Welcome, Theater 325 students!
This is a guide to the resources we discussed in class. While these databases are all listed on the BSU Libraries' Databases page, they're scattered around. Here they're all together, complete with links.
Reminder: Researching primary sources can take a long time. Be prepared for that!
Studying the history of a particular production can give you a sense of changes in society and culture as well as theatrical practices. It can also help to provide greater understanding of the production.
When researching a play's history, look for basic information, such as:
You also need to consider:
You will need both primary and secondary sources.
Bear in mind that if a resource is about the play, it will likely focus on the first production. If the resource is about a certain theatre, it may have a long list of its productions.
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