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Read or search the full text of 1,200 plays written from the mid-1800s to the present by more than 200 playwrights from North America, English-speaking Africa, the Caribbean, and other African diaspora countries. Each play is extensively and deeply indexed, allowing both keyword and multi-fielded searching. The plays are accompanied by reference materials, significant ancillary information, and a rich performance database. These materials include information on related productions, theaters, production companies, and more. The database also includes selected playbills, production photographs, and other ephemera related to the plays

Search tips:

  • A good place to start using Black Drama is the table of contents searches by either authors or plays. These searches will give an alphabetical listing of everything in the database.
  • To search for lists of plays that fit a certain criteria, use theFind categories such as authors, plays, characters, etc. These searches will return a list of plays meeting the search criteria.
  • To search within the text of a play for specific words, use the Search categories of Simple Search and Multi-field Search.

Where is it :

Go to the UNLV Libraries' home page. Under Find, select Articles, then under Article databases by name, click on the letter B and select Black Drama, 1850 to present.

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