Answered By: Kathryn Park
Last Updated: Oct 31, 2023     Views: 371491

Since you are citing from a published copy of the play, you'd cite it basically like a book. This is an example from MLA Style Center:

 Miller, Arthur. Death of a Salesman. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015.

Your in text citation is always derived from your works cited entry, so an in text example would be: 

"your quote" (Miller 45)

Please note that MLA also states that performance of a play is cited differently. Here is the example that they give for a performance:

“Ramona’s Umbrella.” By Alex Marino, directed by Jeannine Overstreet, performance

by Tania Milena, Tiny Plays Production Company, 15 Aug. 2017, Second

Street Theater, Sacramento, CA.

Comments (3)

  1. Thanks, this was very helpful, but I just commented to say:
    I READ THE SAME BOOK (Death Of A Salesman)
    by Woods on Jun 04, 2018
  2. MLA does not put a comma between the author and page number.
    by Christina on Apr 23, 2019
  3. Quite right Christina! The answer was written for a previous version of MLA, but we have updated to reflect the new standard--without comma for the in text citation. Thanks for catching that!
    by Kathryn Park on Apr 24, 2019

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