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Melodrama

The plot is good versus evil. Star Wars is an example of melodrama

Tragicomedy

A sad story with a happy ending

tragedy

- A serious play that makes you feel exhilarated because the hero's experience teaches you some profound truth about your life and affirms that your worst expectations about life are true.

goat song

also known as tragedy. The word derives from the ancient Greek religious ceremonies at which a god was sometimes depicted as having attributes of a goat.

Farce

genre associated with anarchic and unbelievable situations. The film Death at a Funeral is an example of a farce.

domestic comedy

Topics focus on family issues.

Poetics

Written by Aristotle, the earliest known essay analyzing theatre.

unity of action

According to Aristotle, a play should have one main action with few or no subplots.

Linear

the description of a plot of a play where the action develops in chronological order without flashbacks

cinematic

Where the arrangement of the plot presents flashbacks and subjective scenes other than chronological order.

Action

an event that changes the status quo in the plot of the play

status quo

the stable situations at the beginning of a plot, before the dramatic question is asked.

turning point

the part in the play when a change happens that inevitably leads to the answering of the dramatic question. Also known as the crisis.

major dramatic question

- the question posed early on in the play and keeps the audience interested until it is answered at the plot's resolution.

inciting event

The point in the plot when the major dramatic question is asked.

Character

The agents for the action

Dialogue

The speeches the characters say. The playwright's primary material.

Obstacle

What a character has to overcome to achieve their objective.

realism

A style of theatrical production and dramatic writing that imitates selected traits of the language and appearance of everyday life.

role/roll

The entirety of a character's part in a play

objective

The character's main goal

Constantin Stanislavsky

The Russia n actor/director who developed a widely used system for analyzing a character.

emotional recall

When an actor remembers how he or she felt in a similar situation in real life and substitutes that feeling for the character's emotional state during the performance of a role.

audition

a tryout for a part in a play

agent

A person who represents an actor by soliciting employment and negotiating contracts in exchange for 10 percent of the actor's salary.

call back

When an actor gets asked back for a second reading for a part in a play.

diction

The choice, sequence, and arrangement of the playwright's words

Thought

main idea or theme

spectacle

the visual aspects of a production

plot

Aristotle said that the plot was the "life and soul of the drama".

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