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THTR 217 | Technical Theatre

About the Play

These sources help you establish basic facts about the play. Pay particular attention to the time period, location, and nationality.

Oxford Reference Online

contains the complete texts of over 200 Oxford companions, encyclopedias, dictionaries and other reference titles in a fully indexed, cross-searchable database.  Included in addition to articles are images, maps, timelines, bibliographies, photographs and much more.

Literature Resource Center

Substantive biographical essays on more than 130,000 authors, providing insights into life and times, works, and critical reception.

Design Elements for Set

  • Window/trim
  • Ceiling treatment
  • Lighting fixtures
  • Window covering
  • Fireplace
  • Floor treatment
  • Multi-seating
  • Side table
  • Single seat
  • Moldings/trim
  • Door/trim
  • Wall treatment

Analyze the Play

As you explore the world of the play, think about these questions for your set design.


Sources for Set Design

There are many types of sources you can use to find images for set design.

  • Books about interior design, art, architecture, photography, furniture, etc.
  • Digital image archives
  • Museum websites, works of art,  "period rooms"
  • Illustrated magazines and journals
  • Retail catalogs
  • Interior design websites
  • Online suppliers for doors, windows, fabrics, wallpaper,  hardware, millwork, etc.


Click the links below to access online versions of the following plays:

The Misanthrope by Molière:  

Online version of the play

Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen

Online version of the play

She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith

Online version of the play

For critical overviews of The Misanthrope, Hedda Gabler, She Stoops to Conquer, and Two Trains Running, use Literature Resource Center and/or Oxford Reference.

Set Designs by Kurt Walls

Kurt Wall's Set Design for In the Next Room by Sarah Ruhl


In the Next Room Technical Drawing for the Givings' Living Room by Kurt Walls