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Researching Plays and Playwrights
The Columbia Encyclopedia of Modern Drama
Location: Reference PN1861 .C65 2007
Coverage: worldwide, ca. 1850-2005. Concentrates on drama as literature, rather than as performance. The best place to look for authoritative biographical information on lesser known playwrights from around the world. There are also extensive entries on individual works (e.g. Zong Fuxian's "In a Land of Silence").
World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre by
Location: Reference PN1861 .W67 1994 v.1-6
World theater as practiced in 177 countries, from 1945 to the present day. Explores the social milieu from which each national theater community arises. Includes puppet theater and dance theater.
The Cambridge History of British Theatre
Location: Bates Bookstacks PN2581 .C36 2004 v.1-3
Three volume history of British theater starting around the time of Shakespeare and continuing forward. An excellent source for background information and contextualization of British theater. Online version (at link) lacks volume 3. Paper edition at call number is complete.
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