For plot summaries of contemporary plays, you can consult Concord Theatricals (previously Samuel French), Dramatists Play Service, and the Black Plays Archive. When you have a play in mind, you can then search for the play title within the UW Libraries Catalog search bar to see if we own a physical or digital copy. We also have books that include collections of monologues from many different plays in one book. Explore the suggested resources below.
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.
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