28 terms

What is Theatre and Drama

STUDY
PLAY

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Empathy
Emotionally relating to or identifying with a character, a theme or a situation in a play.
Universality
The trait of having meaning for everyone in all places and times.
Imitation
to mimic; impersonate. The Mimetic Instinct
Stock Characters
Character types in which certain traits are highly exaggerated.
Exaggeration
A heightening of the ordinary
Ritual
A repeated pattern of behavior, which may have its basis in religion, pageantry, or individual behavior.
Pretend
To make believe.
Role Play
To assume the attitudes, actions, and speech of another in an effort to understand a differing point of view or social interaction.
Drama
The art dealing with the writing and production of plays. A series of actions.
Plot
The progression of a story from the beginning, middle, and end.
Character
The humanistic figures, the impersonated, who undertake the actions of the plot.
Protagonist
The good guy or the main character.
Antagonist
The character against the protagonist, or the bad guy.
Theme
The play's overall statement: it's topic, central idea, or message.
Diction
The conversation, or dialogue, between the characters in the play.
Melody
The rhythm and flow of the language in a play; should reflect the emotional content of the situation.
Spectacle
All the visual aspects of a production.
Aesthetic Distance
The detachment that allows us to appreciate the beauty of a work of art.
Conventions
Practices, devices or processes agreed upon and accepted by both theatre artist and audience to further the progression of the play.
Soliloquy
A theatrical convention in which a character, while alone onstage, thinks aloud, revealing his or her innermost thoughts.
Aside
A speech delivered directly to the audience by a character in a play; supposedly, the other characters on-stage are unable to hear what is said.
Flashback
A theatrical convention in which the audience, through the eyes of a character in a play, is able to see scenes from before the time in which the play exists.
Monologue
A long speech delivered by a character in a play, either to the audience or to other characters.
Exposition
Any background information necessary to the understanding of a play; it may be presented through dialogue, setting, and props.
Dramatic Time
The amount of time represented by a play.
Setting
The environment or physical background for a play; the visual symbol of a play.
Flats
Scenery constructed of painted canvas or wood frames that represent background or walls.
Props
Objects that can be moved or carried by the characters in the course of the play.

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