Editors’ Picks for Drama Faculty | Alexander Street

Editors’ Picks for Drama Faculty

June 1, 2020
Looking for performing arts digital content for online courses? Engage students and bring performances to them with top selections across the Alexander Street portfolio. (For some items, you may need to log into your Alexander Street or library account.) 

Check out a few highlights from the Theatre and Drama Premium Collection, which includes everything needed to study the dramatic arts - from recent productions by Broadway theatre companies to interviews to previously unpublished plays.
 

Theatre Performance: Frankenstein (Johnny Lee Miller as Creature)
Source: Nation Theatre Collection

Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) bewildered Creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal.
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Theatre Performance: She Loves Me
Source: The BroadwayHD™ Collection

She Loves Me follows Amalia and Georg, two parfumerie clerks who aren’t quite the best of friends. Constantly bumping heads while on the job, the sparring coworkers can’t seem to find common ground. But little do they know the anonymous pen pals they have both been falling for happen to be each other! Will love continue to blossom once their identities are finally revealed? 
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Audio Drama: The School for Scandal
Source: The L.A. Theatre Works Collection
 
Beware the gossip! Lady Sneerwell and her hireling Snake are certainly up to no good in this timeless send-up of hypocritical manners. Thanks to their scandal-mongering, the comely Lady Teazle must fend off the slanderous barbs that have caught the ear of her elderly husband - as well as every other gossip in London! 
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Theatre Performance: Hamlet
Source: The Royal Shakespeare Company Collection

Hamlet has the world at his feet. Young, wealthy and living a hedonistic life studying abroad. Then word reaches him that his father is dead. Returning home, he finds his world is utterly changed, his certainties smashed and his home a foreign land. Struggling to understand his place in a new world order he faces a stark choice. Submit, or rage against the injustice of his new reality. 
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Costume Design: Hamlet
Source: Performance Design Archive Online
 
This sketch by British costume designer Deidre Clancy is part of the Diedre Clancy personal papers archive collection. The sketch of Hamlet was designed for the 2013 production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, California.
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Text: Buried Child
Source: Drama Texts Collection
 
Dodge and Halie are barely hanging on to their farmland and their sanity while looking after their two wayward grown sons. When their grandson Vince arrives with his girlfriend, no one seems to recognize him, confusion abounds. As Vince tries to make sense of the chaos, the rest of the family dances around a deep, dark secret. This wildly poetic and cuttingly funny take on the American family drama gleefully pulls apart the threadbare deluded visions of our families and our homes.  
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About the Theatre and Drama Premium Collection
Theatre and Drama Premium has everything students and researchers need to study the dramatic arts. With this collection, patrons will have access to over 13,000 full-text plays from canonical and emerging playwrights, 300 audio plays for L.A. Theatre Works, 750 hours of filmed stage performances, documentaries and video training materials and the ability to conduct in-depth analyses on key writers, creators and performers. Learn more.
 
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