THEATER


Databases

Twentieth Century North American Drama

Twentieth-Century Drama, Second Edition contains the essential collection of published plays from throughout the English-speaking world, covering the history of modern drama from the 1890s to the present day, alongside unpublished works by major writers and Pulitzer Prize winners. The collection's contents range from canonical authors such as George Bernard Shaw, Langston Hughes, Sean O'Casey, Noël Coward, Eugene O'Neill, Harold Pinter, Neil Simon, Tom Stoppard and Thornton Wilder, to off-Broadway experimentation and South African township theatre.

Bloom's Literary Reference Online

Examines great writers, important works, memorable characters, and influential movements and events in world literature. Additional features include an archive of more than 38,000 characters, a timeline of world literature, Harold Bloom's Western Literary Canon, and entries on literary topics, themes, movements, and genres.

JSTOR Arts & Sciences III

Focused on the arts and humanities, this collection contains 150 titles. The collection makes available additional journals in language and literature, as well as important titles in the fields of music, film studies, folklore, performing arts, religion, and the history and study of art and architecture.

Academic OneFile

Academic OneFile is a source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's English language journals and reference sources. It has extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects, & millions of full text articles available in both PDF and HTML.

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Academic Search Premier

Provides full text for nearly 4,650 serials, including full text for more than 3,600 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles.

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Academic Films Online

Academic Video Online is the most comprehensive video subscription available to libraries. It delivers more than 62,000 titles spanning the widest range of subject areas including anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, music, and more. Curated for the educational experience, the massive depth of content and breadth of content-types (such as documentaries, films, demonstrations, etc.) in Academic Video Online makes it a useful resource for all types of patrons, giving libraries a high return on investment. 

Kanopy Streaming

Kanopy is a leading distributor of educational videos. Major subjects covered include the arts, business and training, health sciences, media and communication, natural sciences, social sciences, and teacher education. Users can search, browse and stream videos. 

Oxford Encyclopedia of Theater & Performance

This encyclopedia provides authoritative and up-to-date information about theatre and performance from ancient Greek theatre to the latest developments in London, Paris, New York, and around the globe. In addition to performances in playhouses, it covers dance, opera, radio, film, television, and popular performance, including carnivals, circus, and public executions. Entries range from short definitions of terms to lengthy considerations of genres and movements, such as feminism and psychoanalytic criticism. Entries on cities and regions place performance in its local social and political context. Written in accessible language, this encyclopedia brings together an international cast of over 300 specialist contributors.

HCC Online Catalog

Most of HCC's online books are linked from the online catalog. The catalog also includes physical items in the library: reference books, circulating books, music, dvds, audio books, and other media. You may also use the online catalog to search for items in your public library.

Ebook Central

This is a collection of over 50,000 books online.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Simultaneously search through more than 200 encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

EBSCO e-books

A collection of thousands of e-books that can be read online or with the EBSCO eBooks App

Plays & Monologues

Below are a few quick links to plays and monologues:

Our database, Twentieth-Century Drama, also contains plays.

Boston Public Library also offers Massachusetts residents access to their collections of plays which contain some we don't have:

  • Asian American Drama (Asian American playwrights)
  • Black Drama (African American playwrights)
  • Latino Literature (plays by U.S. writers of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, Central American, and South American heritage)
  • North American Indian Drama (North American Indian playwrights)
  • North American Women's Drama (North American women playwrights)

To access these, just sign up for a free "ecard" (directions are here) and then go to their Theatre, Dance, and Film page.

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