31 terms

DRAMA

STUDY
PLAY

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act
the divisions of a play; generally there will be three.
cast
all the actors and actresses in a play, film, or radio broadcast
comedy
a type of play in which the characters experience a reversal of fortunes usually for the better; humorous.
dialogue
Conversation between two or more characters
director
the person who directs all activity; the boss of a play.
drama
a play for theater, radio, or television
hubris
excessive pride or self-confidence
masks
the symbols for drama; one represents comedy and the other tragedy
monologue
a long speech made by one character
myth
a narrative handed down through the oral tradition
personification
the giving of a human trait to something that is not human
play
a theatrical production out on a stage with a script, cast, director, script, and props theatrical production
playwright
the person who writes the play
prologue
a speech given at the beginning of a lay; its purpose is to give background information
scene
the divisions of an act; indicates a change in location
script
the written text of a play; it includes stage directions, dialogue, lighting notes, required props, etc.
set
the staging area where a play is acted out
stage directions
the physical movements that an actor/actress are instructed to do in the script
theater
the place where the film or play is performed
tragedy
a type of play in which the characters experience a reversal of fortunes, usually for the worse; many people die or come to ruin
drama queen
a person who is always over the top; overt; dramatic
dia-
a Greek rootword that means "one"
pro-
a Greek rootword that means "before"
narrator
Person telling the story
-logos-
the Greek rootword that means 'word or speech'
chorus
group of actors that comment on the play
aside
A short remark or set of lines that are spoken by a character directly to the audience
wings
sides of the stage not seen by the audience
soliloquy
A long speech expressing the thoughts of a character alone on stage
comic relief
a scene used to break the tension in a story.
stage left
The left side of the stage from the perspective of an actor facing the audience: or audience right

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