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Finding Plays

Plays in Periodicals: Theatre Forum and American Theatre

The journal, TheatreForum, includes the text of plays. In every issue there are two complete scripts of recent plays that have received professional productions but are not generally available in English.

The trade magazine American Theatre publishes a new play from a contemporary American playwright each issue. 

See the example below for how to search for plays in TheatreForum. The same method can be used for American Theatre.

1. Go to the Journals tab in Primo and enter Theatreforum (no spaces)


2. Click on "view it" and then the link for Academic Search Premier.


3. Once connected, click on "search within this publication."


4. Enter the phrase (plays or scripts)  and click to search.


Asian American Drama

Asian American Drama includes 252 plays by 42 Asian American playwrights. Along with many works by writers of Japanese, Filipino, Vietnamese, and Chinese descent, the collection includes plays by writers of Hawaiian, Indian, Thai, Korean, Persian, and Malaysian ancestry, along with related biographical, production, and theatrical information. The collection begins in the late nineteenth century and continues to the writings of contemporary playwrights.

You can browse by author or play as well as search by keyword.