Villanova now has access to the full Drama Online collection, and an access link can be found in Databases A-Z. Once logged in, Drama Online includes full texts of plays from across the history of the theatre, ranging from Aeschylus to the present day. It also includes non-English-language works in translation, scholarly and critical editions, first night program texts, and critical analysis and contextual information. Critical interpretations, theatre history surveys and major reference works on authors, movements, practitioners, periods, and genres are included alongside performance and practitioner texts, acting, and backstage guides.
You can browse by plays, playwrights, genres, periods, context, and criticism, and by theatre craft. Advanced search options also allow you to search by type, playwrights, genre, period, theme, and setting.
Each play in the collection includes the either the full script or sound recording of the play and a production enquiry, which gives helpful information on who to contact to get performance rights for the play.
Many plays also include useful tools, like a Character Grid that can be used to see only the lines of a given character.
In addition to the Core Collection (www.dramaonlinelibrary.com) our subscription includes full access to the following individual collections housed within Drama Online.
All of the collections listed below can be accessed through Drama Online. They have been provided here with links to detailed descriptions of their contents if you wish to further explore:
- Aurora Metro Books
- BBC Drama Films and Documentaries
- Critical Studies and Performance Practice
- L.A. Theatre Works
- Maxine Peake as Hamlet
- Nick Hern Books Modern Plays
- Playwrights Canada Press
- Shakespeare in the Present
- Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen (2008 – 2015)
- Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen 2 (2016 – 2018)
- Shakespeare’s Heroes and Villains – Seven Berkoff
- Stage on Screen
- The Hollow Crown
- The RSC Live Collection