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Play Index Dramatic Resource Now Available on WilsonWeb

Posted Feb 3, 2006
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Play Index, applauded by Reference Quarterly as "the preeminent play-finding index," is now available as a WilsonWeb online reference. The index covers virtually every important play ever written in or translated into English, from contemporary works to classic and historic plays.

The material includes nearly 30,000 plays published either individually or in collections since 1949, as well as links to selected Web sites that often feature full text. Among the collection are one-act plays, plays in verse, radio and television plays, and classic drama. Entries for more than 500 monologues are also offered.

Play Index can help teachers find plays to match production resources, casts, or course assignments. Searches can be performed by title, author, subject (culture conflict, marriage, etc.), cast type, or style and genre (symbolism, comedy, musical, etc.). Search results can be limited to a specific number of male or female roles, size of total cast, and appropriateness for grades preK-6, 7-12, or adult.

Entries include a plot summary, musical requirements, and the number of sets (with interior or exterior scenery designations). Full play publication details are provided, to help users locate the selected plays.

Source: H.W. Wilson, 800/376-6770 or

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