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THTR 100: Plays and Playwrights (S. Tabaka): Assignment #2


  • Due:  February 27, 2022 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.".


Print Reference Resources

A great place to start your research is in Reference Books. These are kept on the Main floor of the SMSU McFarland Library and are for in-house use only. A Reference Librarian is available to assist you in finding and using the resources during most hours the library is open.

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

Assignment #2: Events/Fads/Leaders -- Opening Night

This is a two-part, but not difficult assignment.  It is compromised of small events that, when put together, give you an overview of your show's place in time and history. State the title and playwright of your play.

Part One: EVENTS/FADS/LEADERS --The world at large

  1. List 5 events and 5 fads that occurred during the time you play is set (this does not always mean the time in which the play was written) for a total of 10 items. 
  2. List 5 world leaders/rulers and the country they governed.
  3. List 5 occupations at the time of your play using Value of a Dollar. List their salary. At least 1 of these jobs must not exist today, in the same form.
  4. List 5 items from Value of a Dollar and compare their price to today's pricing.
  5. Find 1 commodity (bread, coffee, flour, etc.) from the era on the database Statista and upload the statistic, comparing pricing across the dates available in Statista.

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.)

                                Do not cut and paste!  No hyperlinks!


What's the difference?

The defines the following:

Fad:  a temporary fashion, notion, manner of conduct, etc., especially one followed enthusiastically by a group.

An intense but short-lived fashion; craze (or 'trend': style or vogue.  Example:  'The new trend in women's clothing'.)

Event:  an occurrence, especially one of some importance.  Example:  Birthday, sporting event, discovery or invention date.  

Useful Reference books:

A good place to start research for Assignment #2 is in the McFarland Library reference section, located on the second floor behind the reference desk.  The following books are great places to find fads, events, and world leaders: