TH344 - Dramaturgy: Dramaturgical Protocol Assignment

Resource guide for The Dramaturgical Protocol assignment


An excellent starting point for this entire assignment can be found here: 
by Lori Ricigliano of the University of Puget Sound, however, the sources listed there do not all apply to the CSU Library.

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance, has an entry on dramaturgy/dramaturg that gives a nice overview of the topic.

The Dramaturgical Rationale

From Dr. Jones' assignment:

  • a dramaturgical rationale for choosing a particular project (why this play should be presented at this time), and a dramaturgical analysis of the text in terms of how it might be produced in a manner that is relavant or challenging to contemporary audiences

To find news, events, and contemporary commentary on such, try one of the general databases:

To find broad background information for topics, try:

When and Where the Play Takes Place

From Dr. Jones' assignment:

  • a detailed background about the playwright and his/her time

To find information about the various environments that influence the setting of the play (economic, political, social, cultural, historical) and the attitudes of the characters toward their world, consult the following:

Production history and critical/audience responses

From Dr. Jones' assignment:

American Drama Criticism: Interpretations, 1890-1977. Compiled by Floyd Eugene Eddleman. 2nd ed. Hamden, Conn.: Shoe String Press, 1979. Indexes reviews and criticism, some published in books and periodicals not indexed elsewhere. There are three supplements (1984, 1989, 1992) accompanying this volume, covering more recent publishing.

American Literary and Drama Reviews: an index to late nineteenth century periodicals. Patricia Marks. Boston, Mass.: G.K. Hall, 1984.
Part 1 indexes reviews of American and foreign plays performed in the U.S. from 1880 through 1900. The reviews were published in general interest periodicals, rather than newspapers.

CurtainUp "The Internet Theater Magazine of Reviews, Features, Annotated Listings."

A Guide to Critical Reviews. James Salem. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow, 197? -.
In three volumes: American Drama, 1909-1982, The Musical, 1909-1989, and Foreign Drama, 1909-1977. An index to reviews of plays and musicals produced in New York published in U.S. and Canadian periodicals.

How to Locate Reviews of Plays and Films: a bibliography of criticism from the beginnings to the present. Gordon Samples. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow, 1976. A guide for locating theater and film criticism in books, newspapers, magazines and other sources.

International Index to Periodicals (New York: H.W. Wilson Co., 1907-1965.) 
Index to scholarly and general interest publications beginning in the year 1907. Consult each annual volume under Dramas -- Criticism, Plots to retrieve a list of reviews. Continued by Humanities Index and Humanities Full Text via WilsonWeb.

New York Theatre Critics' Reviews. New York, Critics' Theatre Reviews, Inc., 1967-1995.


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