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Theatre / Drama Research Guide

This guide will assist Theatre/Drama students in finding information and tools for research, assignments, and for furthering their knowledge and understanding in their chosen fields of study.


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Play Index

Play Index
by H.W. Wilson

located in Reference
at call number PN1621 .P53

 Play Index is now ONLINE!

Play Index:


From the publisher:

Find the perfect production for any purpose, with entries for plays published individually or in collections. Turn to this resource for listings of all kinds of plays written in or translated into English, from classic drama to radio and television plays to puppet performances.

Teachers, students, drama coaches, theater groups, directors, performers, playwrights, and researchers will find Play Index a valuable tool.


Find Plays with Ease!
Search a convenient single-alphabet index for authors, title, subjects (sisters, culture conflict, marriage, Christmas); styles (symbolism, experimental theater, expressionism); genre (comedy, melodrama, satire, musical); and places (California, Japan, Paris, Western U.S.)

Find Plays to Match Your Production Resources
Play Index’s Cast Analysis Index helps you locate plays specifically by type of cast (male, female, mixed, etc.) number of players and extras (for example, 6 characters and extras: 5 men, 1 woman, and extras). Notes in this feature indicate the number of sets, as well as exterior or interior scenes.

Find Bibliographic Information
For plays published separately, entries list the publisher, date, pagination, ISBN, and LC number. For plays in collections, entries in the List of Collections note the collection in which the play appears and provides full publication information.

Find the Perfect Script for Your Resources
Entries provide:


  • Descriptive annotation that summarizes the plot or dramatic action

  • Number of acts and scenes

  • Size of cast

  • Gender of cast members

  • Number of sets

  • Dancing or music requirements



  • Symbols identify plays suitable for children and young people


Room 200

Playscripts are located in Room 200 in the Library.

As you enter the front of the Library, Room 200 is through the double-glass doors to the right.  Once inside Room 200, the playscripts are shelved along the wall to the right.

 Playscripts are acquired from various publishers, but the majority of the collection is purchased from Samuel French, Inc. and Dramatists Play Service.  Play lists, sorted by authors and titles, are located near the playscripts as well as publisher's catalogs, which contain descriptions of many of the plays the Library owns.

 Students may use the playscripts in the Library or they may check them out.  Playscripts check out for three days and are due back by 4 P.M. on the third day.

Anthologies and other important books related to drama and theater can be found in the Library's main collections.  Perform basic searches in the Library's catalog by using the search box on this page, or perform more advanced searches.


Click below for lists of plays the Library owns:

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