Plays with the call number ActEd_____ are shelved together in the Drama Library in the open stacks and shelved alphabetically by the ActEd number.
Most acting editions offer a copy of the play text with more extensive stage directions than found elsewhere. If the show moved from regional theatre to New York or from Off-Broadway to Broadway you may find information on the production history for both productions.
Information Found in Acting Editions
Collections of monologues and scenes are shelved in the Monologue Section of the Drama Library, which is next to the current periodicals and open reserves. You may browse the section and there are several indexes available. There are also a number of notebooks compiled by Drama TAs with suggestions for monologues.
For plot summaries of contemporary plays, you can consult the following Samuel French Catalogue or Dramatists Play Service Catalogue. Ask for either at the Drama Circulation Desk.
Because the on-line system may not always identify plays appearing in collections and anthologies, the Drama Library staff provides indexing of plays. We are converting this information to a database but at present the best way to search for plays is in the card catalogue by title.
Card Catalogue Information