27 terms

Common Theater Terms

STUDY
PLAY
Upstage
The area of the stage that is furthest from the audience
Downstage
The area of the stage that is closet to the audience
Stage right
The right side of the stage from actor's pov (facing audience)
Center
Center of the stage
Stage left
The left side of the stage from the actor's pov (facing audience)
Full front
Facing the audience
Full back
Facing away from the audience
Cross
Movement from one area of the stage to another
Blocking
The set movement of all actors onstage throughout the play
Dialogue
Written conversation
Text
The written word
Script
A complete scene or play in a format to be produced by actors and directors
Initial incident
The first most important event in a play from which the rest of the play develops
Exposition
The explanation of who, what, when, where, and why of a play
Preliminary situation
The story of the play as the curtain rises
Climax
The major event in a play, the turning point of the story
Rising action
The series of events following the initial incident. How the story builds toward its climax
Falling action/ denouement
The series of events following the climax
Conclusion
The final outcome of the play
Protagonist
The play revolves around this character. Often the "good guy" but not always
Antagonist
This character forces change or creates conflict for the protagonist. Often the "bad guy"
Theme/message/purpose/moral
What the play as a piece if art is trying to say to the audience
Setting
Where the play occurs in terms of time and place
Monolouge
A long speech said by a single actor to themselves, the audience, or to another character
Soliloquy
A long speech said by a single actor to themselves or the audience, but not to another character
Act
An organizational division in scripts
Scene
An organizational division in scripts. Often several scenes make up an act