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Plays and Playwrights: Finding Plays

This guide is intended to help students find basic information about plays, and playwrights.

Plays in Collections

There are several tools to help you discover the collection that includes an individual play. Some are listed below. There's also a free web resource, Inter-Play, that serves as an index to several thousand plays found in collections and periodicals.
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Finding Plays

Finding Plays

  • Play Index. 1949- .
    Bobst REF1 Index Z5781.P53
  • Index to Plays in Periodicals. Keller, Dean H. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1979, 1990.
    Bobst REF1 Z5781 .K43 1979 ; 1990
    Description: Lists plays published in periodicals through 1990.
    Organization: Organized in two parts, with an author index and title index.

Facsimiles of Medieval Manuscripts at Bobst Library

Bobst Library's holdings of Old English and Middle English manuscripts in facsimile, and also notes the guides and indices which accompany these holdings.
N.B.: Not all series are complete. Where indicated, the order request date has been included.

The Chester Mystery Cycle: A Facsimile of MS Bodley 175. R. M. Lumiansky & David Mills, eds. 1973.
PR1260.C36 1973 Oversize

The Chester Mystery Cycle: A Facsimile of British Library MS Harley 2124. David Mills, ed. 1984.
PR1261.C54 1984 Oversize

The Chester Mystery Cycle: A Reduced Facsimile of Huntington Library MS 2. R. M. Lumiansky & David Mills, eds. 1980.
PR1261.C52 1980 Oversize

The Digby Plays: Facsimiles of the Plays in Bodley MS Digby 133 and e Museo 160. Donald C. Baker & J. L. Murphy, eds. 1976.
PR1260.D49 1976

The N-Town Plays: A Facsimile of British Library MS Cotton Vespasian D.VIII. Peter Meredith & Stanley J. Kahrl, eds. 1977.
PR1260.C64 1977

Non-Cycle Plays and the Winchester Dialogues: Facsimiles of Plays and Fragments. Norman Davis, ed. 1979.
PR1260.N66 Oversize

The Towneley Cycle: A Facsimile of Huntington MS HM I. A. C. Cawley & Martin Stevens, eds.
PR1260.T65 1976b Oversize

The York Play: A Facsimile of British Library MS Additional 35290. . . . Richard Beadle & Peter Meredith, eds. 1983.
PR1261.Y67 1983 Oversize

Play Annuals

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Play Annuals

  • Best plays of ... 1894- .
    Bobst PN2266 .A2B5
    Description: For each season, digests and provides critical comments on select plays. Also has information about the theater in several US cities, with an extensive entry on Broadway and Off-Broadway productions in New York City. Lists the Pulitzer Prize winners and Drama Critics Circle Awards.
    Organization: Divided into several sections, with an author, cast and production index for each volume. This series is indexed by Ottemiller's Index to Plays in Collections (through 1985)--see above.