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Theater

General guide to print and online resources for theater studies

Finding Plays

Because the Library of Congress classifies drama as literature, drama is, for the most part, scattered throughout the literature section in the Rutgers University Libraries, depending on where and in what language it was originally written. Many unbound scripts are located in the Scripts Section on the ground floor of Douglass Library.

Luckily, if you know what you are looking for, you can search by the title and the author in the search box below:

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Searching for Plays

Plays are usually given the subject heading "Drama" or some variation of it (examples below), which you can search for in the advanced search in QuickSearch. You can also search for the material type "Books" to filter out journal articles. Unfortunately "Drama" also describes books that are about theater, so not all search results will be plays.

  • Drama
  • American Drama
  • English Drama
  • English Drama--19th century [can be added to any nationality]
  • English Drama--20th century
  • Russian Drama
  • Spanish Drama
  • Dramatic monologues

If you are searching for plays based on author, subject, genre, grade-interest level, publication date, or required performing forces, use:

Online Play Collections

Browsing for Plays

Plays are scattered throughout the literature section of various libraries, and are available in the Script Section on the ground floor of Douglass Library, where they are organized alphabetically by author. Many are also available online in QuickSearch or in online collections.

Here are some guideposts if you want to browse plays (usually ordered by author or editor's last name) by the country or region of origin:

PA3000-3049 Classical literature
PA3050-4505 Greek literature
PA6000-6971 Roman literature
PA8001-8595 Medieval and modern Latin literature
PQ1211-1241 Collections of French Drama
PQ4227-4245 Collections of Italian Drama
PQ6217-6241 Collections of Spanish Drama
PR621-744 English Drama
PR1241-1273 Collections of English Drama
PS330-353 American Drama
PS623-(635) Collections of American Drama
PT605-709 German Drama
PT1251-1299 Collections of Drama

Finding Monologues

Finding the right monologue for you can be a daunting challenge. Fortunately, there are many resources through the library and on the internet that can help you find the perfect one.

You can browse our print collection of monologue books at PN2080 in Douglass Library.

You can also search our online and print collection in QuickSearch. Go to the advanced search, and do a subject search for "Monologues."

Don't forget to learn about the original play for your monologue excerpts, so you know what the context of the monologue is. Use the resources above to find the original play.

Online Monologue Resources

You can also use these online resources to find suitable monologues for any situation:

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