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Drama: Plays & Monologues

Drama resources including production resources, digital collections, image collections, costume resources, plays and monologues.

Suggestions for Plays and Monologues

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.

Monologues in the Drama Library

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.

Acting Editions

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

  • identify cast in the original production
  • identify theatre and opening dates of the first production may also include number of performances
  • information may also be provided on director, designers, and stage manager
  • character description
  • extensive description of the stage as it appeared in the original production
  • photo from the production
  • identify sound effects and may include information on sound effect recordings available
  • property list (or plot) - may give furniture and hand props by act and scene as well as list on which side of the stage to place hand props
  • light plot may include gel colors and types of lighting equipment
  • costume list for each character by act and scene
  • ground plan for each of the scene changes
  • provide notes on royalties due for any music used during the performance
  • suggestions for press advances and publicity

Full-Text Plays and Streaming Video

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