One aspect of dramaturgy is the research that goes into the theatermaking process. Commonly referred to as production research, this work involves finding information that can be used to explore the many facets of a play: its author, context in our world and the world of the play, production history, critical analysis and interpretation, images and sounds, and sources, influences, and analogues.
World of the Play - Concerns the setting in which the action takes place. The setting includes: specific information about the environment, what has happened before the play begins, and the attitudes of characters toward the world of the play.
When doing research on the world of the play, look for information about:
Databases provide access magazines, journals, newspapers, and books about the environment of the play.
Some examples of subject encyclopedias that help explore the world of the play
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Look for social histories using the following terms:
Search for works about the theatre
Note: When searching by subject in the catalog, use the ER spelling of theatre
Chronologies identify signficant events during the time of the play.