1995

King Lear
Popular DVD (shelved by title)

Kiss Me, Petruchio
General PR2832 .K5 1983

The Merchant of Venice
General PR2825.A2 S53 1993

A Midsummer Night's Dream
General PR2827.A23 N625 1999

A Midsummer Night's Dream
General PR2827.A23 N625 2002

Much Ado about Nothing
General PR2828 .A23 2002 & Online

Othello
General PR2829.A23 N866 2004

Richard Burton's Hamlet
General PR2807.A23 B8 1999

Richard III
Popular DVD (shelved by title)

Romeo & Juliet
General PR2831 .A23 R65 1996

The Taming of the Shrew
General PR2832 .A23 1987a

Sondheim, Stephen

Into the Woods
General PN1995.9.M86 I6 1999

Sophocles

Antigone
General PQ2601.N67 A56 2001 & Online

Edipo Re = Oedipus Rex
General PN1997 .P35616 1990

Oedipus Rex
Circulation Desk PA 4414 .O7 Y4 1980

Oedipus the King
Circulation Desk PA4414.O7 T3 1988 Oedipus the King & Online

Wasserstein, Wendy

Kiss Kiss Dahlings
General PS3573.A798 K57 1999

Uncommon Women and Others
General PS3573.A798 U5 2002 & Online

Wilde, Oscar

The Oscar Wilde Collection
General PR5815 2002

Wilder, Thornton

Our Town
General PS3545.I345 O92 2003

Williams, Tennessee

The Eccentricities of a Nightingale
General PS3545.I5365 E33 2002 & Online

The Glass Menagerie
General PS3545.I5365 G5 2002

Ten Blocks on the Camino Real

General PS3545.I5365 C32 2002 & Online

Wilson, Lanford

Fifth of July
General PS3573.I458 F54 2001 & Online

Monologues and Plays

This guide provides step-by-step instructions for finding monologues and plays using the library's resources and online sites.

If you have any questions, please contact the library liaison to the Theater Department, or a reference librarian.

Steps for Finding Monologues and Plays

Try our new database - New Play Exchange!
New Play Exchange is the world's largest digital library of scripts by living writers. You can filter your search results in many ways, including by character age and gender; genre; play length; and playwright demographics, among many other filters.

  1. Find a monologue using the reference works (found on the first floor of the Library) listed below. The most useful books are
    • small yellow star.jpgThe Ultimate Scene and Monologue Sourcebook Reference PN 2080 .H6 2007
    • small yellow star.jpgSmith and Kraus Monologue Index(s) Reference PN 2080 .S6 1995 & Reference PN 2080 .S6 1999
    • For more detailed information on using these resources, see the document Using Smith and Kraus Monologue Sourcebook at the bottom of this page.

    Plays owned by the library are denoted in the table of contents with a check mark or call number.

  2. Note the name of the play in which the monologue is included.
  3. Use the Library Catalog to search for plays by title. Plays can be request through I-Share.

Websites - You can also use websites such as Actorama.com or StageAgent to identify monologues, however, please note that many of the monologues listed at these sites are written by self-published writers as stand-alone monologues that are not part of a play.

Finding Monologues

If you need to find both a monologue and the entire script of the play, you will have to identify the monologue first and then find the play.

Reference Works

The following works give an overview of monologues and indicate if the COD Library owns the play.

  • The Ultimate Scene and Monologue Sourcebook Reference PN 2080 .H6 2007
    Over 1,000 monologues and scenes from more than 300 contemporary plays. In the table of contents check marks have been placed next to titles of plays that the library owns.

  • Smith and Kraus Monologue Index Reference PN 2080 .S6
    In addition to finding plays by the categories in the other sources you may also find them by nationality, geographic area, profession, and situation. The time period of the monologue is defined. Plays will be prior to 1997. In the table of contents the call number for monologues owned by the library have been noted. The name of the play is at the bottom of the entry.

  • Actor's Guide to Monologues Reference PN 2080 .G78 1974
    Guide for finding monologues for men and women by category: classic or modern, serious or comic, and age of character. Gives name of character, title of play, author of play, act and scene, length, and first line. Note: these will be plays prior to 1974.

  • Guide to Monologues Men Reference PN 2080 .G84 1988
    Guide for finding monologues for men by category: classic or modern, serious or comic, and age of character. Gives name of character, title of play, author of play, act and scene, length, and first line. Note: these will be plays prior to 1988.

  • Guide to Monologues Women Reference PN 2080 .G85 1988
    Guide for finding monologues for women by category: classic or modern, serious or comic, and age of character. Gives name of character, title of play, author of play, act and scene, length, and first line. Note: these will be plays prior to 1988.

  • Play Index Reference PN 1621 .P5x
    Useful for findings plays by subject, author, or title. Particularly useful for locating plays in collections. There is a listing of monologues although there is no breakdown of the type or character. Part two is an index by names of cast members.

  • Ottemiller’s Index to Plays in Collections - eBook Full-length plays written in English and published between 1900 and 2000. Plays are indexed by title, author, and anthology title.

Websites

Use Actorama.com to locate monologues by type: comic. dramatic, serio-comic. Click on Monologues to get an advanced search that allows for greater specificity. Monologues from plays that are still under copyright (1923-present) will only give you the opening line. Please note that many of the monologues listed at this site are written by self-published writers and may not be available in the Library's collection or through Interlibrary Loan. Use the instructions for "Finding Plays" listed below to locate a copy of the play.

StageAgent provides access to over one hundred monologues by category, age range and sex. Click on the link for the name of the play under the "Show Name" section to find more information about the play. Check out the "Useful Links" to view information about the play's publisher, etc. Use the instructions for "Finding Plays" listed below to locate a copy of the play.

Finding Plays

Library Catalog

Start your search by using the COD Library's Catalog

  • Do a title search
    For example: Angels in America.
    This will only retrieve your play if it is the exact title of the book. Many times plays are located in collections, for example, Twenty Modern Plays by Women. Also, plays in translation may have the titles translated different ways. Even English language plays can have different titles. For example, King Lear might be King Lear or the Tragedy of King Lear or William Shakespeare's King Lear. See below for other ways to search.

  • Do an author search
    For example: Miller, Arthur
    You will see individual titles as well as anthologies with titles like, The Collected Works of Arthur Miller.
  • Do a keyword search
    For example: Death of a Salesman.
    This search will look for the phrase at the beginning of the title of a book, within the title of a book, and in table of contents notes. This search not only turns up titles of individual books that begin "Death of a Salesman," but also Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller's Collected Plays, and Plays for the Theatre: An Anthology of World Drama, which has plays by many different playwrights. Unfortunately, not all books have their table of contents listed, so if you still haven't found your play consider using the reference book Play Index, which was described above in the section on Reference Works.

Local libraries
Many public libraries collect plays. You will need a public library card; if you have one you can usually use it to borrow from other libraries in that system.

Research the Play

In addition to locating the play and learning and studying your lines you might want to do some research about the playwright, the setting of the play, and the characters in the play. This research will add immensely to your ability to interpret the character and the character to life. Consult the Research Guide on Theater Appreciation for suggestions on researching plays.

Theatre Appreciation

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Welcome to the Theatre Appreciation Research Guide. This guide is a starting point for finding materials related to dramaturgical research. If you have any questions regarding using the library's resources, please feel free to contact the Humanities Librarian.
 
 
 
 
 
 

  1. A - Play's World
  2. B - Author's World
  3. C - Our World
  4. D - Production and Review

The time period when the play was written.

Reference Works

Reference works include encyclopedias and literary criticisms that are located either on-line or in the Reference Collection. Books in the Reference Collection can only be used in the Library. Online resources can be used from any computer so long as you have a current COD library card.

Reference works include Literary and Historical sources listed below.

Literary Sources

Historical Sources

Find Books and Videos

Finding Books on a Particular Play

Use the Library Catalog and do a subject search on the play's author.
Some other subject headings to look for include:

  • (Name of the Play)
  • Characters
  • Criticism and Interpretation
  • Sources

Note that not all these subheadings will appear for each author.
If the name of the play appears, do not assume that the information you need is only under that heading. The other headings will have information on many plays, hopefully including yours.

Finding Books on a Play's Setting

To locate books on the setting of a play do a subject search on the country or city followed by one of the subheadings below, then add the time period that the play would be in. For example, try searching by century ("20th century") or decade ("nineteen forties" or 1940s).

  • Civilization
  • Politics and Government
  • Economic Conditions
  • Social Conditions
  • History
  • Social Life and Customs

Article Databases

Find general and scholarly articles on period, place, and conditions of the setting of the play.

  • Proquest One Academic
  • Proquest One Academic is a large multidisciplinary collection of journals, magazines, e-books, videos, dissertations, and theses.

  • Academic Search Complete (1984-present)
  • General database useful for arts, theater, history and psychology. Contains indexing and full text for 9100 journals. 7100 of these journals are peer-reviewed scholarly titles.

  • Artemis Literary Sources Artemis is a portal to the content contained in both Literature Online and Literature Resource Center. This database contains literary and drama criticism, reviews, topic overviews, author biographies, and so much more
  • History Study Center
    Primary and secondary history collections providing access to rare British, American and world history sources, full text articles and reference materials. Includes multimedia sources.

  • JSTOR
  • JSTOR is an archive of digitized scholarly journal articles ranging in date from the 1700's to the early 2000's. These collections span a variety of subjects in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Physical Sciences.

  • Literary Criticism Online
    Contains literary criticism in full-text from these important reference works: Contemporary Literary Criticism, Drama Criticism, and Short Story Criticism.

  • Literature Resource Center
  • Provides access to biographies of authors, and criticism and overviews of literary works.

  • Magill's OnLiterature Plus
  • Editorially reviewed critical analyses and brief plot summaries.

  • Project MUSE
  • Project MUSE offers full-text current and archival articles from 500+ scholarly journals from major university presses covering literature and criticism, history, performing arts, cultural studies, education, philosophy, political science, gender studies, and more. Updated continually.

Resources for finding information on the playwright and the influences on him/her.

Reference Works

Reference works include encyclopedias and literary criticisms that are located either on-line or in the Reference Collection. Books in the Reference Collection can only be used in the Library. Online resources can be used from any computer so long has you have a current COD library card.

Reference works include resources on authors and literary criticisms

Author Information

Use these resources to find author biographical information.

Criticism

These resources contain theater and literary criticisms.

Index of literary works

Index to Gale publications lists relevant works on authors and plays. This index lists titles, volumes and page numbers of books that contain information on the play the author.

Find Books and Videos

To locate books on a particular playwright, use the Library Catalog and do a subject search on the author. Some of the subheadings to look for include:

  • Biography Interviews
  • Correspondence Knowledge
  • Critisicm and Interpretation Philosophy
  • Correspondence
  • Political and Social Views

Not all these subheadings will appear for each author.

Article Databases

  • Proquest One Academic
  • Proquest One Academic is a large multidisciplinary collection of journals, magazines, e-books, videos, dissertations, and theses.

  • Academic Search Complete (1984-present)
  • General database useful for arts, theater, history and psychology. Contains indexing and full text for 9100 journals. 7100 of these journals are peer-reviewed scholarly titles.

  • Artemis Literary Sources Artemis is a portal to the content contained in both Literature Online and Literature Resource Center. This database contains literary and drama criticism, reviews, topic overviews, author biographies, and so much more
  • History Study Center
    Primary and secondary history collections providing access to rare British, American and world history sources, full text articles and reference materials. Includes multimedia sources.

  • JSTOR
  • JSTOR is an archive of digitized scholarly journal articles ranging in date from the 1700's to the early 2000's. These collections span a variety of subjects in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Physical Sciences.

  • Literary Criticism Online
    Contains literary criticism in full-text from these important reference works: Contemporary Literary Criticism, Drama Criticism, and Short Story Criticism.

  • Literature Resource Center
  • Provides access to biographies of authors, and criticism and overviews of literary works.

  • Magill's OnLiterature Plus
  • Editorially reviewed critical analyses and brief plot summaries.

  • Project MUSE
  • Project MUSE offers full-text current and archival articles from 500+ scholarly journals from major university presses covering literature and criticism, history, performing arts, cultural studies, education, philosophy, political science, gender studies, and more. Updated continually.

The period when the play was written, the nature of society, and contemporary events.

Reference Works

Reference works include encyclopedias and literary criticisms that are located either on-line or in the Reference Collection. Books in the Reference Collection can only be used in the Library. Online resources can be used from any computer so long has you have a current COD library card.

Reference works include resources on authors and literary criticisms

Find Books and Videos

To locate books on the playwright's time, use the Library Catalog and do a subject search on the country or city followed by one of the subheadings below, then select the time period in which the playwright lived.

  • Civilization
  • Economic Conditions
  • History
  • Politics and Government
  • Social Conditions
  • Social Life and Customs

Or look up specific topics you know are relevant.

Article Databases

  • Proquest One Academic
  • Proquest One Academic is a large multidisciplinary collection of journals, magazines, e-books, videos, dissertations, and theses.

  • Academic Search Complete (1984-present)
  • General database useful for arts, theater, history and psychology. Contains indexing and full text for 9100 journals. 7100 of these journals are peer-reviewed scholarly titles.

  • Artemis Literary Sources Artemis is a portal to the content contained in both Literature Online and Literature Resource Center. This database contains literary and drama criticism, reviews, topic overviews, author biographies, and so much more
  • History Study Center
    Primary and secondary history collections providing access to rare British, American and world history sources, full text articles and reference materials. Includes multimedia sources.

  • JSTOR
  • JSTOR is an archive of digitized scholarly journal articles ranging in date from the 1700's to the early 2000's. These collections span a variety of subjects in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Physical Sciences.

  • Literary Criticism Online
    Contains literary criticism in full-text from these important reference works: Contemporary Literary Criticism, Drama Criticism, and Short Story Criticism.

  • Literature Resource Center
  • Provides access to biographies of authors, and criticism and overviews of literary works.

  • Magill's OnLiterature Plus
  • Editorially reviewed critical analyses and brief plot summaries.

  • Project MUSE
  • Project MUSE offers full-text current and archival articles from 500+ scholarly journals from major university presses covering literature and criticism, history, performing arts, cultural studies, education, philosophy, political science, gender studies, and more. Updated continually.

Resources for finding Information on play productions & reviews

Play Reviews

Reviews for plays can be found in several types of resources, including newspapers, magazines, reference works on literary criticism and websites.

  • Proquest One Academic
  • Proquest One Academic is a large multidisciplinary collection of journals, magazines, e-books, videos, dissertations, and theses.

  • Academic Search Complete (1984-present)
  • General database useful for arts, theater, history and psychology. Contains indexing and full text for 9100 journals. 7100 of these journals are peer-reviewed scholarly titles.

  • Artemis Literary Sources Artemis is a portal to the content contained in both Literature Online and Literature Resource Center. This database contains literary and drama criticism, reviews, topic overviews, author biographies, and so much more
  • Chicago Tribune (1849-1989) Proquest Historical Newspapers
  • Digital image of every issue of the Chicago Tribune (1849-1989), cover-to-cover. For articles published between 1989-Present, use the Chicago Tribune (1989-Present).

  • Literary Index
  • Index to Gale publications that list relevant works on authors and plays. Index will list the titles, volumes and page numbers of books that contain information on the play the author.

  • Literary Criticism Online
    Contains literary criticism in full-text from these important reference works: Contemporary Literary Criticism, Drama Criticism, and Short Story Criticism.

  • Literature Resource Center
  • Provides access to biographies of authors, and criticism and overviews of literary works, and reviews of theatre performances.

  • New York Times (1851-2009) Proquest Historical Newspapers
  • Digital image of every issue of the New York Times from 1851-2009, cover-to-cover.

  • New York Times 2009-Present.
  • New York Times Theater Reviews
  • Theater reviews from 1870-2000.
    Reference PN 2266. N48

  • Newspaper Source
    Provides selected full text for 23 national (U.S.) and international newspapers, including USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, The Times (London), The Toronto Star, etc. The database also contains selected full text from nearly 200 regional (U.S.) newspapers, including The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The Detroit Free Press, The Miami Herald, The New York Daily News, The San Jose Mercury News, etc. In addition, full text television & radio news transcripts are provided from CBS News, FOX News, NPR, etc.

    Play Productions

  • The Internet Off-Broadway Database
    Provides production information for may off-Broadway productions, "...including title page credits, original cast members and replacements, window card photos, awards won, number of performances and much more. In addition, there’s information about Off-Broadway theatre spaces, theatre companies and the people who make Off-Broadway come to life."

Find Books and Videos

To locate books on a particular play, use the Library Catalog and do a subject or keyword search for the title of the play. Some of the subheadings to look for include:

  • Dramatic Production
  • Technique
  • Stage History

Not all these subheadings will appear for each author.
If the name of the play appears, do not assume that the information you need is only under that heading. The other (broader) headings will have information on many of the playwright's plays, hopefully including yours.
Other topics you may want to research and their subject headings:

Costume Design - search these terms:

  • Costume
  • Costume Design
  • Men's Clothing
  • Vintage Clothing
  • Fashion

Music- search these terms:

  • Music (by time period)
  • Popular Music - Chronology
  • Popular Music - Discography
  • Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 - Musical Settings

Set Design- search these terms:

  • Scene Painting
  • Stage - Machinery
  • Stage - Models
  • Stage Management
  • Theaters - Sound Effects
  • Theaters - Stage Setting and Scenery

Stage Direction- search these terms:

  • Acting
  • Method (Acting)
  • Movement (Acting)
  • Musicals - Production and Direction
  • Theaters- Production and Direction

Also of note:
The London Stage, 1660-1800 (PN 1582 .G72 L65.) has some interesting information about staging, lighting, costumes, and the entertainment industry in general. This work also contains a catalog of plays performed during that time period with some contemporary commentary.

Annals of the New York Stage (PN 2277 .N5 O39) which covers the years 1750-1894.

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Theater Guide

Welcome to the Theater Research Guide.

Use this guide to find resources related to the study of Theater and Drama.

Dramaturgical Research

See the Theater Appreciation Guide to learn about conducting dramaturgical research. Included in this guide is finding information on:

  • The period, place, and conditions of the setting of the play
  • Information on the playwright and the influences on him/her
  • The period when the play was written, the nature of society, and contemporary events.
  • Reviews of the play's production

Finding Monologues and Plays

Learn how to find monologues and plays using this guide.

Filmed Theater Performances

Web Resources

Use this guide to find web resources on the following topics:

  • Accents and Dialects
  • Awards
  • Costumes
  • History
  • News and Reviews
  • Plays
  • Playwrights
  • Set Design
  • Shakespeare
  • Miscellaneous sites
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