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A term that comes from the Greek word for doing or acting and refers to a literary work that is represented through performance.
A subdivision of the action of a play, similar to a chapter in a book. Acts generally occur during a change in scenery, cast of characters, or mood, and the end of an act usually suggests the advancement of time in the play. Acts are often divided into subunits called scenes.
Theater in the Round
another name for arena theater
A defined moment of action or interaction in a story usually confined to a single setting. Scenes are the building blocks of a story's plot.
A plot that is not the central plot of the work, but nonetheless appears in the same work. Longer works, like novels and plays, tend to have subplots that might follow side characters or somwehow affect the action of the main plot.
(Setting) The time and place where the story occurs. Setting creates expectations of the types of characters and situations encountered in the story.
Cues ,included by the playwright in the script of a play, which inform the actions of the actors during the play.
The written text of a play, which may include set descriptions and actor cues.
Dramatic/Central Question (THEME)
A dramatic form in which characters face serious and important challenges that end in disastrous failure or defeat for the protagonist.
A type of drama that deals with light or humorous subject matter and usually includes a happy ending.
A play with the elements of a tragedy that ends happily.
A literary work, mainly a stage play, movie, or television play or show in which the characters display exaggerated emotions and the plot takes sensational turns, sometimes accompanied by music intended to lead the audienice's feelings.
A play about a social problem, written with an aim to create awareness of the problem.
the Protagonist of a story, often possessing positive traits such as courage or honesty.
A heroic protagonist who from the beginning, due to some innate flaw in his character or some unforseeable mistake, is doomed. The inevitability of a tragic hero's demise inspires sympathy in the audience.
In classical literature, the hero's weakness that causes his downfall.
A character or situation that provides humor in the midst of a work that is predominantly serious. An example is the bumbling Falstaff, a character in Shakespeare's Henry IV who makes the audience laugh, even as England's fate hangs in the balance.
Comedy, often a satire of upper-class society, that relies on sophisticated wit and irony.
An informal brand of comedy that uses crude humor and slapstick.
A group of amateurs and trained actors who participated in traditional Greek plays. The chorus represents a group of citizens with worries and questions, experienced in poetry and music and dance movement.
worn by the old greecian theater folk as they did their performances.
Tall boots, worn by actors in the Ancient Greek theater, which served both to elevate an actor and make him more visible to the massive crowds, and also to make the characters seem larger than life.
A stage seurrounded on all sides by the audience, who watch the action from above.
The stage in the Greek amphitheater.
The open area in front of the stage (or skene) in the Greek amphitheater.
The introduction to a literary work.
The Chorus' first ode in a Greek Tragedy.
An elevated, formal lyric poem often written in ceremony to someone or to an abstract subject. In greek tragedy, a song and dance performed by the Chorus between episodia.
Te scenes of a greek tragedy, divided by stasimon from the chorus.
In Greek tragedy, an ode performed by the Chorus which interprets and responds to the preceding scene.
The final choral ode of a Greek tragedy.
Excessive arrogance or pride. In classical literature, the hero's tragic flaw was often hubris, which caused his downfall in the tragedy.
A tragic flaw or weakness in a tragic character that leads to his or her downfall. Hubris is a type of hamartia.
An element of Greek tragedy, this occurs when an action has the opposite result of what was intended. In a tragedy, this generally occurs at a turning point for the hero and signals his downfall.
In tragedy, a change from ignorance to knowledge, producing love or hate between the persons destined by the poet for good or bad fortune.
a situation in which an author or narrator lets the reader know more about a situation than a character does.
the situation in a tragedy where the audience is aware of the tragic hero's fate although the character has not yet become aware.
The concluding scene of a Greek tragedy.
The purging of emotions which the audience experiences as a result of the powerful climax of a classical tragedy; the sense of relief and renewal experienced through art.
In the Elizabethean theater, a room, adjoined ot the stage, in which actors changed their costumes.
Also called theater in the eround, this is surrounded on all sides by the audience, with all action taking place on a stage in the center.
In drama, a remark made by an actor to the audience, which the other characters do not hear .This convention is sometimes discernable in fictio nwriting, when a self-conscious narrator breaks the flow of the narrative to make a remark directly to the reader.
A monologue delivered by a character in a play who is alone on stage. Soliloquies generally have a character reavaling his or her thoughts to the audience.
A realistic setting with three flat walls (two flat sides and a ceiling) that simulates a room; the audience views the action through the missing fourth wall.
Drama that shines a light on the painful realities and problems of everyday life.
A main character who acts outside the usual lines of heroic behavior (brave, honest, true)
A form of drama in which the the figures on stage taught right and proper behavior - morality - to those who watched.
A type of theater propularized in France. Wel-made plays feature a three-act sequence that poses a problem, complicates and then resolves it; usually that resuolution comes when a character's past is revealed. The first act offers exposition, the second a situation, the third an unraveling of completion. Meticulous plotting and suspense are ocmponents of this mode of theater.
A play about a social problem written with an aim to create awareness of the problem.
new concepts and techniques in theater production