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Theatre Arts

World of the Play

World of the Play - Concerns the setting in which the action takes place. The setting includes: specific information about the environment, what has happened before the play begins, and the attitudes of characters toward the world of the play.

When doing research on the world of the play, look for information about:

  • Economic environment--class, wealth and poverty
  • Political environment--the relationship of the characters to the form of government under which they live
  • Social environment--the mores and social institutions under which the characters live
  • Cultural environment--the arts, architecture, sports, fashion, popular culture
  • Historical environment--events in history

Examples of Social Histories

Examples of Chronologies

Chronologies identify signficant events during the time of the play.

Subject Encyclopedias

Some examples of subject encyclopedias that help explore the world of the play