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D. Hiden Ramsey Library, University of North Carolina at Asheville
For information on production history, find individual plays by consulting the Plays - Indexes and Reviews section of the Reference page of the subject guide.
Exploring the many aspects of a play requires a broad range of research skills. Play research, or more properly, dramaturgical research, generally explores the:
- biography of the playwright or author
- the historical, social, economic, political and cultural context in which the play was conceived, written, and performed
- the play's production history
- analysis of the criticism and interpretation associated with the play.
Literature Online (LION)
Library of more than 350,000 works of English and American poetry, drama and prose, 150 full-text literature journals, and other criticism and reference resources.
Biographical Encyclopaedia & Who's Who of the American Theater,
1966. (Ref PN2285 .R5)
Biography and Genealogy Master Index [Online]
Contemporary Theatre, Film, and Television. 11 vols. (Ref PN2285
Current Biography [Monthly with annual cumulation] (Ref CT100 .C8)
DAB – Dictionary of American Biography (Ref E176 .D562)
DNB – Dictionary of National Biography (Ref DA28 .D4 v.1-10,
DLB – Dictionary of Literary Biography (Ref PN451 .D5 Y3)
Notable Names in the American Theatre (Ref PN2285 .N6 1976)
Twenty Modern British Playwrights (Ref Z2014 .D7 K47)
Variety Obits: An Index to Obituaries in Variety, 1905-1986 (Ref
PN1583 .P4 1980)
Who was Who in the Theatre, 1912-1976. 4 vols. (Ref PN2597 .W62)
Playwrights & Dramatists
For information on playwrights and dramatists, see the Reference page of this subject guide.
Criticism & Analysis
For information on criticism & analysis, see the Drama Criticism section of the Reference page of this subject guide.