See our guide to Finding Plays. But be aware that there are several ways to search for plays in our collections:
- by author or by the title of the play.Plays published separately will be found as an individual title, e.g.,Twelfth Night, Antigone. Others are published in collections or anthologies which may cover the literary form, the same period, or the same subject (plays by women, renaissance drama, etc).
- if an author, title, and keyword searches were not productive, try an index (see listing below). Having found in an index an anthology or a periodical in which your play appears, return to the library catalog to run a “title” search on that anthology or larger work. Note regarding the Best Plays of 1967, 1968, etc., series: They contain excerpts and synopses of plays, NOT the full-length plays.
- plays might appear under a variant title. If translated or adapted, try searching under the original name as well. (ex: “No Exit might” be under “Huis clos”)
- historical background and production history = Try catalog searching with terms like “stage history” “production” or “history” combined with the play’s title
- filmed plays = search for "play" or "director" or "stage" and "videorecording" in the library catalog
Our guide to Finding Plays will point out what databases are rich in scripts!