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Theatre Appreciation - 1100 Professor Barrett: C - Our World


Area C: Our World and the Worlds of the Play

The general period when the play was created/written: place and conditions of the play and the performance's setting, including relevant imagery, pictorial illustrations of the subject matter, related art forms, etc. This area includes interaction among the worlds of the play, the author and the audience. 

  • The general character of society
  • The variable nature of any specific audience at a play
  • Contemporary events that are comparable to those in the world of the play

Finding Background Information

Find out background information on your topic using the online encyclopedias listed below.

The following timeline resources are good for identifying events that had taken place in given years.

Recommended Databases

Video Resources

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.  

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