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Comp II Final-Drama
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Focuses on the success or failure of the main character in the play. Usually, the dramatic character has some problem to sort out, and does so by the end of the play in one way or another
speech between two or more characters
speech of one character who is usually alone on stage
when a character in a play speaks directly to the audience, but the other characters on stage do not "hear" them speaking
the directions that an author builds into his or her work that tells the actors where to go, and what actions to perform
a speech made by a character alone on stage and spoken directly to the audience
the leading struggler, character who is the problem
the character who is struggling against the protagonist in the problem
a character who is one dimensional in the creation. these characters never change, no matter what happens in the play
also called dynamic characters, these characters change, grow, or develop new outlooks because of the actions of the play
the reason for the actions in the play
are designed to seem like real people
are designed to be undeveloped, or symbolic
are characters who possess the typical characteristics of a certain group or social strata-often called stock characters
are the extra characters, who are present, but who do not play a very important part in the plot of the play
characters who act in direct opposite manners of another character. foil characters are used to highlight the behavior of a main character in a play
these characters are used to represent the conscience of a man. they were often used to set the scene in Shakespeare's plays and Green drama
any character can be used as a symbol. there are no strict rules for symbols
the action in the story
when there are two or more plots going at once, you have a sub-plot
The beginning of the play where characters are introduced and the problem/conflict is exposed
The action that the characters take to resolve the conflict leading to the climax and resolution
The turning point of the play, where we know what will happen to all of the players, and how the conflict will be resolved
The unraveling of the knot in French, this term means the end of the play where all of the loose ends are tied up, and we know what is going to happen to all of the characters
This is the action that a director takes to move the actors around on the stage. Directors give the actors directions about where to move, when to sit, stand, exit, or enter. They have to know where to come in, or go out when they enter or exit a scene.
This is what it is called when actors use gestures or movements on stage that are spontaneous or unplanned. Often this is funny action that creates a moment of laughter in the audience.
The person who is in charge of staging and creatively interpreting the playwright's intent on the stage.
The producer is the highest ranking person in charge. For professional productions, the producer is usually the financial backer of the show. They usually work together with the director to see that all of the business is handled properly, like renting of theaters, printing of tickets, and sales, payment of actors, leasing of costumes, or props. Most of the money items have to go through a producer before they are carried out.
The stage itself is often a major factor in how a production is put together. The shape, and scope of a stage sets the entire production in motion. There are three different types of stages to consider.
This is the type of stage that looks like a big picture window. There is usually a part of the stage that stands out, in front of the traditional curtain. When the curtain is open, the action takes place on the stage. When the curtain is closed, there is sometimes action on the apron, the part in front of the curtain, or the scenes are being changed for later performance. This is the most traditional type of stage found in theaters today.
This type of stage is most like the stages that Shakespeare performed his plays on. Usually, there is a stage that is sticking, or thrust out, into the audience. There are three sides that are exposed to the audience. The fourth side is the back wall of the stage. These stages are most common today in University theaters, and in some modern theaters. They are very realistic for actors, and afford a more personal experience with the audience than a proscenium stage.
Theatre in the round is an experimental modern staging circumstance where you have audience on all four sides of the stage. This type of acting scenario is especially challenging to actors, and directors, as they must constantly be aware of the audience and ensure that they are getting a complete and clear picture of the play.
Acts are larger chunks of material. There can be anywhere from 1 to 5 or 6 acts in a play. Shakespeare's plays all have 5 acts
Scenes are the shorter divisions for material in a play. Many plays have two or three scenes per act. Some have 5 or 6 scenes per act
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