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An 18th-century etching of theatrical performanceCovent Garden Theatre, etching by Thomas Rowlandson

Library Research Guide for THEA 361: Theatre History & Dramatic Literature

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The Production History Project

Here is the description of the assignment:

First read Michael Mark Chemers' instructions for writing a production history.

For this assignment you will turn in a production history like the one outlined by Chemers along with copies of relevant reviews, any scholarly articles you employed, and if possible, production stills or other images (woodcuts etc.). You will also turn in a 2 pg. dramaturg's note that would accompany the program of a contemporary performance of this play. Your dramaturg's note should answer the question: "Why This Play Now?

You may choose your play from the following list:

  • Oedipus Rex by Sophocles
  • Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus
  • Medea by Euripides
  • The Persians by Sophocles
  • Antigone by Sophocles
  • Lysistrata by Aristophanes
  • Menaechmi by Plautus
  • Miles Gloriosus by Plautus
  • Everyman by Anonymous
  • Le Cid by Pierre Corneille
  • Tartuffe by Moliere
  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  • The Tempest by William Shakespeare
  • Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
  • The Dancing Master by Lope De Vega
  • Fuenteovejuna by Lope De Vega
  • Man of Mode by George Etherege
  • The Way of the World by Congreve
  • The Country Wife by Wycherley



A- Student chooses a significant production of the play and provides a thorough account of all of the available basic production information and puts it the context of critical reception. The production history responds to all of the questions outlined in  Chemers' instructions. The layout and organization of the document is clear and aids understanding. The 2 pg. dramaturg's note thoughtfully answers the WTPN question, tying historical considerations to modern day interests and concerns. The writing is eloquent and free from typos and grammatical errors. 

B-This project is still well researched, organized and written but may fall short in one area. For instance, the research may not be thorough, the production chosen may not be especially important or interesting, or the dramaturg's note might not fully connect the historical play to modern interests. 

C-This project is fails to meet one or two of the basic criteria set forth. The dramaturg's note may be strong, but the research may be lacking. 

D- This project is both inadequately researched and poorly written.

F-Little to no research is evident and one or more of the written elements are missing. 

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