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Finding Plays

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To search for plays in the WSU Libraries:

  1. Search the online catalog through the "Advanced Search" option. Click HERE to search.
  2. Enter the title of the play in a single search field. This option will try to locate the play as a single book, or within a larger collection, when the catalog record lists the contents of the anthology.
  3. If you are searching for an older play that does not show up in your previous search, please consult one of the indexes (begin with Ottemiller's Index to Plays, as listed below in "Helpful Resources."
  4. If you are searching for a recently published play, you may want to consult the Worldcat database or the Wichita Public Library to confirm that the play is published and to loan the item from another institution (see the "Can't Find it in Our Library? box below).


Find plays online in these databases: 

Looking for Monologues or Dialogues?

In the WSU Online Catalog, conduct a "keyword anywhere" search for: acting monologue?. The question mark will provide you with results for both "monologue" and "monologues." Likewise search for "acting dialogue?" when searching for a scene with 2 actors.


Information About Plays

Reviews of Plays

Please consult the following when searching for play reviews:

Notable Plays in the WSU Libraries Collection

The Top 10* Most-Produced Plays of the 2019-20 Season * Actually 14 because of ties.

  • A Doll’s House, Part 2 by Lucas Hnath: 12 (TIE)
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Simon Stephens, based on the book by Mark Haddon: 12 (TIE)
  • Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe: 10 
  • Bright Star with music by Steve Martin (also book) and Edie Brickell (also lyrics) (TIE)
  • Pipeline by Dominique Morisseau: 9 (TIE)
  • Tiny Beautiful Things adapted by Nia Vardalos from the book by Cheryl Strayed: 8 (TIE)
  • Admissions by Joshua Harmon: (TIE)
  • Cambodian Rock Band by Lauren Yee(TIE)
  • The Children by Lucy Kirkwood: 8 (TIE)
  • The Great Leap by Lauren Yee: 8 (TIE)
  • Murder on the Orient Express adapted by Ken Ludwig from the book by Agatha Christie: 8 (TIE)
  • School Girls or, The African Mean Girls Play by Jocelyn Bioh: 8 (TIE)
  • The Thanksgiving Play by Larissa FastHorse: 8 (TIE)
  • The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe: 8 (TIE)


  • Shakespeare in Love, adapted for the stage by Lee Hall, based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard: 15
  • Fun Home, adapted by Lisa Kron, based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, lyrics by Kron, and music by Jeanine Tesori: 12  PS3561.R584 F86 2015 
  • Skeleton Crew by Dominique Morisseau: 11  
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, adapted by Simon Stephens from the novel by Mark Haddon: 9  PR6119.T455 C87 2015 
  • Marjorie Prime by Jordan Harrison: 9  Available Online through the WSU Libraries catalog.
  • The Humans by Stephen Karam: 8  PS3611.A72 H86 2016 
  • A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry: 8  PS3515.A515 R3 1997 
  • Heisenberg by Simon Stephens: 8  
  • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon: 8
  • Sense and Sensibility (all adaptations): 8
    adapted by Kate Hamill from Jane Austen: 7
    adapted by Emma Whipday and Brian McMahon: 1

AMERICAN THEATRE’S TOP 10 MOST-PRODUCED PLAYS OF 2016–17 Actually 12, due to ties.

  • Hand to God by Robert Askins: 13
  • Constellations by Nick Payne: 10  PR6116.A97 C66 2014 
  • Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar: 10  PS3601.K53 D57 2013 
  • Million Dollar Quartet by Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott: 10
  • The Christians by Lucas Hnath: 8
  • Peter and the Starcatcher, adapted by Rick Elice from Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson: PR6055.L43 P48 2012 
  • The Legend of Georgia McBride by Matthew Lopez: 7
  • Sex With Strangers by Laura Eason: 7  PS3605.A78 S48 2014b 
  • Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage: Available online through the WSU Libraries Catalog
  • King Charles III by Mike Bartlett: 6
  • A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry: 6  PS3515.A515 R3 1997
  • Sister Act with book by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner, music by Alan Menken, and lyrics by Glenn Slater: 6
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