30 terms


The plot is good versus evil. Star Wars is an example of melodrama
A sad story with a happy ending
- A serious play that makes you feel exhilarated because the hero's experience teaches you some profound truth about your life and affirms that your worst expectations about life are true.
goat song
also known as tragedy. The word derives from the ancient Greek religious ceremonies at which a god was sometimes depicted as having attributes of a goat.
genre associated with anarchic and unbelievable situations. The film Death at a Funeral is an example of a farce.
domestic comedy
Topics focus on family issues.
Written by Aristotle, the earliest known essay analyzing theatre.
unity of action
According to Aristotle, a play should have one main action with few or no subplots.
the description of a plot of a play where the action develops in chronological order without flashbacks
Where the arrangement of the plot presents flashbacks and subjective scenes other than chronological order.
an event that changes the status quo in the plot of the play
status quo
the stable situations at the beginning of a plot, before the dramatic question is asked.
turning point
the part in the play when a change happens that inevitably leads to the answering of the dramatic question. Also known as the crisis.
major dramatic question
- the question posed early on in the play and keeps the audience interested until it is answered at the plot's resolution.
inciting event
The point in the plot when the major dramatic question is asked.
The agents for the action
The speeches the characters say. The playwright's primary material.
What a character has to overcome to achieve their objective.
A style of theatrical production and dramatic writing that imitates selected traits of the language and appearance of everyday life.
The entirety of a character's part in a play
The character's main goal
Constantin Stanislavsky
The Russia n actor/director who developed a widely used system for analyzing a character.
emotional recall
When an actor remembers how he or she felt in a similar situation in real life and substitutes that feeling for the character's emotional state during the performance of a role.
a tryout for a part in a play
A person who represents an actor by soliciting employment and negotiating contracts in exchange for 10 percent of the actor's salary.
call back
When an actor gets asked back for a second reading for a part in a play.
The choice, sequence, and arrangement of the playwright's words
main idea or theme
the visual aspects of a production
Aristotle said that the plot was the "life and soul of the drama".