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THTR 313 | Directing

Production History

For your ePortfolio you will track the production history of this play by  developing a timeline of productions. Then work to bring the timeline to life by  identifying the most significant productions and the meaningful choices made within  them in order to inform your reading of the play.

Use these questions to guide your research about production history:

  • What is the production history of this play? Where and when has this play been produced?
  • How was it received?
  • What notable artists have worked on it?
  • What design, casting, staging or producing choices were made?
    • Why were those choices successful/unsuccessful in their time/location?
  • What contributed to the success/failure of this play in the past?
  • What aesthetic choices elevated/opened up the piece? What aesthetic choices collapsed the piece?

What is Production History?

Production History covers original and subsequent productions. Writers generally discuss:

  • Overall evaluation of the production
  • Theatrical innovations
  • Directing
  • Casting, acting
  • Staging
  • Substance or meaning of the play
  • Other details


Sources for Production History

Production history may be found in a variety of primary and secondary sources:

  • Books about stage history of a specific playwright or play, ex. Ibsen's A Doll House
  • Critical editions of the play
  • Newspaper and theatre reviews (see suggested databases elsewhere on this page)
  • Interviews with the director, designer, or cast that appear in newspapers, theatre publications, and websites
  • Theatre website, ex.  Seattle Repertory Theatre. Look for a guide to the play.
  • Playbills and catalogs of productions, ex.  Playbill Vault, Internet Broadway Database and Internet Off-Broadway Database
  • Images of production photos, posters, set and costume designs
  • Wikipedia Use this source to identify productions and then search the newspaper databases for the review

Newspaper Databases


Publisher Website: Samuel French's website may include reviews, author profile, and a list of productions for specific plays.

Theatre website: Look for a guide to the play.

  • Ex. The Language Archive

Official author website, blog, or Facebook page:

  • Ex. Adam Szymkowicz


Search  the suggested databases for newspapers, journals, and magazines.Include the word interview in your search.

Background Sources

Journal and Magazine Databases