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THTR 100: Plays and Playwrights (S. Tabaka): Assignment #3


  • Due:  November 5th, 2023 by 12M.
  • Don't cite Wikipedia!
  • Always italicize the name of the play.
  • Directors and actors are not your friends:  respectfully address them as "Mr." or "Ms.".



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Where to start: Reference Collection

The following list has just a few of the items in the library that will work for your assignment--also, this list only features items available in the REFERENCE collection on 3rd floor.  Search the catalog (see Search OneSearch in the box above) to find books on fourth floor that can be checked out!

Assignment #3: Source Evaluation

Objective: This is a 2-part assignment. 1) Find information on your playwright and play; and 2) determine the accuracy of the information

Part One: Find

   a.  and cite 1 website (using Google, duh!)

   b.  and cite 1 article (using OneSearch, not Google)

   c.  and cite 1 newspaper article (using New York Times Historical database) that discusses the original Broadway opening of your play. This must be the opening night review article. 


For each, determine the reliability or trustworthiness of the source (the person who wrote it or the publication that printed it) by beginning to apply the SIFT method--

Stop and think

Investigate the source

Find the trusted coverage

Trace the original

FOR EACH Item you find (website, article, newspaper article):

  1. Cite the item (supplying the link is NOT considered a citation)
  2. list the author or publication
  3. list the author's job, education, expertise, or the publication's background
  4. explain why this information makes you feel the information in the publication is accurate/legitimate/trustworthy


  •  State the title of the play and year on the assignment
  • Include a picture/photograph of your person (playwright/director/etc.)

Part Two: OPENING NIGHT (your play's place in the world)

  1. State the title of your play.
  2. List opening night date and year (NYC Theatre).
  3. List the playwright, original cast, director, and designers (Costumes, Lights, Scenery).
  4. Find an advertisement or poster from the original production with the price of a ticket. It must be from the original theatre production, not a revivial or a movie!! Attach the picture to the assignment.
  5. Cite 5 other plays being performed at the same time as your production. Cite your source.
  6. Submit a photo and history of the theatre that housed the original production. Cite previous owners, the person or people it is named after and why and/or how the name was chosen and, of course, other shows performed there, as well as any stories you may have found or any other interesting tidbits. What's happenin' now? What was the last production that ran in your theatre? Is a show currently housed there?  When does it run?
  7. You must include a picture/photograph of your topic (playwright/director/etc.)





These databases (and these specific websites) are particularly helpful: