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Theatre Arts Resources: When the Scene or Monologue You Choose MUST Come From a Published Play

Pfau Library resources for theatre.

There are two strategies to find a scene from a published play:

1. Find an entire play, then pick a scene from it.

2. Find a scene, then check to see if it comes from a published play.

1. IF YOU FIND AN ENTIRE PLAY

If you find an entire play that you like and choose one of its scenes for your assignment, so long as it has been published in a book, a magazine, or a journal (online or in print), you are golden.

Clipart of drama and comedy theater masks.

WHEN IN DOUBT, ASK A LIBRARIAN

If you are having difficulty deciding if the scene or monologue you chose is from a published play, ask a librarian!

2. IF YOU CHOOSE A SCENE OR MONOLOGUE FROM A COLLECTION

If you choose the scene for your assignment from a book that is a collection of scenes or monologues from different plays, here's how you can tell if it is from a published play or not.

1. The information for the book's table of contents in OneSearch may reveal which plays the scenes or monologues are from.  In the example below, click on the blue title and on the next screen, scroll down to see the detailed table of contents information.

2. The other way, is to look at the book itself.  Check the table of contents first.  Here is an example that gives the name of the playwright and the title of the play for each monologue in the book.

Plays and playwrights revealed in contents.

 

If this information is not in the table of contents, it may appear on the page where the scene or monologue starts as shown in this example.

Play and playwright revealed on page of book.

 

In this third example, right on the cover of the book we can see that all the scenes are famous and there is a list of big name playwrights.

Famous scenes and famous playwrights on cover.