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Theatre: Find Plays & Monologues

This online guide is intended to help with finding information related to the discipline of theatre.

Find Plays

Emil Cole, Un Drame, 1908

Émile Cohl - Un drame (1908)

Selection of Books with Monologues

This handout has select books with monologues and scenes at UW Libraries--call numbers provided.

Plays Online and Play Index Online

Find Plays by Type

1/2/3/4 the Show
Coe Ref  PN 6120. O5 H465 1995 (2 vols.)
To locate small cast (four or less actors), one act (can stand alone, but usually performed as part of a larger billing) plays.  Indexed by title and author--under title organized by required characters ex. two males, one male, one female etc. 80 plays in the back of the volume have script analysis.

Complete Catalogue of Plays Dramatists
Coe Ref  PN 1601. D7  2009/2010  Online:

Provides synopses for contemporary plays available from Dramatists Play Service Inc.

Drury's Guide to Best Plays
Coe Ref  PN 1655. D8 1987
Covers dramatic, non-music plays from ancient through 1985.  Award winners and commercial successes are included.  Organized by playwright, cast index, select subject, prize winners, popular plays for high schools and amateur groups.  The index is by title.

Ottemiller's Index to Plays in Collections
Coe Ref  PN 1655.O8 1988
An author and title index to plays appearing in collections published between 1900 and 1985.

Play Index
Library Annex  Z 5781. P53 (through 2002).
Indexed by play author, title, and subject.  Gives a brief summary and citation where the work appears.  The back part of the volume lists plays by cast analysis (# of characters of men, women, boys, girls and extras needed).  Continues with Play Index Online, see above.

Samuel French Basic Catalogue of Plays and Musicals
Coe Ref  PN 1601. S25 2011
Plays available from Samuel French, gives cast analysis. 


Ultimate Scene & Monologue Sourcebook:  An Actor's Guide to over 1,000 monologues and scenes from more than 300 contemporary plays 
Coe Ref  PN 2080. H665 2007
Useful for audition material--provides examples of 1,000+ monologues and scenes by gender.

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