English Drama contains more than 3,900 plays in verse and prose from the late thirteenth century - the likely date of the Shrewsbury Fragments - to the early twentieth. It offers exhaustive coverage of the prodigious dramatic literature of the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods, as well as Restoration plays, medieval morality plays and mystery cycles, and nineteenth-century closet dramas. In addition to works by major dramatists such as Ben Jonson, Aphra Behn, William Wycherley, Oliver Goldsmith, Richard Sheridan, Oscar Wilde and J. M. Synge, English Drama includes the dramatic writings of many more neglected writers long inaccessible in print form.
Containing more than 1,500 dramatic works from the early eighteenth century up to the beginning of the twentieth, American Drama 1714–1915 reflects American dramatic writing in all its richness and diversity: plays in verse, farces, melodramas, minstrel shows, realist plays, frontier plays, temperance dialogues and a range of other genres are represented. Major dramatists include David Belasco, Rachel Crothers, Augustin Daly, Clyde Fitch, Edward Harrigan, James Herne, William Dean Howells and Joaquin Miller.
Ping Chong (1946- ), Chinese-American stage director, choreographer and visual artist, has devoted his career to exploring the position of the outsider in American culture. Through his experimental, multimedia stage pieces, he seeks to challenge the myth of a homogeneous, unified American experience, reflecting instead a society that is comprised of many disparate cultural fragments. Enthusiastically received by audiences and critics in the United States, Asia and Europe, Chong has positioned himself at the forefront of avant-garde performance art. Although many critics are inclined to label Chong an 'Asian-American artist', he resists being pigeonholed this way, noting that only a fraction of his more than 50 works relate directly to Asian issues.
OBIE Award winner Caridad Svich (1963- ) is a playwright, theatre-maker, lyricist, and translator. She has written over forty full length plays, all of which can be seen here in Drama Texts Collection, and she has also authored fifteen translations and a variety of short fiction work. Svich's work revolves around the concept of departure, which she attributes to having grown up in multiple cultures as the daughter of Cuban-Argentine-Spanish-Croatian parents. Throughout her work, Svich explores concepts such as wanderlust and the construction of identy through culture.