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Browse resources for the study of drama and theatre.

Subject Specialist

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Amy Frazier
Davis Family Library 206

How to Find Plays in the Library Catalog

By Author
Search last name first. 
e.g., Friel, Brian

By Title 
Omit initial articles like "the". 
e.g., Playboy of the Western World

By Genre

By Subject
Common subject headings for plays include:

If a play is about a person, event, or topic, search by subject using the name of the person, event, or topic and look for the subdivision -- Drama.
For example:

By Call Number
Browse anthologies and collections of plays with common characteristics. 

General Play Collections

  • PN6111 and PN6112 Collections of plays in English
  • PN6120 Collections of plays arranged alphabetically by topic

American Play Collections

  • PS623 and PS625 Collections of American plays
  • PS627 Collections of American plays arranged alphabetically by topic
  • PS628 Collections of American plays arranged alphabetically by ethnicity
  • PS628.W6 Collections of plays by American women
  • PS634 Collections of 20th-Century American plays

British Play Collections

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Acting One Collection

Indexes & Lists of Plays

Reviews of Plays


  • Enter the title of the play in quotation marks for a more precise search. e.g., "King Lear"
  • When searching for reviews, enter a date range up to a week or more before and after the opening or revival.

Plays Available for Purchase