The play in the context of the playwright's life, career, other works, etc. These are the subjective elements, affect the values the playwright wrote into the text. When doing research on the playwright and his/her world look for information that relates to the playwright's influences, life experiences, dominate themes, social, political, philosophical, and moral attitudes during the author’s lifetime.
Video resources can provide access to filmed productions of plays, or documentaries of about topics related to plays under study. Note that some video resources have additional information, such as essays about the playwright, production or topic that can help you contextualize your analysis of the play.