Drama

STUDY
PLAY

Terms in this set (...)

act
units of actions within the play (think chapters) (Act 1)
drama
a story enacted onstage for a live audience
scene
parts of the act (think chapters and paragraphs) (Act 1: Scene 1)
line
one specific spoken part of the play
playwright
the author of a play
stage directions
tells actors where to physically go on stage
Dialogue
conversation between or among characters
Monologue
long speech by one single character (their own private thoughts, no one else but audience hears)
Make-up
Cosmetics that enhance features of an actor.
Visual projections of a characters private thoughts
using pictures to help with character's thoughts
costumes
The outfits the actors wear during a play. They give clues about the setting of the play.
flashback
A scene in a play set in a time earlier than the main story.
foreshadowing
A narrative device that hints at coming events; often builds suspense or anxiety in the reader.
conflicts
Struggle between opposing forces that drives the play forward
sets
Construction on the stage that shows time/place. Also called scenery
props
Objects that appear on stage during a play.
Lighting
Used to enhance audience focus
actors' movements in space
gestures to enhance character's words and actions
music (score)
Music that is associated with the play or musical
sound
Engages the audiences audiovisual
Tragedy
A serious form of drama dealing with the downfall of a heroic or noble character
Comedy
A humorous work of drama
How is drama different from other types of fiction or nonfiction?
Plays are written for the express purpose of performance and acting
What are the advantages of drama over short stories, novels, poems?
audience is able to see story come to life
characterization (direct)
where the author reveals the personality of that character through narration
Characterization (indirect)
where the author reveals the personality of that character through thoughts and actions
soliloquy
A long speech expressing the thoughts of a character alone on stage
asides
brief comments by a character who reveals thoughts by speaking directly to the audience without being heard by the other characters
camera angle
The angle at which the camera is pointed at the actor
special effects
images or sounds in a film that are created lights or other enhancements

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