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This graphic from the new web-based data collection site explains much of what is offered on the site.

by Lindsay Long
Research Assistant


New Database Assists with
Play Production Info

A new web-based resource has been launched, geared toward costume designers but replete with information for directors and other members of the production team.

The new web site is Production Requirements, a costume plot database, and it can be found at Sponsored by a grant from the USITT Commissioner's Fund, the website is a database of information about plays searchable by several different parameters including title, playwright, period, genre, cast size, and number of costumes.

If a designer doesn't have any particular specifications in mind, the user can browse the database and sort the information by date added, frequency of reference, title, playwright, year published, period, and genre. Each play has a page dedicated to it which contains more detailed information such as a basic plot description, a specific character breakdown, quick change notes, and any special costuming considerations dictated by the script.

Best of all, the database has the capacity to expand and grow as visitors submit information about productions they have done or studied. Submissions can be made by fax or e-mail. Electronic submissions will be available soon. Share your comments and questions by e-mailing

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