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Acting 5 Theatre 570: Scene Work in Pre-Modern Texts: Finding Play Synopses

Finding what an actor might need to prepare to perform

Play Synopses - where and why

When you're looking to find a play that suits you and your performing group, having access to synopses of the plays is very important. Also important is knowing what the cast requirements are and whether or not the play calls for period costuming, etc. This page offers guidance to finding literary resources as well as the sites that theatre professionals use to buy multiple copies of the play as well as pay the performing rights to perform the play.

Web Resouces

One great place to find synopses is through the organizations that license performances of them. This is a short list of the most prominent ones.

  • Broadway Play Publishing - Purchase multiple copies and licensing productions of plays. Search by title and author, number of cast members required, gender distribution, run-time, and costume requirements.
  • Dramatists Play Service - Purchase multiple copies and licensing productions of plays. Search by title and author, with the added ability to limit by number of cast members required & the gender distribution.
  • Dramatic Publishing - Purchase multiple copies and licensing productions of plays. Search by title and author, with the added ability to limit by number of cast members required & the gender distribution.
  • Playscripts - Dedicated to providing access and performing rights to new plays and musicals. Search by title, etc
  • Samuel French - Purchase multiple copies and licensing productions of plays. Search by title and author.

Library Databases to locate synopses and critical essays about the play