In Focus: Scott Horstein

"The library has helped me get lots of new plays through LINK+. It's also been a great place to do dramaturgical research"

What is your research focus?

My research focus is Dramaturgy. Dramaturgy is the way a play tells a story and uses language. It's a formal, structural way of looking at a play. It's also a profession -- dramaturgs consult with directors and playwrights on their plays to help them bring out storytelling and language. What is the world of a play? What story does it have to tell? How does it tell it structurally and in its language? Dramaturgs tease this out through lots of conversation with their collaborators, through formal analysis, and through research.

My related research focus is contemporary theatre and new plays. Dramaturgs do a lot of new play work, because the shaping of the dramatic world is still in process.

How has the library helped you achieve your goals in this area?

Dramaturgs spend tons of time in the library. The library has helped me get lots of new plays through LINK+. It's also been a great place to do dramaturgical research -- for example, I dramaturged our department's production of THE IMAGINARY INVALID by Moliere, a 17th century comedy, and found all kinds of great stuff on medicine in 17th century France, as well as wonderful annotated copies of the play in French.

What is your favorite book?

BALL FOUR by Jim Bouton, a diary of a pitcher's season.