How to Cite a Play in APA, MLA, or Chicago

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You can cite a play as either a live performance or script.

Citing a Live Performance

EasyBib has a form to cite a performance that has been viewed live. For instructions on how to cite a live performance, visit this guide on citing Hamilton the musical in MLA, APA, and Chicago.


Citing a Play Script

If you are citing a play found as an entire source, cite it as a book (and use our book citation form).

MLA Format (9th edition)

STRUCTURES:

In-text:

(Playwright last name page#)

Works Cited:

Playwright last name, First name. Play/Publication Title. Publisher, edition (if applicable), publication year.

EXAMPLE:

(Hwang 22)

Hwang, David Henry. M Butterfly. Plume, 1989.


APA Format

STRUCTURES:

In-text:

(Playwright last name, year, p. page#)

Reference:

Playwright last name, First initials. (Year published). Play/Publication title. Publisher.

EXAMPLE:

(Hwang, 1989, p. 22)

Hwang, D. H. (1989). M butterfly. Plume.


Chicago Format

STRUCTURES:

Author-Date In-text:

(Playwright last name year, page#)

Author-Date Reference:

Playwright last name, First name. Year. Play Title. Location: Publisher.

Notes:

Playwright full name, Play Title (City: Publisher, Year), page #.

Bibliography:

Playwright last name, First name. Play Title. City: Publisher, Year.

 

EXAMPLES:

Author-Date:

(Hwang 1989, 22)

Hwang, David Henry. 1989. M Butterfly. New York: Plume.

Notes:

David Henry Hwang, M Butterfly (New York: Plume, 1989), 22.

Bibliography:

Hwang, David Henry. M Butterfly. New York: Plume, 1989.

 


Updated June 19, 2021.

 

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