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Theater

Tools for Identifying Monologues and Scenes

Audio Theater

The UCLA Library has some audio versions of theater on CD and tape, primarily of Shakespeare and classic plays.

Locating Plays and Monologue Collections in the Library Catalog

Copies of plays are located in several libraries on campus. For browsing, a good starting place is the Arts Library Selected Plays & Monologues collection, located near the Reference shelves on the entry level. This collection is focused on acting editions, monologue anthologies, and dialect CDs, which can be borrowed for two weeks. Other locations for plays include Young Research Library and Powell Library.

Many plays, particularly acting editions, do not have specific subject headings, making it difficult to find a work by topic directly in the catalog. Collected anthologies usually do have headings (i.e. "African American women--drama), especially when they have a thematic focus. When searching for a specific play in the Library Catalog, try an "Author and Title List" search. This will help avoid getting false hits for criticism or unrelated works.

There is no specific subject heading for scene books, but scenes are frequently included in monologue anthologies. For browsing available monologue books, do a "Subject List" search in the catalog for "Monologues." A Keyword search for "scenes and monologues" will usually yield some books that also contain scenes.

Find Published Plays, Including Collections and Periodicals

These sources can help you identify a play by subject or by cast size and other factors. Some of them also help you locate where plays are published in collected works and anthologies, which is common for short plays.

Online Play Collections

The Library subscribes to a number of full text play collections, where you may also locate monologues and scenes of interest. Additionally, some internet sites have classic plays freely available online. If connecting from off-campus and using library-subscribed resources, make sure your computer is configured properly.