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Documentary Plays - Available at UC Merced
"The 56: 'Nobody dies in football matches in fire. It doesn't happen.' At 3.40 pm on 11th May 1985, a small fire broke out in the main stand at Valley Parade football ground during the last game of the season.
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2013-01-04
Part courtroom drama and part social satire, Seeds presents an intelligent portrait of farming and scientific communities in conflict and at the same time penetrates the complex science of genetically modified crops. The play documents the 2004 Supreme Court of Canada showdown between Saskatchewan farmer Percy Schmeiser and biotech multinational Monsanto Inc.
The Laramie Project by
Call Number: via Alexander Street database
Publication Date: 2006-09-01
Based on interviews, news report and journals. Represents the thoughts of the people of Laramie, Wyoming after the murder of Matthew Shephard, a young gay man.
Deep Cut by
Publication Date: 2008
18 year old Private Cheryl James from Llangollen was one of four young soldiers who died from gunshot wounds at Deepcut Barracks between 1995 and 2002.Cheryl's parents wanted answers from the people responsible for their daughter's care.
My Name Is Rachel Corrie by
Publication Date: 2014-11-13
The moving account of the life and early death of a young female activist, adapted from her own writings. Why did a 23-year old woman leave her comfortable American life to stand between an Israeli army bulldozer and a Palestinian home in the Gaza strip?
Gross Indecency by
Publication Date: 1998-01-27
Moises Kaufman turns the trials of Oscar Wilde into a riveting human and intellectual drama.
I Am My Own Wife by
Call Number: via Alexander Street Press
Publication Date: 2004-02-09
Explores the astonishing true story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf. A transvestite and celebrated antiques dealer who successfully navigated the two most oppressive regimes of the past century-the Nazis and the Communists--while openly gay and defiantly in drag,
In White America by
Publication Date: 1964
from NYT "...a historical mosaic of the lives of African-Americans from slave days in the early 1600's through the integration of public schools." NOTE: Requires making an account on Internet Archive for download.
Documentary Plays - Available through Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
Voicings: Ten Plays from the Documentary Theater by
Publication Date: 1995-05-01
In this documentary anthology, Favorini collects the most important 20th century examples of the genre and demonstrates that documentary theatre is highly relevant and resonant in societies that create and consume contemporary news as aggressively as we do.
The Watershed by
Publication Date: 2016-08-09
The documentary play The Watershed follows an artist and her family in the struggle to chart a sustainable course between economic prosperity and environmental stewardship.
Fires in the Mirror by
Publication Date: 1997-10-01
In 1991, in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, an Hasidic man's car jumped a curb, killing Gavin Cato, a seven-year-old black child.
The Power of Yes
"On 15 September 2008, capitalism came to a grinding halt. As sub-prime mortgages and toxic securities continued to dominate the headlines well into 2009, this spring the National Theatre asked David Hare to write an urgent and immediate work to be staged this autumn that sought to find out what had happened, and why."
Twilight Los Angeles, 1992 by
Publication Date: 2002-01-01
Contains the verbatim words of people who experienced the Los Angeles riots, exposing and exploring the devestating human impact of that event. From nine months of interviews with more than two hundred people, the author has chosen the voices that best reflect the diversity and tension of a city in turmoil.
In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer by
Publication Date: 1968-01-01
Kipphardt uses the facts taken from the published transcript to present some fundamental issues which face the world today--the conflict between the responsibility of the individual to his country and to humanity as a whole, the right of the patriot to express views at odds with those of his government without his loyalty being called into question.
The Exonerated by
Publication Date: 2003-12-15
The Exonerated attempts to answer this question through the words of six innocent men and women who, after years in jail, emerged from death row to try to reclaim what was left of their lives.
Coming Out by
Publication Date: 1980-02-01
A 1972 documentary play about gay and lesbian life and liberation.
About Documentary Plays
Documentary Trial Plays in Contemporary American Theater by
Publication Date: 2013-06-01
From the Chicago Conspiracy Trial and the O. J. Simpson trial to the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill congressional hearings, legal and legislative proceedings in the latter part of the twentieth-century kept Americans spellbound. Situated on the shifting border between imagination and the law, trial plays edit, arrange, and reproduce court records, media coverage, and first-person interviews, transforming these elements into a performance.
Get Real by
Publication Date: 2009-04-08
Over the past two decades, theatre practitioners across the West have turned to documentary modes of performance-making to confront new socio-political realities. The essays in this book place this work in context, exploring historical and contemporary examples of documentary and 'verbatim' theatre, and applying a range of critical perspectives.
Publication Date: 2012-09-24
Five specially commissioned discussions of verbatim theatre - in the words of the people who make it.