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Play Synopses

Drury's Guide to Best Plays: PN6112.5 .Z99 D7 1969

The Encyclopedia of the American Theatre, 1900-1975: PN2266 .B68

A Guide to Play Selection: Z5781 .S6 1958

International Dictionary of Theatre: REF PN2035 .I49 1992

Covers 620 notable plays, including summaries, first production information and critical references

Full-Text Play Databases

Digital Theatre Plus

Black Drama - 1850 to PresentPlays from North America, Africa and the Caribbean.
English DramaPlays from the medieval mystery cycles to the comedies of Oscar Wilde. 
Latino Literature: Poetry, Drama and FictionPlays of Latin US writers  
National Theatre Collection: 30 filmed performances.
Nick Hern Books Modern Plays: 600 plays from UK and Ireland
North American Theatre Onlinesee Theatre in Context Collection
North American Women's DramaPlays, biographical, production, and theatrical information.
Theatre in Context Collection (formerly North American Theatre Online) Canadian and American Theatre. Includes reference works, images, flyers, playbills, postcards and scrapbooks.
Twentieth-Century DramaNorth America, Britain and Ireland, India, Africa, Australia and the Caribbean
Twentieth Century North American Dramancludes reference materials, images, information on theatres and more....

Finding Monologues

Search Omni by adding the word "monologues": e.g. women and monologues
  • Actors Guide to Monologues: an Index of 700 Monologues from Classical & Modern Plays for Auditions & Classwork: PN4321 .G86 1974. Aranged by sex and age.
  • Guide to Monologues, Men: an Index of over 800 Monologues from Classical and Modern Plays: REF PN2080 .G84 1988
  • Guide to Monologues, Women: an Index of over 800 Monologues from Classical and Modern Plays: REF PN2080 .G85 1988
  • An Index to Monologs and Dialogs: PN4305 .M6 I64 1949
  • 1/2/3/4 for the Show: a Guide to Small-Cast One Act Plays: REF Z5781 .H46 1995t .Two volume set outlines intent, viewpoint, and audience, followed by  indexes to one-act plays for as many as four characters.
  • The Smith and Kraus Monologue Index: REF PN2080 .S6 19992600 monologues have been indexed by various categories.

Playwrights Canada Press Canadian resource (170+ plays from Canadian playwrights) Indigenous Canadian Playwrights

Playwrights Guild of Canada Canadian resource: Information about Canada's playwrights.

Black Playwrights:  Descriptions and roles.

LGBTQl2S: Canadian playwrights

Asian Playwrights 

Coach House Booknewly published plays including description and reviews.

Studio 58 Database of Diverse Plays and Playwrights includes plays by women, LGBTQ+, BIPOC, and diverse cultural backgrounds (self-defined by the writers). One section dedicated to Canadian writers

Theatre Online Master List

A resource on the Canadian Theatre Educator's Conference site. Includes links to over 900 productions available online as audio dramas, filmed productions, or recordings of online pieces. Includes section highlighting online plays featuring BIPOC artists.