This page is your primary point of access to the CASP archive of documented productions. You can search the database with the Basic Search function, or find play records by scrolling through the window of Confirmed Plays.
The CASP Database is where we have stored key information relating to the over 530 plays we have identified as Canadian Adaptations of Shakespeare, in the full realization that what it means to be either a Canadian or an adaptation of Shakespeare is open to debate. The digital archive reproduces information that is also available, in some cases in greater detail, in the hard copy archives we have also collected, archives that will eventually be stored in the University of Guelph Theatre Archives, the largest such archive in Canada.
CASP has become a leader in digital humanities research, developing unique means and modes of presenting our archival holdings to broad audiences. Indeed, the initial seed funding for the project was awarded by the Premiere's Research Excellence Award, and CASP remains the only humanities project to win funding from PREA. One of CASP's most significant accomplishments is this online database which documents production details for each of the adaptations we have uncovered. This Database was developed using in-house technical expertise at the University of Guelph using Cold Fusion programming language. For more information about the early development of the Database, please see the collaborative essay "'The Web of Our Life is of a Mingled Yarn': The Canadian Adaptations of Shakespeare Project, Humanities Scholarship, and ColdFusion."
Users of the Database will notice that the search functions and overall design are clumsy and in some cases do not function optimally. In order to alleviate this, CASP is currently working to redesign the database in open-source programming language to improve on these shortcomings. In the mean time, we offer this link to a backup of the database which contains individual records for each database entry. The most up-to-date information is still available in the listing below, however, and CASP is continually adding to the active database with new information as it becomes available.
We stress that this database is not comprehensive, though we have tried to be as thorough as possible in terms of the information we have collected. In many cases, we have been unable to locate specific kinds of information or we are in the process of acquiring information that will be uploaded once it has been evaluated. Thus, users should not expect all fields in the database to always necessarily contain complete data.
Note: All searches must be at least 2 characters long.
Fischlin, Daniel. Canadian Adaptations of Shakespeare Project. University of Guelph. 2004. <http:/ /www.canadianshakespeares.ca>.