Theatre Arts

Finding Recent Plays in Databases

Drama Online and Digital Theatre Plus are terrific resources to explore, whether you are involved in any aspect of play production at JHU, are seeking a play script, or are researching a play or playwright.

New Playtexts at the Library

The library purchases plays throughout the year! Here are few recent arrivals. Would you like to suggest a play for purchase? Get in touch with me!

How to Find Plays, Monologues, and More in the Library Catalog!

If you are looking for a particular play, like The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window, try to find it in the library catalog by doing a general keyword search instead of a title search. A keyword search will pull up anthologies or collected works. This is helpful because we may not have a standalone copy of a particular play. You may also discover interesting secondary resources as well as filmed scenes of the play! Be sure to use quotation marks for your search term ("The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window") for best results.

We also have numerous anthologies of monologues to help actors prepare for auditions. The books include monologues that are specific to a playwright to genres. To browse the catalog, conduct a simple search for "acting monologues." 

Browsing by publisher is another option. Publishers known for their play scripts and anthologies include: Dramatists' Play Service, Methuen, Nick Hern, Oberon Books, and Samuel French.

Databases: Historic Plays

We have several online databases featuring plays dating back to the 18th century, including: