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a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.
a remark or passage by a character in a play that is intended to be heard by the audience but unheard by the other characters in the play.
relies on physical comedy and exaggeration. A mockery of a broad topic, and the audience needs to have prior knowledge of that topic.
the act or process of releasing a strong emotion (such as pity or fear)
usually societal and conciliatory; all the characters come together at the end
Comedy of manners
also called drawing room comedy. Usually mocks the pretenses of the upper class
Bertolt Brect; it uses sights, projections, films, and loudspeakers, to present event sin an episodic form
most noticible characteristic of a comedy, can be an overstatement, physical characteristics,
style; the characters and sets tend to be oversimplifies and symbolic rather than realistic. Predominiantly german
improbable characters and implausible coincidences and events (practical jokes, clowning, pie throwing, etc.
a character weakness or error in judgement
focuses on physical antics (like the 3 stooges)
the use of stock characters and implausible plots
style; depicts life with no holds barred..shocking and sordid
a quality that causes people to feel sympathy and sadness
acknowledges the audience and sometimes gets them to participate
style; dominant in the 20th century, portrays life as it is often unpleasant and unhapopt (but not required)
"fourth wall theatre" we are watching the events as a non participant
features plots focusing on love affairs between flawless heroes and virtuous heroines
some of the actors hide--behind doors, inside closets, or behind bushes--from the other actors onstage
the way a play was written, produced, and acted.
style; using symbolic elements to represent emotions, ideas, and values
Theatre of the Absurd
belief in the absurdity of life; often dialogue is meaningless or illogical, or sometimes absent. Waiting for Godot
style relies heavily on setting, other visual elements, to convey the particular interpretation.
this is theatre...it is what it is. Carboard moon, wooden dowel swords, etc.
humanities highest literary achievement. Sober, thoughtful plays that are based on profound human emotions and conflicts that do not change with time or place.
the main events of a play, novel, movie, or similar work, devised and presented by the writer as an interrelated sequence.
a person in a novel, play, or movie
the subject of a talk, a piece of writing, a person's thoughts, or an exhibition; a topic
conversation between two or more people as a feature of a book, play, or movie.
refers to the timing and pace of the drama. It also means the beat or tempo of the performance.
a visually striking performance or display
an act of speaking one's thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers, especially by a character in a play.
a long speech by one actor in a play or movie
a character in a narrative that is not focused on by the primary storyline, but appears or is mentioned in the story enough to be more than just a minor character or a cameo appearance
a performer in a film, television show, stage, musical, opera or ballet production, who appears in a nonspeaking or nonsinging (silent) capacity, usually in the background
in drama and music, those who perform vocally in a group as opposed to those who perform singly
is made up of cast members in which the principal actors and performers are assigned roughly equal amounts of importance and screen time in a dramatic production.
is a stereotypical person whom audiences readily recognize from frequent recurrences in a particular literary tradition AKA stereotypical characters
is a person in a piece of writing or other media who is strongly characterized by membership to a recognizable group, such as race or gender. AKA stock characters
used to introduce background information about events, settings, characters etc. to the audience or readers.
element that involves a struggle between two opposing forces usually a protagonist and an antagonist.
is the event or decision that begins a story's problem.
includes all decisions, characters' flaws and background circumstances that together create turns and twists leading to a climax.
a decisive moment that is of maximum intensity or is a major turning point in a plot.
plot that occurs after the climax has been reached and the conflict has been resolved.
means "to untie", a literary device which can be defined as the resolution of the issue of a complicated plot in fiction
Inherit the Wind playwright
Almost Maine playwright
Dog Sees God playwright
Flaherty, Ahrens, and McNally
Too late, too late you see the path of wisdom
It was pretty frustrating when I was young, but now I'm glad that you won't respond. Just listen. That's what I want.
Dog Sees God quote
I have a heart that can pump blood and that's all. The one that does the other stuff is broken.
Almost Maine quote
You know, right now, I think I am about as close to you as I can be.
Almost Maine quote
Am I to rule this land for others---or myself?
Bert, whenever you see something bright, shining, perfect-seeming—all gold, with purple spots—look behind the paint! And if it's a lie—show it up for what it really is
Inherit the Wind Quote
Maintain in you heart all that makes you who you are. You are a good man.
Dog Sees God quote
It isn't as simple as that. Good or bad, black or white, night or day.
Inherit the Wind Quote
part of a performance
the text of an opera or other long vocal work.
orchestrate or arrange (a piece of music), typically for a specified instrument or instruments.
the libretto of an opera or musical, or the script of a play
scenic design as imagined seen from above
breakdown of a design by scenes
a very small or concise description, representation, or summary
the processing of an outline image using color and shading to make it appear solid and three-dimensional.
is a listing of all the lighting instruments and information about them used in a show
the overall theory or reasons why for design choices
Commitment, Analysis, research, incubation, selection, implementation, evaluation
the sounds heard in a particular location, considered as a whole
consists of similar items, but which the actor doesn't usually handle. Trim props are a type of set dressing that hang on the walls, such as pictures, window dressing and curtains, and so on.
a portable object other than furniture or costumes used on the set of a play or movie
worn or carried by a particular actor and issued to him rather than stored on the prop tabl
movable flats on tracks used for quick scene changes.
consists of two or three walls built of flats and often covered by a ceiling.
made up of several scenic units that can be moved about the stage, turned, and interchanged to create several settings.
remains in place throughout the production, elements may be added, but the structure stays the same.
sometimes called cut-down or minimum sets, can be constructed of screens,forms the entire perimeter
of the setting.
These are usually equilateral or isosceles triangles mounted to a wheeled carriage, which can be
simply uses curtains as abackdrop for a play.
consists simply of frames and openings that can be left empty or filled by draperies, backings, and doors.
a low platform stage that projects into the audience
audience completely surrounds the stage,
box like opening to the stage
small fabric sample
the strongest light aimed at each acting area,
light that fills in the shadows.
from upstage of the tormentor, using a different
color from the front lighting, can help model actors' features and accent costumes. It also adds a touch of life to the production.
is responsible for realizing the visions of the producer and the director or choreographer within constraints of technical possibility
serves the dual function of assistant to the director and production staff during the rehearsal period and then becomes the person in charge of the production during the actual performance.
who oversees and orchestrates the mounting of a theatre production (a play, an opera, a musical, or a devised piece of work) by unifying various endeavours and aspects of production
deals mainly with research and development of plays or operas
creates the world a production is set
the executive of an arts organization, particularly in a theatre company, who handles the organization's creative direction
person who overseas the financial and business side of a theatrical company
the venue where all areas can share information, clarify the needs of the department, establish deadlines, and work on creating a schedule with consideration for each departments priorities. Rehearsal notes form the basis of most of the discussions that occur in the weekly production meetings.
where the designers, director, production manager, artistic director meet to decide the concept or theme of a production
financial constraints for a design
theatre that wholly or in part uses pre-existing material (such as newspapers, government reports, interviews, etc.) as source material for the script, ideally without altering its wording.
refers to a work set in an earlier time period;
s a dramatized, purely acoustic performance, broadcast on radio
theater in which standard or naturalistic conventions of plot, characterization, and thematic structure are ignored or distorted in order to convey the irrational or fictive nature of reality and the essential isolation of humanity in a meaningless world.
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