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MLA & APA Citation: Play


Key Elements

  1. Playwright
  2. Play Title (italicized)
  3. Book Title (italicized)
  4. Editor
  5. City of Publication
  6. Publisher
  7. Publication Year
  8. Page Number(s)
  9. Format

Play in a Collection or Anthology (5.5.6)

Cite the playwright first, not the editor of the anthology. If you cite more than one play from the same collection, create a citation for each play.

Kelly comma Tim period The Uninvited period 13 Plays of Ghosts & the Supernatural period Ed period Marvin Kaye period Garden City colon Doubleday comma 1990 period 1-50 period Print period

No Editor

Use the anthology format, but omit the editor.

Williams comma Tennessee period The Night of the Iguana period Three by Tennessee period New York colon Signet-Penguin comma 1976 period 1-127 period Print period

Play in a Book (5.5.2)

Some long plays are published as a single book. Cite these like a regular book. 

Stoppard comma Tom period The Real Thing period Boston colon Faber comma 1984 period Print period

eBook (5.6.2c)

Shepard comma Sam period Buried Child colon A Play period Rev period ed period New York colon Vintage comma 2006 period ebrary period Web period 16 Apr period 2016 period

Live Performance (5.7.4)

The Music Man period By Meredith Wilson period Dir period Risa Brainin period Clarence Brown Theatre comma Knoxville period 21 Apr period 2011 period Performance period

Play on DVD (5.7.3)

Begin with the film's title unless you cite the contribution of a particular individual. If so, start with the individual's name.

Death of a Salesman period Dir period Volker Schlondorff period Perf period Dustin Hoffman comma Kate Reid comma John Malkovich period Roxbury Productions comma Punch Productions comma 1985 period Film period

Mifune comma Toshiro comma perf period Rashomon period Dir period Akira Kurosawa period Daiei Film comma 1950 period Film period

Streaming Play

Death of a Salesman period Dir period Alex Segal period Broadway Theatre Archive comma 1966 period Theatre in Video period Web period 24 May 2016 period

Shakespearean Play In-Text Citations (7.7.2)

Abbreviate the title of a work if you cite it frequently in your paper. Use the full title when first mentioned in your text with the abbreviation in parentheses, then use the abbreviation in later references to the title.

ex. "In All's Well That Ends Well (AWW), Shakespeare..."

See the document below for commonly-used Shakespearean play abbreviations.